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3.74 | 107 ratings | 12 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Comming of Kohoutek (3:01)
2. Once Around the Sun (2:49)
3. Infinite Wanderer (3:43)
4. Love (3:52)
5. Music for the Spheres (8:10)
6. Thunder and Lightning (5:07)
7. Keeper of the Flame (6:00)
8. Man for All Reasons (4:42)
9. Gonna Meet My Maker (4:37)

Total Time 42:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Rod Argent / keyboards, vocals
- Russ Ballard / lead vocals, guitar
- Bob Henrit / drums
- Jim Rodford / bass

Releases information

LP Epic EPC 65924 / LP Epic 32573 / CD Epic 489422 (1998)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars Music from the spheres

"Nexus" is Argent's most progressive album. The pop indulgences of "Hold your head up" and "God gave rock and roll to you" are largely gone, to be replaced by much more structured and serious compositions.

From the synthesiser driven three part instrumental opener "The coming of Kohoutek" through the dramatic "Music from the spheres" to the slightly more traditional Argent on side 2 of the LP, there's a coherence throughout.

Almost inevitably, the album was not as successful as "In deep" or indeed "All together now". There were no obvious singles, the band relying on the fan base they had acquired through their previous singles, to stay with them. It appears the lack of success for the album was a factor in Russ Ballard's subsequent departure, which in turn led to Argent (the band) rapidly becoming a spent force. "Nexus" however gave a wonderful illustration of how things could have been

Well worth seeking out.

Review by The Owl
4 stars In my teenage years, this disc got lots of turntable time (dating myself here). The disc seems to have a split-personality, divided between straight-up prog and straight-up rock 'n roll of a very high calibre I hasten to add. It was this dichotomy that actually made Argent a compelling listen for me.

"The Coming of Kohoutek" is a killer opening track (I think the main theme is from an old Gregorian chant of some sort) and the two succeeding parts are equally stunning, great keyboard work, fiery and upfront yet not obnoxiously overbearing either, a scary tightrope to walk and yet Rod Argent pulled it off so beautifully!

The ballad "Love" I could've done very well without, but the following track "Music Of The Spheres" is one that sticks with me long after it fades, very nice vocal arrangement, cool music and that repeating figure on the Rhodes and guitar together is so hypnotic, like another reviewer said it seems to go forever and you STILL want more! So true.

"Thunder and Lightning" is a good straight-up rocker, "Keeper of the Flame" is positively heart-wrenching with its haunting Mellotron and plaintive vocals. "Man for All Reasons" doesn't make much of an impression on me, but the disc closes strongly though with the fiercely rocking "Gonna Meet My Maker".

If Argent had one positively maddening aspect to it, it was Russ Ballard's guitar work, while certainly not bad by any means, it just didn't add much to the band either, especially on the more progressive tracks where some scorching lead guitar would've been a welcome sound. It seemed like he was afraid to just let go and burn up the fretboard. My impression is that Russ was more of a songwriter than instrumentalist anyway.

A very fun and engaging disc, misgivings aside, "--Kohoutek" alone makes it worth the price.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Argent's fifth album came after two commercial success, and probably as a result, their record label allowed them a bit more freedom on this one as it happens to be a tad less mass-appealing, but artistically-speaking this album is their tops, even if this is reached by the domination of Argent's songwriting of Ballard's. But this will be achieved at a great cost, as there will be no hit single on this album.

The three-part instrumental Kohoutek (presented on the Encore album as a 10-min Coming Of Kohoutek single track) is definitely the album's highlight as the first movement is taking its sweet time to unravel its mysteries and twists building from a slowly evolving synth drone to a full-blown guitar/bass twirls and climaxing with Argent's Moog and Hammond stabs at Emerson. The quieter second movement (once around the sun) is no less impressive with a rare Mellotron, while the third movement (Infinite Wanderer) is a little less successful because of Argent's piano work being a little too derivative, but this is a bit of nitpicking. Next to that monster track is the pale in comparison Love track, a rare Ballard credit on this album.

