Ozric Tentacles ‎– The Bits Between The Bits / Sliding Gliding Worlds

Recall 2cd ‎– SMD CD 310, Recall 2cd ‎– 078-138792
2 × CD, Compilation


1.1 Eye Of Adia 4:23
1.2 Fragmentary Aura 3:10
1.3 Sparkling Oasis 4:31
1.4 Tidal Otherness 0:59
1.5 Secret Names 5:23
1.6 Symetricum 4:37
1.7 Floating Seeds 5:40
1.8 Ozrosis 2:31
1.9 Wreltch 8:30
1.10 Afterwish 2:42
1.11 Koh Phangan 7:09
1.12 The Cave Of Aeolas 5:52
1.13 Puff Puff On A Chuff Chuff 2:13
1.14 Health Music 4:46
2.1 Yaboop Yaboop 5:28
2.2 Soda Water 4:11
2.3 The Code For Chickendon 5:00
2.4 Guzzard 5:06
2.5 The Dusty Pouch 4:22
2.6 Sliding And Gliding 4:54
2.7 Kick Muck 5:29
2.8 It's A Hup Ho World 6:43
2.9 Atmospheric Underslunky 3:34
2.10 (Omnidiretional) Bhadra 2:59
2.11 Fetch Me The Pongmaster 6:13
2.12 Mae Hong Song 3:20
2.13 White Rhino Tea 4:06
2.14 Loaf Jaw 1:11
2.15 The Green Island 3:03



Total time: 62:34 + 62:45

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 636551431026
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): SMDCD310-1
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): SMDCD310-2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LTZ1
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI UU077
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI UU020
  • Label Code: LC 01770



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December 19, 2009
edited over 6 years ago

This double CD featuring the last two Ozrics tapes is the best of the lot, one could say by any standards: the music has evolved and has more personality, range, technical proficiency, confidence and focus than ever before; the sound is actually great and no different from the first three official albums, at least the studio tracks; Merv and Jon have arrived and the classic line up is in place.

Sliding Gliding Worlds is the penultimate Ozrics tape and a great one too. Most tracks are very good. In fact there is nothing (excuse the pan) that’s not at least enjoyable here. There are some standout tunes (always according to my taste of course) but only barely so: The Code For Chickendon, Sliding And Gliding, Kick Muck, almost identical in sound and playing to the version on Pungent Effulgent with an added abstract ambient part at the end (good idea to shave this off on Pungent by the way, it doesn’t add anything apart from time to the tune), It’s A Hup Ho World, my favourite here, it almost brought tears in my eyes when I heard it at the Pongmasters Ball, (Omnidirectional) Bhadra (what does that even mean?!?) and Fetch Me The Pongmaster. The early version of White Rhino Tea isn’t a patch on the one that appeared on Strangeitude though .

The Bits Between The Bits is my favourite Ozric Tentacles tape and IMO stands up to the best Ozrics albums. I wouldn’t have missed the one minute pointless revisitation of Tidal Otherness and the live – I think – Ozrosis if they weren't there. Apart from these two, everything else is just perfect. Favourites: Sparkling Oasis, Symerticum (that must have absolutely killed live, if it was ever done), Wrelch (in exactly the same version as on the Pungent CD), Koh Phangan and The Cave Of Aeolus. But don’t let that fool you – ALL he tunes are great. So much so that the beginning of Eye Of Adia was incorporated into the climax in the middle of Ayurvedic on Pungent. Also, the ethnic element is a bit more obvious on these two (Mae Hong Song and Secret Names for two clear examples). You really can’t go wrong with this reissue, as long as you realise that techno as we know it today didn’t exist back then.

When I looked at the credits of this CD I realised that Ozric Tentacles at the time = Ed Wynne. Guzzard, Atmospheric Underslunky and Ozrosis are the only band jams on both these albums. Bottom line: the band jammed a lot live but when recording in the studio Ed has ALWAYS made most of the decisions.

On a slightly more superficial level I like the artwork of The Bits a lot in spite of its simplicity and Brian Burrows’ reissue artwork gives me a feeling of warmth too, maybe not as much as his work on Swirly Termination or Tantric Obstacles/Erpsongs but fantastic nonetheless.

Conclusion: this is as good a place to start your Ozrics journey as any and definitely the best to start your Ozrics tapes one – apart from Afterswish that is, but that’s a compilation. The majority of Ozrics fans consider one of these two albums the peak of the tapes era. I side with The Bits but others prefer Sliding. Whoever you might agree with, can you resist the allure of this double CD?
The Bits Between The Bits 10/10
Sliding Gliding Worlds 9.5/10