Nektar Remember The Future on LP
The story of Nektar is a remarkable one. A British rock band that found stardom and success in Germany and the US, yet failed to make the significant breakthrough in their own country. With three gold albums under their belt (Remember the Future, Down to Earth and Recycled), Nektar produced some of the most original work of the '70s.
In virtuoso guitarist Roye Albrighton Nektar had a charismatic front man who had shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, in Allan “Taff” Freeman a unique keyboard player, in Derek “Mo” Moore a bass playing powerhouse and in Ron Howden a fluidity rarely found in a drummer. Fifth member Mick Brockett was not a musician, but was responsible for one of the most stunning light and visual shows ever to grace the rock stage.
The roots of Nektar lay in Hamburg in 1970. The band Prophecy, (featuring Freeman, Moore and Howden), were performing in the legendary Star Club. It was here that Prophecy met an extremely talented guitarist Roye Albrighton, also playing the German club circuit. Disillusioned with his own outfit, Albrighton was approached by Prophecy to join them as a guitar player. Light technician Mick Brockett (who had worked with Pink Floyd in the late '60s), had been providing visual backdrops for Prophecy in Germany and was invited to become a permanent fixture in the new band. Opting for a name change, Nektar was born.
Signing to German label Bellaphon later that year, Nektar quickly made an impact with their space rock classic Journey to the Centre of the Eye. This was followed in 1972 by the conceptual album, A Tab in the Ocean which featured the songs “Desolation Valley” and “King of Twilight”, (later covered in 1984 by Iron Maiden), all of which were to become staples of Nektar’s live show over the next few years. 1973 saw the release of the double album Sounds Like This. Recorded “live” in the recording studio, (and described by Elton John as “an extraordinary album”), the set became the bands first release in Britain and resulted in two appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show.
It was with the 1973 album Remember the Future that Nektar’s real breakthrough came. Another concept, the album became Nektar’s first American release and entered the Billboard album chart in 1974, attaining Gold status without the band ever having visited the US! An American tour was swiftly booked, with Nektar becoming a major concert attraction. This special re-issue from Cleopatra Records of their classic 1973 prog rock masterpiece features the best audio quality available of the album that put this great band on the map. The release precedes a brand new Nektar album coming in June of 2013!
Nektar Remember The Future Track Listing:
1. Remember the Future, Pt. 1
2. Remember the Future, Pt. 2