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OKINAWA

Oho

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.08 | 8 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
3 stars "The year 1974, when prog was prog ... "

OHO was an unique USA four piece formation from the second half of the Seventies, nicknamed "Baltimore's answer to Pink Floyd". In 2010 the label Rockadrome released the original LP from 1974 (15 tracks) as a CD, including 15 'session tracks' as bonus material, in total a running time of 74 minutes.

Listening to OHO is a captivating musical adventure, this is progressive rock in the true meaning of the word. I notice hints of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa, but OHO has blended this inspiration with many strong musical ideas, a lot of variety and frequently shifting moods.

Psychedelic organ, rock guitar and avant-garde piano in Hyphenate Ice-less.

A catchy rhythm with fiery guitar and Zappa-like vocals in Horse Remorse.

Rock-and-roll piano with electric guitar and saxophone in A Frog For You.

Psychedelic organ and hypnotizing drums, followed by a swinging piano and again Zappa-like vocals in Higshead.

A bluesy climate featuring lush Mellotron waves in The Silent Sickle Sucker.

A funny atmosphere with trumpet in Fast Bananas.

Warm vocals and intense Mellotron work in Gotta Write A Poem.

And avant-garde piano with wah-wah guitar and propulsive drums in Board Organ.

Very surprising is the final composition Plague: lots of variety and wonderful Mellotron and organ play, often very compelling.

Especially in the first part of the Seventies progressive rock was pure adventure, just listen to OHO!

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |

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