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Ouba existed for an extremely short time, really just one night in 1968 as an impromptu recording session. The group’s record might have been another of the many lost artifacts of the psychedelic era, even by most of the participants, if not for guitarist Tony Roman’s connection with Les Maledictus Sound, another late-’60s psychedelic project that, when released on CD in 1999, went to number four on the German charts. The details, as might be expected for that time of liberal drug use, are a little hazy, but on some very hot night in July or August, the four players convened at the Stereo Sound Studio in Montreal. Without rehearsal and led by Roman and Pagliaro, they jammed out for a little over half an hour without a break while Pete Tessler recorded it. With almost no editing or mixing, the limited LP A1 Freak Out Total was slapped into stores several weeks later to cash in on the psychedelic craze of the time, though certainly it was a more authentic artifact of the era than much of the stuff at the time. Part of its title, Freak Out Total, would later be appropriated by L’experience 9, who were the same group as Les Maledictus Sound.

Ouba came together as the collective conciousness of Montreal musicians Tony Roman, Michael Pagliaro, Denis LePage and Andy Shorter in 1968.

Recorded at Montreal’s Stereo Sound Studio the recording is nothing more than an acid drenched self-indulgent jam that wasn’t originally destined to be released as an album. Divided into two parts over both sides of the album (hence the imaginative song titles, “Premiere Partie” and “Deuxieme Partie”) it consists of just one extended freeform freakout jam with driving organ parts, wild guitar passages and sections of incoherent wasted vocals.

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