Ozric Tentacles ‎– Waterfall Cities

Stretchy Records ‎– STRETCHY CD 1
CD, Album

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1 Coily
Written-By – Ozric Tentacles
2 Xingu
Written-By – Ed*, Seaweed (2), Zia*
3 Waterfall City
Written-By – Ed*
4 Ch'ai?
Written-By – Ed*, Seaweed (2), Zia*
5 Spiralmind
Written-By – Ed*, Zia*
6 Sultana Detrii
Written-By – Ozric Tentacles
7 Aura Borealis
Written-By – Ed*

Companies, etc.


  • Bass Guitar, Other [Snapiness]Zia*
  • Cover [Cover Art]Blim Creations*
  • Drums [Poundings]Rad
  • Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Other [Tendril Manipulations]Ed*
  • Flute, Other [Twirlings]John*
  • LayoutKitrocket
  • ManagementTony Nunn
  • Other [Web Master] – Mike Werning
  • Synthesizer, Other [Whoopz & Fizzles]Seaweed (2)


Mastered @ The Exchange, London.
Marketed & distributed by Recognition Universal
Layout: Impact Design / Kitrocket

℗ & © 1999 Stretchy Records Ltd.

Not to be confused with this other very similar version with entirely different matrix info: Waterfall Cities

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 027806 777306
  • Barcode (Text): 5027806777306
  • Matrix / Runout: STRETCHY CEEMA PRODUCTIONS 01438 316888 :
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 4B04

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PLP2001 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities(2xLP, Blu) Pancromatic PLP2001 Norway 2000 Sell This Version
SDPCD154 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Snapper Classics SDPCD154 UK 2004 Sell This Version
2005 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities(CD, Album) Phoenix Rising Records 2005 US 1999 Sell This Version
FCCD 06050099 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities(CD, Album, Unofficial) 2000 FruitGum Corp. FCCD 06050099 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
SMACDX1108 Ozric Tentacles Waterfall Cities(CD, RE, Dig) Madfish SMACDX1108 UK 2018 Sell This Version


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January 6, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
WRT to the comment above, "Coily" was the first OT song I heard. The sick rhythm really is a kick into your face. As I like "complicated" music a lot, I couldn't have had a better introduction than this album.
The more intense use of synth patterns on this album (compared to some of the earlier OT releases) adds to my opinion that Waterfall Cities may as well be a good choice to get to know Ozric Tentacles.
If you, like me have a Progressive Rock and PsyTrance background, you should definitely check this album out!


July 11, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

"Favourite album ever" is a mantle I'm simply incapable of awarding, but I do know this release is a permanent contender for the spot.

But this is not an album I recommend casually. Why? Well, for starters the Ozrics are a heavily acquired taste anyway: most people are put off by either the Joe Satriani-esque guitar masturbation, or the general air of extreme crustiness. But I was already a confirmed Ozrics fan when I bought this CD, and I hated it for several months! It took over a year to rise to "masterpiece" status in my esteem.

This is because the album is extremely difficult. The opening groove of "coily" is almost impossible to understand, and this sets the tone: the album whirls effortlessly through myriad obscure time-signatures, shifting keys, modes, moods, tempos with breaktaking speed and ease. The complexity draws parallel with the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra- this is advanced, challenging music, a million aways from "easy listening".

The beauty, though, is that over dozens upon dozens of listens, challenging turns to rewarding. Like climbing a mountain, the difficulty of the journey increases the satisfaction in reaching the top. Along the way, the album never stops delivering astonishing details, twists, tricks and surprises. It is perhaps a "by musicians for musicians" thing - those interested in technically astounding musicianship and next-level sophistication in songwriting and arrangement will find plenty to admire here. Standout track is "Spiralmind", a veritable mini-symphony, a comparison drawn not merely due to its 11 minute plus length.

As a bonus, the production is utterly outstanding- a million miles from the early demo-feel cassettes, all the instruments are recorded crisply, the beats are sharp and fat, the fx and atmospherics are spacious and immersive, and the synths and arpeggios completely deliver the "waterfalls" of the title, in stunning fashion.

So - strongly recommended, yes. But if you're totally new to the Ozrics, I personally suspect this might be a difficult introduction. I think coming to this album chronologically, having previously heard their slightly simpler, more groove-orientated works like "Strangeitude", sets the listener up to fully engage with this unapologetically complicated album on its own terms.