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NEKTAR

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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

3.79 | 408 ratings
Journey to the Centre of the Eye
1971
4.08 | 678 ratings
A Tab in the Ocean
1972
3.37 | 229 ratings
...Sounds Like This
1973
3.95 | 563 ratings
Remember the Future
1973
3.50 | 230 ratings
Down To Earth
1974
3.84 | 384 ratings
Recycled
1975
2.96 | 147 ratings
Magic Is a Child
1977
3.26 | 108 ratings
Man In The Moon
1980
2.97 | 78 ratings
The Prodigal Son
2001
3.43 | 113 ratings
Evolution
2004
3.27 | 90 ratings
Book Of Days
2008
2.79 | 91 ratings
A Spoonful Of Time
2012
2.97 | 85 ratings
Time Machine
2013
3.13 | 30 ratings
New Nektar: Megalomania
2018
3.78 | 118 ratings
The Other Side
2020

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

2.68 | 35 ratings
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974
3.40 | 33 ratings
Nektar - Live in New York
1977
2.60 | 23 ratings
More Live Nektar in New York
1978
3.12 | 21 ratings
Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974
2002
3.50 | 5 ratings
Nearfest 2002 (Studio M Recording)
2002
2.88 | 17 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
2002
3.78 | 26 ratings
Sunday Night At The London Roundhouse (1974)
2002
2.37 | 15 ratings
Door To The Future
2005
3.33 | 6 ratings
2004 Tour Live
2005
3.07 | 22 ratings
Fortyfied
2009
3.95 | 10 ratings
Sunday Night At London Roundhouse
2011
3.67 | 9 ratings
Live At The Patriots Theater
2014
4.00 | 6 ratings
Live in Bremen
2017
4.20 | 5 ratings
Live Anthology 1974-1976
2019
4.00 | 3 ratings
Space Rock Invasion Live
2019
3.05 | 2 ratings
Live from the Wildey Theatre
2020
4.00 | 2 ratings
Sounds Like Swiss
2021

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

4.00 | 21 ratings
Live
2002
4.03 | 23 ratings
Pure: Live In Germany 2005 (DVD)
2005

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

3.32 | 19 ratings
Nektar
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
Best of Nektar
1978
4.57 | 14 ratings
Thru The Ears
1978
3.38 | 8 ratings
Highlights - The Best Of Nektar
1994
2.49 | 9 ratings
The Dream Nebula: The Best Of 1971-1975
1998
4.50 | 10 ratings
Retrospektive
2011

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

3.00 | 4 ratings
Do You Believe In Magic
1972
3.75 | 4 ratings
Astral Man / Early Morning Clown
1974
3.17 | 6 ratings
Astral Man
1974
3.33 | 3 ratings
Fidgety Queen / Little Boy
1974
3.08 | 4 ratings
Flight to Reality / It's All Over
1975
3.00 | 2 ratings
Too Young To Die
1980
3.00 | 4 ratings
Always
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Skywriter / Devils Door
2019

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 Journey to the Centre of the Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 408 ratings

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Journey to the Centre of the Eye
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by JohnProg

4 stars Excellent debut that integrates -quite skilfully in my opinion- the hard rock of the time, psychedelia, the spatial sounds that derive from it and the dynamics that would later become the standard of progressive rock. An album, moreover, that is thought of as a single piece, although with two differentiated parts: the first -the 'side A'-, which flows as a single song with several mostly instrumental sections; and the second - side B-, which gives the impression that the band composed several songs or 'themes', to later order all the material and create a single piece that is more varied and has a more hectic pace than the first: being the common denominator the acid, distorted and sharp sound of the guitar; but also the dreamy melodies and understated harmonies of the organ and mellotron.
 Journey to the Centre of the Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 408 ratings

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Journey to the Centre of the Eye
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kabajohnny

5 stars I have to be honest, as of November 2022, this is my all-time favourite album. The debut album from Nektar, Journey to the Centre of the Eye.

