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Nektar is a british progressive rock act based in Hamburg, Germany and became more famous in Krautrock scene then in the homeland. During the 70s they released a string of high acclaimed albums, yet did not really get the attention they might have deserved.

The music feature sort of a space operatic, symphonic twist of what is called space/psychedelic rock but the music also recognized for its heavy guitar and symphonic structured epics with lots of elements that is similar to the traditional heavy metal scene which would spawn out during the late 70s and through the 80s.

Nektar for it's time is really heavy and would be of interest for those who like bands like Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Rush, and Judas Priest.
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NEKTAR albums / top albums

NEKTAR Journey to the Centre of the Eye album cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
Journey to the Centre of the Eye
Proto-Metal 1971
NEKTAR A Tab In the Ocean album cover 3.68 | 11 ratings
A Tab In the Ocean
Proto-Metal 1972
NEKTAR Sounds Like This album cover 2.56 | 4 ratings
Sounds Like This
Proto-Metal 1973
NEKTAR Remember the Future album cover 3.91 | 8 ratings
Remember the Future
Proto-Metal 1974
NEKTAR Down to Earth album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Down to Earth
Proto-Metal 1974
NEKTAR Recycled album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Proto-Metal 1975
NEKTAR Magic is a Child album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Magic is a Child
Hard Rock 1977
NEKTAR Man In the Moon album cover 2.86 | 3 ratings
Man In the Moon
Hard Rock 1980
NEKTAR the Prodigal Son album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
the Prodigal Son
Hard Rock 2000
NEKTAR Evolution album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Hard Rock 2004
NEKTAR Book of Days album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Book of Days
Hard Rock 2008
NEKTAR A Spoonful of Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Spoonful of Time
Non-Metal 2012
NEKTAR Time Machine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Machine
Non-Metal 2013

NEKTAR EPs & splits

NEKTAR live albums

Proto-Metal 1974
NEKTAR NEKTAR - LIVE IN NEW YORK album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 1977
NEKTAR MORE LIVE NEKTAR IN NEW YORK album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 1978
Hard Rock 2002
NEKTAR NEARFEST 2002 (STUDIO M RECORDING) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 2002
NEKTAR GREATEST HITS LIVE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 2002
NEKTAR SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE LONDON ROUNDHOUSE (1974) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 2002
NEKTAR DOOR TO THE FUTURE album cover 3.67 | 2 ratings
Hard Rock 2005
NEKTAR 2004 TOUR LIVE album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 2005
NEKTAR FORTYFIED album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 2009

NEKTAR demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NEKTAR ASTRAL MAN album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Proto-Metal 1974
NEKTAR FIDGETY QUEEN / LITTLE BOY album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Proto-Metal 1974
NEKTAR FLIGHT TO REALITY / IT'S ALL OVER album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Proto-Metal 1975

NEKTAR re-issues & compilations

NEKTAR NEKTAR album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 1976
NEKTAR BEST OF NEKTAR album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 1978
NEKTAR THRU THE EARS album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 1978
NEKTAR HIGHLIGHTS - THE BEST OF NEKTAR album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 1994
NEKTAR THE DREAM NEBULA: THE BEST OF 1971-1975 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Proto-Metal 1998

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Hard Rock 2005

NEKTAR Reviews

NEKTAR Sounds Like This

Album · 1973 · Proto-Metal
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Nektar had already released two distinctive albums, the space rock / psychedelic concept piece "Journey to the Centre of the Eye" and the heavy psych / proto-metal / prog near masterpiece "A Tab in the Ocean". Their success in their adopted country of Germany was growing and opportunity came for them to reach out to an audience in their native land of Great Britain. With material already in place for what was to become their breakthrough album in the U.S., "Remember the Future", Nektar went ahead to record this intermediate album in order to first launch themselves into the U.K.

The plan was simple: record live in the studio and release a double disc of material. And this is exactly what they did, playing in studio as they would live. However, in the course of their creative growth, this album comes across as a giant leap backwards. The songs barely give any hint of what the band was capable of with regards to carefully crafted longer compositions or short but tightly-connected conceptually related songs. This album was more like a hail to the good old days of fun guitar rock.

Perhaps Nektar saw this as their last chance to record some of their "old" favourites that had never been committed to vinyl. Songs like "New Day Dawning", "Do You Believe in Magic", and "Good Day" had already been recorded on what were called "The Boston Tapes" back in 1970 (later to be released on the bonus disc for "Remember the Future" on the Purple Pyramid reissue of that album). Back in those days, the band was pretty much just another guitar-based rock band with an organist in the line-up. The songs on this, their third album, are more or less in the same mould, despite three tracks being over 12 minutes and two of those coming in three parts.

With this in mind, you can expect exactly what you'll get: a double disc of rock songs with some good melodies and some parts showcasing the guitarist's abilities, some enjoyable heavy guitar workouts and some rather lengthy jam sessions. This album resembles "A Tab in the Ocean" only in sound (Nektar "Sounds Like This" is an appropriate title in so far as "sound" is concerned); the guitar and keyboard settings are more or less the same, though very different on "Remember the Future".

