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Founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1969 - Disbanded in 1982 - Regrouped from 2000-2016 - Reformed in 2018

NEKTAR is probably the most German-like of the Seventies British bands, a fame that owes a lot to the town in which this band was founded (Hamburg) and to their stylistic approach (Assimilated to Krautrock). NEKTAR was formed in 1969 by Allan FREEMAN (keyboards & vocals), Roye ALBRIGHTON (guitars & vocals), Derek MOORE (bass, Mellotron & vocals) and Ron HOWDEN (drums).

Their earliest albums were hard rock that drew heavily from the space-rock and PINK FLOYD styles of the same period. The 70's gave them the occasion to issue some masterpieces, like for example "Remember the Future" (1973) and "Recycled" (1975). Each is a conceptual album that is a nice blend of melodic guitar and keyboards with a vocal story. "Journey To The Centre Of The Eye" is a mindblowing epic with lots of echoplex guitar and dual Mellotrons which is quite in tune with the Krautrock stuff going on around them, yet is definitely British. "Tab in the Ocean" and "Magic is a Child" had shorter songs and were less less satisfying. Fortunately there is a compilation album just called NEKTAR (1976) which has all the best bits of the albums and is highly recommended.

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NEKTAR discography


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NEKTAR top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.72 | 311 ratings
Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
1971
4.07 | 540 ratings
A Tab In The Ocean
1972
3.34 | 171 ratings
...Sounds Like This
1973
3.89 | 445 ratings
Remember The Future
1973
3.46 | 178 ratings
Down To Earth
1974
3.79 | 301 ratings
Recycled
1975
2.97 | 115 ratings
Magic Is A Child
1977
3.21 | 87 ratings
Man In The Moon
1980
2.88 | 62 ratings
The Prodigal Son
2001
3.40 | 88 ratings
Evolution
2004
3.20 | 71 ratings
Book Of Days
2008
2.73 | 69 ratings
A Spoonful Of Time
2012
2.91 | 64 ratings
Time Machine
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
New Nektar: Megalomania
2018

NEKTAR Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.80 | 28 ratings
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974
3.40 | 27 ratings
Nektar - Live in New York
1977
2.50 | 19 ratings
More Live Nektar in New York
1978
3.11 | 18 ratings
Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974
2002
2.60 | 5 ratings
Nearfest 2002 (Studio M Recording)
2002
2.85 | 13 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
2002
3.75 | 24 ratings
Sunday Night At The London Roundhouse (1974)
2002
2.29 | 13 ratings
Door To The Future
2005
3.80 | 5 ratings
2004 Tour Live
2005
3.03 | 21 ratings
Fortyfied
2009
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sunday Night At London Roundhouse
2011
3.44 | 9 ratings
Live At The Patriots Theater
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live In Bremen
2017

NEKTAR Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.98 | 19 ratings
Live
2002
3.98 | 19 ratings
Pure: Live In Germany 2005 (DVD)
2005

NEKTAR Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 16 ratings
Nektar
1976
4.00 | 3 ratings
Best of Nektar
1978
4.68 | 10 ratings
Thru The Ears
1978
3.50 | 6 ratings
Highlights - The Best Of Nektar
1994
2.38 | 6 ratings
The Dream Nebula: The Best Of 1971-1975
1998
4.75 | 4 ratings
Retrospektive
2011

NEKTAR Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.50 | 2 ratings
Do You Believe In Magic
1972
3.67 | 3 ratings
Astral Man / Early Morning Clown
1974
3.00 | 5 ratings
Astral Man
1974
2.50 | 2 ratings
Fidgety Queen / Little Boy
1974
2.92 | 3 ratings
Flight to Reality / It's All Over
1975
3.00 | 1 ratings
Too Young To Die
1980
3.00 | 2 ratings
Always
2005

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 A Tab In The Ocean by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.07 | 540 ratings

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A Tab In The Ocean
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TheDapperFactor

4 stars The album fails to carry the momentum of the title track

A Tab in the Ocean| 10/10 One of the few songs in existence I can honestly give a 10/10. The song (not the album, mind you) is the prime definition of cohesive. It is a truly captivating listen all the way through. I'm no music expert, but by prog standards, the song is not all that complex. Yet, there is something about it that draws me to it. I firmly believe that Nektar never topped this song (yes, even Remember the Future, though it is a better album). The vocals feel in place, the instrumentation is conservative yet effective. Presentation is everything in this song.