My longstanding favourite was The Dark Side of The Moon. It always made me feel like I was floating in the stratosphere, away from the entire world. But Journey, literally blew me off to a different galaxy. I had never felt so immersed and in sync with a piece of music quite like this before hearing it for the first time a couple of months back. Whether it is the obsolutely top-notch production( super impressive if you consider the era and the band's resources at the time imo), the screaming reverb-and-delay-fuelled guitars, the powerful yet gentle vocals, the naive lyrics which I always find a way to relate to, or the superb work on the keys, I find the overall sound very full and dense, in the best possible way.

From the very first listen, from the very first seconds, I realized this wouldn't be just another prog album with an intresting album cover. It starts with a creepy intro, but doesn't take long in introducing the spacey atmosphere. The third track "Countenance" is forever engraved in my heart. One time I was so immersed into the music, my forehead and belly were actually went numb for a few seconds. I am not joking you. Then the album takes an instrumental and exprimental turn, which I admire for how abstract it is while still being a part of constructing the mood. Then, The Dream Nebula suddenly bursts on and sets the direction for the rest of the album. Following is an amazing second side with many twists and turns, gorgeous melodies and emotional vocals. Eventually after such a Journey(pun intended), it all ends where it started, with a beautiful reprise of 'Astronaut's Nightmare" 's main melody.

The entire record is very cohesive and trully serves as a 40 minute continuous piece. In general, I believe Nektar is a band that can offer a lot to any listener throughout its discography, I think there is something for everyone to really enjoy within it. I absolutely love 'A Tab in the Ocean' and 'Remember The Future', but 'Journey' has that extra touch for me. There are moments where my whole life flashes right in front of me. Where so many emotions are created by what I am hearing that I only listen to it every little while because that's how sacred it is to me. I believe it is at least worth a try, even if the space rock/krautrock combination doesn't sound like your cup of tea. I am forever grateful to Nektar and the entire team behind this album for their wonderful creation.

 A Spoonful Of Time by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.79 | 91 ratings

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A Spoonful Of Time
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AFlowerKingCrimson

3 stars I have to admit that while I don't necessarily go out of my way to listen to cover albums, they certainly can be fun to listen to once in a while. This Nektar covers album is no exception. I think as long as you don't expect it to sound the same or even be as good as the original then it can be something you can return to without regret from time to time. This one features an all-star supporting cast that includes Billy Sherwood, Geoff Downes, Mark Kelly, Steve Howe, Edgar Froese, Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Rod Argent, David Cross, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and several others.

Most of these covers are pretty faithful to the original but at the same time you probably won't mistake them for the version you are most familiar with either. Often there is an instrument that wasn't featured on the original such as sax on their cover of the Blind Faith classic "can't find my way home" or the violin on "Dream Weaver" originally recorded by 10CC. Sometimes the songs don't quite work such as the somewhat distracting keyboards in the background of "fly like an eagle" originally recorded of course by the Steve Miller Band. One particular pleasant surprise for me was the inclusion of "2000 light years from home" originally done by the Rolling Stones. I suppose that's one of my favorites on here mainly because I'm just such a big fan of the original.

Some of these songs, because of their spacey nature, could be logically expected to be covered by Nektar such as "Sirius,","Fly Like An Eagle,""2000 light years from home" and "Dream Weaver." "I'm Not In Love" and "Blinded By The Light" would probably not be considered much of a stretch by most people either. However, tracks such as "old man," "Riders On The Storm," and "Africa" would probably be the most unexpected cover songs on here. "The Spirit Of Radio" would maybe be somewhat unexpected also but mainly because Rush were a band who chronologically appeared after Nektar first came on the scene. The only cover on here I wasn't intimately familiar with was "Out Of The Blue" originally done by Roxy Music. Overall, this is a pretty good collection of cover tracks and while not a must have for everyone, it could easily be recommended to anyone who is a big Nektar fan or those who enjoy cover albums.

 Sounds Like Swiss by NEKTAR album cover Live, 2021
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Sounds Like Swiss
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Nektar have always been one of those progressive bands who found more fame outside their own country than inside it, and when I was growing up I had never even heard of them even though I thought I knew what was going on and certainly don't remember them being written about in the music papers. Although they were a musical quartet of Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek "Mo" Moore on bass and vocals, Allan "Taff" Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion, they always described themselves as a quintet as Mick Brockett provided the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the "Music and Light Theatre", and that was part of the complete package. Musically they took pieces of Uriah Heep, Yes and other symphonic bands to create something which was embraced far more by German audiences than those in the UK.

