NEKTAR – A TAB IN THE OCEAN – November 1972
I was first introduced to this terrific German-based English group through my newly-found obsession with European bands of the early ’70s. Import LPs were literally a thrill to thumb through and Tower Records on the Sunset Strip had the best selection and quantity.
“Journey To The Center Of The Eye”, Nektar’s first release was an eye-opener, literally, and seemed like a good gamble, and it was.
My method of choosing imports back then was one of sheer intuition based on whatever info I could glean from the track titles and instruments played. Once I heard Nektar I knew I was on to something good and picked up the unheard import of “A Tab In The Ocean” as soon as it was available.
Nektar became a fast friend as their psychedelic rock and progressive flair melded into a rich vibe I could really get into.
And Roye Albrighton became an immediate top favorite vocalist of mine. Here’s a guy who has a voice I just love to hear – it seems to bend and shape with the music at every turn of mood and style. His voice reached a breathtakingly wonderful zenith with their fourth album; “Remember The Future” – possibly one of my Top 20 favorite albums of all time.
With “A Tab In The Ocean” my search for extended tracks of sublime Psychedelic Rock was found; these are rare gems and fine examples of a band who “got it”.
The album in separate tracks:
- Side one
- “A Tab in the Ocean” – 15:30
- Side two
… or for the original blend of tracks with no interruption; drop “A Tab In The Ocean” for a full and complete trip!
I was very fortunate to experience Nektar live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium back in “74; they opened for Golden Earring – it was a total groove and right at the height of Golden Earring’s “Moontan” and Nektar’s “Remember The Future” albums – a righteous concert that made the Top Ten Historic Classic Rock Concerts: 1972-1975 category!
ABSOLUTE MUST HEAR BONUS TRACK!!
from the double album; “… Sounds Like This” – “Cast Your Fate” – five minutes and forty-two seconds of monumentally epic Rock! Raises goose-bumps; it’s that good! CRANK IT UP!
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