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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)

3.69 | 274 ratings
Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
1971
4.06 | 473 ratings
A Tab In The Ocean
1972
3.30 | 148 ratings
Sounds Like This
1973
3.88 | 398 ratings
Remember The Future
1974
3.41 | 151 ratings
Down To Earth
1974
3.75 | 257 ratings
Recycled
1975
2.99 | 97 ratings
Magic is a Child
1977
3.21 | 77 ratings
Man in the Moon
1980
2.86 | 53 ratings
The Prodigal Son
2001
3.39 | 76 ratings
Evolution
2004
3.22 | 59 ratings
Book Of Days
2008
2.73 | 60 ratings
A Spoonful Of Time
2012
2.91 | 51 ratings
Time Machine
2013

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

2.71 | 23 ratings
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974
3.37 | 22 ratings
Nektar - Live in New York
1977
2.46 | 15 ratings
More Live Nektar in New York
1978
3.12 | 14 ratings
Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974
2002
2.67 | 3 ratings
Nearfest 2002 (Studio M Recording)
2002
2.85 | 13 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
2002
3.75 | 20 ratings
Sunday Night At The London Roundhouse (1974)
2002
2.28 | 12 ratings
Door To The Future
2005
3.67 | 3 ratings
2004 Tour Live
2005
3.00 | 17 ratings
Fortyfied
2009
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live At The Patriots Theater
2014

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

3.95 | 16 ratings
Live
2002
3.95 | 14 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
5.00 | 2 ratings
Retrospektive
2011

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Do You Believe In Magic
1972
3.50 | 2 ratings
Astral Man / Early Morning Clown
1974
3.00 | 4 ratings
Astral Man
1974
2.00 | 1 ratings
Fidgety Queen / Little Boy
1974
2.91 | 2 ratings
Flight to Reality / It's All Over
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Young To Die
1980
3.00 | 1 ratings
Always
2005

NEKTAR Reviews


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 Book Of Days by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.22 | 59 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
3.39 | 76 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
2.86 | 53 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 | 77 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
2.99 | 97 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
3.75 | 257 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.

 A Spoonful Of Time by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.73 | 60 ratings

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A Spoonful Of Time
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars No point for this album to exist in my opinion.

When versatile bands like Nektar release tribute albums, you expect heavily modified / clearly alternated versions of the original songs, interesting and unique. That's not the case here. The songs are either almost identical to the original, or slightly different; worst than the original in both occasions.

With such classic songs the album can't be rated lower than 3/5, but with such lack of fresh approach it can't be rated higher either. I have to say that I'm disappointed, because the tracklist consists by absolute classics that I would love to listen in a true Nektar-style adaptation.

 Down To Earth by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.41 | 151 ratings

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Down To Earth
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

4 stars "Down To Earth" is for "Remember The Future" what "A Passion Play" should/could be for "Thick as a Brick" (Jethro Tull albums if somehow you don't know already).

A darker album, more eccentric, with separated songs instead of a continuous suite (Ian Anderson, you should do that on "A Passion Play"!) and one of the most (if not the most) inspired concept throughout the Nektar discography. The multi-gender nature of Nektar is on full display here, as they play anything from jazz to pop to folk to hard rock... Progressive it is my friends!

I might consider "Recycled" as the best Nektar album, but this one stands toe to toe with "A Tab in the Ocean" for the second place!

 Remember The Future by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.88 | 398 ratings

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Remember The Future
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

3 stars When you try to make your version of "Thick As A Brick", you are condemned ti archive something monumental.

This album is a very good one, but not up to the expectations in my humble opinion. When I see a one track album (technically two, but only because you have to flip the vinyl) I expect to be impressed, and I didn't. I "just" listened to a very nice album, with no problem at all from the cover artwork to the arrangements, to the lyrics, to the production... But not up to THIS ultra heavyweight concept construction of the "One Song Album".

Mostly a 4 star album, I give it a 3 star rating just because I had higher expectations.

 Sounds Like This by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.30 | 148 ratings

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Sounds Like This
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BigDaddyAEL1964

2 stars Jammin' and jammin' and jammin' and jammin'... WHY?

The album opens with my favorite song by Nektar, the wonderful "Nektar / Good Day", which makes you believe that this is gonna be a prog/blues rock masterpiece. But then they start to jam. Forever.

At least 3/5 of this album's total length consists of guitar-drum solos. I have never listened to another album with so much jamming in my whole life. What's the point here? To prove that they know how to play? We knew that! To prove that they are master soloists or something? Well, not exactly the elite. And even if they were, no one can go on soloing for THAT much without being boring. Maybe the Allman Brothers? I don't know.

A few great songs, but a frustrating amount of jamming overshadows everything else.

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