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Topic: New Ozric Tentacles Box Set of First 6 Albums
Posted By: johnobvious
Subject: New Ozric Tentacles Box Set of First 6 Albums
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 10:59

Just saw this on their website.

This year Ozrics celebrate their 30th anniversary. To mark the date, Ozrics are finally granting the wishes of many fans, by re-mastering and re-releasing a series of classics from the catalogue, which have previously been out of print for nearly 20 years. Ozric Tentacles “Vitamin Enhanced” Box Set contains the entire first 6 albums recorded by the band. These first six albums were originally only available on cassette, handmade by the band, and only sold at festivals and concerts. In 1993 these tapes were transferred to CD, and 1994 released limited edition box set, only 5,000 copies of this package were ever made, making it a rare treat for collectors. As time passed, with so many other releases to focus on, these albums fell out of print and distribution. Now they have finally been given the attention they deserve, countless hours of audio and visual re-mastering have restored this wonderfully unique package to a modern day standard that is sure to please any fan.

 Ozrics kick off their 30th anniversary tour in August with a run of festival performances, where for the first time fans will meet the band’s new drummer, Balázs Szende. “We’ve thrown some pretty tough tracks at him for the next tour”, says Ed, seeming entertained by the thought of the challenge he had set, “So far we’ve been amazed. He really understands just what each part is trying to say, and when it’s meant to say it. It makes things easy when that part comes naturally; it’s something you just can’t teach.” Ozrics continue their Europe tour starting October 10th, back home in Bristol, UK.

 Last year saw a tumultuous upheaval for the group. Upon arriving home from an extensive 40 date tour through North America and Europe, which included debut performances in Russia, the group was immediately evacuated from their home and studio. It was located directly in the path of the most destructive forest fire in Colorado history. The band had only moments to grab their most important possessions, before they were escorted out by Police and National Guard.

Fans watched the fire’s progress as the band continued to their last concert, a festival near Philadelphia, they were unaware of what would happen, but fairly certain it wasn’t looking good. That evening, as the band took the stage, the fire destroyed their home and studio as they played, taking with it all of the bands past archives and masters. Those who knew the circumstances described the performance as “a real life tribute to the phrase: The Show Must Go On”.

Biggles was in rehab last Saturday

Posted By: johnobvious
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 11:04
Website says European tour kicking off August 17 in Croatia. No US dates yet. Still kicking myself for not seeing them in Kansas City their last time through. Won't make that mistake again.

Biggles was in rehab last Saturday

Posted By: infocat
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 20:47
I saw an original VE box at a local store a few months ago.  Whilst tempted to get it, I remembered that I have a double-CD set of their first two albums and, honestly, find them rather dull!  Their later (early CD period) stuff is better.

Frank Swarbrick
Belief is not Truth.

Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 21:31
Any idea when this is going to be released?

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Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 21:38
Have to admit, if this was at a fairly affordable price, I would love to fill a gap in my collection with those interesting, if inconsistent. albums!

Very excited to read the news about a new drummer! A chance for the band to climb back to great heights again, and even though the last few albums have still been fairly enjoyable, the overuse of programming had left them a little lifeless, so this new addition might help reverse that. They're just missing that old magic, but still plenty of potential with the band.

Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: June 05 2013 at 02:20
Well I am interested in this set and Darkshade asks a great question, 'when will it be released?'

I shall bide my time...Monty Burns style.

Raving and drooling I leaned on his neck with a screeeeeeeamm! ;)

Posted By: Ady Cardiac
Date Posted: June 05 2013 at 02:24
i brought all of these on cassette back in the early '90's at gigs....saw them loads back then and one time had a smoke back stage with them at an oxford gig.........good days.

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: June 05 2013 at 03:17
I have the two cd sets that were released how ever many years ago, so it's unlikely I'll buy this, but excellent news that's it's being re-released. They have a charm all of their own.

Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.

Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: June 09 2013 at 12:16
I miss Merv ... he gave the music some individuality that made it better, and was not just some silly/cheap metronome.
The music, since, has lost the personality that they had with John before. And I can see that they are improving, but the music has lost most of its soul and quality. For my tastes, it has become the Wynne Family Band, and I would prefer that they no longer use "Ozric Tentacles" anymore!
Before it was a ... trip! ... now it's just a song setting up Ed's solo!

... none of the hits, none of the time ... now you know what the art is all about!

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