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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)

3.78 | 363 ratings
Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
1971
4.08 | 629 ratings
A Tab in the Ocean
1972
3.37 | 203 ratings
...Sounds Like This
1973
3.93 | 516 ratings
Remember The Future
1973
3.49 | 209 ratings
Down To Earth
1974
3.81 | 344 ratings
Recycled
1975
2.96 | 136 ratings
Magic Is a Child
1977
3.26 | 103 ratings
Man In The Moon
1980
2.97 | 79 ratings
The Prodigal Son
2001
3.43 | 107 ratings
Evolution
2004
3.32 | 85 ratings
Book Of Days
2008
2.82 | 83 ratings
A Spoonful Of Time
2012
2.99 | 82 ratings
Time Machine
2013
2.93 | 28 ratings
New Nektar: Megalomania
2018
3.75 | 103 ratings
The Other Side
2020

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

2.75 | 36 ratings
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974
3.44 | 33 ratings
Nektar - Live in New York
1977
2.56 | 21 ratings
More Live Nektar in New York
1978
3.13 | 20 ratings
Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974
2002
2.60 | 5 ratings
Nearfest 2002 (Studio M Recording)
2002
2.84 | 14 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
2002
3.77 | 25 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
3.82 | 8 ratings
Sunday Night At London Roundhouse
2011
3.44 | 9 ratings
Live At The Patriots Theater
2014
3.80 | 5 ratings
Live In Bremen
2017
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live Anthology 1974-1976
2019
4.50 | 2 ratings
Space Rock Invasion Live
2019
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live from the Wildey Theatre
2020

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

3.98 | 19 ratings
Live
2002
4.00 | 21 ratings
Pure: Live In Germany 2005 (DVD)
2005

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

3.38 | 17 ratings
Nektar
1976
4.00 | 3 ratings
Best of Nektar
1978
4.68 | 10 ratings
Thru The Ears
1978
3.57 | 7 ratings
Highlights - The Best Of Nektar
1994
2.44 | 8 ratings
The Dream Nebula: The Best Of 1971-1975
1998
4.71 | 7 ratings
Retrospektive
2011

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

4.00 | 5 ratings
Do You Believe In Magic
1972
3.75 | 4 ratings
Astral Man / Early Morning Clown
1974
3.00 | 5 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
4.00 | 2 ratings
Too Young To Die
1980
4.00 | 4 ratings
Always
2005

NEKTAR Reviews


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 Sunday Night At London Roundhouse by NEKTAR album cover Live, 2011
3.82 | 8 ratings

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Sunday Night At London Roundhouse
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Classic seventies prog with the main ingredients to be recognized as such: Tremendously propulsive bass line going far beyond the call of duty, to the point of assuming the leading instrumental role on certain moments. Assertive vocals founded on strong raw power of the lead, and solid harmonies. Muscular drumming keeping tempo without recurse to any metrognomic aid. Those charming vintage synths from the era pouring tasty solos everywhere (you know, it's never too much). And the marvellous electric guitar of the great Roye Albrighton, with an ear for dissonance, and the other for melody, rarifying for moments, but always conducting the proceedings.
 Live from the Wildey Theatre by NEKTAR album cover Live, 2020
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Live from the Wildey Theatre
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars This album was recorded on Nektar's 'Up Close and Intimate' Tour of North America and focuses on new and classic Nektar tracks spanning their 50-year career. Recorded at their sell-out show on March 7th , 2020, it was also filmed, and both versions are available to download from their website. Drummer Ron Howden (bass, vocals) and Mick Brockett (special effects) were all in the band for the most important part of their career (1969-1977) while Ryche Chlanda (guitars, vocals) was in the band in the late Seventies, Randy Dembo (bass, 12-string guitar) was in the band in the early 2000's and it is only keyboard player Kendall Scott who is the 'new boy'. There is another version of Nektar touring Germany, based around keyboard player Klaus Henatsch, but to my mind this is the genuine article. Of course, can it ever be Nektar without Roye Albrighton who died in 2016? Well this certainly sounds pretty good to me.