This 2xCD and 1xDVD set are taken from long lost audio and video recordings from 1973, recorded in Switzerland, hence the name. It includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV's Kaléidospop, while the two CDs include the audio portion of the TV show as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne. Given this is a professionally recorded show the sound is not as good as it could be but does a great job of capturing a full-blown prog band at the height of their powers. These shows were recorded in the same year they released their third and fourth albums, right in the middle of their heyday, and one can certainly understand why they were so popular to those who knew them.

This is wonderful symphonic prog from a time when bands were either on the road or in the studio, so always working hard and this line-up had been together since the beginning so knew implicitly what to do and are as tight as one would expect. With great vocals, solid musicianship, and great songs such as "Journey to the Centre of the Eye" who could wish for more> This is more than 2 ½ hours long, and even those who are new to Nektar will get a great deal from it. Derek "Mo" Moore says, "I have known of its existence since we did this concert in 1973 and have never been able to find it. To have this unearthed after all these years is fantastic and takes me immediately back to that time". Superb.

 Recycled by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.84 | 384 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars The 70s era of Psych rock is an odd ball of a time for the genre. This was after its huge boom in the 60s that was revolutionized by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, but was before its later rise in popularity in the modern age with neo psych rock bands like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. It was in a weird middle ground where it was filled with more experimentation on what could be done with the genre which resulted in a ton of hits and misses from a variety of bands. A few big names came out during this period, namely Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Eloy, and the star of today, Nektar. I have already reviewed a Nektar album before this one, but due to a request to check out this album from the band, I thought to check them out again and possibly get hooked on their more fun type of trippy music that they are known for.

The album is devised in two parts, however each part has their own individual songs separate from each other, with the first part starting with the song Recycle. This is a short opener to the album. While not too long, it does a good job with hooking you into this album, and establishes their sound immediately, like a snap.

The next track is Cybernetic Consumption, another 2 minute track. Unlike the first one, this is a very nothing track where it only really picks up towards the end with an actually coherent tune. Otherwise, the first half is very noisy, and weird, but not in a good way. It's all over the place with no sense of any direction and it feels way too messy for its own good. At least this is a pretty short song, so it does get a pass for that.

Coming off of that, we got Recycle Countdown, which seems like a sort of second part to Recycle, sort of like A Concise British Alphabet by The Soft Machine where the two parts are split apart with a song in between them. This takes the mantle the first song had and improves upon it with a more symphonic feeling sound that gives this song a more epic feeling. I really like this cause it makes the band feel way more in tune with the music around them and not the music that would be most recognizable to psychedelic rock fans. It leads to a great diversity in sounds that continues through the album.

Next up is Automation Horrorscope. This song is a lot more jammy and hard hitting. It has a sort of space jam feel, like you are on a space jet flying to the moon with an electric guitar by your side. It is super fun and it never wastes its time with filler. However I do wish it went on a bit longer. It feels like when it was really getting to some epic proportions, it ends, which I wished didn't happen so quickly.

Recycling takes center stage. It is a bit more acoustic with a tinge of folk, however it really goes hard near the middle which is always appreciated, until it goes more baroque, creating a nice sense of rhythm and flow. It's very nice and has a lot of fun rhythms and playing. I do think it should've gone on a bit longer though. This is sort of a problem with the first side on the album where each song is really good, but they are pretty dang short to where they feel very lacking in the grand scope of this album. Just a nit pick though, but you will at least notice it when you hear them for the first time.

Fight To Reality, much like Recycle Countdown, is a continuation to Automation Horrorscope. It doesn't change too much with Automation Horrorscope, but it does give you more of that great space jam feel that was present before, which is always appreciated.

Next up is Unendless imaginations. This feels like a combination of all the songs from this side. The awesome space jams from Automation Horrorscope and Fight To Reality, the symphonic qualities of Recycle and Recycle Countdown, and it has its own original sound with the second half of the song being this space sounding ambient bit that has a lot of charm to it. While it definitely needs a bit of improvement, the first side leaves a good impression already and makes you very excited to see what side 2 has to offer.

