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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bellaphon Records
  • ASIN: B000LZRFL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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It's nice to see both versions now on this CD reissue.
BENJAMIN MILER
In summary I would recommend this cd because most importantly the source material is very good in regard to the Nektar catalog.
Ric Barrera
After hearing these, I'm really looking forward to them.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ric Barrera on March 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Okay, here is the story on the many versions of Tab. In addition to the cd I own four vinyl copies (yes folks, there's one born every minute) and perhaps can provide some insight.
Tab was released originally in 1972 on the notorious Bellaphon label. Sometime later Tab was distributed on the United Artists (UA) label (remember them?).
In 1976 Tab was released on Passport. The Passport version differed from the previous iterations as it was remixed by Mo Moore (Nektar bassist) and Larry Fast (Synergy). Additionally, the Passort version was the first domestic (USA) release of Tab, the other two of course import.
The complaints about Tab's poor mastering most likely can be attributed to those whom are familiar with the 1976 Passport version. Although Bellaphon butchered Nektar's 'Remember the Future' cd, Bellaphon's mastering of the Tab cd is almost identical to the vinyl 1972 Bellaphon release. Is this a good thing? In my opinion - no. The hope I had was that the 'Tab in the Ocean' track (side one) would get cleaned up on cd as the bass and drum sounded muddy on vinyl and it still sounds muddy on the Bellaphon cd release. All the other tracks on Tab (side two) sounded clean on vinyl as they do on the Bellaphon cd release.
Still with me? Okay, so the folks familiar with the Bellaphon or UA vinyl versions might actually be pleased with this cd version, unless they are also afflicted with the same muddy drum and bass perceptions noted earlier in this review.
Now for the audiophiles that have the Passport vinyl version. The Passport version sounded considerably different than its predecessors. My guess is Passport version Nektar fans will be dissatisfied with the sound of the Bellaphon cd.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nektar was comprised of English musicians that took up residence in Germany before moving to New Jersey, United States in 1975 where they worked with electronic composer Larry Fast. This 2004 remastered edition by Eclectic Discs is good and features informative liner notes along with photos of the band (mostly publicity shots). The disc also features the original mix of the album along with a significantly different remix from 1976.

ORIGINAL ALBUM ***

The original album A Tab in the Ocean was released in 1972 and was engineered by Dieter Deirks at Deirks studio in Stommeln, W. Germany. The four tracks on the album range in length from the 4'22 heavy rocker King of Twilight to the nearly 17 minute epic prog hard rock title track. Apparently, the guys were excited by the developments in the English progressive rock scene at the time and A Tab in the Ocean represents their interpretation of progressive rock (with a hard rock twist). The music on the album is generally heavy (loud) although there are some spacey sections, with good Hammond organ work by Allan Freeman, along with decent playing by energetic bassist Derek Moore, guitarist Roye Albrighton (he used both clean and heavily distorted tones - sometimes at crushing volumes), and solid drummer Ron Howden. The lead vocal by Albrighton is quite good, and in combination with the other musicians, provides excellent three-part vocal harmonies. The group ensemble work is also pretty good, the best examples of which are provided on the epic A Tab in the Ocean and Desolation Valley/Waves.

The original album should appeal to fans of Wallenstein (the Blitzkreig album), early Deep Purple (1970-1971), Hawkwind, and Eloy (1973-1974).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arcana13 on September 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
(4.5 stars)

Please read reviews on the earlier versions of Tab.

Now that Dream Nebula has reissued the Nektar classic albums, everyone can hear them as they were originally intended--and, it turns out, as mixed for the US release several years later.

Previous editions of Nektar CDs have suffered from poor mastering. This edition, produced by Mark Powell and remastered by Paschal Byrne, who must be a genius, is phenomenally clear and clean. The vocals stand out, the bass and percussion is no longer muddy, and the keyboards soar as they should.

This edition contains the original German mix, as originally released on vinyl, and the US mix by Larry Fast and Mo Moore (1976). There are good things to say about both versions, and a few drawbacks. However, considering how incredibly well this CD is engineered with both versions available to compare, there is no downside.

Definitely 5 stars on the technical side.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hawklord on January 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Possibly--it's sure close to being their best. Bought this one way back in the mid seventies shortly after it came out and still like it quite a bit. Roye Albrighton's blazing guitar gymnastics are all over this one and the whole disc achieves a kind of ambient calm (particularly on the extended title track) that's lacking on other Nektar records. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I've always found the open-ended reverb-heavy mix of this album quite distinctive, almost...oceanic?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on October 13, 2007
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A Tab in the Ocean is one of Nektar's very best albums in terms of vocal melodies, epic/adventure type fantasy musical passages, and just overall beautifully constructed compositions.

It's amazing Nektar hasn't become one of those early 70's rock bands that people want to look back and discover (or re-discover all over again since, after all, most people who grew up in the 70's probably don't remember them anymore).

They're certainly a pretty distinct and exciting progressive rock/fantasy rock band. I say "fantasy rock" because they remind me of Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash a lot. The vocals sound like Uriah Heep, and some of their musical ideas resemble Wishbone Ash. Actually a cross between Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash is more appropriate of a description.

I'm not calling Nektar ripoffs or anything. No way. They're too good of a band for me to stoop to playing some kind of comparison game. That's not my style, baby. I just like to listen to good ol' rock music, and I'm happy when I discover a band with plenty of creative ideas and overall talent like Nektar.

I really like the organs and keyboards on the opening title song. They are unlike anything I've ever heard in a rock song before. Not even Deep Purple or someone was able to make them sound *that* important and powerful. A song that definitely must have been an influence to the progressive rock/jazz band Camel and their classic Mirage album from the mid 70's.

"Desolation Valley" features a snappy beat and a King Crimson-like vocal melody. It almost sounds like one of those late night jazz songs, but more exciting because we're rocking out, baby.

"Waves" is just that- waves of beautiful notes taking you to a warm and special fantasy land.
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