Another standout track is the Music From The Sphere where Argent finally dares to delve a little more in the jazz realm (he had done that successfully in Rings Of Hand with the Sleep track, where Auger's Hammond was obviously his master of thoughts), but his Rhodes is leading more towards Soft Machine's then-current albums (between 6 and Softs), and coupled with Ballard's soft singing, this turns out another strong track. Thunder And Lightning is another solid song (even if the Encore version is much more impressive) where the band proves it can deal drama as well as any other prog band of the era. Keeper Of The Flame is one of those too-often overlooked Argent classic and a favourite of mine. Again Rod Argent's full array of keyboards pepper the track to great effect and add precious depth to a finally-deep Argent album. A Man For All Reasons is another goodie but feels too much like a showcase for Rod's technical abilities, but unfortunately it doesn't stand up to the more glitzy competition. The album closes on the weakest track of the album, another Ballard-dominated Gonna Meet My Maker that unfortunately stands out like a sore thumb

While this album is clearly their better (and best) so far, it will also break up the group's unity. Argent's best prog compositions were clearly not well aligned with Ballard's poppier writings. Part of the frustration for progheads is that his poppier songwriting can be excellent (try out Barnett Dog - 79 and Into the Night - 81 to get a good idea of his songwriting capacities), it did not fit the proggier trackless of the group, his singing was rather uneven and his guitar work rarely more than apt, When Russ found himself with a little less space on this album (coupled with lower sales as it had no single), he took it wrong and left the band before the group's next studio album, but the Live! Encore album would be his swansong with them. In any case, Nexus is clearly Argent's definitive studio album, and clearly the one to investigate in priority, but I am still wary to call it that essential, especially if you own their Live8 Encore album, that is a résumé of Nexus' promotion tour.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This fifth "Argent" album is by far their most prog one.

The first trios of track are particularly brilliant. "Argent" is at its best. The organ play is absolutely gorgeous and the rhythm is well sustained during the opening number, although the full glory of "The Coming Of Kohoutek" is more intense in their good live album "Encore".

Both "Once Around The Sun" as well as "Infinite Wanderer" are extremely pleasant as well. The former is a soft instrumental with bombastic guitar and organ. It is a very emotional number which is so different than any prior "Argent" track. It is just a pity that it lasts for such a short time.

I guess that the band never was so close to ELP than during "Infinite Wanderer". Upbeat song and heavy organ. This is another great instrumental (the third one in a row). It is much in the style of the Rooster as well. It closes brilliantly this series of excellent (but short) tracks.

There is even a mellowish and IMO very dispensable song in the form of "Love". Indeed, it has the flavour of a love song. Pay attention not to fall asleep during these four minutes.

The band is also exploring the jazzy mood in the first part of "Music From The Spheres". Fortunately, they will be more inspired in the second one which is very much "Santana" oriented. It features a great guitar break (there are not many of those in their whole career). It is a very song after all.

The band is heading more into the heavy / funky rhythms with "Thunder And Lightning". Since it is the only one of the genre, let's not complain too much.

"Argent" reverts to a more prog sound and organ oriented song with "Man For All Reasons". This album is rather diversified and flirts with several musical genres. The last one to be taken into consideration is the heavy blues a la Purple Mark III. "Gonna Meet My Maker" is such a song. For the second time, the guitar work from Ballard is to be noticed.

This album is pleasant almost all the way through (except "Love"). Still it doesn't hold real classic and memorable songs. Three stars.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Nexus is probably the best and most progressive album by Argent. Still, it is far from a masterpiece. The progressive keyboard music of Rod Argent - much in the vein of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman - and the more straightforward rock 'n' roll of Russ Ballard alternate, but almost never truly integrate. Had they been able to write together I suspect that they could have made something truly interesting. There is nothing here of low quality, not at all. But I also miss something that is truly excellent.

Rod is allowed to start the album with three instrumental keyboard numbers giving the impression that this is going to be an all instrumental album. Then the soft ballad Love comes in followed by a number of vocal tracks. Maybe the album could have been better if they had put the songs in different running order?

The songs are melodic and there is nothing to complain about, really. Still, this album doesn't quite do it for me. It is good, but not great. There are many other bands in progressive rock that you would need to check out before turning to Argent. But if you want to explore this band, Nexus is the best place to start.

Good, but non-essential.

