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Sounds Like This [Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Nektar Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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June 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
June 22 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre
June 23 – New York City – B.B. King's
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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Dream Nebula
  • ASIN: B000BDIZA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Day
2. New Day Dawning
3. What Ya Gonna Do?
4. 1-2-3-4
5. Do You Believe In Magic?
6. Cast Your Fate
7. A Day in the Life of a Preacher
8. Wings
9. Odysee

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24 bit remaster, double CD Digi-Pak with original album with a bonus disc of extra material.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nektar at their best!! 24 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that really shows Nektar at their best. Recorded in the studio in Germany in only 2 days it gave the band the chance to show the sounds they were capable of producing without the pressures of a live audience or a 'studio recording' with all it's deadlines and quality controls.
They really let their hair down with this one and it clearly shows that they are enjoying every minute.
Roye Albrighton (guitar) really demonstrates his incredible dexterity and gets his guitar to make the kind of sounds that lessor guitarists can only dream about.Origonally a double vynil release, this is a fairly long album and can leave you quite tired out by the end, but only in a good way. It can be hard to find something worthy to listen to next.
There is an exceptionally clever bit where a piece of Beatles music is worked into the set (Norwegian Wood) and the way it's slotted in is pure genius.
There is also an excellent drum solo by Ron Howden in true 70's rock tradition.
This is a thumping good rock album with Nektar covering a large number of their early classics.
'A day in the life of a preacher' is truely amazing. '1 2 3 4' with it's ripping guitar takes you on a roller coaster ride of screaming riffs and jabbing chords like only Roye knows how.
If you consider yourself a Nektar fan, then you must have this one in your collection. It's also a great album for anyone who likes early screaming rock indispersed with flowing ballards!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music...but the sound? 4 Nov 2013
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The good: Nektar make great, progressive rock music that falls outside of the usual cliches and tweeness. Their music is raw and certainly not overproduced. Each album brings with it something new to explore. ....Sounds Like This is a really accessible, enjoyable almost mainstream album of very catchy and sometimes downright explosive and exploratory tunes.

The bad: Musically there is nothing wrong here. However, this 2013 re-release on CD just sounds a bit murky - lacking audio 'crispness'. Is it the (non-existent?) remastering or ori? I'm not technical nor an audiophile and I'm usually not one to complain, but this does distract somewhat from the enjoyment.

Overall recommended for the music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like this 18 Jun 2013
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This fantastic album is well covered by the previous reviews. I have to agree with every word that has been said about it. Its awesome....I have listened to this band for many years and am the proud owner of all their albums. I've lost count of the times I have seen them live. This is what this album reminds me of so much.
I know 'A tab in the ocean' and 'Remember the future' are also fine works, but for me, if I had to choose just one Nektar album, this would be it. Time has not aged this classic and even though I know every second of it backwards, it still gives me goose bumps.
Roye albrighton's guitar work is outstanding. Screaming solo's and clever use of his Wah Wah pedal, make you think his guitar has so many more frets than anyone else. And although he has more strings to his bow, he's pretty quick as well. It was seeing him live back in the seventies that made me pick up a guitar. Roye...I'm still working on it!!
I have to admit that some of their other work is not as easy to get into, so be a bit careful when buying it, or it will end up in the collection with only one play. Sunday night at London Roundhouse is a little cracker, so is Live in New York and the follow up, More live in New York. Work yourself into the rest after giving these and the previous albums I've mentioned a listen.
Well, that's my lot..Only one question remains..Do you believe in magic?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fresh! 17 April 2013
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This one is the hidden gem in the Nektar canon. Although it is not a remastered edition, it has a very good sound quality. And the numbers on this one is absolutely top drawer. So buy it, You won't regret it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to a great band! 18 Jan 2006
By Mark53 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is what made the term 'kraut/rock' (even though they were English but based in Germany) so great. Lots of long keyboard and guitar solos and tracks that go on forever.This is an excellant place to start (though 'tab in the ocean' is the pinnacle)because it is representive of all that was great about this band before they overreached themselves on 'remember the future' and completely lost the plot. All the tracks are basically improvised and mesh into each other. Highlights are the guitar/organ build up to '1-2-3-4' and the riffing on 'i wish you good day' If you like this there is another German band from this period called Out of Focus who released three albums and followed a similar path. Great album!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Singularity of Insane Energy 14 Oct 2006
By Ryle Shermatz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hard to believe I'm the first to take a reviewers' crack at this GREAT reissue, but I'm glad to get things rolling. I do NOT own this CD, but as an LP era geezer I can say with authority that this is prog/metal thunder at its BEST and well worth your attention.

"Live in the studio" is the gimmick here, plus double-LP (meaning there IS some "filler", which reduces my rating by one star), however the monumental highs on this recording more than offset the weaker moments.

Nektar struck it big intitially in Germany, although I believe they were all Englishmen, certainly guitarist/vocalist Roye Albrighton. At the height of the progressive rock era (early 1970's) Nektar won acclaim not only for their ambitious early concept albums (Tab in the Ocean, Remember the Future) but also for their spectacular live shows, featuring both the band's unique hard-rockin' flavor of progressive rock, plus the frenzied psychedelic light shows of Mick Brockett (listed as a band member on the early LP's) that accompanied their performances.

