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

3.41 | 82 ratings
Erpsongs
1985
2.96 | 67 ratings
Tantric Obstacles
1985
3.54 | 66 ratings
There Is Nothing
1986
3.61 | 58 ratings
Sliding Gliding Worlds
1988
3.78 | 140 ratings
Pungent Effulgent
1989
3.23 | 55 ratings
The Bits Between the Bits
1989
4.02 | 239 ratings
Erpland
1990
3.90 | 179 ratings
Strangeitude
1991
4.12 | 343 ratings
Jurassic Shift
1993
3.91 | 170 ratings
Arborescence
1994
3.62 | 95 ratings
Become the Other
1995
3.95 | 130 ratings
Curious Corn
1997
3.84 | 135 ratings
Waterfall Cities
1999
3.96 | 117 ratings
The Hidden Step
2000
3.42 | 75 ratings
Swirly Termination
2000
3.74 | 138 ratings
Spirals In Hyperspace
2004
3.62 | 94 ratings
The Floor's Too Far Away
2006
3.61 | 128 ratings
The YumYum Tree
2009
3.40 | 83 ratings
Paper Monkeys
2011
3.91 | 95 ratings
Technicians Of The Sacred
2015

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

3.53 | 33 ratings
Live Ethereal Cereal
1986
4.33 | 54 ratings
Live Underslunky
1992
4.11 | 26 ratings
Spice Doubt
1998
4.76 | 57 ratings
Live at the Pongmasters Ball
2002
4.42 | 40 ratings
Sunrise Festival
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At One World Frome Festival 1997
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Academy Manchester 1992
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Oslo
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Italy 2010
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Milan 2012
2012

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

4.26 | 42 ratings
Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002
2002

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

3.59 | 29 ratings
Afterswish
1992
3.67 | 14 ratings
Vitamin Enhanced
1994
1.97 | 15 ratings
Floating Seeds
1999
3.90 | 10 ratings
There is Nothing / Live Ethereal Cereal
2000
3.89 | 9 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
4.29 | 7 ratings
Aborescence/Become The Other
2003
3.75 | 8 ratings
Live Underslunky/Spice Doubt
2004
4.40 | 5 ratings
Curious Corn / Swirly Termination
2004
4.32 | 19 ratings
Erpland / Jurassic Shift
2004
4.05 | 16 ratings
Eternal Wheel (Best of)
2004
4.50 | 6 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wob Glass
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Oakum
2000
4.31 | 34 ratings
Pyramidion
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eat Static Remix Ozric Tentacles: Chewier
2004

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 There Is Nothing  by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.54 | 66 ratings

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There Is Nothing
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars THERE IS NOTHING is the fourth cassette-only release from OZRIC TENTACLES in the 80s before they released their first official album "Pungent Effulgent" in 1989. After the excellent live album "Live Ethereal Cereal" the OZRICS returned to dish out another studio cassette recording shortly thereafter. This album pretty much continues the consistent sounds that every album before incorporated. The evolution of OZRIC TENTACLES has to be one of the most subtle and slow burners in all of music history because from the very first album to the latest, the differences are fewer than the similarities. Not to say there are no changes here though. There is a noticeable leap in production and mixing. The instruments blend together more effectively, the synths have more variety in not only sound but in volume control. There are also more ethnic influences creeping in as well.

The space rock retains a strong Hawkwind feel as usual but there is also a huge "Fish Rising" Steve Hillage feel as well. At times it is a bit too pronounced and the OZRICS feel like more of a tribute band than original. It wouldn't be an OZRIC TENTACLES early release if it didn't include some reggae, ambient synths, hypnotic percussion and echoing guitar riffs. This would also be the last release with drummer Tig (Nick van Gelder) who would be replaced by Merv Pepler. The music is consistent and the track "O-I" would be re-recorded and included on "Pungent Effulgent."

