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VITAMIN ENHANCED

Ozric Tentacles

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.97 | 31 ratings | 5 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Erpsongs (1985) (59:39)
1. Velmwend (4:38)
2. Fast Dots (3:48)
3. Thyroid (5:05)
4. Spiral Mind (3:33)
5. Synth on a Plinth (1:59)
6. Dharma Reggae (4:56)
7. Tidal Otherness (5:41)
8. Erp Riff (1:36)
9. Descension (5:01)
10. Misty Gliss (4:33)
11. Dots Thots (2:49)
12. Clock Drops (2:49)
13. Five Jam (6:53)
14. Oddhamshaw (6:18)

CD 2 - Tantric Obstacles (1985) (60:59)
1. Og-Ha-Be (4:41)
2. Shards of Ice (3:53)
3. Sniffing Dog (6:31)
4. Music to Gargle At (3:29)
5. Ethereal Cereal (2:15)
6. Atmosphear (4:32)
7. Ullular Gate (4:25)
8. Tentacles of Erpmind (0:34)
9. Trees of Eternity (7:26)
10. Mescalito (4:04)
11. Oddhamshaw Style (1:53)
12. Become the Otter (4:59)
13. Gnuthlia (5:25)
14. Sorry Style (3:46)
15. The Aum Shuffle (3:06)

CD 3 - Ethereal Cereal (1986) (61:31)
1. Erpriff (9:33)
2. Tentacular Explosion (10:07)
3. Stupid Reggae (6:16)
4. Om Riff Gong (4:35)
5. Obstacular Explosion (13:46)
6. Og-Ha-Be (8:37)
7. Dots Thots (4:50)
8. Erpitaph (3:47)

CD 4 - There Is Nothing (1987) (72:06)
1. The Sacred Turf (3:14)
2. O-I (4:42)
3. Jabular (3:52)
4. Staring at the Moon (4:47)
5. Airy Area (3:44)
6. Travelling the Great Circle (4:05)
7. Imhotep (11:56)
8. Thrashing Breath Texture (3:31)
9. Crab Nebula (5:39)
10. Lull Your Skull (3:01)
11. Invisible Carpet (5:47)
12. The Eternal Wheel (9:53)
13. Kola B'pep (6:36)
14. There Is Nothing (1:19)

CD 5 - Sliding Gliding Worlds (1988) (62:28)
1. Yaboop (5:29)
2. Soda Water (4:09)
3. The Code for Chickendon (4:59)
4. Guzzard (2:05)
5. The Dusty Pouch (4:22)
6. Sliding and Gliding (4:54)
7. Kick Muck (5:28)
8. It's a Hup Ho World (6:42)
9. Atmospheric Underslunky (3:32)
10. (Omnidirectional) Bhadra (2:57)
11. Fetch Me the Pongmaster (6:12)
12. Mae Hong Song (3:19)
13. White Rhino Tea (4:05)
14. Loaf Jaw (1:11)
15. The Green Island (3:04)

CD 6 - Bits Between the Bits (1989) (62:16)
1. Eye of Adia (4:24)
2. Fragmentary Aura (3:09)
3. Sparkling Oasis (4:30)
4. Tidal Otherness (0:59)
5. Secret Names (5:23)
6. Symetricum (4:35)
7. Floating Seeds (5:39)
8. Ozrosis (2:30)
9. Wreltch (8:28)
10. Afterswish (2:40)
11. Koh Phangan (7:09)
12. The Cave of Aeolas (5:52)
13. Puff Puff on a Chuff Chuff (2:13)
14. Health Music (4:45)

Total Time 378:59

Releases information

6CD box set that consisted of CD reissues of their early cassette-era releases. With the exception of songs that appeared on the "Afterswish" compilation, many of these songs from these early cassettes were released for the first time on CD.

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OZRIC TENTACLES Vitamin Enhanced ratings distribution


3.97
(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(61%)
61%
Good, but non-essential (10%)
10%
Collectors/fans only (6%)
6%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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Review by Proghead
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Six CD box set that consisted of CD reissues of their early cassette-era releases. With the exception of songs that appeared on the "Afterswish" compilation, many of these songs from these early cassettes were the first time they appeared on CD. The albums are: "Erpsongs" / "Tantric Obstacles" / "Live Ethereal Cereal" / "There is Nothing" / "Sliding Gliding Worlds" / "The Bits Between the Bits".

