Ozric Tentacles

Ozric Tentacles

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English progressive rock/space rock band founded in 1983 in Somerset. They fused jazz-rock, hard-rock and acid-rock into an energetic, slick, variegated sound to produce a synthesis that sounded both ambitious and natural.
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Ozric Tentacles Discography

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OT 1 Ozric Tentacles Erpsongs (Album) Not On Label (Ozric Tentacles Self-Released) OT 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
OT 2 Ozric Tentacles Tantric Obstacles (Album) A Real Kavoom OT 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
OT 2 Ozric Tentacles Tantric Obstacles(Cass, Album) Not On Label (Ozric Tentacles Self-released) OT 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Ozric Tentacles Live Ethereal Cereal (Album) Not On Label (Ozric Tentacles Self-released) none UK 1986 Sell This Version
OT 4 Ozric Tentacles There Is Nothing (Album) Not On Label (Ozric Tentacles Self-Released) OT 4 UK 1986 Sell This Version
OT 5 Ozric Tentacles Sliding Gliding Worlds (Album) Dovetail Records OT 5 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DMLP 1017 Ozric Tentacles Pungent Effulgent (Album) Demi Monde DMLP 1017 UK 1989 Sell This Version
OT 6 Ozric Tentacles The Bits Between The Bits (Album) Dovetail Records OT 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
OT 6 Ozric Tentacles The Bits Between The Bits(Cass, Album) Not On Label (Ozric Tentacles Self-released) OT 6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
DOVE LP 1 Ozric Tentacles Erpland (Album) Dovetail Records DOVE LP 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
DOVE CD 3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude (Album) Dovetail Records, Dovetail Records DOVE CD 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Dove MC5 Ozric Tentacles Live Underslunky (Album) Dovetail Records Dove MC5 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DOVE MC 6 Ozric Tentacles Jurassic Shift (Album) Dovetail Records DOVE MC 6 UK 1993 Sell This Version
X2 29486 Ozric Tentacles Arborescence (Album) Dovetail Records X2 29486 US 1994 Sell This Version
DOVE CD 8 Ozric Tentacles Become The Other (Album) Dovetail Records DOVE CD 8 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SMACD 502, GAS0000502SMA Ozric Tentacles Curious Corn (Album) Mad Fish, Mad Fish SMACD 502, GAS0000502SMA UK 1997 Sell This Version
160032 Ozric Tentacles Spice Doubt Streaming - A Gig In The Ether (Album) Streaming 160032 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SMACD809 Ozric Tentacles Floating Seeds Remixed Snapper Music SMACD809 UK 1999 Sell This Version
STRETCHY CD 1 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities (Album) Stretchy Records STRETCHY CD 1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
128212 Ozric Tentacles Swirly Termination (Album) Mad Fish 128212 UK 2000 Sell This Version
Stretchycd3 Ozric Tentacles The Hidden Step (Album) Stretchy Records Stretchycd3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SMADVD007 Ozric Tentacles Live At The Pongmasters Ball (Comp, Album) Mad Fish, Mad Fish SMADVD007 UK 2002 Sell This Version
MA-9067-2 Ozric Tentacles Spirals In Hyperspace (Album) Magna Carta MA-9067-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
MAX-PROMO 85, MAX-9085-2 Ozric Tentacles The Floor's Too Far Away (Album) Magna Carta MAX-PROMO 85, MAX-9085-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
SMACD953 Ozric Tentacles Sunrise Festival(CD, Album, Dig + DVD-V, NTSC) Snapper Music SMACD953 UK 2008 Sell This Version

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CJ_Reign

CJ_Reign

April 23, 2015
It is very strange to me that I discovered this band so late in my years of exploring music as a whole. I wish I was able to learn of them when getting into music more serious, when I was in my teenages. Nevertheless, I was shocked what kind of brilliant stuff Ozrics made. My journey through their stuff started from Waterfall Cities as I watched Ozora Festival review on yt. Now it is time to take a closer look at other albums as well some live performances...

What can I say, their blend of electronic, space and acoustic music gives me unearth experience in discovering sounds. I can hear genius, perfectionism, touch of god. All elements are as natural as the should be, when talking of an arrangment for each song. Each part sounds very complex, could say theyre a little partitures. Some before me say that this is the best Space Rock band, but I think you cannot harm their founders pigeonhole them to space rock band. Its an universal music methinks, so the best way to describe is to use term: Ozric Tentacles.
tantric_obstacles

tantric_obstacles

December 19, 2009
Among the most influential psychedelic bands of all time, rightfully mentioned in the same breath as Hawkwind, Gong, Hillage etc as well as newer styles like goa and psytrance, psybient psydub and beyond. Covering a wide range of spaced out music and even paving the way to new realms. Long live Ed Wynne.
twatface

twatface

October 30, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Ozric Tentacles are really the essential band. They masterfully syncretise the very best of music modern, classical, and in some cases prehistoric, all with an unparalleled individual virtuosity and an effortless flair.
soundstorm

soundstorm

October 29, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Probably the greatest instrumental "Space Rock" group of all time. The Ozrics have developed a unique sound that is pretty unparalled. Their longevity is unbelievable but is really a result of Ed Wynne's creative genius. He's maintained the Ozrics sound through a shifting roster bandmembers the entire time.

The Ozrics are clearly not a band for everyone. For the average listener, hearing them for the first time is like listening to a foreign language being spoken. The band is usually appreciated by people who enjoy progressive rock and/or electronic music, especially more ambient and trancy styles. Musicians hearing the group for the first time will appreciate the musicianship and complexity of the song writing.

I've been a fan since Jurassic Shift was released and I still hear new things when I listen to songs I've heard a hundred times before. The music is really beautiful stuff and I can't emphasize how much I thank the band and Ed for all of the work they've put out to date and have yet to release. I can honestly tell you that this is my favorite band.
Psyloid

Psyloid

April 30, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Ozric Tentacles is a band creating "Space Rock" for about twenty years now. They have an interesting blend of Ambient, Trance and Hard Rock bringing you the best of both worlds in a superb way. If u like Electronics and Guitars this music comes highly recommended. They are also seen best Live, which proves they don’t need any studio tricks to create the music as they do. Some of my favourite songs are Sploosh!, Kick muck, Symetricum, Eternal wheel, Sliding and gliding and Erpsongs (live from Live Underslunky), but they have lots more and so far i haven't heard one song that i disliked. If u like the books "Lord of the rings" and "The hobbit" try reading them with Ozric tentacles as background music, it helped me visualize what i was reading and i find this music some sort of 'Hobbit music'
thepts

thepts

April 28, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
I'm a "techno/electronica"-guy, but my curiousity recently led me to explore Ozric. Impression so far: Ozric is very nice when using their funky influences and talent for atmospherics exploration, one of the few truly pulsating rock bands (if you can call them a rock band).
However there's also a fair amount of 'guitar wanking' (Ozric is categorized under "guitar virtuoso" in some catalogues..), and this, of course, sucks as it always has; meaning random narcissist guitar hero, showing off and shuffling the music way into the background.
Shortly put: if you like later Eat Static, Sphongle etc, there are several excellent nuggets you should hear, but bear in mind Ozric does require active filtering. ;) Of tunes so far I recommend Xingu, Tight Spin, Pyramidion etc (only browsed 3 albums so far).

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