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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Astro Cortex (5:21)
2. Yog-Bar-Og (9:40)
3. Arboresence (4:54)
4. Al-Salooq (5:03)
5. Dance of the Loomi (5:15)
6. Myriapod (5:59)
7. There's a Planet Here (6:40)
8. Shima Koto (6:24)
9. ?? ?:??

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ed Wynne / guitar, synth, weirdness
- Joie Hinton / synth, strangness
- Jon [John] Egan / flutes, ghasps
- Merv Pepler / drums, percussion, postulations
- Zia Geelani / bass, rainmaker

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3.90
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Review by loserboy
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3 stars "Arborescence" is yet another 50 mins of wonderful mind numbing hyper-psych/prog with tons of great musical caverns and paths. Like all OZRIC albums we are treated to a nice range of songs from the high adrenaline opening moments of "Astro Cortex" to the serene musical spirit of the title track "Arborescence". Overall this album is dripping in heavy grooves with loads of synth soundscapes, flute, driving bass and drum interplay and of course that unmistakeable flirtaceous wierdness associated with the OZRIC TENTACLES. Overall "Arborescence" is an excellent album with some pretty trippy grooves and mind altering musicanship... best understood with a warm lava lamp.

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Posted Friday, March 19, 2004

Review by Proghead
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5 stars Back in 1997, I bought my first OZRIC CDs, that is "Jurassic Shift", and this, their followup. What a great way for Joie and Merv to end their time with the OZRICS (they decided to concentrate full time on EAT STATIC, a more traditional techno outfit they headed for a few years up to that point), this is perhaps one of the OZRICS best albums. Although I thought this CD had a thinner production than their previous, it still doesn't prevent it from being one of their best. The music doesn't meander so much, the guitar is more dominant, but what I really like is Joie's synth work, which is perhaps his most stunning here. The album starts off with "Astral Cortex" which is definately Ed's time to shine on guitar, and the band really rocks here. "Yog-Bar-Og" simply blows me away, because this is a piece where the band goes through several changes, with some truly interesting use of spacy synthesizers. The title track finds the band exploring ambient electronics, which is truly a wonderful and pleasant number. It's one of those pieces that can go on forever and I still can't get enough of it. "Al Salooq", unsurprisingly (given the Arabic name of the song title) has a more Middle Eastern feel to it (given the band often influenced by Middle Eastern styles). "Dance of the Loomi" finds the in one of their more "techno-like" modes, as often they had since "Strangeitude". There's that dance beat, but it's plastered with more cool spacy electronic sounds that I can't get enough (and beware: I don't like techno, but I am never bothered by the OZRICS techno-like excursion because it sounds like a real band playing real instruments). "There's a Planet Here" is much like the title track, but in a more dub/ambient mode (rather than just ambient). While I often complain of digital synthesizers, the digital synths here are just mindblowing and otherworlds. "Shima Koto", as the name might suggests, has a more Japanese feel, with fake electronic sounds that are supposed to sound like a koto.

This was to be the OZRICS last album to receive an American release for five years (because IRS Records was under financial hot water that caused it to go under). Incredible album and it gave me hope for music in the 1990s, an era dominated by rap and alternative rock, as OZRICS harkened back to the best works of such progressive space rock acts as HAWKWIND and GONG, with some modern elements added in. This album convinced me, and if you're an OZRIC fan, get this CD.

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Posted Thursday, May 06, 2004

Review by greenback
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4 stars This space progressive rock record comes after the magnificent "Jurassic shift" album. The omnipresent electric guitar riffs here are at their best: they are quite loud, razor and flashy. The bassist has been replaced, and compared to "Erpland", the rhythm here is slightly faster, the tracks are more loaded, supported by a better bass. Many keyboards parts slightly sound techno, like the ones on "Yog-Bar-Og", "Myriapod" and "Shima koto". The keyboards are almost as atmospheric, spacy and refined as on "Jurassic shift"; there are many memorable keyboards arrangements like on the 3 mellow track "Arborescence", "Dance of the Loomi" and "There's a planet here". The techno New Age track "Arborescence" has miscellaneous birds sounds through VERY FRESH atmospheric & modern keyboards textures: this track also has a Gilmour-esque electric guitar solo. The rhythmic "Dance of the Loomi" has an OUTSTANDING texture made of atmospheric, techno & rhythmic keyboards and clean & brief guitar notes: it is VERY addictive! The record still contains some impressive exotic influences, especially some Middle Eastern ones, like on the "Al-Salooq" track. There are also, as always, many ethereal flute parts. The powerful & futuristic "Shima koto" has a VERY sustained bass, fitting very well with the incisive electric guitars and the percussive techno keyboards. With "Jurassic shift", this record is among the best ones from Ozric tentacles.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Posted Sunday, March 27, 2005

