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.
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