Desolation Valley/Waves| 7/10 A decent song, but it really is a shame that "A Tab in the Ocean" was not paired with better songs to make an overall good album. This song and the rest of the songs on the album just fail to reach that peak. Now, the main riff to this song is good, the vocal sections are good, but the song really doesn't go anywhere.

Crying in the Dark| 7/10 Vocal sections are lackluster, but the song is instrumentally interesting. I'd say more so than either Desolation Valley or King of Twilight. Though I'd say this song fails to utilize the cowbell well, and for that I penalize it.

King of Twilight| 7/10 A standard rock song. Nothing all that special to me. Decent, but not what I'd consider to be among their finest.

Average: 7.75/10

Weighted Average: 8.34/10

 Journey To The Centre Of The Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.72 | 311 ratings

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Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Exactly one of the most Krautrock-proclaiming combos is the UK legend NEKTAR. The first album "Journey To The Centre Of The Eye' should be well characterized as a German rock with obvious acidity and subtle pop nuance. Every single song is not so long but clearly filled with power of psychedelia leaning towards Amon D''l II. It's fine for me to touch directly this Krauty flavour because such an atmospheric musical sensitivity cannot be herd via their other creations. Quite comfortable and addictive is guitar fuzzes and bubbling keyboard / mellotron vibes along with hallucinogenic, repetitive melody lines with hints of 60s psychedelic vanguards all over the world. Their unrefined, unpolished creativity or artificial, forced production (cannot feel they use sound effects skillfully, honest to say) through this debut album is good for me too

'Countenance' is a beautiful spacey ambience created with crying guitar plays and authentic mellotron streams. From 'The Dream Nebura Suite' until 'It's All In The Mind', weird and mysterious melody lines and inorganic psychedelic artifacts around the lines make me smiley. Guess lots of younger artists would have climbed the 'Nektar Mountain' up in early 70s. On the contrary, I see they would not have consolidated their purpose or the best way to go. Such a floating attitude of theirs is not so bad and the fans would tell them where they should go since then, I guess. Above all else, I can find my pleasure via their soundscape under construction for developing and getting innovative. At least for me, it's kinda happiness to find the same vein of a Japanese acid folk pride The Folk Crusaders in them.

 Recycled by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.79 | 301 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams

5 stars At first I should say thanks to one of PA legends Peter for re-notifying me of such a great album. My first and quick listen to NEKTAR (a long while before) has let me keep them at a distance, sadly, because of their soundscape at their golden age "far from psychedelic progressive / space rock". But yes, we can hear obvious diversity via their material ... they have eclectic elements like psychedelic, electronic, heavy, symphonic, or jazz, like Pink Floyd in Waters' era. This album "Recycled", that gives us a warning for environmental issues even these days, has been released as their 6th album in 1975. Like "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd released in the same year, this giant creation might cause a clear sensation for "attenuated progressive rock scene in near future" as an eclectic prog one flavoured with acceptable pop essence, I suppose. Let me say please, we should not forget such a massive intensive action plan, due to suffering progressive rock acts in mid-late 70s.

"Recycled" can be called as another rock opera, totally. "Recycled Part 1" upon Side A has definite sound heaviness, swiftness, and smoothness all around. There are not tragic matters but hopeful brilliant sunbeams. Suggest they had exerted supreme inspiration upon a younger Heavy Prog combo Rush ... especially as for one of their masterpieces "Hemisphere" released in 1978. Roy's "crying" guitar plays and enthusiastic voices must build the 'core' in the centre of this album for constructing a giant that would influence upon everybody upon the earth previously, now, and forever. The rhythm section Mo and Ron launched perfect rhythm basis beneath the ground, regardless of its complexity. Texture of "Recycled Part 2" upon Side B is not only heavy but also jazzy ... as though they might have claimed they not simply sit in a small world but explode out to the unlimited space. We can hear some peaceful moments apparently with slight loneliness only in the epilogue but really "It's All Over"? Big NO. We should do a lot from now on.

 Time Machine by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.91 | 64 ratings

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Time Machine
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars An average last album for Nektar, with some pretty good songs and some forgettable too.

