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Ozric Tentacles

A band from another time, Ozric Tentacles served as the bridge from '70s cosmic rock to the organic dance and festival culture that came back into fashion during the '90s. Formed in 1983 with a debt to jazz fusion as well as space rock, the band originally included guitarist Ed Wynne, drummer Nick Van Gelder, keyboard player Joie Hinton, bassist Roly Wynne (Ed's brother), and second guitarist Gavin Griffiths (who left the group in 1984). The Ozrics played in clubs around London, meanwhile releasing six cassette-only albums beginning with 1984's Erpsongs. (All six were later collected on the Vitamin Enhanced box set, despite a threatened lawsuit from the Kellogg's cereal company for questionable artwork.) In 1987, Merv Pepler replaced Van Gelder, and synthesizer player Steve Everett was also added.

Ozric Tentacles' first major release, the 1990 album Erpland, foreshadowed the crusty movement, a British parallel to America's hippie movement of the '60s. Crusties borrowed the hippies' organic dress plus the cosmic thinking of new agers, and spent most of their time traveling around England to various festivals and outdoor gatherings. The movement fit in perfectly with bands like Ozric Tentacles and the Levellers, and the Ozrics' 1991 album Strangeitude became their biggest seller yet, occasioning a U.S. contract with Capitol. After the British-only Afterswish and Live Underslunky, 1993's Jurassic Shift -- featuring flutest John Egan, who would become known for his on-stage trance-dancing during the group's live performances, and new bassist Zia Geelani in addition to original bassist Roly Wynne, who departed the band in 1992 -- hit number 11 on the British charts, quite a feat for a self-produced album released on the Ozrics' own Dovetail label. The album was released in America by IRS Records, as was 1994's Arborescence. Neither album translated well with American audiences -- despite the band's first U.S. tour in 1994 -- and Hinton and Pepler left the band that year to devote their energies to their dance side project, Eat Static, releasing several albums on Planet Dog Records.

Ozric Tentacles returned to their Dovetail label for 1995's Become the Other, featuring new members Rad and Seaweed, who also appeared on 1997's Curious Corn. Ed Wynne's brother Roly, whose later life had been plagued with difficulties, committed suicide in 1999, a tragic development for the Wynne and Ozrics families. However, the band forged on, closing out the decade with the release of Waterfall Cities that year, and during the summer of 2000 the Ozrics resurfaced with Swirly Termination. The band also released Hidden Step in 2000, followed by the EP Pyramidion in 2002. Live at the Pongmasters Ball arrived in 2002 as well, their first venture to be released on both CD and DVD.

