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Artist: Nektar
Titles: A Tab In The Ocean, Journey To The Center of the Eye, Remember The Future, Recycled
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Eclectic Discs/Dream Nebula Recordings
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Folks unfamiliar with the band Nektar think they are from Germany. What actually transpired was the quartet of Englishmen met in Germany in 1969 and formed the band. Ron Howden (drums, percussion), Derek “Mo” Moore (bass, vocals), Alan “Taff” Freeman (keyboards, vocals) and Roye Albrighton (guitar, lead vocals) would become huge in Germany and nearly broke big the in the U.S.

Eclectic Discs/Dream Nebula Recordings have reissued the four critically acclaimed albums that defined the band’s career. A Tab In The Ocean, Journey To The Center of the Eye, Remember The Future and Recycled are lovingly remastered with detailed liner notes for former fans and the newly indoctrinated to enjoy. Their well-known masterpiece Remember The Future was appropriately chosen for the SACD format as well as Journey To The Center of the Eye.

Their sound was a progressive-psychedelic mixture of rock that was far ahead of its time. For this listener this was a new wonderful listening experience. Prior to receiving these CDs, I had not heard any Nektar music besides a video of “Remember The Future” on a DVD compilation. I can understand now what all the talk has been about the band reforming and going on tour.

Roye Albrighton was the driving force of this band. His skilled guitar playing set the table for his fellow band mates. Each recording was outstanding and stands as a testament to their importance to the history of prog-rock music. What made this so interesting was how the label broke up each album into two parts respectively, the original recordings versus the newly remastered versions. You are now able to hear succinct differences between the two formats for the first time. Both versions are excellent and it was a treat to get the best of both worlds.

Any prog-rock listener will most certainly enjoy taking in this musical paradise in more than once, I listened to each CD four times myself and I know there will be many more spins of each CD down the road. I look forward to catching Nektar 2004 on the road this year to relive all of these great songs in a live setting. I never would have decided to see them in concert if it wasn’t for this remastered series.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

August 7, 2004

Overall Rating: 10/10

Group Members:

Ron Howden (drums, percussion)
Derek “Mo” Moore (bass, vocals)
Alan “Taff” Freeman (keyboards, vocals)
Roye Albrighton (guitar, lead vocals)

1972/2004
A Tab In The Ocean

1. A Tab in the Ocean
2. Desolation Valley / Waves
3. Crying in the Dark
4. King of Twilight
1976 US Mix
5. A Tab in the Ocean
6. Desolation Valley / Waves
7. Crying in the Dark
8. King of Twilight

1971-72/2004
Journey To The Center of the Eye
SACD

1971 Original Stereo Mix
01. Prelude
02. Astronaut’s Nightmare
03. Countenance
04. The Nine Lifeless Daughters of the Sun

05. Warp Oversight
06. The Dream Nebula Part One
07. The Dream Nebula Part Two
08. It’s All in the Mind
09. Burn Out My Eyes
10. Void of Vision
11. Pupil of the Eye
12. Look Inside Yourself
13. Death of the Mind
Bonus Tracks:
14. 1-2-3-4
15. Do You Believe in Magic?
2004 5.1 Surround Remix and SACD layers
Identical Tracks 1-15

1973/2004
Remember The Future
SACD
1. Remember The Future –Part One
2. Remember The Future –Part One
Bonus Tracks:
3. Remember The Future (Made in Germany Edit)
4. Lonely Roads
(Radio Promo only single edit)
5. Let It Grow (Radio Promo only single edit)

1975/2004
Recycled

The Original Album Mix: 1-11
The Geoff Emerick Miz-12-22
01. Recycle
02. Cybernetic Consumption
03. Recycle Countdown
04. Flight to Reality
05. Unendless Imaginations
06. Sao Paulo Sunrise
07. Costa Del Sol
08. Marvelous Moses
09. It’s All Over

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  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Keith, very nice news, I loved Nektar at the time and I did think they were German, thanks for setting me straight!

  • http://nektar.us Andy Lucas

    Now the whole machine has moved on some, check it out at http://www.nektar.us