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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Snapper Classics UK
  • ASIN: B00009L1R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2003 reissue of the classic 1990 album, remastered & repackaged in a stunning digipak. 12 tracks. Snapper. 2003.

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I own most of the Ozrics collection, and Erpland is one of my personal favorites.
Ludwig Van
Compared to some of their other `one dimensional' albums, Erpland really shows what this band is capable of doing, compositionally and creativally speaking.
Rickenclacker
I like their use of different instruments, which are combined with the core to create a really unique convergence of sounds.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It always seems to be an exercise in frustration trying to comment on an Ozric album. Not because there's little to say, you understand, but because their music is very difficult for my meager writing skill to describe. It's earthy and ethnic, it's psychedelic techno, it's ambient, it's groove-based and melodic at the same time, it's spacey and otherworldly.. it's just plain weird. The group consists of the elements of a conventional rock band but take everything into a bizarre trippy outer-space groove that any plain rock band wouldn't dream of, augmented along the way by a variety of flutes, reeds and whistles. The percussion is rooted by simple drums and enhanced with an exotic array of congas, tablas and I don't even know what else. Synths are used liberally, but they create a background atmosphere rather than a chief melody. There are no lyrics present (or needed) apart from an occasional stray word floating in the ether. The music is enough to make pictures in the air all by itself; I imagine tropical beaches, hidden jungle valleys, birds soaring across sunlit mountains, and the vastness of deep space.
The group interaction over the course of this disc belies the fact that it was their second official release; that's because they'd already been together for five years and put out six self-financed releases before their 'debut' Pungent Effulgent came into being. As Ozric fare goes this is the finest I've heard.. the main other recommendation I could make is the more space-alien-dominated Hidden Step, but that's a different review. Practically all their early albums have the same vibe, group chemistry and mystical quality, but for some reason Erpland stands a head above the others. I can't describe why any more easily than I could describe their sound to begin with.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rickenclacker on December 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Compared to some of their other `one dimensional' albums, Erpland really shows what this band is capable of doing, compositionally and creativally speaking. A knock this band has is that every song sounds the same...I wouldnt go that far, but they tend to focus on a jam over one or two chords at times.

Erpland has some interesting twists, chord changes, different instruments and various ethnic influences and sounds which show their mastery over the array of analog and digital synths they use. You just dont get a blazing reverbed guitar solo with the bubble machines in the background, but a more balnced, and melody oriented approach.

Very good album, Id agree it is the `classic' in their catalog.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on August 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This band may not be well known, but they are a real treat. Lovers of psychedelic music and creative Rock should own at least some Ozric Tentacles. I own what I believe to be their best music. I have Erpland, Jurassic Shift, Strangeitude, Pungent Effulgent, Curious Corn, and the Floating Seeds Remixed album. Erpland is one of my favorites. But the others are great too. They utilize so many things to make their music. It is really interesting, and never offensive. Pick up some or all of the titles I just mentioned if you like their vibe. It's all good!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on April 14, 2011
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Actually I'm giving the Erpland album five stars, the bonus DVD a four. It's hard to believe such an album as Erpland came out in 1990. As the mainstream world was into New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice at the time, you listen to Erpland, you completely forget any of that was happening. This, along with Gong's You some 16 years before, is simply one of the greatest space rock albums ever made! It's hard to believe that in 1990 an album like that was released, given 1990 wasn't exactly a good year for prog rock. Lots of wild, aggressive guitar playing from Ed, lots of Asian and Middle Eastern influenced styles, no doubt helped by John's flute playing, and many scales used in Middle Eastern music being incorporated. Not to mention great spacy synth playing from Joie. If you're an Ozric fan, you probably already know this, and this album needs no explaining.

On the other hand, this 2010 Snapper reissue includes a bonus DVD. That bonus DVD is Live at the Fridge, recorded May 19, 1991, with Ed, Roly, Joie, Merv, John, and Paul, basically the same lineup that recorded Erpland, Pungent Effulgent, and Sliding Gliding Worlds, as well as the then soon-to-be released Strangeitude. For many years this was available on VHS, disguised as a Dovetail release, when in fact it wasn't even sanctioned by the band. They were aware that they were going to be filmed for a planned video release, but it slipped out of their hands and released behind their backs. There was a cease and desist in 2001, and the video was back in the hands of the band. Then it was officially released, this time on DVD in 2010 as part of the this edition of Erpland. The video quality will be obvious on any HDTV.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on February 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard a couple of Ozric Tentacles' songs a few months ago on a prog rock streaming music channel. All I can say is, wow, it's not often that I hear a band that I like so much that I buy up all their CDs in a few weeks. I'm a big fan of complex rock music (like Rush); I also like ambient "electronic" music (Global Communication, Peter Gabriel's 'Passion' CD). Ozric Tentacles bridges the gap between the two worlds perfectly.
The sound is airy, swirling, colorful, and spacey. There are a lot of keyboard and synthesizer jams, the guitar solos are reminiscent of Pink Floyd. Sometimes the music rocks out, sometimes it wanders down more ethereal pathways. Wonderful stuff for sitting back and dreaming to. Of course, it's (nearly) all instrumental, as vocals would just be an unnecessary distraction.
I recommend Erpland as the band's "showcase" CD, a great sampler of all their styles. You get driving rock (Eternal Wheel), melodic hooks (Sunscape), Middle Eastern (Mysticum Arabicola), reggae (Iscense), ambient (Crackerblocks), New Age (Toltec Spring), and Pink Floyd-esque space-out (A Gift of Wings). Most of the songs are great, very little filler.
The biggest criticism I've heard of Ozric Tentacles is that all their albums sound alike. Well, I wouldn't say ALIKE, but you could make a mix tape and easily forget which songs came from which CD. However, I don't consider this a bad thing, since their sound is so unique and so good. If you are interesting in picking up more of their CDs, I also really enjoy "Pungent Effulgent", "Sliding Gliding Worlds", "There is Nothing", and "Waterfall Cities".
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