Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence

April 18, 1946 – April 16, 1999

музыкант, работал с Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, а также один. у александра были проблемы с наркотиками и с головой. Биографом описан как "neither died young nor had a chance to find his way out.

Like a rough, more obscure counterpart to Syd Barrett, Skip Spence was one of the late '60s' most colorful acid casualties. The original Jefferson Airplane drummer (although he was a guitarist who had never played drums before joining the group), Spence left after their first album to join Moby Grape. Like every member of that legendary band, he was a strong presence on their first album, playing guitar, singing, and writing "Omaha." The group ran into rough times in 1968, and Spence had the roughest, flipping out and (according to varying accounts) running amok in a record studio with a fire axe; he ended up being committed to New York's Bellevue Hospital. Upon his release, Spence cut an acid-charred classic, Oar, in 1969. Though released on a major label (Columbia), this was reportedly one of the lowest-selling items in its catalog and is hence one of the most valued psychedelic collector items. Much rawer and more homespun than the early Grape records, it features Spence on all (mostly acoustic) guitars, percussion, and vocals. With an overriding blues influence and doses of country, gospel, and acid freakout thrown in, this sounds something like Mississippi Fred McDowell imbued with the spirit of Haight-Ashbury 1967. It also featured cryptic, punning lyrics and wraithlike vocals that range from a low Fred Neil with gravel hoarseness to a barely there high wisp. Sadly, it was his only solo recording; more sadly, mental illness prevented Spence from reaching a fully functional state throughout the remainder of his lifetime. He died April 16, 1999, just two days short of his 54th birthday

Oar is a 1969 album by the late Skip Spence (d. 1999), one of the founding members of Moby Grape and formerly a member of Jefferson Airplane. It is his only solo album.

There's no other record in history that sounds like this. There are records that sound close, and there are people who've had similar fates - Skip Spence hasn't been called the "American Syd Barrett" for nothing.
George Sarostin

Original album (1969):
01. Little Hands – 3:40
02. Cripple Creek – 2:11
03. Diana – 3:27
04. Margaret/Tiger Rug – 2:13
05. Weighted Down (The Prison Song) – 6:22
06. War In Peace – 4:01
07. Broken Heart – 3:25
08. All Come To Meet Her – 2:00
09. Books Of Moses – 2:42
10. Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin For Yang) – 2:49
11. Lawrence Of Euphoria – 1:26
12. Grey/Afro – 9:38
13. This Time He Has Come – 4:39
14. It's The Best Thing For You – 2:48
15. Keep Everything Under Your Hat – 3:04
16. Furry Heroine (Halo Of Gold) – 3:33
17. Givin' Up Things - 0:56
18. If I'm Good - 0:47
19. You Know – 1:44
20. Doodle – 1:00
21. Fountain - 0:31
22. I Think You And I - 1:13