Grupo Oz – 1972 – Grupo Oz
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A rare pearl coming from Mexico, formed in the early 70s in the capital Mexico City.
The “Grupo Oz” has released only one album in 1972, with little copies, making the group end in the same year.
An interesting mixing of styles, from funk rock, latin jazz, soul and psychedelia, inspired by American groups like Chicago or Black Merda. In instrumental, metals and wind instruments dominate with sax, trumpet, flute, still relying on high doses of wah-wah guitar and timid organ.
Best tracks: “Oz Machine“, “Fly“, “A New Day” and “Woman Blues“, although few weaknesses moments. The lyrics are in English and Spanish, with torn vocal.
Excellent stuff for fans of psychedelic funk rock and Latin jazz.
A1 Miss Thing 3:30
A2 Sneak 5:48
A3 Oz Machine 4:10
A4 A New Day 8:26
B1 Fly 4:20
B2 Robin’s Song 3:25
B3 A.C.G.Groove 4:14
B4 Blues Woman 3:12
B5 Black Woman 8:43
In 1971 a group of studio musicians calling themselves Grupo Oz in Mexico City got together and recorded a collection of original psych-funk tunes in their home town. They called the album, “Miss Thing.” Their label, Discos Raff (Three Souls In My Mind, La Cosa Nostra, El Ritual) had high hopes for the skilled players. Not only were they some of the most solid players in Mexico at the time, but they created their own sound rooted deeply in American funk and soul.
Their songs were all in English and they actually sounded natural singing in English. Discos Raff orchestrated the release of the record in Latin America as well as Spain, but always kept the US market its top priority. In fact, most of the 1,500 units that were pressed ended up in the US. By early 1972 the band’s crossover success hadn’t materialized and the label seized all promotional efforts for the record.
All of the players went back to their usual studio work and Grupo Oz disappeared forever. Today however, the legend of the psych-funk band from Mexico City has spread throughout the world. Now, original pressings of their one and only LP sell for $200+ on ebay.