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Remember The Future [CD/SACD Hybrid] Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (31 May 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Extra tracks
  • Label: Dream Nebula
  • ASIN: B0001V69WG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Never even heard about Nektar until recently. What a discovery. If you like Pink Floyd and Genesis, and of course you do, this is a must.
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