Returning to this recording 30 years later, the things that have stuck, and inspire me to recommend this recording now, are the stellar opening tracks; two heavyweight knockout punches from a band fully in their particular groove and eager to take on the world. "Good Day", track #1, remains to my ears one of their premier songs, and surely an unheralded gem of the progressive era. DYNAMICS is what this track is all about; few other comparatively short songs I know of span the delicacy and monstrous fury this track combines with such panache. Let me start my hero-worship of frontman/guitarist Roye Albrighton here for the amazing chops he exhibits, opening with an arresting key of E chord sequence crawling down the neck of his Les Paul as the band ramps up behind him, climaxing in a fury of frenzied riffing leading up to the opening verse/chorus setting the stage for the showcase to come. Lyrically I would guess that this track (indeed, the entire record) was simply written "on the fly" as Roye worked out the lyrics in rehearsal; nothing particularly insightful is being communicated here, although Albrighton's voice (and his bandmate's harmonic vocal accompaniment) is EXCELLENT throughout the recording.

Nektar's unique light/heavy approach rolls directly into the next track, "New Day Dawning", opening with great restraint before taking flight with Roye's aggressive leads and Taff Freeman's surging Hammond organ. This track in particular blew me away as a teenager (and still shivers me now) with the seizure-inducing INTENSITY mobilized in the climax of this track (following the cute "quote" from the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" tossed into the boiling musical stew just for the fun of it). MANY bands have aspired to the suspension of time and space exploded here, but to my ears this section still stands as an astronomical musical singularity of insane energy. This throbbing instrumental supernova fully inflamed is the ULTIMATE gold standard for heavy metal firepower to my ears, and I suspect that seeing them perform this live (at full volume, with the light show) drove some already chemically-enhanced patrons barking mad. Those were the days!

Two additional standout tracks deserve mention: lead track side 2, "1-2-3-4" and the later "A Day in the Life of a Preacher" are both sweaty workouts, each a humming dynamo of crackling alternating current. I would be remiss if I didn't also commend the bare-wire traditional rockin' side one closer, "Whatcha Gonna Do" that surely incited riots when played live.

I was fortunate to be able to see a reunited Nektar live in Sept. 2004 in Chicago, on a double bill with Caravan (another VASTLY underappreciated English '70's prog band). While I will admit it was mostly Caravan I came to see (and they were BEYOND GREAT), Nektar took the stage with monstrous authority and blew the doors off the place for the next two hours. While I'd always admired the skill of Roye Albrighton as a guitarist (and it's on ample display on "Sounds Like This") I never appreciated fully before seeing him live just how ferociously he could SHRED that guitar. His relative obscurity is certainly NOT a reflection of his passion or skill, that's for sure!

"Sounds Like This" is an EXCELLENT introduction to this fantastic band, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to metal or prog fans interested in checking out this mostly-forgotten contender from the progressive rock era. "Tab in the Ocean" and "Remember the Future" are totally worthy alternates, but if you want the full fury of this muscular quartet looking to rip your head off, here it is. Nektar-Sounds Like This!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Good Day" gets better if you purchase the remaster with bonus tracks! 13 July 2007
By Craig Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and recordings from the 60's and 70's.

Nektar's third release coming after "Journey To The Centre Of The Eye" and "A Tab In The Ocean" to this day remains the most underrated of the original Roye Albrighton albums.

Critics called this not up to the previous LP's, when in fact they should have been emphatically impressed with the diversity of the material and the willingness to show off their wears in a double album!

"Good Day" The perfect opening track. It shows the bands ability to tastefully jam around a catchy tune.

"New Day Dawning" Brings us closer to the progressive sound we loved from the two previous efforts. Roye plays with such intensity that it can split your head open. All of a sudden the band takes a bit of the Beatles legendary song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." It some how all comes together in a five minute production of brilliance.

"What Ya Gonna Do" Tuned out to be the song with a myriad of titles over the years. Sometimes called "Woman Trouble", "Easy" or "Evil" the tune pays homage to the sounds of the blues and early rock and roll. Taff's keyboards bring us back to the 50's and Roye `s six string is having fun with the trip to yesteryear.

"1-2-3-4" Would be legendary for its on stage power. The twelve minute studio version leaves a calling card for the all out assault of the senses the concert audience would endure. Mo's bass is crystal clear as the walls shake from the sheer aggression of the music.

"Do You Believe In Magic?" Delivers a tremendous combination of vocal and musical savvy. Ron Howden's drumming is precise, intense, and often up front in the mix.

"Cast Your Fate" Creates a painting of the highest quality. The canvass starts with mellow moods and during a false sense of security the painting takes a heavier view.

"A Day In The Life Of A Preacher" This became one of the most requested Nektar tunes for their live set. The thirteen-minute studio version in all it's splendor never prepared us for the epic live renditions. The band would click on all cylinders and the audience left gasping for air. If the only sounds that emanated the entire night were Roye's blowtorch guitar, you wouldn't feel cheated.

