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Remember The Future [VINYL]

Nektar Vinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Remember the Future (Part 1)
2. Remember the Future (Part 2)
Disc: 2
1. Remember the Future
2. Let It Grow
3. Lonely Roads
4. New Day Dawning
5. Do You Believe in Magic
6. Candlelight
7. Good Day
8. The Life I've Been Leading
9. Where Did You Go
10. Sealed With a Kiss
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digitally remastered finally! 28 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Finally! After waiting over 10 years the guitar included digital remaster of the legendary lp 'Remeber the Future'. Painfully lisening to the audio cd that seemed to "erase" all or most of Roy's guitar parts have resurfaced in this remastered edition.Bonos tracks icluded, this Nektar album was the first to break big in the states after gaining muscial credablity in europe. The music swishes and sways in and out of your conciseness until you can reach a blissfull state. Great drumming & bass and keyboards and a great band in their prime..the remastered "Night at London Round House " has this album live and much, much more material than the lp so also a must buy! . 1974 was the last great year of the "progressive era" and this was one of its best lp's! Now Bellaphon please release "Tabin theOcean " "Journey " and all the rest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget the past 6 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like their other albums, Nektar's 'Remember The Future' consists of exemplary craft and musicianship combined with enthusiasm. They are masters of the extended composition, never drifting off at a tangent. Basically a thirty-five minute piece, it has an intelligent blend of fast and slow, loud and quiet, vocal and instrumental, shifting between passages without jarring. They seem to have had great faith in the material, having toured it before recording it. What lets it down is the uninspired nature of that material. No amount of wah-wah or other effects can disguise the mundane guitar figures or the dull melodies. The most impressive moments occur deep into part two, when Roye Albrighton produces a lovely solo during a Floyd-like passage. The lyrics are of patchy quality, beginning with an articulate musing on evolution before descending into vagueness. 'Remember The Future' makes the right noises, but is not in the same league as 'A Tab In The Ocean.'
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty catchy for Prog 20 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
This was a speculative purchase, I knew nothing of the band nor did I know what to expect. The music is very rythmic, with the guitar very prominent and played in a distintive style - lots of wah and reminiscent of some electric guitar work you hear from a lot of African "world music" type bands of today. It is Prog, in that the pieces are lengthy (actually just two in this case), and made with recurring themes and complicated instrumental sections, but the the tunes are very catchy and sound quite "poppy". I have read that the original CD release was criticized for poor mixing and recording quality. I've not heard the original, but I can confirm that this re-mastered version has excellent sound considering it's an obscure recording from the early seventies. I still think mixing may be an issue though, as the keyboards sound much too distant to me.

You may hear Nektar described as a German band, which is very miss-leading. They are in fact an English band who were discovered (and signed) by a German label while on tour on the continent. All the songs are sung in English, and again the lyrics are very "poppy" and memorable, if a little hippyish and dated. The singing is very pleasant and there are some very nice harmonies throughout.

