Space Rock Invasion

Nektar

Purple Pyramid, 2020

http://nektarsmusic.com

REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 04/23/2020

Nektar is a British psychedelic band from the ‘70s who was very popular in the United States. This live set comes from Hollywood, California in 2011. This also happens to be the last officially recorded release with Roye Albrighton on guitar and vocals, as he passed away in 2016. This writer happened to catch one of those shows elsewhere, and it was a true prog event. At the time he was in great spirits and playing wonderfully night after night. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

This set includes two CDs and a DVD of the above-mentioned date. The band is definitely on fire, and they fly through the songs with conviction. It is a very nice release and a great souvenir for everyone who caught any of these shows. At the time, it was like a travelling prog festival with Brainticket and Huw Lloyd-Langton on the bill. It was a very enjoyable pairing and a well-attended tour.

Nektar takes us here on another journey through the world of psychedelia. Starting with “A Tab In The Ocean” all the way through “Fidgety Queen,” it’s a great show full of surprises and plenty of left turns. Nektar is a jam band, and they like to stretch things out on stage. There is a fair amount of improvisation going on.

This recording is to be enjoyed all the way through, pausing only when the bathroom calls; otherwise, no excuse. Also, this version of Nektar had a very specific feel, which was very different from what the band did back in the ‘70s. There is a modern twist to these songs and they play them. This might be due to the fact that at the time the band was promoting a new album titled Book Of Days. Three new tracks are performed here among the Nektar classics.

Nektar is back with a new album and a new line-up. They are still a great band, but not quite the same now that Albrighton is forever gone. The set here has a historic value, and is a worthy addition to your ever-expanding Nektar collection.

Rating: A

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