Ah, sounds, there is the only problem with this album, which is nearly 140 minutes long and covers the band's complete career although with a heavier focus on the early years and the latest album. This just does not sound like a professionally recorded modern release, but much more like a high-quality audience bootleg. There are times in the quieter sections when some members of the audience can be heard talking over the music, and the overall sound is much more muddied which tends to happen when there has been no separation of the microphones/inputs. This is a real shame as the actual performance is that of a band really tight having already played more than 20 shows in tight succession prior to this one. Yes, there are times when the vocals do not quite hit right, but I would much rather hear that then a 'cleaned up' version which has been modified to sort all mistakes.

This is very much an album which fans of the band will want to have in their collection, but certainly is not the best introduction to those who have not come across them prior to that. The new album 'The Other Side' is well worth investigating, while 'A Tab In The Ocean' will always be their classic to me, but while this is not something for a newcomer, for people like me this is still a very solid release indeed although it does feel like an opportunity missed.

 Evolution by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.43 | 107 ratings

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Evolution
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars Sounds like a bunch of us found this English "Kraut" band back in our college days of yore. What a spectacular treat to be swept away again by new music from this fine band decades later!

On "Evolution", Nektar has truly rediscovered the magic of their unique progressive rock music. Some really tasty guitar licks/riffs on many songs - kind of belies the age of Mr. Albrighton (and his woes with liver disease at the time). His voice sounds great too.

The album starts with "Camouflage to White", which is a good song, but probably my least favorite on the album. The rest of the album varies between acoustic and standard rock (hard, but not heavy) and progressive, with typically thoughtful lyrics and inspiring, original melodies. No weak songs, and really very exciting to listen to.

Highly recommended for prog rock fans, and certainly for fans of Nektar - they were a special "discovery" for us 40 or so years ago, and they can still unearth new gems for us to delight in today!

Great prog compositions, exceptionally well-played, with crystal clear production. Sweet as....what's the word I'm looking for?...

 The Other Side by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.75 | 103 ratings

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The Other Side
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by alainPP

3 stars NEKTAR is a very old progressive rock group, having mainly worked in psyche-rock since 1969. It is an English group which was founded in the city of Hamburg and which delivered good big hard rock with a lot of synths , which gave them a psyche genre in the same way that the first PINK FLOYD, HAWKWIND and URIAH HEEP or DEEP PURPLE could be influenced by it somewhere; like also a little CAMEL or CARAVAN. Only Derek MOORE and Ron HOWDEN of the original group remain today and they took over the name of the group in 2018, touring until then with other musicians from 2000 to 2016. This is their 15th album. which comes out at the beginning of the year. Personally, I only have one album from them, the very successful "Remember The Future" with a melodic prog side and a little fruity pop. Released in two stages, late 2019 and early 2020, we get a little lost, but the title of the album tells you about the vagaries of life and the passage to the other side of some of their members.

"I'm On Fire" begins the album with a rock metal title a little blues metal, written and sung by Mo Moore for his wife in 1978, a title with old sounds it is true but with intense instrumental convolutions after the phase sung; Varied variations to set the rhythm a bit AOR like on the first KANSAS or BOSTON, although much younger than them; the sound is a bit dated, vintage without doing it on purpose. "Skywriter" follows with a title where Ron's sticks set the pace, the rhythm before Ryche's warm voice leaves the magic working; soft tune almost good for a slow, the catchy chorus then goes on an instrumental sequence where the synth returns the favor to the guitar with the sustained rhythm of the two basses; there is the Hammond organ as in the days of PROCOL HARUM, there is above all a good digression of virtuosos despite their age. "Love Is / The Other Side" arrives with the centerpiece of the album on a tone that ALAN PARSONS PROJECT would not have denied; It's nice but it's also very agreed at the beginning with few progressive hooks actually and it will take until the 8'40 '' to see the notes take off. In any case the musical and instrumental magic operates between Ryche, Kendall and Ron as on this magnificent piano arpeggio around 11 'which will bring a no less moving guitar solo in the blues and symphonic lowlands, a bit like GARY MOORE . Here a lot of the rhythm and convolutions make me think of the great CARAVAN, quite simply. "Drifting" follows with a pompous intro, synth, enlightened drums, everything is crystal clear, the voice well put forward further accentuating the symphonic effect; here the psychedelic is in its firmament and it is definitely one of the best tracks on the album, the guitar solos having something to do with it with this reverberation bordering on distortion. Be careful, this title can send you into a space trance, my best title.