Review by obiter
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5 stars Hit the ground running with the Astro Cortex. Wow, what a start. The Ozrics sweep you up and rush you up to cruising height at which point Zia kicks in smooths things over for a while. THen spinning wildly in some sort of whirlwind before you are deposited in relative serenity. Merv Pepler keeps the backgournd swirl going so you know it's inevitable that you will be picked up once more ... and you are. Fabulous.

Yog-Bar-Og is beautiful dreamscape Ozric. it's also yet another really bizarre name for a song. Nice on. The transisitons are smooth and apparently effortless. Zia is awesome as ever. Never a wasted note (nah make that never an extra note).

The title track is amongst my favourite Ozric tracks purely atmospheris and it just hits the nail on the head. Al-Salooq a nice track with pseudo middle eastern overtones has a perfectly timed bass line. Ed's subtely mixed rhythm is perfect.

the Dance of the Loomi is as you would guess form the track a superb dance number. But nothing in the titel can do jsutice to the rolling bass and Joie's synth strangeness. Lace this with a delicate echoed guitar executed with the expected genius of Ed Wynne and you have the quintessential Ozric dance track. it just does not get any better than this.

I swaying groove takes over in There's a Planet Here. Shima Koto is my least favourite track. There is some great guitar from Ed, perhaps the best in the album.

Since I'm a huge Ozric fan and this is one of my favourite albums it's got to be a 5.

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Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Review by NJprogfan
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4 stars I'm not going to be one of those guys who says, "You have one Ozric album, you have them all..." Okay, I did say it :-), but let me say that if you need to pick up an Ozric album this one would be a great choice. It starts off with a super-rocking jam, "Astro Cortex" is straight out of Hawkwind territory, a great song to blast from your car speakers. "Yor-Bar- Og" and "Arborescence" tone things down but are still groovy. Then we get into world music land with the following two songs leading up to my favorite song, "Myriapod". This song just rips! One of my favorite things about the Oz's is when they change gears in the middle of a song and speed things up, blasting into the stratosphere and this song does that in spades, AWESOME! "There's a Planet Here" slows things down and "Shima Koto" levels the album out mellow-like but jamming. So, what you have here is what you'll pretty much get from this album onward, a little of this and a little of that. A fine album to listen to loud. 3.5 star rating bumped to 4 for good measure.

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Posted Sunday, June 24, 2007

Review by Queen By-Tor
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5 stars There's a band here!

Ozric Tentacles are one of the many threatening psychedelic/space rock bands that have emerged over the years thanks to the sheer size of their ever expanding discography and the nature of their very off the wall music, but there's always been something intriguing about them. I was introduced to this band by a friend who lent me their Hidden Step album. From the moment I heard the first seconds of Holohedron I knew that this was a band that would take my full mind power to be able to accurately wrap my head around what they were doing. So I delayed. Procrastinated. I didn't buy any of the albums that I saw by them because I knew that the time was not right. And so the time was never right...

...Until one day I was searching through a used section of a local record store. A section which was totally unorganized other than by letter of artist, and what did I eventually find for a fantastic price than this record. The looming tree with its seemingly swirling reds and greens staring back at me beckoning me to buy it. It would be the car ride home that I would first listen to the album. Traffic was particularly bad that day and we wound up getting through the entire album in what was supposed to be a ten minute ride.

My first impressions of the music at the time: Hypnotic. Mind melting. Something of an outer body experience.

This is space and psych prog at its best. Very much incomparable to many of their genre peers, Ozric Tentacles are best described as pseudo-electronic instrumental freak-out prog with a hint of dancability (but not enough to be unstomachable). Opening with the quick 'n dirty Astro Cortex the tone and mood of the album gets pushed right into the hallucinogenic sections of the mind.

