Nektar's 1971 introduction is a far cry from their meticulous, tightly-crafted later albums, though it is rather obviously a concept effort. The opening 'Prelude' sounds like an out-take from Pink Floyd's psych classic, 'Interstellar Overdrive,' with its improvised guitar and a dated organ sound that prevails across much of the album. Indeed, the harsh production suggests the late 1960s rather than the early 1970s. Lyrical content is sparse, but the music burns with vitality and enthusiasm, sounding occasionally like early Deep Purple or Uriah Heep, but usually probing more experimental territory. The first half is uniformly ingenious and dramatic, the second half less so, as 'Burn Out My Eyes' does become a little monotonous. On the whole, though, this is a fiery album. It's a shame there was no sequel; 'Return to the Hole in your Ear' anyone?