It is a little short at 35 minutes (the two bonus tracks are single edits from the larger pieces), but on the whole, an enjoyable listen for anyone who likes seventies Pop or Prog, particularly bands like 10cc, Supertramp and Steely Dan (it's a little lightweight compared to bands like Yes, Genesis or King Crimson). I liked it enough to search out other recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
probably their best album - highly recommended.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nektar's Remember the Future in my past, present, and future 1 Oct 2002
By swriter7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was 13 or 14 and buying music I heard on the radio including Elp, Kansas, Zep, Genesis and hard rock and especially progressive rock. I don't what made me buy this album but I found it interesting in the cover department. When I played it and noticed there were 2 tracks, one on each side, I was a little put off. Well I put on side one and wow!... I was hearing something that I knew was special and listened to it in it's entirity.
The start of RTF part 1 starts off with some wah guitar and soft keys, not overdone, but wonderful. Take a trip, back in time, I heard the vocals and the rest of side 1 went and it seemed like 2 minutes but the side one is about 18 minutes. This is somewhere between Progressive and Psychedelic, and something I can't explain. Side two has Floydian moments and is just as good as side 1. Each side features several parts and the sound is original and not like Yes, Genesis, or ELP, Nektar has their own progressive rock sound. This is a concept album based on bluebird who is looking for himself and although sounds goofy, is amazing!... Roye's guitar playing is marvelous and the Rickenbacker bass of Mo is just great and the voice of Roye's is great and full of feeling. I have had this album for twenty five years and played it at least once -twice per month. When the cd came out a few years ago, I noticed that it sounded much different and when compared with the album, noticed the guitar was not raised in the cd. This has been fixed and the new remaster is wonderful. Nektar is progressive rock in a league by themselves. This album will take you to another place, a classic, a masterpiece, an emotional journey of life. Also pick up Recycle!...
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Spacey Prog Rock Epics, This Is 19 Aug 2002
By RS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Basically, I'm in agreement with the two previous reviewers for this remastered version of "Remember The Future" - this is the crisp CD version we were SORELY lacking. Finally the superb guitar work has been brought back to the forefront (I was mortified by the passages buried under mounds of heavy organ sounds on the last remaster...but that comment isn't breaking any new ground, so...), where it belongs - in my opinion it was always the highpoint of this classic disc. All in all, this album was a template for many of the other "prog" bands of the era that tried their hand at concept albums - but this is an example of what it was like when it actually WORKED.
I also think one of the things that sets Nektar apart is that while they were playing epic progressive music, their approach was more raw and stripped down - this album sounds like it could actually SOUND LIKE THIS if these four guys were standing on the stage in front of you - so it stands the test of time better than other nuggets from the genre that in retrospect can sound pompous and overdone - there's an honesty and a willingness to let some flaws slide by (for instance, some of the vocal harmonies are a bit on the rough side...) that gives this album a more "human" feel, which is ultimately very refreshing and endearing. And heck, you've always got the weird concept album characters to deal with, but I'll take "Bluebird" (in this case) over all of that wacky stuff on albums like Grobschnitt's "Rockpommel's Land" any day.
For the curious - the new tracks are actually edited segments from "Remember The Future Parts 1 & 2" that were put together for radio play. This isn't a dig, because they're very tastefully done and a nice sampler if you haven't got the time to sit down and listen to the whole album in its entirety, which is certainly the recommended approach.
All in all, I'm psyched they came out with this new remaster, but ticked that they didn't get it right the first time...I mean, how many bands are we going to have to go back and repurchase their entire catalog, for the SECOND time on CD, because these albums are ONLY NOW getting due treatment? Can I get an AMEN?
As much as I want to resist that, the shiny lure of new bonus tracks and packaging often proves too much to resist...
BTW though, most of the other Nektar albums sound pretty true to the original mixes found on the vinyl, so we'll see...
You're wondering why four stars? Well, this IS best in class - but four stars because prog rock concept albums all just have an inherent tinge of goofiness, and c'mon folks, if we're honest there's a few tee-hees to be had here as well. Ha ha...
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irresponsible mastering 15 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The mastering to CD was done using the quadrophonic mix. (For those of you under the age of 40, quad was a brief fling with 4-speaker-surround-sound.) The engineer failed to realize this and only used two of the four channels. So huge swaths of Roye Albrighton's remarkable guitaristry sound like they are occuring in a room down the hall. Particularly tragic because this album has the most magical guitar arpeggios I've ever heard in rock music. Unbelievable that the engineer didn't even notice; unbelievable that this has been common knowledge for over half a decade and the label still hasn't been shamed into correcting it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Improvement on original CD release 1 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I never heard the vinyl, just the first release of this CD. I read the many complaints of the guitars being buried in the mix and have been waiting for this remaster for a long time. Finally, I get to hear what everybody was talking about. I still enjoyed the first release of this CD because I didn't know any better and this album is that good. But this mix just KILLS the other one. The guitar is right up in front and sounds great.
Side one of this album is one of the best progrock album sides of all time. It jams!!! The groove on this tune just makes you want to melt into it. As far as I'm concerned, side one is SO good, side two could contain fingernails scratching chalkboards and I'd still buy it.
As for side two, it isn't quite as good, but decent.
If you like Yes and Pink Floyd, you will love this album.
For me, this is truly one of the great tripping albums of the 70s. Not that I'm into that sort of thing, but if I was...It makes you feel really, really good.
Also check out Recycled...in a way that album was better than this one. More consistent all the way through. A much bigger production on that one...I'm waiting for the remaster on that too!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nektar's best 26 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this album about five years ago on used vinyl and for a while it was my favorite album of all time, period :) It really does have that kind of power to win a listener over. It is an album-length conceptual work that is meant to be listened to as a whole. There are several very melodic segments interspersed with harder rocking sections that are still very melodic.
The concept itself is about an extraterrestrial or a spirit of some sort (it is unclear which) who befriends a blind boy. It sounds kind of hokey, but in the end it is the music that makes this work. If you like _2112_-era Rush, Hawkwind, or _Terrapin Station_-era Grateful Dead you will definitely like this one as well.
Having said that, I would advise against buying the CD release of this, at least until they come out with the original master and not this horrible remix. Others have discussed the details already in the reviews so I'll just leave it at that. It is very much worth the search to find on used vinyl.
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