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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.

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OZRIC TENTACLES discography


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

3.46 | 96 ratings
Erpsongs
1985
3.05 | 77 ratings
Tantric Obstacles
1985
3.54 | 82 ratings
There Is Nothing
1986
3.52 | 75 ratings
Sliding Gliding Worlds
1988
3.41 | 67 ratings
The Bits Between the Bits
1989
3.79 | 175 ratings
Pungent Effulgent
1989
4.03 | 296 ratings
Erpland
1990
3.91 | 229 ratings
Strangeitude
1991
4.11 | 417 ratings
Jurassic Shift
1993
3.90 | 199 ratings
Arborescence
1994
3.62 | 118 ratings
Become The Other
1995
3.90 | 167 ratings
Curious Corn
1997
3.81 | 167 ratings
Waterfall Cities
1999
3.93 | 146 ratings
The Hidden Step
2000
3.47 | 91 ratings
Swirly Termination
2000
3.74 | 160 ratings
Spirals In Hyperspace
2004
3.61 | 116 ratings
The Floor's Too Far Away
2006
3.56 | 158 ratings
The YumYum Tree
2009
3.38 | 111 ratings
Paper Monkeys
2011
3.91 | 202 ratings
Technicians Of The Sacred
2015

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

3.57 | 39 ratings
Live Ethereal Cereal
1986
4.30 | 66 ratings
Live Underslunky
1992
4.07 | 32 ratings
Spice Doubt
1998
4.70 | 74 ratings
Live at the Pongmasters Ball
2002
4.31 | 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 | 49 ratings
Live at Pongmasters Ball 2002
2002

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

3.66 | 33 ratings
Afterswish
1992
3.79 | 20 ratings
Vitamin Enhanced
1994
2.02 | 19 ratings
Floating Seeds
1999
3.86 | 14 ratings
There is Nothing / Live Ethereal Cereal
2000
3.75 | 12 ratings
Bits Between The Bits/Sliding Gliding Worlds
2000
3.27 | 11 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
4.44 | 21 ratings
Erpland / Jurassic Shift
2004
3.85 | 19 ratings
Eternal Wheel (Best of)
2004
4.44 | 9 ratings
Waterfall Cities / Hidden Step*
2005
2.71 | 7 ratings
Pyramidion / Floating Seeds
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 | 36 ratings
Pyramidion
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
Eat Static Remix Ozric Tentacles: Chewier
2004

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 Eternal Wheel (Best of) by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2004
3.85 | 19 ratings

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

Review by patrickq

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
3.91 | 202 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
4.03 | 296 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
4.11 | 417 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
4.11 | 417 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
 Live Ethereal Cereal  by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 1986
3.57 | 39 ratings

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Live Ethereal Cereal
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thwok

4 stars According to the official band bio here, OT used to sell their music as cassette tapes (what's that?) at their shows. Thanks to their own abilities, we can all enjoy their terrific albums! In my opinion, Ozric Tentacles is a great band because of their musicianship and their clever combination of musical elements. It's not primarily because of their songwriting skills.

LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL definitely demonstrates their playing skills, even early in their career. I will admit to a bias. I think the band was at its best in the 1990a. There is a certain sameness to their output in recent years. I like the way this particular album balances shorter and longer songs, and a variety of songs,

LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL is a terrific first live album. The sound quality has been criticized on other websites. I think it's largely a matter of how important sound quality is in your opinion. I think the sound quality of LIVE ETHEREAL CEREAL is perfectly acceptable. On the whole, this album is well worth the money for established fans of OT, or anyone with a strong interest in this kind of prog.

 Vitamin Enhanced by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.79 | 20 ratings

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Vitamin Enhanced
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

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)

 The Bits Between the Bits by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.41 | 67 ratings

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The Bits Between the Bits
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

4 stars OZRIC TENTACLES reached the end of the line for the 80s run of their cassette-only / available-only-at-concert days albums by the time they released their last album of this period THE BITS BETWEEN THE BITS (or 'The Purple One'). The band's popularity had started to expand by the end of 1986 which led to more money to buy new equipment. Starting with 'There Is Nothing,' the band began to experiment with more reggae and rock in their sound as well as adding new samples and with the purchase of a then swanky 8-track tape machine, the OZRICS were able to expand their overdubbing and percussive overdrive that sets their sixth album THE BITS BETWEEN THE BITS in another league above what came before. This album is in reality the leftover tracks from the other five cassette releases that came before but because of the extra attention paid to the recording process and the heightened use of percussion and Hawkwind-esque swirling synth action, this one ranks as my favorite of the early years.

Perhaps the material on this one isn't necessarily stronger than what came before. THE BITS has the same hypnotic grooviness and approach of taking layers of synthesized effects and taking you to cloud nine, however the more sophisticated technological advance in production was exactly the ticket to bring OZRIC TENTACLE's sound to a more professional level which is what would get them signed to Dovetail Records where they would soon release their first 'official' album 'Pungeant Effulgent.' What sets this one apart is a more thoughtful use of bass grooves, synthesizer mood building atmospheres and an extremely spacey mixing job. In many cases the sounds sort of 'bleed' together creating an electro-acoustic version of a hallucination. The tracks likewise are more diverse in their approach with a much more varied set of dynamics including more tempo changes, a wider range of timbres with influences from India and other Asian cultures as well as a sense of changing the guitar use up more.

