Ahora Mazda existed in a dark corner of deep space at the heart of the Dutch psychedelic underground. From 1968-70 they were the house band at Fantasio, the epicenter of Amsterdam’s hippy movement. Drawing inspiration from Ornette Coleman, Soft Machine, John Coltrane, Captain Beefheart and others, Ahora Mazda’s gravity-defying, self-described "musical freedom trips" explored regions uncharted — journeys without maps. Released in May 1970, collectors regard their first and only album as one of the hidden gems of Dutch psychedelia, and sometimes liken it to the best krautrock groups of the era.
This deluxe 2CD set presents the original album in its entirety, along with a wealth of unreleased material, including their 1969 demo-recordings and unedited live-in-the-studio performances from the album-sessions, all mastered from the original tapes. The beautiful original cover art by Rik Lina is featured on the cover of the CD-booklet, which includes rare archival photos and liner notes by Ugly Things magazine's Mike Stax.