"Devil's Door" opens the next track with a sweet tune with a symphonic and acoustic guitar intro sprinkled with cool notes (yes that's a bit weird in definition, looks like a meal!); the sequel starts with a rock rhythm well anchored in the 70's with organ play and hoarse voice, warm a bit like Joe COCKER but softer. It must be said that part of the guitar comes straight from the late Roye ALBRIGHTON's playing, a title played in 1974 but never recorded on a CD. The twirling guitar gives a good moment of pure rock here without real drawer or progressive break, like Gary MOORE in his romantic stroll moments; psychedelic blues in fact. 'The Light Beyond' comes in for the shortest track and my favorite 2nd, a synth solo from Scott in the early lineage of what VANGELIS could release like on 'Antarctica' and its repetitive streak; an ethereal atmospheric space track that will pass as an introduction to their future live shows. "Look Through Me" for an acoustic song by Ryche, a little sluggish and goes everywhere despite the addition of the synth halfway through. Fortunately, "Y Can't I Be More Like U 2020" closes the album with a punchier track again, a dry guitar intro at the start, then a warm song with its almost Canterbury more than psychedelic touch; the musicians give it their all and you can feel their pleasure in playing together.

"The Other Side" is more a series of delirious jams in my opinion in the psyche-canterbury lineage with the obvious desire to have fun after a long crossing of the desert, if we remember that a number of tracks were composed during the beginning of the 70's. The NEKTARs like many groups of the 80s or 70s come out of their retirement, their lethargy to prove that they are good musicians. NEKTAR is all that at the same time, they are just getting older, their sound is feeling it, their fans will be delighted to find them there they left them a few years ago..

 A Spoonful Of Time by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
2.82 | 83 ratings

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A Spoonful Of Time
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Slartibartfast
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam

3 stars What do Tori Amos and Nektar have in common? Well before you spew your brew up and out your nose, both have done covers albums (Tori's being Strange Little Girls) and both did versions of Not In Love. I have to say I like Tori's album a little better because her covers were sometimes radical reworking of the originals. Having said that there is one thing that I find interesting about this set, and also Tori's set - interesting guest musicians. In Tori's case it was just Adrian Belew and their version of Heart of Gold was the most radical reinvention of a song I have ever heard. In Roye's case he had at least one key guest for each track. Ron Howden is on drums for all tracks, as is Roye Albrighton on guitar and vocals, Alas this would be his next to last before passing on to the great beyond, but I'm sure that all the guests were fans of Nektar and honored to work with him. On as side note so was Sherman Helmsley, aka George Jefferson of The Jefferson's fame. In fact you can find a clip of youtube of his character grooving to Show Me The Way.

What do Santana and Nektar have in common? Again both did covers albums. Santana's was Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time with guest vocalists on each track. I guess Santana just can't sing like Roye, but then again I have never heard him sing that I know of. Granted he makes his guitar sing. But these two have a cover in common ' Riders of the Storm.

This is a nice track selection and set of guest artists. Some might say that he shouldn't have wasted his time doing this album of covers as his second to last one but then again his last one hasn't received favorable reviews here on this site.

The most notable guests for me are Marillion's keyboardist - Mark Kelly, Geoff Downes, Edgar Froese, Mel Collins, Steve Howe, Rod Argent, Ginger Baker, David Cross, Jerry Goodman, Rick Wakeman, and Patrick Moraz. Wow. And Santana only had non prog vocalists as his guests.

