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Magic Is a Child Import

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Editorial Reviews

Nektar's 1977 studio album is presented for the first time remastered from the first generation master tapes. By the time of it's recording guitarist Roye Albrighton had departed the fold to be replaced by Dave Nelson. Featuring stand out tracks such as 'Away from Asgard', 'Listen' and 'Magic is a Child', the Dream Nebula reissue also includes a bonus track in the form of an alternate version of 'Train to Nowhere' featuring contributions from King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. Bellaphone. 2003.


1. Away From Asgard
2. Magic Is A Child
3. Eerie Lackawanna
4. Midnight Light
5. Love To Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You)
6. Train From Nowhere
7. Listen
8. On The Run (The Trucker)
9. Spread Your Wings

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bellaphon Germany
  • ASIN: B0000072I5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album has been unfairly written off as too much of a commercial pop attempt for the average Nektar fan. A shame, really. Some of Nektar's best music can be found here. They run through several different styles here, from a classic Nektar prog-rock track ("Away From Asgard"), to ballads (the title track), to the sort of hard-driving music that is perfect for late-night long-distance drives ("Eerie Lackawanna"), to a song about CB radio and truck drivers(!). As usual, Larry Fast of Synergy turns in a great performance as guest keyboardist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Hagen on May 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album many moons ago,with some trepidation, as Nektar was adding a new lead guitar to the ensemble, in the personage of Dave Nelson. The tackety tack sounds of Albrighton had always been characteristic of Nektar to me, as much as the sureal keyboards and wild light show. Not to worry! Nelson and Nektar delivered again. This album is not as thematically cohesive as the run that preceded, (notably Back to The Future and Recycled) By the way-I agree- no to NOHO! See Recycled reviews! Nelson and Nektar deliver superbly with "Listen" and "Spread Your Wings" among the most amazing cuts they ever delivered. I have to say that I was delighted not to miss Albrighton and this album remains on my most played list. This is especially true when I require an intense guitar KA session. Pink Floyd fans take note- Nektar is worth your time and investment. Larry Fast kicks in with another amazing guest appearace. I can almost taste what I really liked about the 70's again, and it sure wasn't disco Rock on with Nektar!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hawklord on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Though not quite in the same class as "Remember the Future" or "A Tab in the Ocean," "Magic Is a Child" is in retrospect quite a good album. It contains artmetal mayhem ("Away from Asgard" and "The Trucker"), several nice ballads (the title track and "Listen") as well as the ethereal "Train from Nowhere" (my personal favorite track on the album) and the rocking "Spread Your Wings." Roye Albrighton's presence on guitar is definitely missed, but Dave Nelson, perhaps unexpectedly, turns in a fine performance. Great cover art, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fenton on July 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and recordings from the 60's and 70's.

1977 would see Nektar having to deal with the impossible, the first studio record without guitarist Roye Albrighton. Having collected every note from the band previously (and since) I knew the only way to give "Magic Is A Child" a fighting chance would be to view it as its own entity and not against other Nektar recordings.

Dave Nelson both on the vinyl LP and in the live theatre did better than anyone could have anticipated. There are players over the years that can't be replaced: Roye Albrighton, Mick Taylor from the Stones, Keith Moon from the Who, Duane from the Allman Brothers, etc. Nektar tried and here is the result.

Rather then take on the Herculean task of attempting to duplicate fifteen to twenty minute progressive songs that were extraordinary, the theme of the record would be nine shorter tunes. In fact the longest on the LP "Listen" was originally part of the Nektar set before Roye's departure.

"Away from Asgard" is well crafted and a perfect opener for the new direction. "Love to Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You)" with terrific vocals and catchy instrumentation is the forgotten track from the record. It is the only tune that never made it from the LP to the concert stage. "Train from Nowhere" is captivating as we take a ride into uncharted territory. The lyrics have been overlooked and are worthy of intense study. "Listen" would be the closest resemblance for obvious reasons to the pre Nelson Nektar. "Spread Your Wings" closes the festivities with clever words and tasty sounds in the background.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on October 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am not sure what all happened between 1975 and 1977, but a major split in the band occurred that would find founding member and main songwriter Roye Albrighton leaving the fold. In his place the band recruited a new guitarist / vocalist in Dave Nelson. One would think that an album without Albrighton would be a potential for disaster, but Nelson fills in admirably here with some really good guitar work and vocals that are similar to Roye. The material is a bit more commercial oriented, but there is still a lot to like here. Away From Asgard, Eerrie Lackawanna, Magic Is A Child, and Train From Nowhere are all very good tracks. There is some straight ahead hard rock here in the form of Spread Your Wings, and other tracks, but I think there is enough prog present for fans of the band's older material to enjoy. Some Nektar fans have never given this one a chance due to the absence of Albrighton, but this really is a decent release and worth owning if you are a Nektar fan.
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