The songs are all fairly long, only one dipping under five minutes and the rest floating around the six to nine minute marks, but appropriately so. None of the songs are too long, all of the ideas are well developed before moving on to the next mind-imploding segment of the track and everything is played as crisp as one can get. The album features a number of different tracks to keep the album from becoming boring, Yog-Bar-Og is the longest and most ''out there'' of the mix, reaching subtle yet noticeable peaks of guitar wizardry with its riffs and solos while Arborescene employs pure space-outery through floating half-melodies to keep the audience in a state of comatose.

There's no weak tracks on the album, and (as mentioned before) they vary wildly to keep interest while still maintaining a common (if subtle) theme between them. Some tracks like the slow and groovy There's A Planet Here keep the audience's head bobbing in a seemingly perpetual lull while others such as the bombastic Myriapod are better at daring the audience to attempt to keep up.

It all comes down to this - this is entertaining, thought provoking, virtuoso-istic music which is just... excellent.

Recommended for all - especially those who love experimental instrumental music with an outer-worldly sound. 5 blinding stars! Never more shall I so ignorantly dodge an album from these musical geniuses!

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Posted Friday, April 11, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars On the contrary of some reviewers, I wouldn't say that this is the best Ozric Tentacles album. Actually, there are no best album from this band. They almost all sound alike: uninspired and repetitive. At least, so far (this is the tenth album I review from this band).

They have sound a little better while playing live (Ethereal Cereal) but their studio production is rather average IMHHO. And this Arborescence is no other stuff. The band plays a little heavier, but the music is repetitive to death and boring. Just anothe rjamming experience.

The title track is probably the best that is offered on this album, but let's be honest: it isn't anything from the other world. This album (as many others) might work as a soundtrack for endangered species, but as such, the music is not thrilling for a ?cent.

I guess that this album might be OK when your are listening to it while having a siesta (which is not what I 'm doing now) except during some more upbeat tracks like Myriapod which might perturbed your rest. Needless to say that the usual dull reggae track is of course available as well: There's A Planet Here fits the role marvellously. Press next is the best option.

In all, this album is far from being essential. Two stars is even quite optimistic.

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Posted Thursday, September 25, 2008

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars When considering the first batch of Ozric Tentacles albums released between 89 and 95, this one is the first where the band really seems at loss for ideas. There's nothing obviously wrong with it and if this is your first Ozric trip you might still like as much as the next one.

For a seasoned and demanding audience, the only thought that keeps popping up while listening to this album is "I'm sure I've heard them do this before, I'm just not entirely sure where.". And the problem is not just one of sameness; it's also one of dwindling inspiration and diminished drive. It takes till Al Salooq till I hear some actual fire on this album, but even then it doesn't last till the end of the song. A few other scattered flashes can be found on Dance of the Loomi and Myriapod

This album is a competent job, applying a proven formula with meticulous perfection. This is exactly the cocktail you ordered at the bar but hey, doesn't that other one that you haven't tasted yet look so much more appealing?

Arborescence is the sound of a band content with what they do, they're sure having fun doing it but they can't convey the excitement of true creativity. The album won't disappoint fans but it can be skipped if you'd rather invest in the diversity of your discography then in tracking down every single release of an artist. Hmm, sounds like I better get myself examined as well :-/

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Posted Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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2 stars Everyone knows this band is very exotic, as well as creative and original, especially in the song writing, even though many times the band improvises, creating an extremely fascinating spacy jam session. However, everyone knows also that listening to one OT album is like listening to all of them: they tend to be repetitive, and they usually recycle many ideas. In this particular album the ideas are only a few, all recycled from other songs of other different albums. It's not a bad album, and not a good one. It's an album with nothing special in it, if not a few moments, but not more. For fans only.

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Posted Friday, May 07, 2010

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Arborescence was my first (and until now the only) experience with this prolific english band. I bought it in 1994 or 95 and I still remember how I was amazed by their musical mayhem. They sounded like no one else and I had never heard such powerful instrumental prog so far. It was an expensive import CD, but I bought it anyway. My friends at the time were also surprised when I showed them my new acquisition. I stil think it is a nice album after all these years, although it is also clear that you have to be in the right mood to really enjoy it.

This band does a pretty good job here, with some swirling space keyboards, terrific guitar lines and a fantastic rhythm section thatīs sure the albumīs highlight: bass and drums are the strongest points of the band and set them apart from most space rock/psychedelic groups. Those are the anchors that hold the bandīs sound to the ground and donīt let them go too spacey and/or freakish. All ttracks have an excellent structure although several tracks sound out of control at first. The title track is the only one that scapes from this pattern, being a kind of ambient/new age tune. I found this album varied and very well done with no fillers, even if the production is not really the best. The only reference I can see here is maybe Hawkwind. Otherwise, I found them quite original.

