Oar is a 1969 album by the late Skip Spence. It is Spence’s only solo album, recorded over seven days in Nashville, on which Spence plays all of the instruments. Alexander Lee “Skip” Spence (born 18 April 1946 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, † 16 April 1999 in Santa Cruz, California) was an American rock musician, member of the bands Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape. Be embossed on drugs, alcohol and schizophrenia CV is often compared to Syd Barrett (member from Pink Floyd ) - often there is talk of genius and madness, which are close together.1965 Spence was drummer for Jefferson Airplane. After the first album, he left the group to play the guitar at Moby Grape. In 1968, there has been trouble in the studio – Spence threatened his colleagues with an ax. He was admitted to a hospital, where schizophrenia was diagnosed. After his release in 1969 he took the solo album Oar, which was a commercial failure. He fell into disrepair of his illness, supported by excessive drug and alcohol use; recently, he lived in a home near San Jose, California.
Skip Spence died in 1999 from lung cancer, just a few days before the release of the tribute album More Oar with contributions from Robert Plant, Beck, Tom Waits and others
‘ An interesting note about “War in Peace” is that the guitar melody of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” can be heard as the track fades out.
- “Little Hands” – 3:44
- “Cripple Creek” – 2:16
- “Diana” – 3:32
- “Margaret/Tiger Rug” – 2:17
- “Weighted Down (The Prison Song)” – 6:27
- “War in Peace” – 4:05
- “Broken Heart” – 3:29
- “All Come to Meet Her” – 2:04
- “Books of Moses” – 2:42
- “Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin for Yang)” – 2:53
- “Lawrence of Euphoria” – 1:31
- “Grey/Afro” – 9:38