Personally except for the "Live Ethereal Cereal" release, i find these early offerings by the OZRICS a little monotonous and too similar in their style and song structures to warrant any true excitement. It should be remembered that this is space rock and not progressive compositions brimming with virtuosity. For what this band is offering is pleasant enough and well played and in the right mood can be quite satisfying. I tend to eschew these early releases for the most part because i find the later releases much more varied from this early stage. OZRIC TENTACLES albums tend to be quite lengthy affairs as well and at 72:06 this one is a bit too long. I can't say anything bad about this one, but at this point it does seem to evoke exactly the same reactions as the previous albums and coming right after the live album seems a little less energetic. Decent and pleasant but not much more.

As with all six of the cassette-only releases THERE IS NOTHING was eventually released in 1994 by Dovetail Records on CD and today can be found digitally remastered and available in the "Vitamin Enhanced" boxed set.

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 Live Ethereal Cereal  by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 1986
3.53 | 33 ratings

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Live Ethereal Cereal
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL (aka "The Yellow One") is the third cassette-only release from OZRIC TENTACLES in the 80s before their first official debut "Pungent Effulgent" came out in 1989. As the title implies this is a LIVE release and their first of which that showcased the band's diverse sound giving us insight into the shows that attracted them a loyal following during their 1985-86 performances mostly in Reading and Glastonbury, UK. Most of the material here is only available on this release.

It really hit me upon first listen how much better the songs are on this one than on the studio albums showing that OZRIC TENTACLES are indeed masters of the improvised jam and seem to provide studio albums only as teasers to what they were really known for with their ambitious and entrancing LIVE performances. The Hawkwind-esque space rock once again meets reggae, lysergic synthesizers and hypnotic echoing grooves and percussion. There is also a Steve Hillage tribute on "Aumriff" that borrows the classic guitar riff from the "Fish Rising" album.

I personally find LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL to be a more interesting listen than the first two studio albums. The energy and vitality of the band is on full display here. While the songs can range from aggressive to sensual and fluffy, the band play together in a tight and proficient manner and all members involved deliver the highest quality LIVE performances. Ed Wynne is noteworthy here as his guitar riffs are outstanding but it's Joie Hinton's space synth contributions set the whole thing on fire and into space as the drums, congas and bass lines deliver unrelenting rhythms. If you only get one of the early OZRIC TENTACLES albums then this would be a great start because it really exhibits everything the band is famous for at this stage of their career. Probably the only thing that is problematic on this one is the sound quality since these were recorded on primitive technology but even so all the instruments can be heard quite well and the remastered version cleans it up significantly, so not a problem for me at all.

Like all six of the cassette-only releases LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL was eventually released in 1994 by Dovetail Records on CD and today can be found digitally remastered and available in the "Vitamin Enhanced" boxed set.

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 Tantric Obstacles by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.96 | 67 ratings

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Tantric Obstacles
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars TANTRIC OBSTACLES is the second release of the six home made cassette only releases that OZRIC TENTACLES put out out in the 80s before their full-fledged album debuted in 1989. This is the second of 1985 and pretty much continues down the same path as the debut "Erpsongs" which showed the band debut its unique combo of space rock, psychedelia with electronic trance inducing embellishments. The band's style reminds me a lot of a spacier and all instrumental take on what the Grateful Dead were known for as a jam band. There is the usual mix of straight on rock riffing, reggae, ethnic drumming patterns and electronic techno.

Although on this second release we get an album much like the first, on this one there is less emphasis on the Tangerine Dream Moog and VCS-3 synth sounds and more attention to a more aggressive guitar riffing and faster tempos. These albums were completely done by the band and it sounds like it. It was all analog of course and not mixed very well as the drums seem to be over-emphasized, the synths subdued and the guitars erupting in various loudness factors. Personally i don't find this one as good as the debut and nowhere as good as the later official releases but as with all OZRIC TENTACLE releases, it is consistent by offering up an hour of space rock tracks laced with different rhythms and musical textures that result in a decent release. As with the other five cassette-only releases TANTRIC OBSTACLES can be found remastered in the box set "Vitamin Enhanced."

