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Nektar

Nektar was probably the most German-like band within the British progressive movement of the 1970's. This is partly due to the fact that they were originally formed and based in Hamburg, and that their style bore some similarities to German 'krautrock'. The group was formed in 1969 by Allan Freeman (keyboards, vocals), Roye Albrighton (guitar, vocals), Derek Moore (bass, mellotron, vocals) and Ron Howden (drums).

Their earliest albums, particularly their debut Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971), drew heavily from the psychedelic/space rock produced by the likes of Pink ...read more

Nektar was probably the most German-like band within the British progressive movement of the 1970's. This is partly due to the fact that they were originally formed and based in Hamburg, and that their style bore some similarities to German 'krautrock'. The group was formed in 1969 by Allan Freeman (keyboards, vocals), Roye Albrighton (guitar, vocals), Derek Moore (bass, mellotron, vocals) and Ron Howden (drums).

Their earliest albums, particularly their debut Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971), drew heavily from the psychedelic/space rock produced by the likes of Pink Floyd during that period. A Tab in the Ocean (1972) started to incorporate more typical progressive elements, which is particularly evident in its 16-minute title track. With ...Sounds Like This (1973), Nektar moved into a heavier territory that was far closer to hard rock than their previous work.

The band achieved greater popularity with Remember the Future (1973), a conceptual epic split into two parts. The album also introduced a melodic side to Nektar's style, setting a blueprint for the similarly light-hearted concepts Down to Earth (1974) and Recycled (1975). Albrighton however left the group shortly before they were to start recording Magic is a Child (1977). With Dave Nelson as his one-time replacement, Nektar’s direction became increasingly commercial. This remained very much the same when Albrighton formed a new line-up (retaining only himself and Freeman from the original members) a few years later. After Man in the Moon (1980), the band eventually faded from existence.

Following more than 20 years of silence, Nektar returned under the continuing leadership of Roye Albrighton. Allan Freeman, until that point the only constant factor in the band’s history, ultimately took his leave after two more new albums, The Prodigal Son (2001) and Evolution (2004). Ron Howden did not return to his former position until the latter, but has stayed on board until the present day. Otherwise, the band has been a revolving door of musicians since their reunion. Their most recent work includes Book of Days (2008), A Spoonful of Time (2012) and Time Machine (2013). « hide

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LPs
Time Machine
06/18/2013

3
1 Votes
Book of Days
2008

3
4 Votes
Evolution
2004

3.3
3 Votes
The Prodigal Son
2001

2.8
2 Votes
Man in the Moon
1980

2.5
1 Votes
Magic is a Child
1977

2.5
3 Votes
Recycled
1975

3.7
9 Votes
Down to Earth
1974

3.3
7 Votes
Remember the Future
1973

3.9
28 Votes
...Sounds Like This
1973

3.9
8 Votes
A Tab in the Ocean
1972

4.1
46 Votes
Journey to the Centre of the Eye
1971

4.1
27 Votes
Live Albums
Complete Live in New York 1974
2011

3.5
1 Votes
Fortyfied
2009

3.5
1 Votes
Pure: Live in Germany
2005

Live
2002

More Live in New York
1978

3
1 Votes
Live in New York
1977

3
1 Votes
Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1974

3.5
1 Votes
Compilations
A Spoonful of Time
11/27/2012

2
1 Votes
Retrospektive 1969-1980
2011

4
1 Votes

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