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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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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. OZRIC TENTACLES are: Ed WYNNE (guitar, keyboards) - John EGAN (flute, vocals) - PAZZA (bass) - SEAWEED(keyboards) - SCHOO (drums, percussion).

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OZRIC TENTACLES discography


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

3.50 | 76 ratings
Erpsongs
1985
2.93 | 58 ratings
Tantric Obstacles
1985
3.62 | 60 ratings
There Is Nothing
1986
3.59 | 52 ratings
Sliding Gliding Worlds
1988
3.77 | 128 ratings
Pungent Effulgent
1989
3.19 | 47 ratings
The Bits Between the Bits
1989
4.01 | 221 ratings
Erpland
1990
3.88 | 163 ratings
Strangeitude
1991
4.11 | 317 ratings
Jurassic Shift
1993
3.90 | 156 ratings
Arborescence
1994
3.60 | 89 ratings
Become the Other
1995
3.94 | 124 ratings
Curious Corn
1997
3.84 | 126 ratings
Waterfall Cities
1999
3.95 | 110 ratings
The Hidden Step
2000
3.40 | 69 ratings
Swirly Termination
2000
3.72 | 133 ratings
Spirals In Hyperspace
2004
3.62 | 93 ratings
The Floor's Too Far Away
2006
3.61 | 124 ratings
The Yumyum Tree
2009
3.36 | 77 ratings
Paper Monkeys
2011

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

3.45 | 27 ratings
Live Ethereal Cereal
1986
4.35 | 48 ratings
Live Underslunky
1992
4.10 | 25 ratings
Spice Doubt
1998
4.76 | 52 ratings
Live at the Pongmasters Ball
2002
4.38 | 45 ratings
Sunrise Festival
2008

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

4.25 | 40 ratings
Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002
2002

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

3.57 | 30 ratings
Afterswish
1992
3.63 | 13 ratings
Vitamin Enhanced
1994
1.97 | 15 ratings
Floating Seeds
1999
3.88 | 8 ratings
There is Nothing / Live Ethereal Cereal
2000
3.88 | 8 ratings
Bits Between The Bits/Sliding Gliding Worlds
2000
3.26 | 8 ratings
Tantric Obstacles/Erpsongs
2000
4.11 | 9 ratings
Pungent Effulgent / Strangeitude
2002
4.33 | 6 ratings
Aborescence/Become The Other
2003
3.75 | 8 ratings
Live Underslunky/Spice Doubt
2004
4.40 | 5 ratings
Curious Corn / Swirly Termination
2004
4.31 | 17 ratings
Erpland / Jurassic Shift
2004
4.05 | 15 ratings
Eternal Wheel (Best of)
2004
4.60 | 5 ratings
Waterfall Cities / Hidden Step*
2005
2.75 | 4 ratings
Pyramidion / Floating Seeds
2005

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

3.31 | 4 ratings
Sploosh / Live Throbbe
1991
3.50 | 2 ratings
Ozric Tentacles
1993
4.31 | 33 ratings
Pyramidion
2001

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 Arborescence by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.90 | 156 ratings

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Arborescence
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ster

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 favorites by them for that reason, consistency. Arborescence continues their trend of giving a cross-reference of styles. Ranging from far out, hyper space rock (Astro Cortex & Myriapod) chill-out atmospheres (Dance Of the Loomi and Arborescence) space reggae (There's A Planet Here), ethnic inspired tunes (Shima Koto and Al-Salooq) and my favorite "Yog-Bar-Og" which is a wonderfully complex but refreshingly sublime space rock workout. Not the best OT album but a collection devoid of any bad tracks. A strong effort and an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection for sure.

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 Live at the Pongmasters Ball by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 2002
4.76 | 52 ratings

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Live at the Pongmasters Ball
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Approgximation

5 stars Ozric Tentacles have always been one of those little hidden gems you absolutely wished no-one else knew about, that you could hold close to your heart and barely share with any other aficionados. They are a highly under-rated, under-valued UK band. An extremely layered group, lively encompassing the space-rock, psychedelic-prog-rock, fusion-jazz, psytrance-electronica genres to clearly illustrate their under-estimation. And ALL of these traits are evident in the Pongmasters DVD.

