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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
A Tab in the Ocean
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on 28 May 2004
A seriously underrated gem from 1972.This album was a neglected 'prog' classic easily comparable to the best of it's contemporaries.From the title track to the rock out 'King of Twilight',there's not a single superfluous moment.I loved this album 30 years ago and it is still relevant now.This remaster(not to be confused with the earlier less than perfect cd release from a few years back) is lovingly put together,everything is crystal clear and the original artwork has been restored.Also included is the US remix from 1976,an interesting addition although not as good as the original German mix.Ten out of ten for quality, content and presentation.
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VINE VOICEon 9 August 2004
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.
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on 8 June 2008
I first heard this album in the mid 70`s and while nostalgia definitely plays a part in my re-collections,I don`t think they ever bettered it.I also think `Remember The Future` and `Down To Earth` are fine albums too,but they still don`t hit the high`s of `A Tab In The Ocean`,`Desolation Valley` and `Cryin` In The Dark`.
Engineered by the legendary Dieter Dierks,this album has a great and powerful sound which,if you have any interest in 70`s prog,will not fail to impress. Atmospheric,dreamy and dynamic are other terms which fit too.
I was lucky enough to see Nektar[or at least Roye Allbrighton and Ron Howden from the original line-up]in Wolverhampton,some two and a half years ago.They played this album in it`s entirety and it was a great night and good to see the band in fine form.In fact,on the night i`m pretty sure that Roye mentioned this album was their biggest seller in Britain.
Summing up,buy this album if you like early 70`s prog played by great musicians[all of them highly underrated] and with a great sound.In short,one of my all-time faves.
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on 24 June 2005
Arguably this is Nektar's best album and if you are unaware of the band or the album, and are interested in superior progressive rock from the early seventies, this is a must purchase. There is a glorious and expansive title track (side one of the original album) replete with excellent guitar solos, keyboard experiments, and superb percussion. The four tracks that follow are the brilliant Desolation Valley, the interesting 'Waves', 'Cryin In the Dark' and 'King Of Twilight'.
For those who already have a copy of the original, unremastered 'Tab' is it worth buying the new version? I reckon yes. You may not notice a great deal of difference between the original and the remastered version of the album, but the rereleased 'Tab' contains the USA mixing of the album which is quite different from that released in Europe. Firstly it is not as good, being quite crude at times, but it does offer an alternative to an album that fans may have heard hundreds of times. In addition, the packaging - in line with recent reissues - is interesting, contains lyrics and other bits and pieces. On balance, and if you can afford it, get the remaster.
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on 8 July 2008
Yes' "Close to the Edge" was the prog rock album of 1972, for that matter the seventies, but this takes the edge of that album's status. I am very surprised that it does not get much of a mention by all the pundits - it's as if it "lays deep in the bottom of the ocean, buried".

The title track is a swirling and undulating offering of soundscapes. The production is clean. It sounds as if its recorded live in a cathedral - just listen to headphones, it's fantastic escapism. The theme is strong with very strong performances by all musicians, I would love to have seen them live.

Desolation Valley is a great track, it rocks and this helped by the bass line which sometimes takes the lead. Nice atmospheric stuff, much like the rest of the album.

A must to have in anyone's prog rock collection
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VINE VOICEon 4 October 2005
Not the longest of rock albums but one that fills you to overflowing. The monster title-track is so magnificent that the remaining tracks seem inadequate by the time you get to them. Perhaps Nektar should have placed their masterpiece at the end.
That's not to say that the rest of the album is poor, merely that Nektar are suited to the marathon rather than the sprint. You want each track to open out into something more epic. The heavy, Gothic organ that opens the album is like a rolling wave and the title track is like a series of waves, coming at you with increasing strength, until it envelops you. The vocals are held back in the mix, as if submerged. It's a surprisingly vibrant piece with a violent presence.
Overall, a fine album, though I've never seen the point of including an alternative mix of the same material as is the case here.
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on 12 December 2014
The title track, in true prog fashion, takes up all of side 1 on the original album ( that I own) and opens up with crashing waves, soon giving way to a keyboard/guitar riff that is based on a section of Holsts' Planets suite, and ,as is expected on a song like this, has time/tempo changes galore. Prog, hard rock, psychedelic, it's all there on this fine tune. The same could be said for the rest of this album.
Desolation valley/Waves is the more laid back of the 3 long tracks on "tab". Cryin In the Dark/King of Twilight, after it's very 70's wah wah guitar introduction, suddenly bursts into sone good hard rock riffing. The King of Twilight section of that song was covered by Iron Maiden back in 1984 for the B side to Aces High.
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on 24 June 2016
Out of all the Prog albums that i own, (and that's a heck of a lot, 100's of the genre) this album is my most often played (even above all of the more commercial Prog bands, (Yes, Crimson, Tull, Genesis, VDGG etc). In my opinion, it is a stunning well crafted musical joy. No fillers (not that you get that with Nektar) just killers.
If you have never heard this album, it's safe to say you can purchase it without ever hearing it. You will not be disappointed.
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on 1 September 2015
I remember seeing this album in a local record shop back in 1976, but it wasn't until 2005 that I purchased it from Amazon. Nektar are a difficult band to pigeonhole. The keyboard and bass motifs are reminiscent of Yes while there's a space rock fluidity to the songs. The singer also sounds a bit American which is unusual in that Nektar were a British band based in Germany. All in all though this is a fine example of early 70's prog rock.
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on 5 April 2016
Quite how they were ever mistaken for the Beatles is beyond me.
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