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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.95 | 545 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars Definitely the most recognized glory for this english band of the seventies. As it happened for other english bands of that time (it mainly depended on the huge number of groups produced by the United Kingdom) - this was the case of Barclay James Harvest, for example - Nektar were "forced" to migrate to other foreign countries to build up wide success. And in fact they gained great popularity in Germany.

Then, with "Remember the Future" they gained great success even in the USA, reaching number 13 of the US' charts without the band ever have toured that country before.

The album is builded and arranged around two central musical themes, developed in a continuous unique track only split because of the well known temporal limits of vinyl (Remember the Future part 1 and part 2).

Even if the keyboards has an important role in Nektar, their sound is more electric guitar- based, so don't expect those spacey landscapes of other bands as Pink Floyd or Eloy. You neither won't listen to fast and particularly technical guitar's solos. That doesn't mean Roye Albright's instrument is less interesting and exciting. It goes from soft ballad as in the intro and in the section "Lonely Road" of part 2 to more hard rocker, distorted and quasi- psychedelic interludes as in the section starting from the 13th minutes of part 1. The arrengements are generally never too loud, sometimes pointing to symphonic prog, even in in a very sparse range of "contamination".

All in all this appears to be a special release, strong both for the instrumental and the vocal parts, interesting and convincing for the wise development of each single musical fragment and idea, able to please many exigent ears, even the most ones.

Special mention to the 2004 Eclectic remastered edition for its fresh sound and bonus material.

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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