Sonntag, Mai 07, 2006

Nektar - 1972 - Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

track list:

1. Prelude 1:27
2. Astronauts nightmare 6:22
3. Countenance 3:30
4. The nine lifeless daughters of the sun 2:41
5. Warp oversight 4:28
6. The dream nebula 2:14
7. The dream nebula part II 2:25
8. It's all in the mind 3:22
9. Burn out my eyes 7:48
10. Void of vision 2:01
11. Pupil of the eye 2:46
12. Look inside yourself 0:53
13. Death of the mind 2:52
Total Time: 42:49


-Roye Albrighton / guitars, vocals
-Mick Brockett / liquid lights
-Allan "Taff" Freeman / Mellotron, pianos, organ, vocals
-Ron Howden / drums, percussion
-Derek "Mo" Moore / Mellotron, bass vocals
-Keith Walters / static slides


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.

My opinion: I love this psychedelic masterpiece which combines so many elements in such a perfect way. There are psychy and krauty as well as proggy elements in the songs. To me their best album. My favourite song on this album is "Void of Vision". Ah I just love this psychy spaced out vibes and music.

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