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OHO's long trip have got started around 1970 at a Baltimore club called Bluesette, where a combo named Quinn, formed by Mark O'CONNOR (keyboards, voices), Joseph "Joe" O'SULLIVAN (guitars, voices), and Jay GRABOSKI (guitars, voices), usually played. In 1971 the origin of OHO Little Hans were founded as a gothic-progressive quartet featuring two keyboardists, a guitarist and a drummer by Mark, Jay, Jeff (Jay's brother), and Trent ZEIGEN. Finally in late 1973 Mark, Joe, and their rock mate Steve HECK have started experimental rock project under the infamous moniker of OHO (an acronym of the members' surname O'Sullivan, Heck, O'Connor).

Although they have been once disbanded after releasing the debut "Okinawa" in 1974 and an obscure second one "Vitamin Oho" in 1975, Jay and Mark kept playing new wave with kinda strong intention for progressive / experimental. OHO recorded and released an EP "Rocktronics" in 1984 and their incarnation's got more and more realized for the next decade. Their eponymous album "Oho" was radiated via Sky Records in 1990 and they signed a contract with an independent German label Little Wing Of Refugees in the following year, where their legendary "Vitamin Oho" and "Okinawa" have been reissued and rereleased in 1991 and in 1995 respectively, and the fourth full-length album "Ecce Oho" released in 1999.

In the early 21st Century, OHO came back to their own label Oho Music and spouted a compiled creation "Recollections" in 2002 and 2 CDs / DVD "Bricolage" in 2008. They have gigged locally as a trio formed by Ray JOZWIAK (keyboards, voices), David REEVE (drums, percussion, voices), and Jay. And their long trip has got crystallized as the new material "Where Words Do Not Reach" in 2015. They say we would look for much more music from OHO in the future as "imagination stretched to match the long reach of time".

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3.11 | 9 ratings
Okinawa
1974
4.00 | 3 ratings
Vitamin Oho
1991
4.00 | 3 ratings
Where Words Do Not Reach
2015

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 Okinawa by OHO album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Okinawa
Oho RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by 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.

 Where Words Do Not Reach by OHO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Where Words Do Not Reach
Oho RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Three albums in 40 years (one still to be added to the site). Thos old chaps are very skilled and the fact that they can do "Avantgarde" at their age is really significant. Anyway, when they released their first album there wasn't a clear distinction between subgenres, and probably there's not one even today.

But this means that 40 years of material written and collected for this 2015 release aren't limited by labels. In the album there is sme avant noise, but also a track like "Nazi Dog Jam" which is very reminding of the early Pink Floyd (Ummagumma/Meddle period). There's a sort of catchy Calypso on "House Party" and "I Could Not See Until I Opened My Eyes", and all extremely well played and arranged, even when it's clearly a long bluesy jam. The short "Peradam" could be added to a newage compilation, "Aubrey Circle Dance" has some funky.

So there's a lot of everything and this album is surely worth to be carefully listened. The mixture of "easy" and "challenging" tracks, well...not too much challenging really, can make it result a bit "disconnected", but this is the effect of having recorded material coming from different period in over 40 years.

This is a band that would have deserved a bit of success. I don't know what the band members have done out of those three albums. There's no track of other recordings or collaborations with other artists, at least for what I know. Anyway this is a very good album which can0t have from me less than 4 PA stars

 Where Words Do Not Reach by OHO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Where Words Do Not Reach
Oho RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars A matured but fresh music compilation for over forty years, filled with speedy groove like typhoon with bright lightning. Their newest creation "Where Words Do Not Reach" released in 2015 sounds like a novel sound explosion by a young promising act, and at the same time, like a mellow but a tad mischievous musical vibration by a veteran. Yes OHO can be called as one of avantgarde / psychedelic progressive vanguards founded in mid 1970s in Baltimore, but we cannot help feeling curious why no old-fashioned nor elderly texture be around them. Their magnificent intention for grabbing innovative musical method or impressive sound structure is, and will be kept in their open mind.

It's sorta pity their playing style, simpleness of creation, or composition method could not be thought progressive (I'm afraid freaks of so-called progressive rock nowadays could not understand their innovative points of musical view indeed), but without any suspicion they ring our bells along with funny, funky, and cynical melodic logic like Zappa, that obviously should be stuffed into short song stories of theirs. Guess there are always plenty of substantial or psychological hints for their bulky, massive creativity around them, and they would have got and digested precious material smoothly and swiftly. That's the reason why they have no authentic nor legendary vein in their creation but magmatic attachment for innovation and pleasure.

Let me say OHO can be interpreted as acronyms of "originality, humanity, and opacity" (sorry for my cheep cheesy joke), and I do hope they will be active, aggressive, and anti-conservative ... maybe not only me.

 Okinawa by OHO album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Okinawa
Oho RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars US ensemble OHO was formed in 1973 and is still an active unit today, rapidly closing in on its 40th anniversary: Not without a fair share of challenges and line-up alterations along the way however, the financial ones of the former often making a large impact on the latter. "Okinawa" was their first-ever production, initially issued as a privately pressed vinyl LP in 1974, reissued on CD in the 90's, and now remastered and reissued again in 2010.

If you generally enjoy challenging progressive rock as it was made in the 70's, and in particular if you fancy a band emphasizing the lyrical and vocal dimensions of that approach, you'll most likely find Oho's "Okinawa" to be an interesting experience. Not without faults, but with 30 creations to explore there should be plenty of material to enjoy even if a few should be given the skip.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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