Even if not the kind of music I listen to very often, Arborescence is a nice addition to any prog lover collection. Anyone interested in good instrumental prog should check this out. Iīm planning to get some of their other CDs soon, but I can give this one a four star rating without thinking twice. Recommended.

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Posted Saturday, May 29, 2010

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I know a lot of people feel if you have one good OZRICS album then that's all you need. Well for me it's six OZRIC records. And yes this is one of them. What a streak of album they put together though from "Erpland" to "Curious Corn", my favourite period from the band. This album "Arborescence" came out after their very successful "Jurrasic Shift". It's almost like they took a step back here, but what I love about it is the guitar along with the drums and bass.

"Astro Cortex" opens with drums and bass followed by guitar and synths. This is an uptempo tune that gets pretty intense 3 minutes in before settling back. "Yog-Bar-Og" is led by pulsating synths, bass and drums. Voices 3 minutes in. Lots of moog-like sounds after 4 minutes. The guitar is ripping it up after 7 1/2 minutes. This is great ! "Arborescence" opens with flute, atmosphere and crickets. Actually it sounds like the album cover looks. Very cool. The guitar after 3 1/2 minutes makes some noise.

"Al-Salooq" has a Middle-Eastern vibe at times. Bass, drums and synths early. It gets intense 2 1/2 minutes in. Nice bass after 4 minutes. "Dance Of The Loomi" has a good beat with lots of synths. "Myriapod" opens with guitar as drums and a full sound follow. The guitar is lighting it up after 3 1/2 minutes. "There's A Planet Here" opens with nature sounds before drums and a reggae rhythm take over. "Shima Koto" might be my favourite. A good uptempo beat to this one. The guitar is on fire 3 1/2 minutes in. Some crazy synths follow and chunky bass.

As usual with an OZRICS album, turn it up loud when you listen. A solid 4 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Review by Evolver
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4 stars I only have the three I.R.S. Ozric Tentacles albums from the early nineties, but from those disks, I can say that these guys are nothing if not consistant. Each album contains track after track of some of the best space jams you are likely to hear anywhere. And this album is no different.

The songs manage to be trippy and energetic all at the same time, with swirling synthesizers and soaring guitar solos. My favorite songs on this disk are the two that have the more adventurous rhythms, Yog-Bar-Og and Myriapod, but I still enjoy all of the songs on this album.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Arborescence' - Ozric Tentacles (7/10)

Ozric Tentacles is a band I would not normally like; I would usually find a band with such loose compositions and focus on spacey effects to get boring or irritating, but as it stands, the Ozrics have risen to become one of my favourite psychedelic bands out there. They have a very unique sound to them that sounds like the audio equivalent of an out-of-body astral trip. Quite often upbeat, this band uses plenty of synthesizers, space effects, and guitar doodles, but they usually manage to back it up with some sort of intelligent composition behind it. This is why I like Ozric Tentacles. On the other hand, while they have such a unique sound to them, it can often feel like they are a band that continues to recycle one direction until it is completely exhausted. Entering my fanhood of Ozric Tentacles with the album before this one, 'Jurassic Shift', I get the feeling here that Ozric Tentacles are doing basically the same thing that they have done before on 'Arborescence'. The loose and soaring jam pieces are here are follow the same direction as they did on the previous record, but to a slightly less exciting degree. All the same, if you can try to overlook the fact that Ozric Tentacles have not done anything here to change up their sound, the listener is given another excellent dose of material from the band, as well as another slightly different soundtrack to travel through space with.

Virtually anything I could say about the music on 'Arborescence', I have already said when I reviewed 'Jurassic Shift' some time ago. The music is instrumental, although it uses ambient vocals to mesh in with the characteristically dense sound. The band essentially has two modes here to go with; the upbeat jam that makes no subtle use of synth flourishes and arpeggiated keyboard notes, and the slower, more exotic tracks. Both of these formulas seem geared towards provided a psychedelic, spiritual experience for the listener, and give that sense of floating over the proverbial mushroom kingdom. This is nothing new for Ozric Tentacles, and while 'Jurassic Shift' did the same thing significantly better, that does not stop 'Arborescence' from being fun as hell.