My favorite tracks on here are Spirit of the? Radio (oops on their part). If you like Rush but find Geddy Lee's vocals a bit grating (I don't too much, woo yeah!) his take is nice. He is certainly a match for Alex Lifeson in the guitar area. Sorry Ron, but hard to out beat Neil Peart when it comes to Rush drumming. One of the things that I really like about this album is the covers of prog tracks of our various subgenres. Crossover ' Alan Parson's Project ' Sirius and Roxy Music - Out Of TheBlue, Heavy Prog (Rush), Psychedelic/Space Rock ' Wish You Were Here, Proto Prog - 2000 Light Years From Home (sorry Stones not enough proto in toto in your work to get you guys to get you guys in the PA) and The Doors ' Riders On The Storm. Speaking of Toto we do get the aforementioned Patrick Moraz in Africa but Toto isn't really prog with the exception being their soundtrack for the 1984 Dune movie.

So, as a long time fan of Nektar I don't take any offense at it even though some people here are opposed to prog artists doing albums of covers. I find the songs are well done but I'll give it three stars because isn't original Nektar music.

 The Other Side by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.75 | 103 ratings

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The Other Side
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Now, I do have 10 of the first 11 Nektar albums (just realised I am missing 2001's 'The Prodigal Son' for some unknown reason) but I lost track of the band of late and haven't heard anything since 2008's 'Book of Days'. Sadly, Roye Albrighton passed away in 2016, and since then there has been a schism in the ranks and now there is both Nektar and New Nektar doing the rounds. Given that the version based in Germany does not feature any founding members, nor in fact anyone who played with the band prior to 2007, there is no doubt in my mind as to which one is the real deal. Nektar feature founding members Ron Howden (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Derek "Mo" Moore (bass, keyboards, vocals and lyrics) and Mick Brockett (visual interpretation and lyrics: it is interesting to note he is one of the few full members of a band who doesn't actually play). They currently also have Ryche Chlanda on guitars and vocals (who was also in the band in 1978), Randy Dembo on bass, bass pedals and backing vocals (and was in the band between 2003 and 2006) and brand-new keyboard player Kendall Scott.

This is the first studio album since Roye passed away, so it was never going to be easy to capture that classic Nektar sound, but somehow, they have done just that. Not only does this album sound as if it was recorded in the Seventies (and the dated keyboard sounds being utilised are obviously a large part of that), but some of it was actually written (and performed) back then, and there are even further surprises for Nektar fans. The 1978 unrecorded song "Skypilot" has now been turned into "Skywriter", and was even released as a single, with new lyrics by Mick, Mo and Ryche. "I'm On Fire" is the musical adaptation of a poem written by Mo for his soon-to-be wife, Nicki, during that same time period of 1978, but the real surprise here is closing track, "Devil's Door". Although it was actually performed live as long ago as 1974, it never featured on a Nektar album. The song has been updated and recorded especially for this album, but the introductory guitar part is taken from a live soundboard recording from 1974 featuring of course Roye Albrighton.

Roye's presence is all over this album, with the guys ensuring this is a real tribute to him, looking back in time yet also showing they have a strong future ahead of them. I have long been a Nektar fan, and this album is sheet delight. For anyone who has ever enjoyed the band, or loves classic Seventies-style progressive rock, then this is essential.

 Journey To The Centre Of The Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.78 | 363 ratings

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

Review by PrimeReviewsMusic

5 stars Review - #4 (Nektar - Journey To The Center Of The Eye)

Nektar has been able to create an astonishing work that takes you to another world, literally. The concept of the album follows an astronaut who is on a voyage to Saturn. But, he encounters aliens who take him to their galaxy where he is shown incredible knowledge and wisdom. Now that's a story! This album is able to maintain it's own identity while having influence from bands like Pink Floyd (especially their earlier work). The band line-up consists of Roye Albrighton (Guitars and Vocals), Mick Brockett (Liquid Lights), Allan "Taff" Freeman (Pianos), Ron Howden (Drums), and Derek "Mo" Moore (Bass).

