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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Oz Knozz, USA


Oz Knozz - Ruff Mix. 1975 private.

One of the better US private press progressive (alliteration allegation) rock albums from the 1970s, this time from Houston, TX. Typical amateurish production, with an underground vocal style (Id's "Where Are We Going" leaped to mind) and overall approach of any US 1970s group from anywhere. Like most bands of the era, the idea was to throw out a few different styles to see if something would stick. Of course the grand plan was for a major label to hear their privately released album, by chance, and then want to sign them up for a 5 album contract so they could open for Led Zeppelin or Foghat on their next sweeping US tour. What separates Oz Knozz from the others, is a strong compositional component, with plenty of original ideas and superb instrumentation (especially the guitar work). 3 part "Doodley Squat" is fantastic. My favorite track though, has to be the groovy and infectious horn rocker, which sounds as dated as the movement itself and easily could have been from 1969. The fact these guys tried that in 1975 is the equivalent of Genesis releasing a "Foxtrot" like album in 1982. Love it. It also explains why Oz Knozz disappeared practically without a trace. The band wrote me a few years ago to tell me they reissued the CD, but it appears that did not happen. A bootleg does exist however.

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