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Ozric Tentacles - The Bits Between The Bits

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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. At some point, having attracted an audience, someone asked what the name of the new ensemble was and Ed responded Ozric Tentacles mainly because he couldn't think of anything else. The name stuck and a mainstay of the UK festival scene for the next 30 years was born.

The Bits Between the Bits was the final Ozrics cassette release and was essentially a collection of various previously unreleased recordings from 1985-1989, issued whilst the band readied their Pungent Effulgent album. A very early recording "Health Music" showed how far the band's instrumental music had developed. and the churning middle-eastern "Secret Names" with Jumping John on flute pointed the way forwards, whilst the manic "Wreltch" appeared as a bonus track on the Dovetail CD version of Pungent Effulgent.

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