A raggle-taggle, unpretentious assortment of punk-infused, dreadlocked hippies, the Ozric Tentacles wove psychedelic audio-tapestries that captured the almost dangerous musical diversity of the free festival scene, blending acid rock with dub, reggae, ethnic world music and electronic, jazzy experimentation. This was the soundtrack to the herb-fragranced, alternative lifestyle that wound its way around country lanes looking for a place to set up and party, away from the psychoses of corporate life.
Fittingly, the band was formed at the Stonehenge Festival in 1983. Ed and Roly Wynne, Nick Van Gelder (Tig) and Gavin Griffiths (at that point known as the Bolshem People) were joined for a jam by Joie ‘Ozroonuiculator' Hinton - a synth wizard who had just returned from India loaded with ethnic sound recordings that he had collected. Without any desire or need for a record label, it was the Ozric Tentacles' cassette releases that funded and supported their journey through the ‘80s. These simple artifacts with photocopied inserts and rainbow spray-painted labels were sold in vast quantities at festivals, on the merchandise table at Club Dog and through a mail order outlet called Better Days Tape distribution.
To coincide with the band's new studio album due for release in the Summer 2015, Madfish is giving the 6 albums from the 2014 Vitamin Enhanced CD box set their first vinyl release continuing with their 1986 album Live Ethereal Cereal. "Erpriff" and "Tentacular Explosion" are powerhouses of improvisational energy. A nod to Gong and Steve Hillage is found on "Aumriff," which is as close as the Ozrics would ever come to a cover version. Unsurprisingly, the 'pot head pixie' tune effortlessly dovetails with the Ozric's own material. Live Ethereal Cereal is an excellent example of the Ozric Tentacles in blistering mid-1980s form. Remastered double 180g LP edition.