Ozrics have never considered themselves as a serious band, however dousing yourself with your favorite 'poison', and settling down to Live at the Pongmasters Ball changes that perception all together. This DVD will spell bind you from front to back, having you fumble for the second disk in an attempt to get it into the player, show uninterrupted. First observation of this masterpiece should, through well experienced advise, be witnessed alone. Interruptions other than replacing the first disk with the second should be at absolute zero.

The band warms up slowly while you wonder whether this review was accurate in it's pro-actively positive assessment. This changes when the band members find their niche and the collaboration awakens to what can only be described as a frenzy of masterful improvisation. Layering of sound scapes are well vibrant. Each time you encounter this Ozrics work, you see and hear something you never came close to in a prior viewing, making this DVD one that can be watched repeatedly without self demise.

In full ensemble, Ed Wynne seems to play selfishly regardless of the other members presence, but this seems also the case regarding the other members. It is this sense of almost disarray that makes this collaboration an absolute delight to watch. Each members' musical 'opinion' makes its own self-stated expression as if each one is more important than the next, yet the musical battle among each other is nothing short of explosive and highly engrossing. Keeping up with any one of the various complicated layers can be difficult as you are drawn to the absolute talent of each member. This only strengthens your devotion toward watching this all over again.

Visual aspects light up your senses as they are engulfed with masses of colour. Multi-angle camera points make you a part of the arrangement. Little of what was done by way of big-band ensemble on this DVD is seen elsewhere in the Ozrics catalogue. Walking away from the experience is just that. Its an experience little else can familiarise yourself with.

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 Swirly Termination by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.40 | 69 ratings

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Swirly Termination
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thwok

3 stars It's interesting to me how ratings and reviews of Swirly Termination are all over the map. There seem to be about as many 2 star ratings as 5 star ratings, with a couple of 1 star ratings thrown in. I wonder how big a part being a OT fan you are over all plays in the final assessment of the album. OT is one of my favorite bands, maybe in my top ten. I think Swirly Termination has some excellent material, so I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars.

The fact that the band was at the very least ambivalent about Swirly Termination being released to the public has been discussed at length in other reviews. I'll just say that the quality of the album is inconsistent. I think the second half is stronger than the first. My favorite tracks are probably "Pyoing", "Kick 98", and the beloved "Voy Mandala". Over all, the album does meander somewhat for my tastes, and the "swirly" synthesizers are too present.

However, Swirly Termination is a good representation of Ozric Tentacles' unique combination of elements: epsychedelic synthesizers, complex (sometimes reggae-like) rhythms, Middle Eastern sounds, and Ed Wynne's incisive guitar playing. The relatively short playing time of Swirly Termination might suggest that it would be a good introduction for the uninitiated. I would definitely pick Pyrmadion first, because the songs are just better written. However, there's a lot of good-to-excellent music to be found on Swirly Termination for prog fans, so I give it 3 1/2 stars.

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 Erpsongs by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.50 | 76 ratings

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Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars This band was founded by band leader Ed Wynne, who with his brother Roly Wynne met the other band members of the first line-up of OZRIC TENTACLES at a campfire during the Stonehenge Free Festival in 1983. The band immediately hit it off and performed a jam session on the spot. The members took the hippie vibe of the Grateful Dead and married it with the space rock of Hawkwind and Steve Hillage era Gong and added other influences such as the electronic music of the day. Two years later after becoming a huge hit playing live gigs, the demand for their music meant they needed to have their music available for the hungry fans. Unfortunately by this time a decade after the space rock sound reached its pinnacle, no record label was willing to take on this type of music, thus OZRIC TENTACLES took matters into their own hands and produced their own music and distributed six of their first albums on cassettes only. ERPSONGS is the first of these albums and shows how the band had a clear vision of what they wanted to sound like from the beginning.