This is not to say that a fan of early 70's heavy guitar / organ rock will be disappointed. In particular, "A Day in the Life of a Preacher" and "Oddysee" exhibit some heavy rock jamming that fits in with contemporary Uriah Heep and Deep Purple. "Cast Your Fate" and "Do You Believe in Magic" also have their heavy moments. But for the most part you have to think of these longer tracks as four to five-minute songs filled with a live jam session. Notably, "1-2-3-4" is just a short song, which can be heard as just that on the radio edit on the Purple Pyramid bonus disc, but gets an additional 10 minutes of jamming, featuring solos on guitar, organ, and bass on the album. Yes, there's a drum solo coming, too; it's on "Oddysee".

The recording quality of the album suffers a little in my opinion because of the live-in-studio approach (that's "live" as in rhymes with "five"). The band wanted to capture that live feeling and I think they did and rather well at times, but I am not much of a fan of live recordings. This album is not mixed cleanly. There are no overdubs or efforts to make it sound like a studio recording. It's live with no audience except whoever was working in the studio at the time. I admit, this might make it more appealing to some. The Purple Pyramid bonus disc includes a studio radio version of "Do You Believe in Magic" and for me, this version is much more enjoyable, even though the album version includes a heavy guitar solo section completely separate from the actual song. The sound of the radio version is polished and cleaner compared to the live-in-studio version.

This album is said to be Nektar's heaviest and I have to agree based on what I have heard ("Tab", "Remember" and "Recycled"). I think it's because of the energy they put into their live set and the extended guitar workouts that they sound heavier than usual on this particular album. What fails to impress me, however, is that these songs are often allowed to carry on as a live performance where, if you are present at the show, it might be enjoyable to listen to an extra few minutes of instrumental exercises. But as a studio band, Nektar are very capable of putting together cohesive, multi-part songs that don't feel unnecessarily extended and even short but concise numbers when it suits the continuity of the album. I personally would have appreciated more a single disc of well-recorded and mixed studio tracks, selecting the best of the lot represented here. But that's just me.

With regards to proto-metal, I have heard more convincing albums and artists in that genre. I don't think Nektar were ever trying to be anything other that what they wanted to be. Yes, there are some very sweet pounds and stomps with blazing guitar that fit the proto-metal mould rather nicely. However, the rock n' roll band is still there behind it all. A decent enough album after a few listens but as a proto-metal album it's not quite worth the praise. I'll give it two and a half stars though fans of this period of heavy rock might want to give it more.

NEKTAR Remember the Future

Album · 1974 · Proto-Metal
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Every so often I find an album that I not only really enjoy listening to completely through from start to finish but also find myself with the music stuck in my head when I wake up, thus making me want to listen to the album yet again. Nektar’s “Remember the Future” has surprisingly become such an album.

After “A Tab in the Ocean”, this became my second purchase of Nektar’s music. Initially, “Tab” had left me with a decently good impression but had not inspired me to order more Nektar albums just yet. However, some months later I found myself enjoying the album more, particularly noting some of the proto-metal parts, and I decided on buying “Remember the Future” over “Recycled” only because it was a little cheaper. As a concept album containing only one song divided into ten parts which are all segued together save for the break between sides one and two, this album already seemed fated to rare plays simply because of the time it demanded. I couldn’t just pick a couple of favourites to play during my on-foot and in-transit commutes during the day; I had to commit to at least one whole side. As such, I first listened to each side only twice and then tended to a couple of dozen other albums I acquired within the same three months, searching for new favourite songs to add to prog and metal playlists.

I came back to the album earlier this year and gave it an attentive listen and found I really enjoyed side one, parts a) to d). There are some great vocal melodies and the singing sounds very much in the mid-70’s rock style, which I say with a compliment here. The music leans more toward the guitar this time round with the organ spending less time at the forefront. Apparently they put the guitar through Lesley cabinet speakers for the Hammond organ so the sound of the guitar is different and very pleasing. Side one alternates between melodic slower passages and more heavy rock passages with one part resembling Uriah Heep slightly. The close of side one is a spacey guitar effects solo that is pretty wild. I have to add that the rhythm section is wonderful with both bass and drums working hard to keep the background solidly strong and worthy of attention.

At first I thought side two was less exciting than side one because I felt there was less transition in tempo but listening more made me aware of some wonderful guitar bits and once again more of what made side one so pleasing. The last song really grooves with an early disco-style rhythm but with rock guitar. It’s boogie time!

The length of each side is actually very manageable with side one just under 17 minutes and side two just near 19 minutes. Unlike some great double disc concept albums that are like the audio version of a feature length film, I can get through “Remember the Future” well before my commute to work is over and still have time to enjoy reading or perhaps some other songs from playlists in my iPhone.