The album begins with a prelude which immediately transfers you to the world that Nektar was able to create. From then on, you go on a psychedelic adventure which never becomes dull. One interesting thing to point out is that The Dream Nebula continues of both Side A and Side B of the album. That was a genius move by the band since it really brings both sides of the album into one cohesive piece. In addition, themes are repeated throughout the album which makes this journey feel even more compelling. I can't say that there is a stand out track on this album since every track is greatly composed and a masterpiece in its own right.

This album is definitely one of Nektar best pieces of music and deserves to be heard. The current rating on the Prog Archives (3.75/5), doesn't rightfully show what a masterpiece this album truly is. From beginning to end, this album is a joy to listen to and is highly recommended.

 The Other Side by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.75 | 103 ratings

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The Other Side
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by PrimeReviewsMusic

4 stars Review - #2 (Nektar - The Other Side)

So far, this year has been great for progressive rock and Nektar's new album is no exception. After their lead vocalist, Roye Albrighton passed away in 2016 I had doubts about the band and how they would be able to continue. However, after listening to this album my fears turned out to not be false. The new vocalist, Ryche Chlanda, will never live up to what Roye Albrighton brought to the band. But he does a pretty good job nonetheless. I have to say, the vocals brought to the band fit well with Nektar's current music. The album even feels like somewhat of a return to form of classic Nektar.

When listening to the album, it was difficult to point out which song stands out the most. But for me, the 18 minute epic Love Is / The Other Side was the highlight of the album. The different array of styles and musicianship used throughout the song is breathtaking. But, other songs such as Look Thru Me really showcases Ryche Chlanda's great vocals while providing a new, interesting sound for the band. And sealing it all together are the great musicians which consists of Randy Dembo (Bassist), Derek "Mo" Moore (Bassist), Ryche Chlanda (Vocals and Guitarist), Kendall Scott (Keyboards), Ron Howden (Drums), and to top it off Mick Brockett (Visual Effects) who's been with the band since the late 60's.

However, this album is not "perfect". In some songs, I feel that the drums could be a bit overbearing. But, it never gets too distracting. In addition, the song The Light Beyond is a great song but it feels more like an intro rather then a singular song. I still truly believe that this album will stand the test of time and become one of Nektar's classics. From its slower songs to the more fast and rocking songs, it never becomes dull.

 Journey To The Centre Of The Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.78 | 363 ratings

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

Review by Psychedelic Paul

5 stars Achtung! NEKTAR are NOT German, despite the band being formed in Munich at the tail end of the 1960's, and despite them being based in Germany for much of their career. No, this band are as British as tea and crumpets and a game of croquet on an English summer lawn. Nektar have had a long and illustrious career, with many changes of line-up along the way, and it all began with this spacey album, the intriguingly-titled " Journey to the Centre of the Eye" (1971). The band are still going strong 13 albums and nearly 50 years later with their latest album "The Other Side" due for release in 2020. This album consists of 13 tracks, although it's really just one long spacey suite of music as there are no noticeable breaks between the songs. Let's travel back in time now to the halcyon days of 1971 and take a "Journey to the Centre of the Eye."

