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A Spoonful Of Time feat. Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Derek Sherinian, Rod Argent, et al.

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2. Spirit Of The Radio featuring Mark Kelly (Marillion)

3. Fly Like An Eagle featuring Geoff Downes (Asia / Yes) Joel Vandroogenbroek (Brainticket)

4. Wish You Were Here featuring Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)

5. For The Love Of Money featuring Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Nik Turner (Hawkwind)

6. Can't Find My Way Home featuring Steve Howe (Yes) Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion) Mel Collins (King Crimson)

7. 2000 Light Years From Home featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

8. Riders On The Storm featuring Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) Rod Argent (The Zombies / Argent)

9. Blinded By The Light featuring Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) Ginger Baker (Cream)

10. Out Of The Blue featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

11. Old Man featuring David Cross (King Crimson)

12. Dream Weaver featuring Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

13. I'm Not In Love featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes) Joel Vandroogenbroek (Brainticket)

14. Africa featuring Bobby Kimball (Toto) Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues)

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The first ever covers album from Prog Rock legends, Nektar, finds the band joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!

Artful, energetic twists on The Doors Riders On The Storm, Pink Floyd s Wish You Were Here, Rush s Sprit Of The Radio, Roxy Music s Out Of The Blue and more!

Features performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, and more! --Official Press Release
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B008KRWKGW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I happily plead guilty to liking cover albums - an often maligned genre - hearing classic songs in new arrangements or hearing famous artists covering the songs that made an impact on them in their formative years.

Although this album is credited to the prog/psych legends Nektar it's really - apparently - more of a record company thing, Cleopatra records having chosen all the songs and enlisted famed producer Billy Sherwood and his usual cast of superstars.

Maybe that's why the vocals of Nektar mastermind Roye Albrighton sounds rather listless on some of the tracks, which really drags this otherwise fine album down. In fact it's more of yet another Billy Sherwood project, Sherwood playing (brilliant)bass on most of the tracks. And as expected delivering a stellar production.

With songs by Steve Miller, Stevie Winwood, Rush, Doors, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music you can not really go wrong, and while not exactly groundbreaking the arrangements are inventive enough to keep the interest going. And it goes without saying that the playing is superb with guests like Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Ginger Baker(!), Edgar Froese and a hosts of other legendary underground and prog musicians.

Highly enjoyable but perhaps not as essential as it could have been
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The main selling point for this album is the list of heavyweight musicians who contributed to the songs i.e. Rick Wakeman (Yes), Steve Howe (Yes), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Ginger Baker (Cream) etc, but to be honest, if those names were not mentioned, you would never have guessed. Put it this way, when you hear Dave Gilmour, or even Brian May for example, leave their authentic mark on a song, especially a cover song, you take note. Sadly, on this album, none of the songs stand out as they are kept pretty close to the originals when they were released. You wonder who exactly chose the songs and why. You would think it would be Roye Albrightson as he is the one singing them, and maybe they were just fave songs of his at the time. Maybe it was shared between him and drummer Ron Howden. I would have loved to have seen Nektar cover more obscure songs from lesser known artists. How about 'Tears in my eyes' from Uriah Heep and/or 'Smoking the day away' from May Blitz and/or 'In my eyes' by Three Man Army or even 'Place in Line' by Deep Purple. Who needs another Smoke on the Water?!?!? Another question is why only one of the songs featured the original vocalist (i.e. Bobby Kimball of Toto on Africa). Also, The cover notes quote that Nektar are made up of Albrightson (Guitar/Vocals) Howdon (Drums) and Klaus Henatsch (Keyboards) - There is no bassist mentioned as being in the core band. On each track we are reminded of the musicians that feature on each track (Mostly keyboard players and/or violin players) - Only on one track does a bassist get a name mention and that is Billy Sheehan on Riders of the Storm. Strange that one when you think of it as The Doors didnt even need a bass player: they just had Manzarek use bass pedals on his organ. It just would have been nice to see a compilation (Any compilation) being
given a bit more Nektar treatment, and not trying to sound identical to the originals.
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Nektar is near the top of my list of most underrated bands of all time. I've seen one version or another of the group five times in concert over 35 years, have most (not quite all) of their albums, love their music. Roye Albrighton is also one of the most underrated guitarists of all time and Mo Moore (who was on most of the band's most important albums) is one of the all time great bass players. In short - I'm a Nektar fan, big time, always will be. They rank with Yes, Genesis, Krimson in my book.

When I saw the advance notice for this collection my hopes were extremely high. It looked like much more than a set of covers. It looked like an argument for prog rock; a comeback of sorts, a notice that this music is still alive and has something to say. I know there are those who won't think such an argument has to be made: what about Marillion? Porcupine Tree? Dream Theater? Shadow Circus? We can talk about it another time. (Or you can ask any post-punk rock fan what they think of prog and see what I mean.) Suffice to say that it would be a great piece of the Nektar legacy to lead a charge of classic prog musicians with a disk full of bold new prog takes on some rock classics. And the lengthy list of musicians with solid prog credentials here strongly suggests that something like that was intended.

So the question is: how's that proggy thing workin' for us here? And the answer is that, though the disk is not without considerable merit, it is not what you would expect from this kind of undertaking.

First, let me state up front my main criticism of the album, one that I'm sure some folks who consider themselves prog fans will wholeheartedly disagree with: I think the song selection does not help make the disk a success.
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The good news is that it's a great selection of covers. The performances vary from "why bother?" to "pretty good." But the sound quality is so bad that you won't listen to it more than a few times. Compressed, dull, and worse than a mediocre internet stream. I don't understand how a band with such a great past allowed this to be released in such a crappy version. Sorry I bought it.
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