The DVD that is titled Silchester festival is incorrectly titled, it is actually the elephant Fayre in cornwall 1987. I am sure of this because I was there with the band and they jammed with Harvey Bainbridge. This was the first time that the Ozrics met up with Hawkwind. The jam happened in a private field at the back of the infamous maze (people got stuck in this maze for hrs at a time and could not get out). I am sitting at the front watching them play on this DVD whilst recording the jam on Eds boom box.
The band next met up with Hawkwind at Keele university where they supported them in 1988.
Something doesn't jive here. According to all accounts the last Elephant Fayre festival was in 1986.
Indeed, nice find. And yes, that riff is the one that starts just before the 7 minute mark.
You also inadvertently nailed the main issue many of us have with the albums from Curious Corn and on right on the head with your comment there. Too much of the band's output the last 15 years has been a collection of jams based around a single riff instead of complete songs like we saw on Erpland, Strangeitude and Jurassic Shift. Note that Brandi's bass line barely changes during the entire latter half of that video. There was a time when they would come up with rockin' riffs like these seemingly at will, and the seamless flow from one excellent melody to the next within a related concept comprised the majority of the songs on their albums. The truly great tunes like "White Rhino Tea", "Jurassic Shift", "Dissolution", "Ullular Gate", "Sunscape", "Vibuthi", "Og-Ha-Be", "Space Between Your Ears", etc. are just that because they never stagnate, but are always evolving and maintaining an air of unpredictability. The early albums were loaded with tracks like these, but unfortunately, the same can't be said for any of the recent releases. Even thus, Ozric Tentacles are still more interesting than 99% of the bands out there, which is not only a testament to their sustained excellence, but an indictment of the state of music these days.
I would disagree that the music on the last few albums is any more predictable now than it was in the 80s - 90s. I think it's mostly familiarity on the part of the listeners that gives this impression. If anything, I would say the variety of styles combined is even wider nowadays.
As far as gigs are concerned, yes, the bass players in the 80s were maybe more adventurous, but if you look at the Silchester video for example, the band seem to be playing around the same riff for ages, accompanied by occasional solos and effects.
I reckon that's how things work with jams: a jam is developed through interaction and then Ed takes it and decides on arrangements, adding what needs to be added in the studio.
Having said all this I must admit that my favourite albums are Erpland and Strangeitude though.
There may be plenty of variety from one song to the next, but the songs themselves are more straightforward and monochromatic compared to the earlier studio material, IMO.
Of course the jams like those seen on the Silchester video were just that. Very little, if anything was worked out beforehand (or afterward), but that shouldn't be compared to the current jam after "Sunscape", because they've been doing this for at least a year now, and it's obviously something that's scripted. Only that as it stands, it's just that one riff and not much else at this point, and the new album is awfully close to being finished for that not to have a complementary melody to at least make it seem like a complete song. Assuming it is used on the new album, of course. Guess we'll have to wait to find out.
Tells you all you need to know about the modern entertainment industry in the good ol' US of A that the only media exposure the best bands get is in soundtracks for video games and surf videos, and... background music for local weather forecasts ? ! ?
It won't be long until...
"Hear the great sounds of Nodens Ictus! Coming to an elevator near you."
Someone uploaded Peacock Sky on YT . Not much of a video there, but you can still listen to the tune. I think that's one possible way to promote the downloadable material beyond this board - an official YT channel. Twisted Records have already done it.
yes, those are nice videos, with pretty good sound and image for an audience recording. I like the moment when Brandi says there`s gonna be two sets. Fantastic transitions and jams between the songs. New ones prove themselves to be strong live, even though I didn`t fall into love with Paper Monkeys.
Hi Brandi, I do not represent the Progday organization, but worked for it for years. I was one of the hired guns helping to run the stage at Progday when you were there and had been doing that for years. I spent a bit of fun hang time with you and the band before and after your great gig. It was a very good show! And one could hear the bass at the gig. A friend sent me a me a link to your post, which was a surprise, & kinda differs from the great time you all told me you had. I have never heard of a band that played there dissing Progday, and there aren't many that would not want to return. There are several well known acts that would love to return. Yes it's a "prog" audience, but so what? What's wrong with a BBQ? gee. & you guys got them dancing! That is rare! They all enjoyed your gig, and that's what I remember. And I do. Played that one 5 times and headlined it in 2010. And I don't even play in a prog band. Would gladly play Progday again. Went last year as a patron for the first time, and it was a freakin' blast! Plus at 18 consecutive years this year, they have outlasted every other US progressive rock fest unless I am mistaken. Something is correct! Best, p