Travelling The Great CircleNew Ozrics deluxe multi-disc boxset out now!
Alongside the first four official studio albums released by Ozric Tentacles - Pungent Effulgent, Erpland, Strangeitude and Jurassic Shift - and Live Underslunky, Travelling The Great Circle offers a collection of rare content from band members old and new, personal artefacts from close associates of the band, and new Erpmen drawn by Ed Wynne. The 80-page Hardback Book Edition also features liner notes by Dominic Blake, rare photographs and hard to find audio and visual material. The bonus disc Demos & Rarities was hand-picked and remastered by Ed Wynne.
This edition also includes a DVD featuring the band performing to a sold out crowd at Brixton’s Fridge in 1991, along with various TV appearances from the era.
"Ozric Tentacles still inhabit that part of the sonic landscape where Gong rub shoulders with Jean-Michel Jarre." The Arts Desk
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, Ozric Tentacles formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics' uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture.
ALL ABOUT THE OZRICS
Between 1985 and 1989 Ozric Tentacles had sold thousands of cassettes of their special blend of psychedelic space music at the growing number of free festivals and raves they played at, from Stonehenge to Glastonbury, from The Crypt to Club Dog.
The deep, multi-layered ethereal soundscapes and full-speed ahead cosmic space rock that characterised the band’s sound was the vision of founding member, virtuoso guitarist Ed Wynne. Wynne and his brother Roly (also a gifted musician) had grown up at Rushmere House, a beautiful Georgian manor facing Wimbledon Common and adjacent to the ornamental landscaped gardens of Cannizaro Park.
Their Father, celebrated sculptor and naturalist David Wynne occupied a studio outbuilding within which he had sculpted and become friends with several musical luminaries including the Beatles and Joan Baez. Through his Sculptural work, Wynne expressed the ecstasy and deep love he felt for the world. He hoped to capture the souls of his subjects: “The more you look the more you see.”
It was within this environment of deep creative expression that the young brothers would develop their mutual love of music. Included among Ed Wynne’s earliest memories are George Harrison playing guitar in the sitting room at Rushmere: “He would sit there talking and happily strumming away. When he laughed, he would strum faster!” It was David Wynne who would subsequently introduce the Beatles to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who he had sculpted in 1962, the year after his first son was born.