As a fan of the 90s albums, it is very interesting to go back and check out these earlier ones. This debut album has that organic homemade feel to it and offers upbeat guitar riffs with spaced out trippy synths and a nice groovy bass. There is dub and lots of sound effects and is actually pretty impressive for a do-it-yourself project in the early 80s. I find this a decent listen but at this stage the band's more progressive tendencies hadn't quite blossomed yet. Their sound is very much in its infancy and it lacks the strange time signature and heaps of extra instruments that they would become famous for. The psytrtrance and ambient features are here but not as sophisticated as the albums beginning with their first fully developed album "Pungent Effulgent." However, despite not being the most intricate or developed of their releases, this is a fun little album that has a nice feel to it. ERPSONGS and the other five cassette-only albums have been released on CD and remastered and can all be found together in the recently re-issued box set "Vitamin Enhanced." 3.5 rounded down

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 Pyramidion by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
4.31 | 33 ratings

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Pyramidion
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thwok

4 stars I am truly surprised that Pyramidion has only gotten four reviews so far on Progarchives. Ed Wynne & friends are clearly popular, and this is one of the highest rated OT releases. I myself am generally not a fan of the space rock subgenre - I prefer music that is actually composed, and has structure to it. Ozric Tentacles is the exception. I think Pyramidion is one of their best efforts - I'll give it 4 stars. Even the revered Pink Floyd is often too indulgent and eccentric-for-its-own-sake for my tastes! This album is a great introduction for folks who do not know Ozric Tentacles. It contains some of their better known material. As stated in several other reviews, the live version of "Pixel Dream" is just brilliant. "Sultana Detrii" is also a OT favorite, and this is a terrific version. I think the reason that I like OT so much is they write good material with variety, and play it so well. Ed's an excellent guitarist, and the drumming, done by Johnny Morgan and Rad at this point, is always good. The only reason I've given Pyramidion 4 instead of 4 and 1/2 stars is that most of these songs would already be familiar to regular Ozric Tentacles fans.

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 Jurassic Shift  by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.11 | 317 ratings

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Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ster

5 stars Perhaps the Zenith of space rock.

Jurassic Shift IMO is the Ozrics best album amongst a few serious contenders. OT's ideas, execution and sound gracefully come together perfectly on this album. Perhaps most importantly there is a cohesive feel throughout the entire track listing. This is probably their warmest sounding collection. Atmosphere and ambience has always been OT's forte and it is achieved with virtuosic playing without endless noodling and soloing which is the downfall of most modern prog. While lots of prog bands use an ethnic mode in a more western structure, OT uses them evoke a feeling of actually being there or somewhere exotic. Like a rainforest, Chinese mountains, Thai countryside, Jamaican beach or sometimes combined taking the listener somewhere new. Some of the band members actually travel to different parts of the world to get a true influence and the right sounds as well. Ed's spacey guitar, John's ethereal flutes, Joie's bubbling and ethnic synth's, Roly an Zia's grounding and sometimes melodic bass, Merv's tight drums and Marcus's ethnic percussion serve up the greatest Space prog album that's ever hit my ears. Headphone use strongly recommended.

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 Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002 by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover DVD/Video, 2002
4.25 | 40 ratings

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Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars The Pongmaster's Ball was a gig held at the Shepherd Bush Empire last year, and it was recorded and made available on both DVD and CD. The DVD also features a documentary showing the band throughout the day, preparing for the gig as well as getting the flavour of the event itself by showing parts of the soundcheck and asking fans what they think of the band. It has a rough and raw feel, as if it is one person with a camcorder and this adds to the overall feel of actually being there. It ends with the band walking onto stage.

This of course leads into the concert proper. Ozrics really are unlike any other band that you can imagine, as they just don't sound like anyone else and are as happy playing dance music as they are playing 'prog'. The line-up is Ed (guitar, synths, wide ears), Champignon (flutes, wide eyes), Zia (bass, thumbs), Seaweed (synths, fingers) and Schoo (drums, tongues). In the small print it states which endorsements each has, and while Zia uses Fender basses and Marshall amps Champignon "plays sticks with holes in 'em".