By 2004's Spirals in Hyperspace, Ozric Tentacles were largely guided by sole original member Ed Wynne, who was responsible for guitar, keyboards, and beat programming on the studio effort, which nevertheless included appearances from previous Ozrics contributors Zia, Seaweed, John Egan, and Merv Pepler, plus drummer Schoo (who had replaced Rad after the former's departure following a 2000 U.S. tour), Ed Wynne's wife Brandi Wynne on bass, and even space rock/electronica guitar legend Steve Hillage. Released in 2006, The Floor's Too Far Away continued the trend of Ozrics domination by Ed Wynne. A live appearance from June 2007 was documented in 2008's Sunrise Festival disc, and 2009 saw the release of a new studio album, The Yumyum Tree. Inspired by Lewis Carroll, the latter album featured, in addition to Ed Wynne in the leadership role, Brandi Wynne on keyboards along with bassist Vinny Shillito and drummer Roy Brosh. Yet another permutation of the latter-day Ozrics was a true Wynne family affair, with Ed joined by his son -- and the late Roly's nephew -- Silas on synths, wife Brandi back on bass replacing Shillito, and Ollie Seagle on drums. ~ John Bush & Dave Lynch, Rovi
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dude i was drinking with said i had to check em out... thank-you kind stanger, also listened to and bought the rev. horton heat album..tres coool....tha n x a bunch
Smoke more Kush!
Love this band and yes, Live OzT is awesome. Small venue in NC - wow! Great pics close up and really nice people too. :)
salenaart
I met them in 1996 and visited at their house near Glastonbury, had an epic time with this band! Saw them live in several concerts in Europe and usa. They are amazing. I sometime wander how old Ed s kids are right now! I miss them
tsk6595
Trippy talent these guys dont mess around
Excellent !
mewilcox5
Been listening to them since the early 90s (when their music matched my state of mind ; ) Progressive spacey-ness. . . a n d great album covers too!
wolfspider
As a music lover and musician I can only say WOW very cool stuff. I would love to do a show with this band.
I don't really care to listen to their music on pandora, but I would love to see them live!
Would LOVE to see these guys live. I bet they put on one hell of a show!!
If you can`t see them live check out their web page. They have some cool videos!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
Got to see them live twice, even hung out with seaweed for a while......
Ahhh good timed.
Wow, this stuff is great. Thanks a lot pandora, can't believe Porcupine Tree brought me here
Quite possibly my favorite OT tune...Aweso m e ! ! !
Years ago, as I was buying all my progressive rock albums in a local record store, the owner asked if I was familiar with Ozric Tentacles. I wasn't, and never got around to checking them out. I just heard Spiralmind, and I am going to rectify that familiarity immediately.
dan9605
Delightful. Thanks pandora
bettyred20
There must be thousands of live phish cassette tapes from the nineties out there with the empty space filled with ozric tentacles music as that's how I used to do it
victor.natan z o n
This band was a huge surprise to me. Great combination of prog-rock, jazz, space, world..tryin g to see when they come to US again. BTW..I think they listened to Gong a lot (sorry nothing to do with Camel, Nektar, etc.)..BRAVO Ozrics!!
Never heard Ozric Tentacles until they came up on Pandora. Thanks for getting them on for me. I also was big into ELP, Floyd, early Genesis and all the prog bands in late 60's early 70's
Prog Rock lives!!! I was a big ELP,
Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd type guy in the 70's. Glad to know this level of coolness is still around and flourishing! Love this band.
301667268
Ozric Tentacles rocks. They remind me Nektar and Camel if they were on LSD
Man! This song is as if Iron Butterfly, Yes, and Gentle Giant merged! Super dig it!
Easily one of my favorite bands.
Longtime favorite band. Their sound will be appreciated for another generation or two. Sort of what Pink Floyd would be without voices or lyrics.
First found these guys on a progressive newsgroup. Very interesting stuff. Adding their catalog to my collection now.
YES SANDERS MORE COWBELL
sanders.joel
Hmmm, needs more cowbell^
christinecvc
They are playing a festival called Mad Summer Meltdown in Schuylkill Haven , PA June 22-24 2012. Check them out www.jibberja z z . c o m
yes Donald they are still performing. I have tickets to see them in April.
salenaart
My beloved Ozric, favorite band and friends! I love those guys. After following them around Europe in the 90's I saw them last at the Fillmore in San fran in 2006
is this band still performing?
i can has?
Hi there, I'm listening to OT and wonder what is the music genre in Phisic Chasm on Spirals in Hyperspace at 7.28. This part rocks... and i gonna find more of it. But need some suggestion
Wow, I just heard these hard-groovin ' space folk for the first time, here on Pandora. Very different jams; kinda like middle-perio d Floyd meets Tangerine Dream. I like it.
Now I need to hear me some ZAPPA.....
Saw them in Charlotte last year. they are awesome!!
ONE THING I LOVE MUSIC AND THIS IS JUST LOVELY MUSIC
I EVEN SMOKE W THE GEWNTLEMAN IN CERVANTES IN DENVER
compass70
Now, this is my music!
I LIKE IT
One of my favorite bands since the early 90'! Only saw them once in Atlanta though.
Just saw them last night in Portland. Wonderful! Last time was @ Filmore West in SF in 98. They are consistently amazing.
PRETTY INTERESTING
rpettry49
saw them in asheville - greattt. If you get a chance, see them.
I like this music kind of reminds me of Brand X in a way - I need to hear more of there music - a musician friend of mine around 1996 turned me on to some of there music - I have not really listened to any of there music since then - I will keep my ears and my mind open ------ FAR OUT MAN.
maxhammer200 5
Beautiful Cosmic Jazz fusion.
albertino3
Saw the ozrics first american tour and just recently in 2008 great stuff. Ed Wynne is an awesome dude. God Bless him and his family
hfrank
Saw them at the Filmore a few years ago. LOUD, and awesome. They pull the whole aural sound thing off, live
I can't say "Groovy", but Groovin' works well.
Groovy, man . . .
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