"Wings" Lets you recover from the previous aerial attack. The magic of Nektar is their ability to take us on a musical odyssey with every path never lined with imperfections.

"Odyssee: Rons on/Never, Never, Never/Da-Da-Dum" If ever a tune had an appropriate name. The music is captivating taking over your body. It mixes the progressive rock wizardry of Nektar with their rock and roll aggression. When you sprinkle on Ron's drum solo, this one isn't leaving the CD player anytime soon!

Make sure you look for the remaster from October 17, 2005 with an entire CD of bonus tracks!

Enjoy the music and be well,
Craig Fenton
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in magic now? 13 Oct 2009
By hankzappa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for a review from someone that gets their music for free... MOVE ALONG! I spent my hard earned "Wind-Up Workin' In A Gas Station" cash on their LP's. These guys flew under just about everyone's radar. I bought their LP "A Tab in the Ocean" just for the cover in high school. Every time I hear the fade in guitar that begins "Good Day" on "...Sounds Like This" I'm back in my apartment at the University of Oklahoma laying this music on my roommates in the 70's. Filler on this? A damnable lie! The music here runs the gamut from the melodic soft/loud rock of "Good Day" to reflective story-telling "A Day in the Life of a Preacher". "What You Gonna Do?" is a straight ahead blues rocker reminiscent of early Deep Purple playing live. If you're a true Nektar fan go to their website and register. It is [...] On this site you can buy a copy of ".....Sounds Like This" directly from the band. That's where I found mine. It has an extra CD that we'll call a rehearsal CD. They blow out and jam to their heart's content. Roye Albrighton's guitar work on the regular release and the "jam" CD is so under-rated. I can pick his sound out in a minute. He wails like a banshee or quietly strums but it's his own sound. It's much better than "Unidentified Flying Abstract" which was really a live studio recording on Derek "Mo" Moore's birthday and they "must have been smashed". Seriously it's a good record. "Smashed" is a song title.I believe I bought the Bellaphon label CD from Amazon and the Japanese pressing from ........Japan! Anyway, Roye Albrighton signed the packing slip that came with my CD from their website. The sound kills the Bellaphon CD'S sound and is more open sounding than the Japanese mini-sleeve import which is a far leap past the German import on Bellaphon. I enjoy Nektar and if you're fond of prog from the 70's you should have yourself a little drink of some sweet Nektar and have a "Good Day"!.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want a "Good Day"? Get the CD remaster from October 2005 with a bonus disc! 13 July 2007
By Craig Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and recordings from the 60's and 70's.

Nektar's third release coming after "Journey To The Centre Of The Eye" and "A Tab In The Ocean" to this day remains the most underrated of the original Roye Albrighton albums.

Critics called this not up to the previous LP's, when in fact they should have been emphatically impressed with the diversity of the material and the willingness to show off their wears in a double album!

"Good Day" The perfect opening track. It shows the bands ability to tastefully jam around a catchy tune.

"New Day Dawning" Brings us closer to the progressive sound we loved from the two previous efforts. Roye plays with such intensity that it can split your head open. All of a sudden the band takes a bit of the Beatles legendary song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." It some how all comes together in a five minute production of brilliance.

"What Ya Gonna Do" Tuned out to be the song with a myriad of titles over the years. Sometimes called "Woman Trouble", "Easy" or "Evil" the tune pays homage to the sounds of the blues and early rock and roll. Taff's keyboards bring us back to the 50's and Roye `s six string is having fun with the trip to yesteryear.

"1-2-3-4" Would be legendary for its on stage power. The twelve minute studio version leaves a calling card for the all out assault of the senses the concert audience would endure. Mo's bass is crystal clear as the walls shake from the sheer aggression of the music.

"Do You Believe In Magic?" Delivers a tremendous combination of vocal and musical savvy. Ron Howden's drumming is precise, intense, and often up front in the mix.

"Cast Your Fate" Creates a painting of the highest quality. The canvass starts with mellow moods and during a false sense of security the painting takes a heavier view.

"A Day In The Life Of A Preacher" This became one of the most requested Nektar tunes for their live set. The thirteen-minute studio version in all it's splendor never prepared us for the epic live renditions. The band would click on all cylinders and the audience left gasping for air. If the only sounds that emanated the entire night were Roye's blowtorch guitar, you wouldn't feel cheated.

"Wings" Lets you recover from the previous aerial attack. The magic of Nektar is their ability to take us on a musical odyssey with every path never lined with imperfections.

"Odyssee: Rons on/Never, Never, Never/Da-Da-Dum" If ever a tune had an appropriate name. The music is captivating taking over your body. It mixes the progressive rock wizardry of Nektar with their rock and roll aggression. When you sprinkle on Ron's drum solo, this one isn't leaving the CD player anytime soon!

Make sure you look for the remaster from October 17, 2005 with an entire CD of bonus tracks!

Enjoy the music and be well,
Craig Fenton
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
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