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Ozric Tentacles


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 318 ratings

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4 stars Sublime.

Having been introduced to Ozrics while at uni in England (86-89) (by the way ... thanks Seb) and after being dragged to gigs and listening to cassettes this was the first album I actually bought. To be honest Ozrics are continually pushing an open door with me. This music floats my boat. When I first listened to this album I thought "this is the type of music I always hoped Yes would produce (OK so for me Jon Anderson's vocals sometimes grate) and there are proabably more shades of Yes here than in any other Ozric album. And .. there's more than a touch of Olias of Sunhillow in there as well.

Eternal Wheel, Sunscape, Cracker Block and a Gift of Wings are absolute musts for any space progger. Mysticum Arabicola and Valley of A Thousand Thoughts branch out into an ethnic vibe that make the OT sound so instantly recognisable.

Isence is a reggae number with a snatch of vocals ???!!! Maybe it's just me but sometimes the bass feels more like a Madness Ska (Bedders was good so that's no bad thing).

Is is 4 or 5 stars? If you limit 5 star to your top 10% of your prog collection then this is in by a country mile, but is it "essential", a "masterpiece"? N'ah: it's a space progger's 5 but a prog 4.

obiter | 4/5 |


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