NEKTAR – Sunday Night At The London Roundhouse

On Sunday 25th November 1973 Nektar recorded their gig at the London Roundhouse for release as a live album, but when it came out it consisted of just two lengthy tracks on one side of the album coupled with three ‘live in the studio’ tracks on the other. This double CD re-issue has unearthed the original master tapes, and expanded that release to include the entire concert. The band were promoting the imminent release of their classic ‘Remember The Future’ album, and so much of that material is present on here, but they also did songs from their two previous albums ‘A Tab In The Ocean’ and ‘Sounds Like This’, together with a couple of new songs. Highlights are a storming version of ‘King Of Twilight’, the heavy prog of ‘Desolation Valley’, and the whole of the side long ‘Remember The Future (Part One)’ played note perfect. ‘Odyssey (Ron’s On’) might contain some of the heaviest riffing on here, but the drum solo does go on a bit – although every live album from the 70’s had to have one, so it is somewhat to be expected - and ‘1-2-3-4’ is transformed from a throw-away novelty into a guitar-fuelled rocker. Nektar are at their peak here, with playing of the highest quality, and shows that the group were one of our best kept secrets of the 70’s. The Germans went mad for them and lapped up everything they recorded, but they could not catch a cold in their home country. Perhaps this latest in the continuing re-issue programme from Eclectic records will go some way to putting the record straight.