The album opens appropriately enough with "Prelude". This brief 1-minute prelude features spooky, swirling sound effects and mysterious noises to put you in the mood for some classic Space Rock. We're in Hawkwind territory here, so hold on tight and prepare for an ""Astronaut's Nightmare". Strangely, the opening to this song reminds one of a Beatles' number, but that first impression doesn't last for long. This is pretty impressive stuff with the keyboard player going hell for leather on the Hammond organ and with the singer sounding like he's on some far-out psychedelic acid trip. The guitarist is no slouch either as he fires off some stunning guitar leads, not to mention the drummer, who's pounding away on his kit in true Space Rock tradition. It's freaky, it's spacey, it's mysterious, but most important of all, this is great music. Prepare to be amazed! If you can't "Countenance" that, then how about this, because this is Track 3: "Countenance". The pace is now slowed down somewhat with some very pleasant and laid back organ playing. Don't be fooled though, because that was just the opening and there's a wild psychedelic guitarist on the loose and he's here to show you what he's made of with some good solid riffing. The song ascends triumphantly into a tremendously uplifting crescendo of sound to take you into Space Rock heaven. We now arrive at "The Nine Lifeless Daughters of the Sun" which is presumably about the nine planets of the solar system, although there's nothing lifeless about the Earth, or indeed this instrumental rip-roaring organ-driven number. Onwards now at Warp Factor 5 to Track No. 5 "Warp Oversight". There are lots of spacey plinky-plonky noises to be heard in this eerie number with a Hawkwind-style spacey rhythm phasing in and out of the mix. It's all very atmospheric and mysterious, but no less than you'd expect from a classic Space Rock album. We're now almost halfway through our journey as "The Dream Nebula I" closes out Side One. Just lie back and enjoy because this is beautiful music, and there's more to come too as "The Dream Nebula II" continues on the opening of Side Two of the album. "It's All in the Mind" is up next, although it's not all in the mind that this is a great song and a superb album overall. And now onto "Burn Out My Eyes", the longest track on the album, running at nearly 8 minutes long. Again, this is another song that's designed to carry you into orbit on a rocket- propelled blast of Hammond organ, wild guitar riffs and a powerful singer soaring on a wave of emotion. Onwards now to "Void of Vision", a manic free-for-all as the Hammond organist takes off on a flight of fancy, throwing caution to the wind. Track 11 "Pupil of the Eye" gallops along at impressive speed, firing on all cylinders with a pounding rhythm and the vocalist giving it his all and more besides, in the style of David Byron of Uriah Heep. "Look Inside Yourself" now for the penultimate song on the album with our fantastic journey nearly at an end. It's a short 1-minute barnstormer of a song which takes us into "Death of the Mind" to close out the album. The grand finale to the album is a bombastic and grandiose song full of triumphal pomp and ceremony to conclude this superb album in fine style. The journey ends, but this was just the beginning for Nektar!

This marvellous album of classic Space Rock has really stood the test of time and it's sure to delight fans of Hawkwind. The album sounds as fresh today nearly 50 years on, as it did at the time of its release when Space Rock was just taking off, way back in 1971. "Journey to the Centre of the Eye" deserves a treasured place in any Prog-Rock/Space Rock music lover's collection. With a debut album as impressive as this, Nektar's later albums have got to be well-worth a listen too.

 Sunday Night at London Roundhouse  by NEKTAR album cover Live, 1974
2.75 | 36 ratings

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Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This was my first Nektar LP, I had it when I was 15 and I kind of regret it. I much more preferred Remember The Future, but the guys at the imports store kept saying this was their best and I bought it. Although the "live" moniker, only side one was a truly recorded show, the second side of the vinyl being made of studio recordings. That meant you only get two tracks over little more than 20 minutes of live music: Desolation Valley, from their second album A Tab In The Ocean, and A day in the life of a preacher featuring the birth of oh Willie from their third, Sounds Like This. Both are well played, but add very little to their studio counterparts.

Side two of the LP is a disappointment: three new studio songs that clearly were leftovers from previous ones, or something like that: Oop's (unindentified flying abstract), Mundetango and Summer Breeze. The best one for me was always the second, which at least has a good melody and a emotional guitar solo, while the last one sounds like a intro to a bigger song that never was. A real waste. I was very angry to waste my hard earned money on such a dud. And got rid of it as soon as I could.

So, if you want to get a "real" early live recording of Nektar, get the remastered double CD of 2011, which includes the whole original LP plus an extra disc of recordings from another show, recorded a few months later (this one with a much better and representative repertoire of Nektar at the period), a much better buy. The old LP or the single CD are for collectors and hardcore fans, only.

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