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 Technicians Of The Sacred by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.91 | 95 ratings

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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK band OZRIC TENTACLES are among the living legends of progressive rock, although I'm not quite sure if they would consider themselves to merit being described in such terms. With a career that kicked off 30 years ago and a prolific total production over the years, this is a firmly established band with a sizable fanbase at this point, and if my memory is correct they are one those bands that have established an audience that cross a great extent of stylistic borders along the way. "Technicians of the Sacred" is their latest studio production, and was released in May 2015 through the Snapper Music imprint Madfish.

As glorious as the past of the Ozrics is, the last ten years or so have seen the band dwindling down a bit, at least as far as recording new material goes. Of the 26 studio and live albums to their name, only five of those have been released over the past decade, including this latest album of theirs. I've also gotten the impression that their latest few studio albums haven't been quite up to the quality of their earlier material, and that there might have been some slight concerns about the band having more or less emptied their well of inspiration and creativity. Four years have gone since Ozric Tentacles released a studio album now, and it was something of a surprise, at least for me, that their latest one was a double feature. After giving this one an inspection it's also fairly clear to my mind why it was released as a double album however, as my impression is that this isn't a case of a double album produced merely to be able to put out all material made rather than selecting the best ones for a single CD, but rather that this is a double feature with subtle differences that makes these two CDs slightly different from one another.

The six cuts chosen for the first CD all share some characteristic features: They are dominated by keyboard and synthesizer textures, liberally flavored with electronic effects and the guitars are toned down both as providers of plucked details, riffs, textures and soloing runs. The songs are very much Ozrics sounding, with all manners of futuristic sounds, surging keyboards and playful effects that invokes thoughts of science fiction just as much as fantasy fiction, and the distinct warm bass groove is of course a feature. But these compositions are all what I'd describe as rather elegant in nature, fairly smooth as seen in the context of this band's history, and just a tad more toned down throughout. Space rock, or fantasy rock if you like, of high quality and with a liberal array of keyboards, synthesizers and electronic effects in the driver seat.

I experience the second disc as a somewhat different creation. The guitar is more prominent, some of the sounds used are more visible, more in contrast with the environment if you like, and many of them feature more distinct world music inspired details, and then of the kind that comes with associations towards Asia and the Middle East first and foremost. The most excellent Epiphlioy the most distinct case in point, and one of the reasons for why this piece of a clear album highlight for me. A creation that takes me back to some of the classic, fairly early albums by the Ozrics that one. Just about as potent is Smiling Potion, one of those tracks that opens with the use of some distinctly odd sounds, explore them for a bit and then starts developing into quite the moving, vibrant monster tune. A future live favorite if I ever heard one. The differences between the two CDs here are fairly subtle, and there is of course a chance that my mind is playing tricks on me. Still, my impression is that this second disc features more use of exotic sounds, more use of and room for the guitar and a slightly less use of keyboards and synthesizer dominated arrangements. What isn't a matter of doubt is that this an Ozrics Tentacles production however, not just in name but also in game. The trademark sounds, effects and arrangements of the Ozrics is instantly recognizable, the band sticking with sounds, effects, themes and arrangements tested and proven by time, and use their experience to assemble all elements into compelling material with a fresh spirit, vibrancy and nerve that I've found somewhat lacking in this band for the last few years.

While I wouldn't rate "Technicians of the Sacred" as among the all time greatest albums by Ozric Tentacles at this point, that is a call that is much too early to give for a new album by such a long-lasting and prolific band anyway, what I can state with some degree of certainty is that for me personally, this is a strong album. If it will grow on me as time goes by or of it will lessen in impact when it's no longer fresh and new is something time will have to tell. But as of right here and right now this is a double album I feel I can safely recommend for old time fans and curious newcomers to the band alike.

