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Excellent second album from this undervalued band,
This review is from: A Tab In The Ocean (Audio CD)
Those not familiar with Nektars psychedelic/space-rock blend of progressive rock should take the opportunity to pick up this current batch of remasters as overseen by the inimitable Mark Powell. His reputation for excellence in making 70's recordings available to the highest standard, sound wise and in the detailed notes of the accompanying booklets is thoroughly justified. This album by Nektar is quite excellent and clearly showed how the band had progressed since their stunning debut. The musicianship is assured, particularly the guitars of Roye Albrighton and the band are on a creative role here. The opening title track never lets up over its 16 minutes and shows how the band were aspiring to the epic suites that groups like "Yes" were producing at the time. It's testament to their abilities that this piece is as good as anything their contemporaries were producing. My particular favourite track is "Desolation Valley" which has some fantastic guitar chordings from Albrighton. The other two tracks on the original album are no slouches either.
Nektar were never held in the same esteem as others of the progressive rock genre in the 70's, but these re-issues clearly show that they were producing music of equal originality and ability and hopefully now will be seen as an important contributor to the music of that period.