The light mood throughout the album, mixed with the dense production and walls of sound make the music on 'Arborescence' a perfect psychedelic formula. At the same time, I do think that Ozric Tentacles' vast discography would greatly benefit with some more variety, as this album greatly indicates. All the same, on its own and outside of the context, 'Arborescence' is a very good album.

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Posted Friday, August 19, 2011

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Arborescence is another competently composed and performed album from the Ozric Tentacles which will offer absolutely no surprises to anyone who has heard the preceding albums. It's often said that the Ozrics keep remaking the same album over and over again; I would say that's an exaggeration, and that they did at least in their early career seem to evolve their sound appreciably (particularly in the period from Pungent Effulgent to Jurassic Shift), but this time around the continued development and refinement of their approach seems to have stalled. It's not a bad album by any means, but it doesn't offer me anything which Jurassic Shift or Erpland didn't deliver significantly better.

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4 stars Having the disadvantage of being released after the masterpiece "Jurassic Shift", Arborescence seems to be a somewhat overlooked album by OT. Instead of being an album with great material along with so-so material, Arborescence, track by track, is consistently very good. Still it's one of my f ... (read more)

Report this review (#1291922) | Posted by ster | Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Well, there are many differents opinion like allways, each being have differents things to say an to think, i have to admit that i like a lot this band, they are one of the few bands that really experience all the possible genres, a lot of people said that "owned one of ozric you owned them all, ... (read more)

Report this review (#261364) | Posted by JgX 5 | Sunday, January 17, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ozric Tentacles makes some of the purest, most mind-blowingly awesome space rock ever. Whereas bands like Tangerine Dream specialized in cold, empty voids, and Pink Floyd did psychedelic trips, Ozric Tentacles makes straight-up, muscular, energetic space rock- no voids here, just swirling masses o ... (read more)

Report this review (#261024) | Posted by Neurotarkus | Friday, January 15, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album was my introduction to Ozric Tentacles and psychedelic progressive rock. I remember I'd found it in the casette player of a friend of mine, borrowed it and never gave it back... What amazes me is that after listening to this album for more than ten years now I still find it interesting, ... (read more)

Report this review (#145415) | Posted by radirpok | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars That's a good combination of space rock and eletronic music. I bought Arborescence in 1996 after the Strangeitude album. I like listen Arborescence when I'm alone, because it's more intense and more wonderful. There's no another band in space rock style so intense. Ozric Tentacles is magnifi ... (read more)

Report this review (#86818) | Posted by | Saturday, August 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was the first album i bought from ozric tentacles back in 1994-i was attracted by the beautiful artwork and i bought it with no second thought. There were hints by camel and eloy spread everywhere,but this did not mean in anyway that their music is an imitation! I still think that 1994 was a v ... (read more)

Report this review (#49237) | Posted by | Thursday, September 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars this album sometimes gets overlooked but i think it's one of their best. i think the emphasis on this album is really nice sounds and rythms as opposed to arranging peices of music that progress and so on. but the sounds and rythms they do create on this album are excellent. some of Ed's great ... (read more)

Report this review (#47292) | Posted by | Monday, September 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I honestly think this CD is really really nice. It combines a new tendency towards more electronic involement in rock, but not in the way that many 80's synthpop bands did. Someone realized along the way that electronica could be fused with rock to form just that; a new kind of fusion. These guys ... (read more)

Report this review (#35966) | Posted by Pale Fire | Friday, June 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Someone said "mind-numbing" and this is a good description of this album and perhaps others in this vein - not much is happening in the way of composition. Just lots of jamming and sound effects. Gets very monotonous after a while, although the chops are quite good all round. Uninteresting in ... (read more)

Report this review (#5475) | Posted by EMinkovitch | Friday, January 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the first Ozric release that spirally swirled into my life . . . and I haven't been the same since! Favorite track: "There's a Planet Here". . . laid-back cruising space-travel. ALL of their CDs are exceptional. This band seems to consistantly draw from the eternal springs of creati ... (read more)

Report this review (#5474) | Posted by | Friday, July 02, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars If you only ever buy one piece of music in your life - make it this album. This is the album that sucked me into the universe that is ozric. I have listened to it at least 100 times and still i am captivated. Each time i listen i hear something that i have never heard before, such is the complexity ... (read more)

Report this review (#5470) | Posted by | Friday, February 06, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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