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FORTYFIED

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.03 | 21 ratings

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snobb
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3 stars I loved Nektar albums from early 70-s so much! When I saw this band's live album from year 2009 with current live recordings, I was really curious to hear what they play now.

As often, re-founded great groups from 70-s (even if not fully in original line-up) 30+ years later could be divided in two categories: some of them doing it for the money only, and another really try to re-establish their old music's atmosphere. This Nektar's album happily depends to second category.

Band (with two original members of four) plays their greatest songs in long live versions, and it sounds not bad at all. OK, vocalist's voice is far from what it was 35 years ago, but I believe you didn't expect miracle in this department. But - musicians are really competent, and their playing is inspired enough to be attractive during long double album. Music is not in full the same ,as in original studio releases many years ago though. I really liked their complex jazzy psychedelic sound of some early albums, now they play less complex, but still very spacey music in a manner of Hawkwind. Long , a bit relaxed ,compositions are not very essential, but those with love to Hawkwind endless spacey compositions will really like it.

Album's sound is quite raw, and far not polished, but from other hand you can hear almost live sound without studio overdubbing. More album for Nektar's old fans, but still could be interesting for spacey classic prog newbies as well (even it's much better for them to start with Nektar's albums from early 70-s).Double CD long album is great documentary, but possibly one CD album could be more concentrated release. Release contains nice booklet with pictures and photos as well. Really nice album, my rating is 3+.

snobb | 3/5 |

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