Friday, November 9, 2012

Nektar - A spoonful of time

Nektar - A spoonful of time (2012) Purple Pyramid Records
Produced by Jorgen Engler / Chris Lietz
Tracks : 1.Sirius 2.Spirit of radio 3.Fly like an eagle 4.Wish you were here 5.For the love of money 6.Can´t find my way home 7.2000 light years from home 8.Riders on the storm 9.Blinded by the light 10.Out of the blue 11.Old man 12.Dream weaver 13.I´m not in love 14.Africa
2,5 out of 5

The English progrock band Nektar has been around since 1969 but parted ways in 1982 until they got back together in 2000, they have released 11 studio albums and are still just as active. The original members Roye Albrighton - Vocals/Guitar and Ron Howden - Drums have teamed up with Billy Sheerwood - Bass and Klaus Henatsch - Keyboards (Jane) and recorded a covers album of classic 70´s hits except for Toto´s 1982 hit "Africa". There´s also an amazing list of guest performers on "A spoonful of time" like Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Rod Argent, Ian Paice, Jerry Goodman, Derek Sherinian, David Cross and many more. I often find these covers albums rather boring but this one´s ok, it´s hard to fail with such classic tunes from bands like Alan Parsons Project, Manfred Mann´s Earth Band, Rush, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, The Doors, Steve Miller Band, Gary Wright etc.
Nektar doesn´t do anything extra to these versions, they are very close to the originals and it works quite well except for the Rush song "Spirit of radio". Not a good version, no no. But thumbs up for the Alan Parsons classic "Sirius" and Gary Wright´s hit "Dream weaver", I like it.

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