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3.06 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Desolation Valley (9:06)
2. Oops - Unidentified Flying Abstract (6:02)
3. Mundetango (6:38)
4. One Mile Red / The Ticket (9:51)
5. We Must Have Been Smashed (6:31)
6. Summer Breeze (2:48)

Total Time: 40:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Roy T Albrighton / vocals, guitars
- Alan Freeman / keyboards
- Ron Howden / drums, percussion
- Derek Moore / bass

Releases information

Bellaphon / Bacillus records

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NEKTAR Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974 ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (62%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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NEKTAR Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974 reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Another "Nektar" jam. From 1974 but only released in ...2002.

If you except the great opening number "Desolation Valley", most of the other "songs" are some sorts of improvisation. And not of the best caliber, I'm afraid. Of course, this version of "Desolation" is absolutely magic. If only "Nektar" would have stuck to this brilliant space-rock...They are so great while playing these sorts of songs. Even if the original song has been quite extended, it is such a pleasure to listen to it that I just can be enthusiastic.. The incomparable highlight of this (live) set.

The second (and last ?) good song of this album is "Mundetango". Nice intro, hypnotic riff, catchy melody. Even if this song sounds a bit outdated (remember, this is a 1974 recording) I find it rather pleasant. Great keyboards and those riffs...I just love it. Another highlight.

All the other ones will have this funky feeling aleady available on their s-tudio album "Remember the Future" (seriously overrated IMO).

The closing "Summer Breeze" also pleases me but only because it is different from the jazzy / funky "Oops", the bluesy "One Mile..." and "We Must...". It generates some varition in this live, studio jam party. Still a calm and nice moment.

As to rate this album, I will be gentle. Five out of ten but upgraded up to three stars. Thanks to "Desolation Valley" and "Mundetango".

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3 stars In the beginning of 1974 Nektar were busy finalising their latest recording effort "Down to Earth". On March 27th 1974 they entered a recording studio in a town called Chipping Norton to celebrate bass player Mo Moore's birthday. They celebrated it with a live-in-the- studio jam session. This s ... (read more)

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