It is dreamy, it is trance, it is experimental, it is a blend of keyboards/flute/guitar in a way that you will never hear anywhere else, just kept together on the wrong side of sanity by the rhythm section. While Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead were seen as the bands to take drugs to in the Sixties, there is no doubt that this mantle has been taken up by the Ozrics and they are more than happy to oblige.

The sound is spot on and the concert camera work very good indeed, and it is great to be able to see the Ozrics in my front room. Who else can give such a totally solid instrumental performance that leaves the crowd shouting for more?

Originally appeared in Feedback #72, Feb 03

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 Pyramidion by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
4.31 | 33 ratings

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Pyramidion
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
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5 stars There are indeed very few bands that can be said to have a sound that is unique, one that captures images and styles, transcending all attempts at pigeon holing. The Ozrics are one such band, and in the sixteen years since their first release, they have confounded all of their critics and have managed to sell nearly a million albums in the meantime.

A totally instrumental band is a rarity these days, for one to have succeeded to the level that the Ozrics have is virtually unheard of. This mini-album comprises one brand new song, and four that were captured at The Boardwalk last year and are their first live songs to be released since 1992's 'Underslunky' album. Even though it is a mini album, it still manages to clock in at forty minutes long.

The bass and drums underpin the music, allowing the flutes, keyboards and guitars to create the spell, the magic that is Ozric Tentacles. If you have ever heard and loved the band then you will need no urging to find this album, if you have managed to miss them then your musical knowledge is sadly lacking and now is the time to make amends. Heartily recommended.

Originally appeared in Feedback #63, July 01

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 Live at the Pongmasters Ball by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 2002
4.76 | 52 ratings

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Live at the Pongmasters Ball
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by obiter
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5 stars It's been a while ...

Ozrics for me have always been a live band. The magic of their home "studio" albums has been how close to live performance they have been. we have all been spoilt in recent years by the release of many many albums online of live performances in the US along with early recordings and scratchings,

The Pongmasters is a fabulous live alum. Up there with Live Underslunky. While many bands have to be experienced live and are fabulous their live albums are somehow disappointing. Not for Ozrics, somehow, the precision and energy of the performance translates to the recording: hey its like Thelonius Monk at the Five Spot.

As a long toothed fan the highlight was Hup Ho World because it takes you back to the very early days.

This is simply an excellent recording of great live performances by the maser of psychedelic spacerock. There is a strong argument that if you were to purchase only 1 Ozric album it would be this, Domes of G'Bal, Sploosh, Kick Muck, Oakum all have withstood the test of time. If it had Tight Spin we would be in a state of bliss.

Very few albums are essential (working on the basis that 200-400 hits most peoples storage limtis for LPs. But this one is.

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 Paper Monkeys by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.36 | 77 ratings

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Paper Monkeys
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by obiter
Prog Reviewer

3 stars OK so I'm a fan converted after seeing the Ozrics in the late 80s while at university in England (after being played some tapes by a mate I've been hooked ... thanks Seb). For the uninitiated Ozrics are THE spacerock band bar none. For me they define the genre.

How does this compare with the classic sound?

Lemon Kush: more upbeat, trendier, maybe dancier. Flying Machines has plenty of Ed Wynne's riffs that would grace if not embarrass the more self-aggrandizing lead metal guitarists. Plowm (not pwned) is perhaps the most typically Ozrics track.

Lost in the Sky has a dreamy swirling nature, mixing throbbing bass with genuine edgy lead guitars and somehow having psychedelic keyboards. Classic Ozrics. Excellent. Nothing new but, hey, if it ain't broke.

So for the Ozrics aficionados why add this one to our expanding collection? Simples: The Will of the Wisps. Worth the purchase on it's own (and now with the wonders of the interweb thingy you can get it on its own): dreamy (one of the great bass lines .. wafting keyboards, bubbles, delicately mixed acoustic, then about 5 mins in "the change": simply picks up, changes the rhythm, bass line changes, muted guitar; by 7 mins in it's grooving in such a mesmeric way that it's almost impossible not to start moving to the music. By 10 mins the Borg is in control: resistance is futile: Ozrics at their very very best.

Is the album essential: nah, not by a long shot. But every progger should have The Will of the Wisps.

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