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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Founded in Somerset, England in 1983

OZRIC TENTACLES are simply put, legends of the UK underground. Inspired by a myriad of musical genres and musicians from Kraut-rockers KRAAN to guitar maestro Steve VAI, from ethnic Arabic to electronic techno, from HENDRIX to HILLAGE. OZRIC TENTACLES' music is a fusion of sounds, styles and genres that cannot be categorized nor plagiarized, such is its complexity.

The essence of the OZRIC TENTACLES remains essentially a free-willed musical unit oblivious to fashion trends and intent on exploring instrumental experimental music with an obsessive zeal. Formed in the early eighties, the Ozrics began life as a free-form psychedelic vehicle for jamming, attracting a dedicated fan-base at grassroots level by playing at all the free festivals to fans of space-rock, dub, psychedelia, and later on when the festivals had developed into raves, to fans of house and techno. Having then developed their own cottage industry - studio, label, tour bus, dedicated following - the Ozrics eventually achieved top ten album status in the UK with their 1993 album "Jurassic Shift". It was, and still is, an astonishing accomplishment for a band with no celebrity status, and no major record label backing.

To date, the band have released 20 albums, a vast body of music that is both complex and fascinating in its scope and vision. The new live double album, "Pongmasters Ball" was recorded at their sold-out show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire earlier this year. The DVD of this show will be released in September.

See also: Ed WYNNE

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OZRIC TENTACLES top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.46 | 104 ratings
Erpsongs
1985
3.05 | 83 ratings
Tantric Obstacles
1985
3.56 | 88 ratings
There Is Nothing
1986
3.53 | 80 ratings
Sliding Gliding Worlds
1988
3.42 | 72 ratings
The Bits Between the Bits
1989
3.78 | 189 ratings
Pungent Effulgent
1989
4.04 | 322 ratings
Erpland
1990
3.92 | 253 ratings
Strangeitude
1991
4.12 | 458 ratings
Jurassic Shift
1993
3.90 | 220 ratings
Arborescence
1994
3.62 | 127 ratings
Become The Other
1995
3.89 | 177 ratings
Curious Corn
1997
3.81 | 184 ratings
Waterfall Cities
1999
3.92 | 163 ratings
The Hidden Step
2000
3.47 | 101 ratings
Swirly Termination
2000
3.76 | 171 ratings
Spirals In Hyperspace
2004
3.61 | 126 ratings
The Floor's Too Far Away
2006
3.55 | 172 ratings
The YumYum Tree
2009
3.38 | 119 ratings
Paper Monkeys
2011
3.85 | 218 ratings
Technicians Of The Sacred
2015
3.79 | 59 ratings
Space for the Earth
2020

OZRIC TENTACLES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.54 | 40 ratings
Live Ethereal Cereal
1986
4.29 | 67 ratings
Live Underslunky
1992
4.06 | 32 ratings
Spice Doubt
1998
4.61 | 78 ratings
Live at the Pongmasters Ball
2002
4.29 | 50 ratings
Sunrise Festival
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live At One World Frome Festival 1997
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live At The Academy Manchester 1992
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live In Oslo
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live In Italy 2010
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Academy Manchester 1992
2011
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live In Milan 2012
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live in Pordenone, Italy 2013
2013

OZRIC TENTACLES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.23 | 50 ratings
Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002
2002

OZRIC TENTACLES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.65 | 33 ratings
Afterswish
1992
3.76 | 21 ratings
Vitamin Enhanced
1994
2.02 | 19 ratings
Floating Seeds Remixed
1999
3.86 | 14 ratings
There is Nothing / Live Ethereal Cereal
2000
3.77 | 13 ratings
Bits Between The Bits/Sliding Gliding Worlds
2000
3.26 | 12 ratings
Tantric Obstacles/Erpsongs
2000
4.15 | 13 ratings
Pungent Effulgent & Strangeitude
2002
4.30 | 10 ratings
Aborescence/Become The Other
2003
3.91 | 11 ratings
Live Underslunky/Spice Doubt
2004
4.38 | 8 ratings
Curious Corn / Swirly Termination
2004
4.46 | 21 ratings
Erpland / Jurassic Shift
2004
3.72 | 19 ratings
Eternal Wheel (Best of)
2004
4.44 | 9 ratings
Waterfall Cities / Hidden Step*
2005
2.71 | 7 ratings
Pyramidion / Floating Seeds Remixed
2005

OZRIC TENTACLES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.30 | 5 ratings
Sploosh / Live Throbbe
1991
3.50 | 2 ratings
Ozric Tentacles
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wob Glass
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Oakum
2000
4.32 | 39 ratings
Pyramidion
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Eat Static Remix Ozric Tentacles: Chewier
2004

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 Space for the Earth by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.79 | 59 ratings

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Space for the Earth
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by prog_traveller!!

