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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.02 | 22 ratings

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3 stars Less than pure

Fortyfied is a double live album celebrating four decades of Nektar. The set list includes songs from all of the band's classic albums all the way from the 1971 debut album Journey To The Centre Of The Eye to their latest studio release at the time, 2008's Book Of Days. The first seven tracks on the first disc are all very good and represent such great albums as Remember The Future and A Tab In The Ocean. However, every one of these tracks (and much more) were also present on the 2005 live concert DVD Pure, an overall much better live release. The two final tracks on disc one and the first three tracks on disc two are of a significantly lesser quality. Again, a couple of these were present also on Pure. But several were taken from Book Of Days and are not up to par with the classic Nektar material. Not until the end of the second disc does the performance regain the power to grab the listener with a rendition of Recycled. But even that one was also on Pure as well as The Debate from 2004's Evolution album. Only the closer Man In The Moon was a surprise.

With such a similar set list, it is hard not to compare Fortyfied with Pure. And for those who own the latter (an excellent live video release), Fortyfied offers very little of additional interest. Fortyfied is a good live album in its own right, but only serious fans and collectors will feel the need to have both.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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