They sound very much like 80's Wishbone Ash in this album, basically because Roye Albrighton's singing sounds very much alike to Martin Turner.

The first song, "A Better Way", is probably the best on the album, both lyrically and musically, and I would dare to say that it's one that deserves a place among the great Nektar songs on a compilation or something.

The album is closer to a 2,5/5 than a solid 3/5, but it's definitely a pleasant one that you should give an ear. Probably the last Nektar album ever, since Albrighton is gone. RIP chief!

 Book Of Days by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.20 | 71 ratings

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Book Of Days
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

2 stars So what happened here? Nektar meets Nazareth or something?

This album has by far the worst sound of any Nektar album in my opinion. It's too electronic and digital, much less warm and human than usual. The songs are not bad, but definitely not great. "Where Are You Now" and the two "Book Of Days" that close the album are the best songs, and this is a strange feeling; it sound like a 2 stars album at the beginning, but it becomes a solid 2.5 stars at the end.

When I look back at the very respectable discography of Nektar and I only find one album worst than this (The Prodigal Son), then I can't give it more then 2/5. Generally forgettable.

 Evolution by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.40 | 88 ratings

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Evolution
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars What an inspired album! A major upgrade from the previous "Prodigal Son", with all the elements that make quality prog rock: nice melodies, reasonably lengthy songs, trippy lyrics, concept structure.

A very joyful work that flows very well and it's pretty listenable. If I was to choose one song as the stand-out one, that has to be "Old Mother Earth", but there is no weakness at all on this album.

The mostly acoustic nature of the album makes it even more trippy, with the piano playing a major role supporting the whole concept. This is maybe the last great album by Nektar; I guess we have seen it all from them and they will be officially disbanded soon, since Roye Albrighton died.

 The Prodigal Son by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.88 | 62 ratings

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The Prodigal Son
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

2 stars The most prog thing about this album is it's (mediocre) cover artwork.

More of a soft rock album with prog elements, it has nothing exceptionally memorable to offer. Some of the lyrics are good, but musically it's nothing fancy, compared to other Nektar works and in general. There is not even a single stand-out song to elevate the general reputation of the album.

Nektar release an album after 21 long years, and the result is this? Through all of those years they should have arranged some masterpieces! That's what we were expecting at least... It's not a bad album in any way, maybe closer to 2.5/5, but how can I rate it higher when after the first listen I have no intention to replay at least a single song?

 Man In The Moon by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.21 | 87 ratings

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Man In The Moon
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars This one follows the musical path of "Magic is a Child", but it's not as inspired or quality as it's predecessor.

The album has no weaknesses, but no significant strengths too. Prog pop rock and all, but just not as good as the previous effort. "Torraine" is probably the album's best moment, a bittersweet love ballad with a hard rock bridge, that if it was a bit more refined could easily be a radio hit (if it got edited, as it's 5:30, a bit long for the common radio standards).

A solid 3,5 stars for this one, and yet again an impressive cover artwork.

 Magic Is A Child by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.97 | 115 ratings

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Magic Is A Child
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars Nektar meets later years Genesis in a very good album!

"Magic is a child", "Midnite light", "Listen" and "Spread your Wings" are a quartet of songs that could easily fit in a best of Nektar compilation (the more pop-oriented side of it), and the yet another different music approach by Nektar in this album makes them one of the most colorful bands out there. This album could be categorized as prog pop rock, one of great taste and high quality.

Maybe closer to 3,5/5 stars than a solid 4/5, but definitely an album worth of owning and appreciating. Oh, and the cover art is absolutely magnificent!

 Recycled by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.79 | 301 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars A really great album, the best Nektar album in my humble opinion.

A true concept, continuous, with wonderful cohesion that could easily be arranged in large musical suites except separate songs of common length. The melodies are truly inspired, loaning from the Jethro Tull aesthetics here and there, as well as from the Pink Floyd golden years. The musicality of this work is unmatched by any other Nektar album.

If there were half stars, this would be a solid 4,5/5, but I can't give it a 5/5 as I save this only for very rare, special occasions of musical greatness.

I strongly suggest that you listen to the Geoff Emeck Mix from the 2004 Remastered + Expanded version of this album, as it's by far better than the original.

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