Side 2 starts with Sao Paulo Sunrise. It starts with the same spacey ambience from the ending half of Unendless Imaginations, but then it goes into this funky and jammy song that is very grooving. It's super fun and danceable, and definitely gives me a lot of vibes from the old disco that was popular in the 70s. You can definitely feel the inspiration that sort of movement had on this song, which is always appreciated when you take into account bands of Nektar's nature. Heck this reminds of how Pink Floyd was inspired by the punk rock movement of the late 70s which resulted in Animals, but that is a story for another day.

Next up is Costa Del Sol, which is another fun and danceable tune. If side one was a series of great short songs, then side two is a series of fun and catchy tunes that still retains those psychedelic bits and pieces Nektar is known for. This song also has some symphonic qualities too, so it makes it feel even better when listening to it. Even if it's clearly inspired by a more poppy sounding music style, it doesn't feel out of place next to a lot of psychedelic bands, in fact with the eclectic nature of the genre it fits right in. I gotta say, it's rare for side 2 to shine as bright as side one, but definitely a welcomed surprise.

Next up is Marvellous Moses. Back to some familiar routes with a similar sound that was found in side 1, a more symphonic take of the psych rock sound. This is a super enjoyable song with a very enjoyable flow, but it does feel weak next to the other songs in the album with how traditional it feels in comparison to the more eclectic and varied works here. Obviously not that huge of a deal, but certainly one that should be addressed briefly. Otherwise, this song ain't half bad.

Lastly, and most appropriately, It's All Over. This is a very nice ballad that gives a fine closure to the album. Where the first half is a more acoustic and symphonic sounding song, the second half is a more quiet ambient passage that wraps a nice bow around this very nice experience, and certainly one that I think shouldn't be underestimated.

While this album does have a few small issues, it isn't a bad album, in fact it's very enjoyable. Lots of fun variations of sounds with a very nice flow through it all. It's not perfect, but it's great enough to where I'd say you should check it out if you want some fun psych rock in your life.

 Remember the Future by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.95 | 563 ratings

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Remember the Future
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars It's honestly kinda rare for me to find a album I strangely find endearing. Obviously there are records I love and would if I had the chance to get them on a record and play them on my player, but there are very few albums I'd say are the best album I have heard, and strangely, I found myself with something kinda like that with this album. Remember the Future by the Progressive and Psychedelic Rock band Nektar is quite the interesting album. I have heard it 3 times now to fully form my thoughts around it, since this record it felt like I needed a bit more time to reflect on it. Usually I hear it once and than I go to reviewing it, but strangely it was difficult to start my review for the album, and I think I know why, but before that let's get out some of the goods, the bads, and the weirdness of this album.

The album really shines a lot. With two suites, it can really hone in on some great aspects and some great music. I love the whole more traditional rock sound, however it doesn't hammer the album down. You can clearly see some psychedelic sounds the band pulls, which gives the album some unique flavors and blends of the more accessible rock at the time, specifically the rock in America with acts like Kansas and Styx, and the psychedelic rock of Hawkwind and Eloy. Despite the band being born in Europe they really showcase a nice blend of the western side of things with their Europe side of things. The album is also very funky which I love. It has a sort of twang and danceable charm too it, and it's clear the band wants to be enjoyed and be sophisticated at the same time. I never felt bored when they go a bit slower and down to earth though, I actually feel the opposite. They are pretty and are good parts to already great songs to just relax and mellow down after some good music. I never feel bored when I hear this album.

So let's get into some mishaps of this album, and really why I was a bit stumped on how to review this album. After 3 listens, I never found much to say that'd be critics, but yet I know this album isn't perfect. So I'll try to find something, how about the vocals. I was mostly talking about the instrumentation and the sound you'd find on the album, but never the singing. The singing is alright, not the best but it feels like they are trying to imitate their contemporaries over in the American rock scene, which isn't bad just kinda feels unoriginal. It also sort of gets a bit messy at times, not so much to where it is noticeable at first but after a few listens I sort of saw a tad screws loose. Other than that, nothing much really. It's honestly kinda hard to review a good album over a bad album. With a bad album you can tear it apart, but with a good album finding a flaw is rather hard to do. It all boils down too, should I hear a bad album to make a good review or hear a good album to make a ok review. It's a bit of an dilemma really.