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 Technicians Of The Sacred by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2015
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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars The cover sure looks encouraging, some guy going by the name of Natan "MantisMash" was responsible for the cover and it's very much an Ozric cover. This guy sure has Blim's spirit in the artwork, those similar psychedelic colors (lots of yellow, orange and blue). The title I'm certain came from a book published in 1968 by Jerome Rothenberg, which happens to be entitled Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania, which is as the book describes: poetry from indigenous tribes from around the world. Meaning it's the kind of book you could imagine Ed Wynne would read and likely felt this would make a nice title for the new Ozric release. Turned out Ed stated the title had to do with Mayan astrology, he made no mention of the book, but I'd be surprised if he didn't get the title of "Techicians of the Sacred" from that book.

The Wynne family included a returning Paul Hankin as well as Hungarian drummer Balazs Szende, and let me tell you this one just blew me away. It's literally the best Ozric release I've heard in a very long time, and easily the best with Brandi. This album has a more grand and epic feel than Paper Monkeys, with a more spacy vibe, and in fact perhaps one of the spaciest Ozric albums I have ever heard! Paper Monkeys seemed more rock-oriented, this one tends more heavily on world music, lots of Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian gamelan) and Middle Eastern styles, and some reggae thrown in (as they sometimes do, but used to do more frequently in their early releases). Of course, you still get treated with synths and Ed's trademark guitar playing. Lots of reminders of the Ozric past, but on some of the songs they actually try something new, such as electronic percussion that sounds different ("Zingbong" has some of that percussion that sounded like Jean Michel Jarre used on "Equinoxe V" or "Oxygene IV"), new synth textures I've never heard on an Ozric album before (I just love that gliding synth on "Zingbong"), and a strange experimental piece with strange sounding violin on "The Unusual Village". There's also strange female tribal chants on "Butterfly Garden" and "Changa Masala" while the latter also includes a quote from "Kick Muck". "The High Pass" has this grand intro, but they really get rocking.

Either I'm losing my mind, or I'm some fanboy, but I really think this is their finest release since their glory days, in fact I rank it up there with their best material ever! I know Brandi is on here, and the stuff the Ozrics done with her on board has been frequently dismissed, but for me, the truly stands tall with the classic. And in hindsight, the stuff they've been doing since Spirals in Hyperspace has been a bit inconsistent (usually some ugly techno experiment), each of those releases still had great material. Plus I found Paper Monkeys surprisingly consistent, which I felt was a turn in the right direction. Technicians of the Sacred really exceeded all my expectations, this is truly a masterpiece, although many might not agree, it sure sounds like one to me! It's a masterpiece if it consistently reenters my CD player!

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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt
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4 stars Psychedelic roads for the electronic people.

As soon as I read a review of this Ozric Tentacles, 2015, "Technicians of the Sacred", referring to their use of electronic keyboards as their weapon of choice on this new release, well, it caught my attention.

O.T. is one of those always flexible and elastic bands that no matter what, always show their own musical language but always proposing new routes for it. Sometimes it works wonders others not, but nevertheless they dare to explore.

"Technicians of the Sacred" has, as told, a very close encounter with Prog/Electronics, as well as with Krautrock, Jazz/Fusion and Eclectic but also with more contemporary electronics or non-prog styles (Reggae, Trance, etc.)

It will not surprise me that many OT's or average prog audiophiles will miss the charm of this extreme fusion of electronics and styles with the less use of lead guitar in comparison to other releases.

Anyway, for those others I address, this record is a 2 cd explosion of freedom and creativity which expands in all directions with extreme craftmanship (as always), a sense of fun without being comic, and a restless hunger for other stylings and directions.

So expect a lot of influences which will rarely be associated with the OTs (Alan Parson, Chick Corea, Neu!, Underworld and other unorthodox roots), as very refined contemporary electronics taken to the top without losing focus on the music composition or their own idiom and instrumentation.