The box set poked fun a Kellogg's cereal box, and as a matter of fact Kellogg's threatened the band with a lawsuit, but it was already discontinued by the time they threatened with the lawsuit, and each of the six discs were sold separately after the box set was discontinued.

Being very familiar with this era of the OZRICS, many of these albums, especially "Erpsongs" suffered from rather amateurish production and bad editing, but even these early releases demonstrates how the OZRICS became one of the finest modern space rock bands out there. Of course these early releases might not be the best place for OZRIC newcomers, but for the serious fan, these are essential, and if you got the "Vitamin Enhanced (Box Set)", you got yourself a collector's item!

Review by obiter
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars To review a box set ... hmm

There are box sets and then there are box sets ... some have hidden extras, bonus tracks, detialed band histories, new insights, band family trees, back stage photos etc: OK for this set that would be a Zero then.

Well. you'll have read the separate reviews for the albums so you will know all about the dodgy recordings & raw feel of the content. So putting all that aside .......

It's a great box, no really it is: classic Ozric & a bit contraversial all in one

It's getting hard to find. Very rare. Teh "woodgrain" of the Ozric world (if that analogy is lost on oyu check out the acaeum). And there's the rub: this is THE Ozric box set. Ain't no others. No sirreee.

This one has collector written all over it. I've got all the earlies on tape (a couple bought at the time of release - the others were lost & bought second hand), and yet this box set has the sort of nagging quality when it comes up that onyl Mrs Doyle in Father Ted could equal: go-wan go-wan go-wan go-wan go-wan go-wan go-wan go-wan you know you want to: in Horslips terms a fortunate cup of tea

a stonking (5) star collectible fans only release: a very good 2 stars

Review by siLLy puPPy
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
4 stars OZRIC TENTACLES spent the majority of the 80s playing small festivals and venues before they would find their first album 'Pungent Effulgent' on the Dovetail Records label which would lead them into on their way to find themselves as one of the most interesting underground psychedelic space rock bands of the 90s.

During this time the band released six recordings but only on cassette and were only sold at live venues making it quite difficult for anyone who wasn't there at the time to track down. Dovetail solved that problem by releasing all of those homemade albums on CD in the box set compilation VITAMIN ENHANCED in 1994.

As if the originals themselves weren't hard enough to find, the original pressing for VITAMIN ENHANCED was limited to a mere 5000 copies which sold out quickly as the band amassed more popular appeal. Not helping the matter was the fact of legal issues from Kellogg's who complained that the artwork resembled their brand of Corn Flakes packaging.

Because of all that, the plans for a repressing were scrapped but finally in 2013, in honor of the band's 30th anniversary, the Snapper Music label remastered the entire six albums which saw a release in January of 2014. Also included is a generous booklet filled with history and artwork from those early days. The CDs included are wrapped up in cardboard sleeves with their original artwork all snug together in a nice tripped out box.

While most of the early albums aren't exactly essential with only 'Live Essential Cereal' and 'Bits Between The Bits' receiving a four star status from yours truly, this is an impressive packaging design and an excellent way to get all the early albums in a one-stop shop in totally remastered form, thus a 4 star box set which includes mostly 3 star albums but the remastered versions add a little more star heft to my rating.

This box set includes: CD 1: Erpsongs (1984) CD 2: Tantric Obstacles (1985) CD 3: Live Ethereal Cereal (1986) CD 4: There Is Nothing (1987) CD 5: Sliding Gliding Worlds (1988) CD 6: Bits Between the Bits (1989)

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars This is a 6CD compilation of the six self-published cassette releases which put Ozric Tentacles on the musical map back in the 1980s. Originally issued as a limited edition by DoveTail in 1994, the set would see a rerelease by MadFish, somewhat remastered, and has now had a further remastering and new issue through KScope, in a book-style presentation reminiscent of the form factor they have used for collections like Travelling the Great Circle.

The cassette albums could be rough around the edges - especially the first two - but they represent a part of the band's musical journey any fan will want to hear, and the CD presentations (especially in their remastered forms) do a fine job of teasing out the finer qualities of the material and overcoming the limitations of their original presentation. Serious fans of the group will want this anyway; those who want an instant six-hour trip into their foundational work could do much worse than starting out here.

Latest members reviews

4 stars You've only got this if you are very lucky... Ozric decided to produce a box set of their first 6 albums on CD, previously only available on cassette, and decided to (a) give them a natty cover, and (b) nock them out at 30.00 the set (in the UK), which was good value even then, for over 6 hours of ... (read more)

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