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OZRIC TENTACLES

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Ozric Tentacles biography
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)

3.45 | 98 ratings
Erpsongs
1985
3.04 | 78 ratings
Tantric Obstacles
1985
3.55 | 82 ratings
There Is Nothing
1986
3.51 | 76 ratings
Sliding Gliding Worlds
1988
3.40 | 69 ratings
The Bits Between the Bits
1989
3.78 | 181 ratings
Pungent Effulgent
1989
4.04 | 311 ratings
Erpland
1990
3.91 | 241 ratings
Strangeitude
1991
4.14 | 440 ratings
Jurassic Shift
1993
3.90 | 209 ratings
Arborescence
1994
3.61 | 121 ratings
Become The Other
1995
3.89 | 171 ratings
Curious Corn
1997
3.81 | 175 ratings
Waterfall Cities
1999
3.91 | 152 ratings
The Hidden Step
2000
3.47 | 96 ratings
Swirly Termination
2000
3.75 | 165 ratings
Spirals In Hyperspace
2004
3.60 | 119 ratings
The Floor's Too Far Away
2006
3.55 | 166 ratings
The YumYum Tree
2009
3.38 | 113 ratings
Paper Monkeys
2011
3.91 | 213 ratings
Technicians Of The Sacred
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Space for the Earth
2020

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

3.57 | 40 ratings
Live Ethereal Cereal
1986
4.29 | 67 ratings
Live Underslunky
1992
4.07 | 32 ratings
Spice Doubt
1998
4.61 | 77 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)

3.65 | 32 ratings
Afterswish
1992
3.77 | 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
3.72 | 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

OZRIC TENTACLES Reviews


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 Spirals In Hyperspace by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.75 | 165 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.

 Technicians Of The Sacred by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.91 | 213 ratings

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Technicians Of The Sacred
Ozric Tentacles Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by javajeff

4 stars Another stellar release from Ozric Tentacles. Technicians Of The Sacred is the first double CD release since Erpland, and there are no fillers. It is more of the same from a band with a unique sound, but that has never been a bad thing when the music has a strangely addicting quality warranting revisits. This instrumental space rock outfit has an insane amount of albums with music that is so similar, but I never get bored or tire of any of it. They innovate with the spacial sounds, but maintain a signature sound of cool beats with sublime bass lines and impeccable drumming. The programming, vision, and compositions to make an album like this is breathtaking. It is hard to imagine how it is done, but the reward is worth it. Just stunning.
 Live at the Pongmasters Ball by OZRIC TENTACLES album cover Live, 2002
4.61 | 77 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
3.91 | 213 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 | 311 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
4.14 | 440 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
4.14 | 440 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 | 40 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
3.77 | 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)

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