****4 PA stars on the rise.

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Arborescence
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog Leviathan
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4 stars For a long time I've considered the Ozric Tentacles to be one of the happiest discoveries that Prog Archives has helped me make. Every one of their albums is entertaining and fun to listen to, and Arboresence may be one of their best.

As a follow-up to what is probably their best album (Jurassic Shift), Arboresence deliveries with the band's usual mix of spacey instrumental jams, twisting synthesizer textures, throbbing bass grooves, and shredding guitar. It's a great mix of hot/cold, fast/slow, cosmic/earthy... I could keep going, but no matter how many metaphors I come up with they'd all be just a bit of what Ozric Tentacle manages to accomplish, and none of them could fully describe the effect you'll get when listening. For those familiar with some of the band's output, Arboresence is slightly harder and more upbeat; Wynne's guitar seems a bit more on here, and the overall tone just seems to energize more than usual.

If you've never listened to the Ozric Tentacles - do yourself a favor and pick up this album. It's one of the best instrumental acts on this site at the high end of their game. Arboresence is solid from start to finish.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: NA - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by robbob

4 stars I got a wide collection of OT. What a very prolific band....But what in some bands is not so good attempting to quality in Ozric T is a learning an improval a renewal . OZ had developed from psychedelic space rock to electronic modern prog rock . OT in its history have had highs and lows ...but is an equilibrated band...never a very bad album and sometimes masterpieces. This work is the best of this decade in my opinion . Very nice and well elaborated compositions...very pleasant to listen.. mostly the longer ones. All the interactions of instruments and melodies ...so well done .... So a vigorous an pleasant work....near 5 stars....4,5....because they have done better things...but I loves this one too.

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Paper Monkeys
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars As I'm eagerly waiting for their new release Technicians of the Sacred, I will review Paper Monkeys, which is their previous offering, and as of typing, still their latest release. Since November 2008, the band had relocated to Colorado, Brandi is American, originally from North Dakota. They hoped this new location will help them concentrate on the North American market. Paper Monkeys was the first since the move, with Ed, Brandi and son Silas (I assume from Ed's previous marriage from Sarah), and American drummer Ollie Seagle. However, the High Park fire in 2012 destroyed their home, and since that time it's unknown where they're staying.

Well, it's another Ozric CD, and while I find the CD enjoyable, it really didn't bring much new to the table that you hadn't already heard before, but then if you like the sound, then there shouldn't be any reason you shouldn't pick up the CD. I found the monkey sounds rather amusing, courtesy of a Brazilian instrument called a cuica, which looks like a little handheld drum with a rod attached to the drumskin that you use a rag to rub the rod to create these squeaky sounds, or in this case, monkey sounds. Another one features the sound of lightning, and given the area of Colorado the Wynnes were living at the time, I wouldn't doubt it was real lightning (they lived in a remote rural location outside of Fort Collins, and I wouldn't doubt if lightning caused the High Park fire). Aside from that, it's the usual guitar/synth dominated space rock you've come to know for all these years. They have never made a bad album, although there are times they did overstretch it a bit (The Floor's Too Far Away, for example, features some totally amazing material, but would have been better if it were cut a bit short, and I felt the same about The Yum Yum Tree). Not to mention there are always Ozric releases I'd have to be more in the mood than others to listen, like Waterfall Cities (I do like it, but a bit on the techno side). I own both the CD and the LP of Paper Monkeys, and this is one of the rare cases where the CD had superior packaging, because it included a fold-out booklet depicting a Graniteware cup, a bunch of monkeys, and photos of the band in their home studio. The LP didn't have that, because it would have been too much of a hassle to fold the booklet back had it been LP-sized. I can't give it a five star rating, because it's a bit of a "been there, done that" type of album, but since I still love what they do, four stars it is.

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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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