I seem to be in the minority for liking this purple one of the early 'colored ones' the best but THE BITS BETWEEN THE BITS is exactly the type of music i always pictured OZRIC TENTACLES of delivering before i actually heard them. While the previous cassette-only releases were good in creating hypnotic effects to lull the listener into a placid state of bliss, they often sounded cheesy and cheap in the production department which is why out of the earliest albums i find 'Live Ethereal Cereal' to be the best representation of their early days. THE BITS takes all of that frenetic energy found on the live release and marries it to the excellent production opportunities of the studio and elevates it to a totally new level, one where all the influences that led to this point happily perform a matrimonial ceremony and exchange vows which allows everything to mix and meld so smoothly. In addition, the use of samples and odd intros and breaks adds a lot more surprises than the earlier stuff.

Like all of the early cassette-only years, THE BITS BETWEEN THE BITS is most easily found as a part of the entire early years collection in box set form titled 'Vitamin Enhanced' which while released in 1994 has been totally remastered. Although i can't compare this remastered album to the original, i have to say that the one i have is one of my favorite OZRIC albums period because it retains a lot of the early spirit with an enthusiastic flair for newbie technological experimentation.

 Sliding Gliding Worlds by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.52 | 75 ratings

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Sliding Gliding Worlds
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

3 stars SLIDING GLIDING WORDS is the fifth release that continued the free-cassette only releases of OZRIC TENTACLES during their 80s run as an up and coming psychedelic rock band of the ages before they would finally release a real first album titled 'Pungent Effulgent' in 1989. While very little sets apart these early releases as they are all a conglomeration of Hawkwind inspired space rock with the prog leanings, elements of jazz-fusion, electronica, dub and ambient sound effects, this one has a more chilled out vibe to it compared to the preceding albums that ranged from 'Erpsongs' to 'There Is Nothing.'

And once again, SLIDING GLIDING WOLRDS presents a fluid range of improvisational sounding pieces that continue the sampling and synthesizer attacks. OZRIC TENTACLES took two years to release this next cassette only hour long experience due to a lineup change where Tom Brooks left his keyboard post and was replaced by Ed Wynne which is possibly why this album sounds more relaxed with less heavy guitar outbursts and more of a cementing of a sound that would emerge in the 90s.

Really not much can be said about SLIDING GLIDING WORLDS that can't be applied to the entire 80s run of cassette-only releases. For the most part they are practically indistinguishable by the time they get to album number five as the beats, tempos and timbres are familiar territory however OZRIC TENTACLES still retains their very own distinct sound that they are slowly refining with more world music influences. As with the other early releases, i personally don't find SLIDING GLIDING WORLDS to be any more essential than any other of the era, however this if you are seeking out the raw early primeval material from the OZRICs then this one is as good as any other.

While the original is practically impossible to come across these days, as with all six of the cassette-only releases SLIDING GLIDING WORLDS 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.

 Jurassic Shift by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.11 | 417 ratings

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Jurassic Shift
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Trippy-ish, but thin

Often considered the best Ozrics studio album, Jurassic Shift is at least enjoyable all the way through, and it is the studio album of theirs that I have listened to the most (hence this review). Like other Ozrics albums from this period, the music is instrumental and feels like it was recorded live in the studio. When they are at their best, they sound like (Daevid Allen's) Gong improvising live in the 1970s, which is why their live albums are generally their most musical, as they get to stretch out and improvise onstage. However, they emerged in the early 1990s during the early rave scene and their music is also clearly targeted to that audience. So, most of the tracks have a repetitive beat/lick set to a programmed bass line that are meant for getting people dancing, and musically these pieces are thin, they generally do not go anywhere. They might start or end with some interesting noises, and contain some interesting beats, but most of the pieces just repeat that beat or pattern for the entire song in one key and then end. I wish there were something additional to maintain interest, whether solos, melodies, vocals, changing time signatures, or key changes. Indeed, there are few real solos to speak of (a couple of the Gong-like tracks have short guitar or synth solo-like breaks, but they last maybe 15 or 20 seconds, and are not developed to their potential), and all but the title track is in a fairly straight 4/4 beat (the title track moves between 4/4 and 6/8). There are no vocals, which is fine, but that means there needs to be something else to add musicality to the repetitive beats. For the most part, this is done with textures made by synths, whether synth washes or sequencers, or the occassional flute-synth lines, but in most cases these can't make these tunes worth listening to more than once or twice for their own sake (although it makes a fine background music for parties). The best tracks on this album are the title track ("Jurassic Shift") and the closer ("Vita Voom") - those are the songs with some real guitar playing and sufficient improvisation, and good drumming, for continued listening. After this, the opener ("Sun Hair") is a nice tune with an interesting synth sequence that actually has chord changes, while second track ("Stretchy") has a memorable synth-based main theme, so both are enjoyable but nonetheless pretty thin. My version of the album has both the studio version and also a live version of "Feng Shui", which starts with nice flute notes, and has a quirky repeated dancehall (4/4) beat, but unfortunately no solos, just 10 minutes of synth noises over the same bass line. There is a cool acoustic guitar theme that reappears occasionally in the fourth track "Half Light in Thilla", but it is more like a tease, with the song fading out before anywhere realizing its potential. "Pteranodon" and "Train Oasis" are, again, enjoyable, but thin musically and too repetitive. On the whole, some nice background music for a house party, but really only two standout tracks. I give this album 6.8 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

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