3 stars Ozric tentacles is a band that made the biggest impact on modern space rock. Since their Pungent Effulgent from 1989 to my favorite album Arborescence released in 1994, they established them selves as a band that delivers a new and fresh sound to this prog rock sub-genre and influenced and keep influencing the bands that carry on similar style. But the repetition that they did on album after album had made me lose a little bit of interest in the band. Same is with their new album Space for the Earth, don't get me wrong, it's a good record with songwriting that made them who they are, intro, repeating synth lines and then the rhythm section with cool guitar solos and oriental feel from time to time, make this just another Ozric tentacles album.
 Space for the Earth by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.79 | 59 ratings

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Space for the Earth
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars England's most famous psychedelic electronic rave hippies have been at it now for almost 40 when OZRIC TENTACLES was formed by the tripper in chief Ed Wynne who has remained the mastermind and only member ever since. This project was quite prolific in the 80s and 90s releasing an album every two or three years which also was true in the first decade of the 2000s but after Wynne suffered his entire house being ravaged by wildfires in the US state of Colorado in 2012 and lost his equipment, home recording studio and much of the archived material, this blow set Wynne back and the 2010s has produced far fewer OZRIC albums as Wynne has focused on other things.

Never one to officially retire, the OZRICS are back with the first album in five years. SPACE FOR THE EARTH, the project's 22nd studio album which may not move forward into new musical arenas but does display the consistency of the OZRIC sound which still to this day sounds like no other. After the fire incident Wynne returned to the UK and recorded SPACE FOR EARTH in his Bubble studio in Scotland and features his son Silas Neptune on keyboards along with several ex-members of the band including drummer Balázs Szende.

Honestly there isn't one thing you can say about this OZRIC album that you really can't say about the rest. The formula of mixing strong driving bass lines with jittery keyboard parts, space guitars and that sweeping space rock sound from 70s bands like Gong, Steve Hillage and Hawkwind are all still in tact as is the world music influences of funk, jazz, dub, reggae and of course ambient new age. "Stripey Clouds" starts the seven track album of about 45 minutes in strong form with all the aforementioned stylistic approaches taking turns at unleashing soothing melodies with progressive time signature breaks which qualifies the band to be included in prog turf.

Once again these are all instrumentals with jazzy interludes and ethnic instruments inserting unique tones and timbres but as i've already said there is really nothing that sets this album apart from the vast bulk of the band's canon which for those who love consistency is a good thing but for some of us who hope to see a band evolve their sound into something more, well more anything really, find that this band is simply stuck in a groove of its own making seemingly in perpetuity. As always the OZRICS deliver a substantive display of what they do best but if i had to offer an explanation why this album would be an excellent addition to your collection then i'd be at a loss for words. This is a good album for sure but not anything beyond.

 Space for the Earth by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.79 | 59 ratings

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Space for the Earth
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

5 stars It's getting difficult for me to review an Ozric release because they pretty much follow a similar formula. Sure some are more guitar-oriented, others more synth-oriented, world music has itself felt more on some than others, some more techno, some more rock, you get the picture. So how to review Space for the Earth, their first in over five years (and the end of a hiatus Ed had spoken about)? Well as much as I enjoyed Technicians of the Sacred, it needed more concentration to let it soak in due to length. Here being a single disc it's more compact and I can more easily recommend the Ozric newbie as a great place to start for their newer material. Here it's perhaps a bit less guitar-oriented and more synth-oriented with mainly Ed and son Silas providing synths although Joie Hinton and Dutch musician Gracerooms provide additional synths on some cuts. Plus it's nice to see early drummer Nick van Gelder appear and even John Egan reappears. Paul Hankin once again provides occasional percussion. Brandi is now MIA as she's no longer with Ed and staying in the States while Ed moved from Colorado to Fife, Scotland. Anyways Space for the Earth is another amazing entry in the Ozric catalog. Hard to pick highlights but the title track features John's nice flute playing, while "Humboldt Currant" sounds like Ozric in a nutshell and little wonder this piece was available as a preview ahead of release. I have to say the album simply knocked my socks off. Definitely bound to be a favorite of mine for 2020!
 Spirals In Hyperspace by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.76 | 171 ratings