Review by Progfan97402
4 stars The name Argent is hardly new to me. In the late '80s, in my teens, I would frequently hear "Hold Your Head Up" on a local classic rock station, and fully aware of Rod Argent's career in The Zombies. But I had been resistant in buying their albums until recently. Probably because inconsistency seems to be a major understatement to a lot of their work. I bought All Together Now and that's plain to show. There's some excellent material, including the classic "Hold Your Head Up" and "Tragedy", at the same time some rock and roller type of material that seriously clashes. It shows they're not the most progressive of bands, and Russ Ballard was the least interested in that, while Rod Argent probably would have wanted to go full-on ELP if it weren't for his other bandmates, particularly Russ. Now I went and got Nexus. "The Coming of Kohoutek" is really a three piece suite disguised as three songs. Wow! They actually go full-on symphonic prog. Here they take on a Moog and Mellotron drenched version of the medieval hymn "Dies Irae" with some ELP-like moves. Amazing piece of music that even if you're scared away by a lot of Argent's other music, you will love this! None of the rest of the album is in that full-on symphonic prog natures of that title track. "Love" is the next piece. This is a Russ Ballard piece, and I really think it's a pretty lame song, the presence of Mellotron certainly doesn't help. "Music For the Spheres" is luckily an improvement, and I do enjoy "Thunder and Lightening" and "Keeper of the Flame". "Man of All Reasons" has a bit of a Yes thing going on, while the last piece "Gonna Meet My Maker" has that rocking gospel feel to it. While there's still that schism between the Rod Argent/Chris White and Russ Ballard team of songwriting, it sounded like they were attempting to make some more compromise, unfortunately Russ Ballard left after this album (he obviously felt more comfortable with radio-friendly material), leaving Rod Argent clearly in charge. No Nexus isn't in danger of making my "all time favorites" list any time soon, I find it rather enjoyable.
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Named after keyboardist Rod Argent, this English Rock group from Saint Albans, Hertfordshire came to birth out of the death of the legendary The Zombies, where Argent played along with bassist Chris White, who followed him with songwriting-only credits in this new effort.The original line-up comprised also of Russ Ballard on vocals, guitar and piano, Jim Rodford on bass and vocals and Robert Henrit on drums, piano and vocals.Argent produced four albums for Epic Records between 1970-73 (''Argent'', ''Ring of hands'', ''All together now'' and ''In deep''), the most succesful period of the band with several hits on a pure Rock direction and slight progressive vibes.When Bullard left in order to become a solo artist, John Verity and John Grimaldi entered the picture on guitar and voices and the band shifted towards a more progressive sound, starting with ''Nexus'' in 1974, another release on Epic.

At this point Argent not only flirted with Progressive Rock, but they were definitely among the most versatile bands of the style, throwing Classical, Jazz and Heavy/Psych elements in the mix.I'd dare to say that they were one of the most American-sounding British bands, they sounded closer to STARCASTLE, ETHOS or KANSAS than, to say, Genesis or King Crimson, although they had some evident E.L.P. and YES influences.The 9-min. excellent three-part opener was representative of the direction they had taken, this was a maniftest of keyboard-based Prog Rock with strong symphonic orchestrations, highlighted by a talented Rob Argent and his alternating organ, piano, Mellotron and synth parts, switching tempos and climates and offering one of the best pieces ever written by the quintet.The rest of the album is a bit more diverse, featuring some rockin' themes, the rise of an obvious jazzy influence with lots of electric piano and, still, some dominant symphonic flavors.Plenty of bombastic and dramatic instrumental sections, a combination of Fusion stylings and Classical-drenched keyboard showering and some Hard Rock-in' tunes in the process are all welcome characteristics of Argent's new proposal.Vocals are mostly inspired by YES' pompous lines, but the music comes as a mixture of organ-smashing themes, dark Mellotron and quirky synthesizers for a very dense and convincing sound.

Absolutely satisfying work of Symphonic Rock/Fusion with Argent shining behind an emphatic keyboard palette.Somewhere between YES, KANSAS, PENTWATER and ETHOS.Highly recommended.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Come together right now... If In Deep saw Rod Argent trying to steer the group into a more progressive direction, the follow up album Nexus saw him pushing the band into the realm of pure prog with the opening tracks- not hard rock with a few proggy elements thrown in but full tilt PROG.The f ... (read more)

Report this review (#2710544) | Posted by Lupton | Thursday, March 17, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Interior Designer v Scaffolder I always thought of Argent as being a very underrated band but on reflection, and after having listened again to most of their output, must conclude that the dichotomy between the 'songwriter' (Ballard) and the composer (Rod Argent) is not dissimilar to the under ... (read more)

Report this review (#169569) | Posted by ExittheLemming | Friday, May 2, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars NEXUS is simply one of ARGENT s' best albums. All songs are good, althought the production, could have been better (as in all Argent s' albums). The opening cut it is a masterpiece. Also good is "Keeper of the Flame" and "Music from the Spheres". Russ Ballard s' contributions are as always, go ... (read more)

Report this review (#26646) | Posted by | Sunday, December 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I really have to admit that i (also) like Argent in their "birth" the first album is good clean,fun pop music !! Also i like their last two: "Counterpoints" and " Circus"...for the sheer brilliance of music capability!! for "Nexus" ...ringing in at 42.20 minutes...its a stunner... ... (read more)

Report this review (#26643) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Thursday, May 6, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I doubt that many prog rock fans from the golden years (1972-75) would have held Argent up as thier favourite group - strictly second division with the likes of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - but the album "Nexus" was very seductive. Although a little cheesy in places, the content is often sublime. ... (read more)

Report this review (#26641) | Posted by | Saturday, January 10, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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