So I really loved this album, but I would not call it perfect, but it definitely gave me a bit of perspective of my reviews and a dilemma on what to do. Maybe the album's title means more than just important words for this concept album, but instead asking me or anyone really to remember the future, and to remember it for it's growth. Who can really say? I sure as hell can't but I can at least try.

 A Tab in the Ocean by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.08 | 678 ratings

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A Tab in the Ocean
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by eduardico21

3 stars Nektar are one of the most iconic and recognized german bands in the progressive genre. They are famous for their strong psychedelic sound, being closer to the british sound than to the krautrock movement that was happening at the moment in Germany. For me, they sound like a mix between Yes, Pink Floyd and the more aggresive sounds from the hard rock movement in USA (Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat, Humble Pie, Cactus, Mountain...).

A Tab in the Ocean is probably their most known and appraised record. However, I don't think of it as highly as the majority of people. Yes, it is a good record, but nothing breathtaking in any way. The title song is a long-epic that has never catch my attention. It has some good riffs but I don't see it on the same level as other epics from the time.

Indeed, is in the second side of the LP where I find the most entertaining stuff. "Desolation Valley/Waves" is the best song from the album by far. In the first half they went full psychedelic mood, and the guitar solos are amazing. They remind me of the mighty Eddie Hazel from Funkadelic, one of the best psychedelic players of all time. The other two songs are good rocking prog songs, oriented in a more USA hard rock way than the songs before them.

Moreover, another thing I find rather mediocre from the album are the vocals, which are neither virtuous nor aggressive enough to be interesting to me. The only instrumental performance that I found above average is the guitar, being Roye Albrighton a very good guitarist but a rather mediocre vocalist.

 Recycled by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.84 | 384 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Saimon

5 stars Review #12: Recycled

This is the best thing I've heard all year. I'm surprised that, at the moment, it doesn't get more than 4 stars! Unacceptable!

Recycled, Nektar's sixth album, is a conceptual Space Rock album, released in 1975, that deals with themes such as; The environment and its deterioration caused by mankind, raising awareness about how mankind is slowly destroying the Earth and its nature, and how we can do to improve this whole situation that can lead to our extinction.

I have been looking forward to "Nektar" to listen to their albums for a long time. I started with "A Tab in the Ocean", and... God, what a great album! I'll probably do a review of it soon. I recommend you, likewise, to start their discography from their first album. Because, it's a great developed band, and each album has its aesthetics and its rhythms and melodies so juicily sweet and characteristic.

I thought the theme of "Recycled" was a great idea. Really, spreading and generating social awareness about the situation of Mother Nature is something very important and necessary, especially in these times of pandemics and other problems, that there are people who stop giving priority to all this, and worry only about their own things, without helping simultaneously to make this a better planet (and with this, I don't mean that everyone is like that, but there are many people who choose these attitudes, thinking it's the right thing to do, when it's not).

As for the songs, they are wonderful! The way they put together so many epic and great musical works, each with a not very long duration, forming two songs ("Recycled: Part One" & "Recycled: Part Two"), which in the end, is all one song.... And what a song, I'd call it, A perfectly crafted masterpiece!

It really is a beautiful whole album. The combination of bittersweet melodies, the comforting rhythms, the cosy atmosphere throughout the album, Roy Albrighton's soft vocals, all make this album get my total respect. Honestly, how beautiful it was to listen to this album for the first time, so many emotions together in one project. Nektar deserves much more recognition than they get! And without a doubt, he has earned all my affection with this beautiful work.

And don't even get me started on the final song, "It's All Over", an eletric, ambiguous, loving ending with such a pure, moving and inspiring melody, accompanied by a piano, with a guitar in the background and angelic backing vocals, that's how a masterpiece like this album ends!

Recycled: Part One (Recycle, Cybernetic Consumption, Recycle Countdown, Automaton Horrorscope, Recycling, Flight to Reality, Unendless Imagination?): 5/5

Recycled: Part Two (SÃo Paulo Sunrise, Costa Del Sol, Marvellous Moses, It's All Over): 5/5

10/10, 5 stars for the greatest piece of environmental music I've ever heard in my life. Honestly, this album has put me in a very good mood today, so without further ado; Have a beautiful day, fulfill your dreams, be happy, and let's all take care of this beautiful planet together!