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Spirals In Hyperspace
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sagichim
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Being a big Ozric fan I have tried to get into this album for years, every few months I tried again and again but couldn't get through 3 or 4 tracks, what bothered me about it is mainly the sound, the music was dominated by the heavy keyboard sound while guitars were pushed aside, cuasing the album to sound unnatural. There are only 3 tracks here to feature real drums, something that made it even harder for me to digest. But once I got used to the sound I started paying more attention to the material and how the music was crafted and it clicked, it clicked big time. Suddenly I started thinking "Hey this is a great sounding album!" and couldn't stop listening to it because it had so much to offer. In spite of what I thought at the beginning guitars aren't that pushed aside, yes they are less evident than before but they are present for a good extent, it's a good thing the keys here are of high quality. That is why I believe it is such a controversial album among fans. The reason for this album being what it is is the fact that it's mostly a solo album by band leader Ed Wynne, the rest of the band contribute very little to this recording, particularly on Oakum featuring Zia Geelani on bass and the great Steve Hillage on the superb Akasha.

The album starts with Chewier, that in spite of being heavy on the keys it's an excellent energetic rocker, top that with a furious guitar solo ala Steve Vai from Ed, a great opener indeed. Spirals In Hyperspace is one of the best (and longest) pieces here proving what a genius Mr. Wynne is, there's some beautiful keys work here accompanied by fantastic guitar solos, I love how the atmosphere here is relaxed although this is quite an upbeat track. It turns middle eastern about half way ending with some crushing guitar work outs, great stuff! Slinky is another long piece led mostly by the keyboard, although I usually need more than just that ,it feels complete and enjoyable with its tranquil and spacey atmosphere, 2.5 minutes before the end guitar is added with another beautiful solo. Toka Tola is a favorite of mine, it is more upbeat, I just love that infectious theme and the interplay between guitar and keys all along. Plasmoid is my least favorite here, again it is mostly led by keys, not bad at all but I'm not a fan of this kind of harsh and edgy sound, coming from the Ozrics make it moderately enjoyable for me. Oakum is the most famous piece here being sometimes performed live, played here with real drums making this piece sound the most natural and organic. Nothing original really just another space rocker that the Ozrics are so good at delivering. Good synth and keys work plus great guitars from Ed and as I mentioned before Zia Geelani's excellent bass work. Akasha featuring Steve Hillage is definitely one of the highest points on the album, probably the best track here. A very unique piece with a cool rhythm, amazing synth work and of course brilliant interplay between guitars, it turnes more energetic half way through and it works perfectly. Psychic Chasm is another unique sounding piece making this album a bit more diverse, the first part is led by a tribal drumming on tablas and floaty sounds, this is wonderful. It gets more upbeat later with great synth work guitar is added to spice things up it sounds like a real party now, later on the beat gets more deep sounding, this could work on a rave trance party I kid you not, very very nice! Zoemetra is another organic middle eastern sounding track, although pretty upbeat it's not heavy but quite laid back and calm, great ending to this album.

I think this is another well written, tightly crafted and overall successful attempt by Ed Wynne, once you get passed the heavy keyboard sound of the album and start paying attention to the details this is a very rewarding album. 4 stars.

 Live at the Pongmasters Ball by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 2002
4.61 | 78 ratings

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Live at the Pongmasters Ball
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ozric Tentacles are a band who very much honed their craft in a live context, toiling away on 1980s festival circuit and peddling their cassettes as a sideline before they began producing their studio releases. Live At the Pongmasters' Ball captures a Shepherds' Bush Empire gig which covers over a decade of Ozric delight, with the setlist including material from as recent as the Pyramidion EP and as far back as the original run of cassettes.

What's revelatory about a good Ozrics live album is the fact that the band are able to evoke their otherworldly sound perfectly in a live context. If you'd only heard their studio albums, you'd think that such sounds couldn't be replicated live, when in fact it turns out the real problem they had to grapple with in their early years was producing an acceptable replication of their cosmic live jams in the studio. The extra atmosphere and variation offered by the live context enriches the already well-honed compositions in question. On this set, Ed Wynne earns the MVP spot with some guitar heroics of a sort you wouldn't normally expect from the Tentacles, but which slots into their sound perfectly.

