Ozric Tentacles ‎– Strangeitude

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White Rhino Tea 5:55
Sploosh! 6:24
Saucers 7:30
Strangeitude 7:29
Bizarre Bazaar 4:04
Space Between Your Ears 7:46
Live Throbbe 7:16

Versions (17)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DOVE CD3, Dove CD 3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album) Dovetail Records, Dovetail Records DOVE CD3, Dove CD 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DOVE CD 3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album) Dovetail Records DOVE CD 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
0777 7 13215 2 8 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album) I.R.S. Records 0777 7 13215 2 8 US 1991 Sell This Version
0777 7 13215 2 8 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, Promo, Ltd, Zic) I.R.S. Records 0777 7 13215 2 8 US 1991 Sell This Version
0777 7 13215 4 2 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(Cass, Album) I.R.S. Records 0777 7 13215 4 2 US 1991 Sell This Version
DOVE MC3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(Cass, Album) Dovetail Records DOVE MC3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DOVE LP 3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(LP, Album) Dovetail Records DOVE LP 3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, RE) Original Masters, Original Masters SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, RE) Original Masters, Original Masters SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, RE) Original Masters, Original Masters SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SDPCD149 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Snapper Classics SDPCD149 UK 2004 Sell This Version
FCCD 12000208 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, Unofficial) 2000 FruitGum Corp. FCCD 12000208 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
900601 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(LP, Album, RE, 180) Lilith, Vinyl Lovers 900601 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
SMACD956 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(2xCD, Album, RE, Dig) Madfish SMACD956 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SMALP956 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(LP, Album, 180 + 12", 180) Madfish SMALP956 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
DOVE CD 3, DOVE CD3 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album) Dovetail Records, Dovetail Records DOVE CD 3, DOVE CD3 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 Ozric Tentacles Strangeitude(CD, Album, RE, RM) Original Masters, Original Masters SMMCD 546, SMM CD 546 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

October 14, 2017
referencing Strangeitude, CD, Album, 0777 7 13215 2 8

As reviewed by me in February 1994:

2 years ago so many promos of this disc were floating around that nobody I knew (myself included) bothered to listen to it because we figured it must be crap. Arrgh! Why did I take so long to check out the Ozrics?! They're the best psychedelic space-jazz-rock-funk-ambient-techno band around! Their music is instrumental and very freeform, and it draws from many influences. I listened to their 1993 album and didn't like it as much as this one, though both albums are equally diverse. I'm really happy with this one. If I had to compare them to anyone I would say Pink Floyd's pre-Animals years. Really you can compare them to just about anyone; that's how diverse their influences are. The music itself is coherent, each track being more or less a jam more or less in a rock vein. If you don't like electric guitars, you probably shouldn't get this. However, even though they are a guitar band they definitely aren't afraid to use electronic equipment. Overall, a bit "out there" for some people, and really leaning in the drug-influenced progressive rock direction, but damn good for what it is.

The title track, the most interesting one to me, is 3½ minutes of synthetic ambience and 4 minutes of semi-industrial trance.

"White Rhino Tea", "Bizarre Bazaar", "Space Between Your Ears" are noisy-guitar-oriented progressive rock jams incorporating jazz, funk, Eastern, dub, and ambient elements. Each track has its moments but none are particularly memorable. "Saucers" is similar but uses acoustic guitars and sampled drums, and has a more Middle Eastern feel.

"Sploosh!" is a great combination of live drums, synth bass lines, spacey background, and splooshy sound effects. It's like Peter Gabriel vs Tangerine Dream, remixed by System 7.

"Live Throbbe" is a live recording, a slower track with drums and a monotone synth bass line in the foreground, and some droning guitars and synths in the background. Very cool, kinda moody, reminds me of The Cure for some reason.
elderdragon

elderdragon

October 1, 2015
referencing Strangeitude, LP, Album, 180 + 12", 180, SMALP956
My yellow vinyl has a bit of surface noise, my red jurassic shift vinyl is fine.
tantric_obstacles

tantric_obstacles

December 20, 2009
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Strangeitude, CD, Album, DOVE CD3, Dove CD 3

One of my most beloved albums of all time. This is as close to perfection as the Ozrics have ever got. Everything about it is just flawless: artwork that manages to squeeze in trees, space AND hallucinations; a sound that does justice to the music; ALL the styles of the band; the classic Ozrics lineup for the last time on a full record; and some of their best tunes ever, with not a single moment of filler.

As far as the sound is concerned it was the last time that Ed chose to muffle the sound of his guitar a few times. The rest of the production stands up to modern standards and could easily be recorded even tomorrow. The nuances and little intricate details have reached stratospheric proportions. The sound is rich in texture, full of ideas that blend immaculately with each other at just the right volume and distinction, not to mention the right time.

We finally get the full spectrum of influences: space rock (all the tunes have space rock sections, except Sploosh!), techno (Sploosh!), ethnic (the first part of Saucers and Bizarre Bazaar), dub (the first part of Space Between Your Ears) and, as the title suggests, their patented brand of Strangeitude. All the tunes are brilliant but my favourite are the re-do of White Rhino Tea from the Sliding Gliding Worlds tape in a stunning version which never gets old to my ears, Saucers (I admit it: I couldn’t help laughing when I first heard the bubbles explode on this one a couple of times and it’s happened a few more times since) and Space Between Your Ears – that metal riff at the end makes me do the horns and bang my head when I hear it.

Allow me an aside here, if I may: having only heard the two previous albums before I bought this, I didn’t get Strangeitude for a long time and therefore it was my least favourite Ozrics recording, probably up to the beginning of the 00s! I simply hated the title track and the fact that it only had six new tunes annoyed me like hell. It sounded very little like Erpland and so I couldn’t enjoy it. So much for those who say the Ozrics have recorded the same album thirty times. Thank god I came to my senses and managed to get it.

I think that the only version of the album nowadays is the Snapper one. Great sound, liner notes by Richard Allen again (apparently it’s his favourite Ozrics album) and both the live version of The Throbbe first featured on the Sploosh! vinyl single and original Dovetail CD version and the rare Weirditude, previously only available on ‘the Christmas tape’ of 1993, which was just given away to the audience at a gig! Aaah, those were the days… The Throbbe, though as always different from the studio version on Erpland, is probably the closest ever to that version, only better and without the Muezzin prayer. Weirditude is basically a live jam, good, but wisely kept from the official releases.

In conclusion, buy this album if you have heard anything by the Ozrics before and liked it, whether you own anything or not. Maybe it should have been called Superbitude.
10/10