 The Other Side by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.78 | 118 ratings

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The Other Side
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars 50 years of music, 15 studio albums, an amazing cartel of past and present musicians (some of them unfortunately not longer amongst us), immensely influential compositions?Nektar. What surprises me the most is that their latest studio album from 2020, The Other Side, its actually so good that is considered top 5 within their catalog, and believe me when I say that it is quite a strong catalog containing a few classic gems of the genre, that's how good this album is! Founder line-up is still represented by no other than the rhythmic section, Mr. Ron Howden on drums and percussion and Mr. Derek Moore on bass and vocals?how lucky we are! Galactic Lord-like powerful organ opens the album with I'm on Fire?I agree, they are! 21st Century psychedelic 70's rock, not so far from A Tab in the Ocean, Remember The Future or Recycled, outstanding guitar playing, unbeatable drum and bass and well suited keys, smartly chosen opener for their last studio album. PPP, pure prog power! And the production helps a lot to the flawless sound, proper of its era. Skywriter?this is how I wish a 2020 Beatles radio single would sound like, perfect! As if Lennon & McCartney would have joined Tommy Shaw and Dennis Deyoung for a recording session. Catchy hooks and choruses, memorable lyrical content?Chandla & Scott do such a wonderful job and are such a good addition to the band?Nektar deserves them, they deserve Nektar. The incredible epic, the astonishing 17 plus minutes track, Love Is / The Other Side? refreshing if we consider the melodies, the 80s feel behind the rhythm and tempo, with some vocal harmonies exploration, sometimes so familiar, sometimes kind of mysterious and even unexpected, even though there's not much surprises here, it rocks and it rolls in a prog and psychedelic way, like everything Nektar does, managing the long timing in a manner it just flows without even being noticed, easy listening but twisted enough to cause intrigue?yeah! Last 5 minutes deserve a place in the intergalactic radio, vein cutting guitar solo that just emphasizes the incredible connection between Mo and Ron, a 50 year long connection, and it shows. Drifting?the psychedelic and mellow mostly instrumental sinister ballad. A true gem inside the album, a true gem for the 2020 prog world, a true gem for music in a whole. Powerful more modern prog irrupts the scene with Devil's Door, combining Neo Prog with funky symphonic psychedelia, very Nektar style, back to early mid seventies?one of my favorites because its positive but still somehow mysterious. I really love the guitar work here, but the synth solo takes me to space and then opens the door for more guitar galore? 1 million thumbs up! The Light Beyond bruna exactly that, some light! A very welcomed instrumental passage involving various synth layers and playful crafting, necessary to properly digest the musical avalanche that preceded it. It Also helps the beautiful Look Thru Me to blend in, slower and mellow that everything heard so far, more storytelling in its concept and pleasantly acoustic. A nice place for Kendall Scott to showcase his talent and a perfect side A for the last song of the album, the even prettier Y Can't I Be More Like U, with impossible not-to-remember hooks and an extremely mature sound, experience is evident and these psychedelic prog veterans really know how to profit from it. Every instrument sounds fantastic and in strong cohesion, bringing all they have to the table, the ideas, the melodies and the greatness. I hope this line-up perdures and hopefully delivers more masterful music like this in the near future. THE END
 Live At The Patriots Theater by NEKTAR album cover Live, 2014
3.67 | 9 ratings

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Live At The Patriots Theater
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by zeb1981

4 stars Same release as : Greatest Hits Live / Nearfest 2002 / Live DVD 2002 Again if you have any of these pressings, this is a waste of money For my review of this :

Nektar the original band reunited for the first time since 1976 (26 years apart!!) It is one of those concerts a true fan of Nektar will love with all his heart, but for the average fan only will enjoy to listen to a couple of times, there exists a dvd edition too of this released as "Greatest Hits Live" It is found on you tube and is totally worth a listen and look to anyone intreste in the excellent band Nektar, and this is as good as you can get it regarding its the 2000s and not the classic 70s, They perform an incredible setlist showcasing the best stuff from 1971-1976 and two "breathers" (Now and Man in the Moon which isnt very intresting) Well worth hearing, but if you think of buying it, be shure to listen to it first !

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