I must admit that when I voted for the favourite albums poll I found the three votes too few. So how about mentioning our favourite Ozrics releases, one for each era/category:
1) tapes era 2) post-tapes, until 94 (featuring Merv and Joie) 3) 95 - 2000 (Seaweed-era) 4) post Pongmasters till today 5) live album 6) DVD/VHS
My choices are as follows:
1) The Bits between the Bits 2) Strangeitude 3) Waterfall Cities 4) The Floor's too Far Away 5) Live Underslunky 6) Live at the Pongmasters Ball
Try to only name one album per category. Feel free to comment on your choices. Also, if you want to mention an 'honourary' release, do that too. If I named an honourary release it'd be Erpland because it was the album that converted me.
Post by yogbarogger on Jun 12, 2013 0:40:46 GMT -8
1. Sliding Gliding Worlds - my favourite album of all time probably, so an obvious choice. Although BBTB and TO rank very highly as well
2. Jurassic Shift - the first new release after I had discovered them, I still remember the day I put this on the turntable for the first time...Boom.
3. The Hidden Step - wasn't a favourite of mine, but Pixel Dream and Tight Spin are up there with the best of the best and in hindsight I can appreciate the album a lot more now than then
4. Spirals in Hyperspace - much maligned, this is a corker of an album that lays the foundations for modern day Ozrics, everything that has followed owes debt to this album
5. Live Underslunky - probably the best Live album of any band? The otherworldly magic contained in this release provides a glimpse into what it was like to see Ozrics at the turn of the 90s.
6. Live at Sunrise Festival - although Brixton Academy VHS is a stunning artefact, the quality is poor compared to modern standards and suffers for it. Sunrise Festival was a breath of fresh air - comparable to Live underslunky in the sound quality and spine tingling departments - but with visuals as well.
I need not say I love those choices too yoggie. How do you mean that SIH laid the foundations for modern Ozrics? If I'm honest the only thing I can see that's a bit different from previous albums is some synth sounds and maybe some unique tunes to this album, like Plasmoid and Psychic Chasm - the style of which hasn't been 'repeated'. I also think that TYYT is very distinct from all other Ozric releases, mainly because of its general atmosphere, kind of like a concept album without lyrics.
Yiannis i agree with you about the Yum Yum Tree...
I forgot to say that I chose Pongmasters as my fave DVD for a number of reasons: firstly, the fact that I attended the gig and there's the added sentimental value of that era being the peak of what I have seen the band live so far. Also, I was at the height of my Ozrics infatuation at the time. Finally it's the setlist; it's the longest and the most all-encompassing in terms of tunes from different eras.
If the bootleg DVD Limelight Club NY 19/4/94 was given a soundboard upgrade (erpman, ) and was officially released it might actually take Pongmasters' place though.
I was surprised to find how well the band's 2010 and 2012 live releases stacked up against some of their predecessors. I think I prefer them to the Sunrise Festival and Spice Doubt.
Underslunky for me is a bit of a mixed bag…containing some truly peak moments, mixed with a number of surprisingly tame ones such as the "Snakepit", "Kick Muck", "O-I" sequence that leads towards the end of the album.
Live At Brixton and Pongmaster's both feature loads of goodies…but it was the mix of choice setlist, great build throughout the show, and pristine audio quality, that left Pongmaster's as my "favorite" live release.
what is it about men and lists! a couple of years ago, during an idle time, i realised i JUST HAD TO know which of the Carry On films was the best. I decided that the best, and fairest, method was to rate each film on a 5 star basis and then gradually siphon off the ones which didn't make the grade. there were many tough decisions to be made and in the end 'Carry on Dick' emerged as the best of the 30 films. Give a man an obssession, a piece of paper and a pen and this is the best he can come up with... i believe it's called 'natural selection'!
It's fun though, isn't it? The only negative aspect I can think of is when one tries to objectify their choices, go for the ones that they can argue for, rather than those they really like because of gut feeling. Or maybe choose albums because the general consensus is that they are the best objectively, something that just doesn't exist.
Having said that, I don't think anyone here has done that.
Listmania indeed, I need lists, I want lists, if Shirley was a list I'd marry her all over again...
mostly coming from my love of live recordings.. lists of things recorded to the alesis, things recorded to the R-1.. lists of MiniDisc recordings... a complete live list... Jeez it's bad.. I even like looking at the lists.. stats etc things like...
did you know in my archive I have 359 Live Ozric recordings.. of which 98 of them are recorded by Me (or in the case of the touring MD, back in the day inc Rich, Shawn, Philly, Mauro, Marky) that's over 25% of them...
not interesting to anyone else but I thrive on it..
Even the gig guide started out as an Ozric Tentacles live recording list that morphed to include gigs to look out for... then into what it is these days... even including a list of the Ozric Tentacles gigs I've been to, why don't I list anyone else I've been to see???
Can I tempt you to partake in this list, Pete? It's always interesting to read long-time fans' views on the band. Well, much longer than me in any case. Maybe Kirk, too? I won't hold my breath though Imminent danger of asphyxiation.
1) There is nothing 2) Arborescence 3) Waterfall cities (my introduction to ozrics, booya!) 4) Spirals in hyperspace 5) Underslunky of course, but live in Milan is close for me too 6) The buckets of youtube videos floating around
TIN is the album I can't quite understand how people can like so much. I mean sure it's got a handful of tunes I enjoy but not enough to top any list in my book.
The very thing that you like about LEC is what puts me off. I can enjoy the freeform jamming to an extent but the sound is just too much... or too little.
Curious Corn marginally loses from WC in my list, these albums are both incredibly good. I think that WC wins only because of the great tunes being a bit more evenly distributed across the album, that ending with Sultana Detrii (which I heard introduced as 'Satana Detrii in the '98 London gig and it had me scratching my head) and Aurora Borealis is just... wow!
The Sunrise DVD was quite an expected answer from you sir but if I'd played the part you did in it I'd have answered the same. I've sometimes wondered, can you be seen on the footage at all?
Oh and if I haven't thanked you for it yet, THANK YOU for an amazing job
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2013 10:52:40 GMT -8 by yiannis
I hear you yiannis, regarding TIN but I do love it.... aren't the latest 2 new/old tunes in the set pulled from there too invisible carpet/sacred turf..
I long for the freeform jamming a la old days... I never really got to see that.. 1990 my first gig.. I love listening to the old gig tapes, lots of wonkiness then when it gets together wow!! everyone jumps on it..
regards sunrise, your thanks for pressing a coupl'a buttons are appreciated but the magick is all ed's.. trust me