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

3.75 | 336 ratings
Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
1971
4.08 | 582 ratings
A Tab In The Ocean
1972
3.36 | 188 ratings
...Sounds Like This
1973
3.91 | 478 ratings
Remember The Future
1973
3.47 | 191 ratings
Down To Earth
1974
3.81 | 320 ratings
Recycled
1975
2.96 | 125 ratings
Magic Is A Child
1977
3.25 | 95 ratings
Man In The Moon
1980
2.93 | 70 ratings
The Prodigal Son
2001
3.39 | 98 ratings
Evolution
2004
3.24 | 77 ratings
Book Of Days
2008
2.75 | 73 ratings
A Spoonful Of Time
2012
2.92 | 71 ratings
Time Machine
2013
3.26 | 19 ratings
New Nektar: Megalomania
2018
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Other Side
2020

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

2.60 | 30 ratings
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974
3.40 | 30 ratings
Nektar - Live in New York
1977
2.50 | 19 ratings
More Live Nektar in New York
1978
3.11 | 19 ratings
Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live At Chipping Norton 1974
2002
2.60 | 5 ratings
Nearfest 2002 (Studio M Recording)
2002
2.87 | 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
3.50 | 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
Live Anthology 1974-1976
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Space Rock Invasion Live
2019

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

3.98 | 19 ratings
Live
2002
4.00 | 20 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
3.50 | 6 ratings
Highlights - The Best Of Nektar
1994
2.44 | 8 ratings
The Dream Nebula: The Best Of 1971-1975
1998
4.80 | 5 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

NEKTAR Reviews


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 Journey To The Centre Of The Eye by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.75 | 336 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
2.60 | 30 ratings

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Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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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.

 Down To Earth by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.47 | 191 ratings

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Down To Earth
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4: The fifth album by nektar, their second most successful commercially and including the only nektyar song to chart on Billboards single charts, Astral Man. A really good album with a circus thematic but with a lot of philosophical metaphors and interesting things to say, nothing deep even though. Musically, is a collection of really good song with hard rock oriented rhythms and the classic progressive style of the band, and although are very well made and sounds incredible they are not as developed as in their previous masterpieces. I think it is a underrated album, in fact I considered it too for the entire nektar collection. What you will find also is that is very focused in the guitars, missing more involvement of the other instruments, maybe if they developed more their best songs and included more melodies and keyboard passages it would be turned into a masterpiece. Finally, a very good collection of hard rock song with a lot of progressive touches that make it very enjoyable album, a excellent addition to any prog rock collection.
 Recycled by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.81 | 320 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 4.5: The sixth album by Nektar, after this one, the main guitarist would leave the band (Roye Albrighton) an d with him the classic and loved style of the band. This record is a concept album about the damage we are doing to the earth and make conscience in the importance of recycling. Musically, it is really good, however as in other album is very oriented in the guitars and vocals, although they do a very good job, it is missing more collaboration of the other members. Vocally, as always it is very good and the lyrics are very good sung. I think it is its third best album and I considered it a excellent addition to any prog collection. And although some parts are repeated during the record, they are well arranged and presented, besides the other members lack of collaboration, the music is really good, but it does not evolve into something spectacular to be a masterpiece. Finally, the ending of the album is really good and includes the best moments of the other members of the band.
 Remember The Future by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.91 | 478 ratings

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Remember The Future
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 4.65: The fourth album by Nektar, the most successful commercially and in my opinion their second best album in my opinion. lyrically, their best album, it talks about the origin and evolution of mankind, how we progress and survive in the initial times and the always philosophical question who made me? who made you? ♪, also I think at the end they was trying to say that what matters is what we do from now on for the future, the second part talks more about enjoying your life and give more to other people, because you will last in the memory of others, and maybe make reference to Jesus? As far I understood what heard, that was my interpretation. In terms of music I considered really good, mainly because I see more intervention of the members of the band, not only focusing in the guitar riffs as in the tab in the ocean. however it may feel repetitive in some points and it takes too long to evolve and although it is very good music, some parts doesn't feel as good as other, mainly in the second song. Finally, I considered a excellent addition any prog collector.
 A Tab In The Ocean by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.08 | 582 ratings

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A Tab In The Ocean
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars The second album by Nektar, the best and most acclaimed by the prog community. It began with a full side song, that present the very distinguished style of the band, very good riffs and keyboard passages that keep you really entertained all the way. Very progressive song, featuring various change in rhythms that make it really interesting. also the lyrics in general are really good with deep and philosophic meanings. The rest of the album contains the same quality shown in the first song, a lot of changes in rhythm, very good and addictive riffs, well ambient keyboards and actually the vocalist makes a great job too. A masterpiece of Space rock and a must have album for every prog collector.
 A Tab In The Ocean by NEKTAR album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.08 | 582 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
3.75 | 336 ratings

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

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

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
3.81 | 320 ratings

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Recycled
Nektar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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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
2.92 | 71 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!

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