I bought the remastered double disc edition of this album and the second disc includes a 9-minute radio edit version of the album. The first couple of times I listened to it, I thought this was a great substitute for the whole album as it had most of my favourite parts with some of the longer sections edited down. But after really becoming acquainted with the album I noticed that a lot of good music was missing. There are also a group of songs called “The Boston Tapes” which were early recordings by Nektar back in around 1970. These reveal a more usual rock band and don’t really hint anything about the great band that would give us “A Tab in the Ocean”, “Remember the Future”, and “Recycled”.

A final note on the music, it’s very tight and well-executed with some wonderful performances by all. But as far as heavy metal goes, it only approaches heavy rock at times in the nature of 70's Uriah Heep and Scorpions but travels closer to commercial hard rock bridged to progressive rock. Still, since coming to appreciate this album, I have purchased “Recycled” and “Sounds Like This” but not even “Recycled” comes as close as “Remember” to winning my favour. As a hard rock album I'll give it 3 and a half stars. But I give it a full five as a rock album.

NEKTAR A Tab In the Ocean

Album · 1972 · Proto-Metal
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I am always glad to find out about a progressive rock band whose career spanned several years during the seventies because for me those were the golden years of music and creativity. Eloy, Kaipa, and now Nektar have earned space for themselves on my CD racks. “A Tab in the Ocean” is my first Nektar purchase and will soon be joined by at least a couple more.

Nektar appeal to me for two reasons: that they are considered both a progressive rock band and a proto-metal band. I purchased this CD for the progressive rock but interestingly, after putting it aside and acquiring a stack of proto-metal CDs, I came back to this album and my ears really picked up on the proto-metal elements. As I bought the recent reissue on Purple Pyramid, I got the original 1972 release, the 1976 American re-mix, and the complete album performed live. The digipak CD comes with a booklet explaining the story behind the album, something I always really appreciate when I buy a CD of a band I know little about. I found it interesting to know that Iron Maiden covered “King of Twilight”. A fan of Maiden’s earlier material, I never heard them perform this song.

I would say that on this album, Nektar play the kind of guitar-driven rock with hints of jazz now and again that was common among many proto-metal bands of the early 70’s but they also include plenty of organ as was also common in many progressive heavy rock bands of the time. While there are no real head-crashing metal moments as one can find on more influential contemporaneous proto-metal bands, Nektar do know how to rock out when it suits them. Instead of going for an audio onslaught, the music of “A Tab in the Ocean” interweaves plenty of subtlety and style with moments of power and energetic finger work on both the fretboard and keyboard. When I first listened to this album it was able to appreciate the music for what it was but wasn’t in the mind frame for picking up on the songs well enough to truly enjoy them. However, after my recent proto-metal excursions, I have come back to this album and given it a new ear and I find it a very enjoyable piece of work.

Perhaps like Eloy, Nektar found it easier to write concept albums early on. I am expecting “Remember the Future” in the mail any day now and “Recycle” is on standby in my Amazon shopping cart. I am looking forward to seeing where Nektar went after this well-crafted recording. The second album for a band is often the most difficult because it is usually where they must decide whether to repeat the formula of the debut or take a risk and attempt to move in a new direction. I don’t know Nektar’s first album but I think this might be one of the better-executed sophomore albums that I have heard. Worth checking out if you enjoy a nicely balanced blend of not-too-heavy proto-metal and not-too-over-the-top progressive rock.

I give it 3 stars as a proto-metal album for this site but 4 as a prog rock album.


Live album · 2005 · Hard Rock
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1967/ 1976
Not an easy band to judge Nektar. Primarily their music is Space Rock with heavy atmospheres (due to sound) with symphonic elements. But this is good if you speak in today view. In 70's Nektar was another band that is partner in the birth of Heavy Metal also if in this case with a music that is 100% Space Rock and, for this motive, Nektar is a Prog Rock band.

This "Door To The Future" is a good live album, recorded in Beitigheim and Beilefeld during German Tour 1974. Sure the recordings are not perfect but sure the atmospheres are saved and great. In my vision Nektar is a band with great musicians and writers, so that the music is a pure experience of dream. But sure for a contemporary metalhed with few appeal. In truth Nektar was totally Heavy Metal for 70's standards as I wrote above. The music, in fact is not so distant fron Wishbone Ash, Judas Priest or other similar bands that plays Heavy Metal in 70's and for this fact precursors of NWoBHM. Is a strange sensation but true and sincere but Nektar is a great band both for Prog Rock and Heavy Metal but Nektar is not part of Proto Prog Metal genre. Not for this Nektar Music is not Proto Prog Metal.

This live album present great songs. I do not have a preferred song in this album. Due, this fact, to the great level of all song but also because it is difficult to choose one song that is better to another song. Probably any songs have a peak moment for me but sure not have a really bad moment or passage. Sure due to recordings this fact is in my mind but it is also true that this is the truth. The sound is dominated by giutar and keyboards (organ? synths?) and in this sense Nektar would be that if was born today would have much success among the followers of Classic Metal. The songs, then, sounds current and fresh.

IMHO, "Door To The Future" is not a perfect live album and it is not totally representative of Nektar music but it is a great album for atmosheres and magic. Sure if 70's music please you "Door To The Future" is a great album, for you.

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