 Eternal Wheel (Best of) by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2004
3.72 | 19 ratings

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Eternal Wheel (Best of)
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars At first I was surprised that this album/group was not listed as Progressive Electronic, but rather as Psychedelic/Space Rock. I understand that each band is classified under one and only one subgenre, and that bands change styles over time. Still, the songs on Eternal Wheel, which is a best-of compilation, seem to hang together; this didn't seem to be a band that has changed genre. But upon repeated listens, I began to see Ozric Tentacles as equal parts electronic-based outfit and jam band.

And while I've never been much of a fan of "jam bands," this group is pretty good. Since I've had and enjoyed this two-CD "best-of" set for more than ten years, you might think I'd search out more Ozric Tentacles. But I never have. I guess at some point during the second disc, around "Vibuthi," I feel like I've heard all this band has to offer. I've liked it, mind you, but two CDs is about the perfect quantity.

The songs are a good mix of energetic and mellow (but never too mellow). The drumming is strong, most songs have a solid bass line, and there is often a sequencer part, which together gave me the sense that this was more of an electronic-progressive act. But there are also a number of non-western instruments, and some decent electric-guitar shredding. There are no vocals.

Having given this one lots of spins, I'll say this is solid and enjoyable, but not essential.

 Technicians Of The Sacred by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.85 | 218 ratings

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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4.25: Is the twentieth album by Ozric tentacles, oficially the fifteenth one, and being the first one of being of double length. The last album until today of Ozric Tentacles include a modern sound using electronic music as the predominant base for the jamming and improvisation of the band, but without losing the characteristic space rock with heavy moment and continuous flow and movement of the music, so you don't ever get close to be bored. Musically, has changed including more modern sounds and keyboard passages but without losing the essence, at sometime the music sounds like floydian, mainly in the guitar and keyboards. It is a good album, it has tons of good moments, but it is not so close from the quality of their masterpieces Jurasic Shift and Erpland, and it has some average moments also, I think they added too much content, instead of focusing in improving and mixing all in one disc, although in general is a very good work . I considered it A good addition to any prog collection.
 Erpland by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.04 | 322 ratings

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Erpland
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 4.75: The seventh album by Ozric Tentacles. This is the second that i hear of this band, and Im continually impressed with the versatility and originality in the composition of music. They incorporate a lot of styles of music and mixed perfectly with progressive space rock. What I really like most is tha bass and drums rythm , the way they manage all the tempos in the music and gives the change of times when it is needed, it is magnificent. I Loved this album and really good musically, close to their best album Jurasic Shift. There is no filler songs nor moments where the quality of music is getting bad, and this is a very difficult accomplishment because they almost don't use Vocals at all. A masterpiece of space rock by Ozric Tentacles that must to be heard by any prog collector.
 Jurassic Shift by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.12 | 458 ratings

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Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 5: the ninth album by Ozric Tentacles, the most acclaimed by the band. I have to say it is an almost excellent album, and a very original sound. The experimentation used here is very consistent and nothing exaggerate at all. Very progressive with elements of rock, Electronic and Ambient music, but pretty good combined and without any moment of boredom. It has no vocals, but for me they always are a complement to the music, so it doesn't matter. Musically, the main instrument used is the keyboard over where all the other members of the band make their thing and complement the keyboard passages, I liked a lot when they suddenly change the music with a very heavy one, for example in Feng Shui, also the drums make a very good job and all the ambient and random sounds add a interesting touch. A masterpiece of space rock, I recommend it to any prog listener.
 Jurassic Shift by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.12 | 458 ratings

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Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WFV

5 stars I'm not over the moon about this group but this album is terrific. I've tried many of their other ones, they are just too heavy on the guitar for me to get off on. This one I've discovered is groovy to the core. It feels like the balance is just right for me, like a great jazz record, you just put on and lose forty minutes riding the wave. The Ozrics I've listened to have yet to top this masterpiece and from what I've gathered from their extensive discography this is where their talents solidified. Perfect packaging and album length add to the appeal, as does the fact there really wasn't anyone sounding like this in the early nineteen nineties that I've heard except maybe Djam Karet to some extent
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