Nektar

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Not to be confused with Nectar.
Nektar
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Roye Albrighton with Nektar live in 2007
Background information
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Progressive rock, space rock
Years active 1969–1978, 1979–1982, 2000–present
Labels Current:
Cleopatra
Former:
Bellaphon, United Artists, Passport, Decca, Polydor, Ariola, Bacillus
Website www.nektarsmusic.com
Members Ron Howden
Klaus Henatsch
Lux Vibratus
Past members Roye Albrighton
Mick Brockett
Allan "Taff" Freeman
Derek "Mo" Moore
Keith Walters
Dave Nelson
Ryche Chlanda
Dave Prater
Carmine Rojas
Ray Hardwick
Larry Fast
Randy Dembo
Tom Hughes
Steve Adams
Desha Dunnahoe
Steve Mattern
Peter Pichl
Billy Sherwood

Nektar (German for Nectar) is a 1970s English progressive rock band originally based in Germany.

Early history[edit]

The band formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1969. Founding members of the band included Englishmen Roye Albrighton on guitars and vocals, Allan "Taff" Freeman on keyboards, Derek "Mo" Moore on bass, Ron Howden on drums, and Mick Brockett and Keith Walters on lights and special effects. Throughout their early existence the band's songwriting was credited as a group effort; however post-reformation most of the band's songwriting has been credited to Albrighton.

The band's early albums Journey to the Centre of the Eye, A Tab in the Ocean, and ...Sounds Like This were obscure psychedelic rock albums that won the band a growing cult following, based largely on word of mouth. The last of those albums was the first Nektar album to be released in the U.S., on the small Passport Records label.

Success[edit]

Nektar's second U.S. release, Remember the Future (1973), propelled the band briefly into mass popularity. A concept album about a blind boy who communicates with an extraterrestrial being, the music was a big leap forward for the band, with a much more melodic sound than on previous albums. It shot into the Top 20 album charts in the U.S. The follow-up album, Down to Earth (1974), was another concept album with a circus theme; it also sold well, breaking into the Top 40 album charts and included Nektar's only song to chart on the Billboard singles charts, "Astral Man". The next album, Recycled (1975), was stylistically close to bands like Gentle Giant and carried on the band's close connection with progressive rock.

Albrighton left the band in December 1976; just prior to the studio sessions for Nektar's first major-label release, Magic Is a Child (1977). The remaining members were joined by guitarist/vocalist Dave Nelson at this point. The album was more eclectic, although with shorter songs and fairly straightforward rhythms. Lyrically the album covered a wide range of subjects from Norse mythology and magic to more down to earth subjects like railroads and truck drivers. In 1978 the band dissolved; however in 1980 Albrighton and Freeman reformed the band with bassist Carmine Rojas and drummer Dave Prater and released a new album, Man in the Moon, before the band dissolved once again in 1982.

Reformation[edit]

Nektar regrouped in 2000 with a line-up consisting of Albrighton, Freeman, and drummer Ray Hardwick; and released a new album under the title of The Prodigal Son. The following year they headlined NEARfest (opposite Steve Hackett) with a full line-up including Moore returning on bass and Larry Fast on synthesisers. In 2003 Hardwick, Moore, and Fast departed the band and were replaced by a returning Howden and new bassist Randy Dembo; releasing another new album, Evolution, before Freeman was replaced by Tom Hughes. Dembo and Hughes left in August 2006, citing communication problems, money issues, personality issues and trust in the management issues, with Dembo being briefly replaced by a returning Carmine Rojas; before the band settled on a line-up that consisted of Albrighton, Howden, guitarist Steve Adams, bassist Desha Dunnahoe, and keyboardist Steve Mattern.

Later in 2006, the band found new management in Roy Clay to replace The Eclectic Records staff, playing "Prog fests" around the globe on a part-time basis, and occasionally appearing in some of their old haunts in the New Jersey/New York area. Clay was subsequently released from management duties early 2007 after a dispute over financial matters.

In mid-2007, a solo tour was undertaken by lead singer Roye Albrighton, to be followed by a full band tour of Europe (primarily Germany), and scheduled by a European-based promoter, but they had to postpone as extra funds were needed to complete the new album, Book of Days; which was not released until the following year (by which time Adams, Dunnahoe, and Mattern had departed the band), and which featured more of Roye Albrighton's guitar work than previous Nektar albums.[1]

In late 2007, the band embarked on a tour for which they performed Remember the Future in its entirety; the line-up now including Klaus Henatsch on keyboards and Peter Pichl on bass.

By the time the band came to record their next album, 2012's covers' album A Spoonful of Time, Pichl had departed. Rather than Albrighton covering the role of bassist (as he had done on The Prodigal Son), bass duties were shared by session musician Jürgen Engler, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan, and Yes member Billy Sherwood;the latter of which also served as the album's producer and joined the band officially following the completion of the album.[2] The Albrighton-Howden-Henatsch-Sherwood line-up recorded and released the album Time Machine the following year.[3] In 2014 Sherwood departed the band and was replaced by Lux Vibratus.

On 26 July 2016, Roye Albrighton died after an unspecified illness; at present the future of the band is unknown.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Current members
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1969-1978, 2003-present)
  • Klaus Henatsch - keyboards, backing vocals (2007-present)
  • Lux Vibratus - bass (2014-present)
Former members

Line-ups[edit]

1969-1972 1972-1975 1975-1976 1976-1977
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Mick Brockett - special effects
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Keith Walters - special effects
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Mick Brockett - special effects
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Mick Brockett - special effects
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Mick Brockett - special effects
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Nelson - guitars, lead vocals
Additional personnel
  • Larry Fast - synthesisers
1977-1978 1978 1978 1978-1979
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Nelson - guitars, lead vocals
Additional personnel
  • Larry Fast - synthesisers
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Nelson - guitars, lead vocals
  • Ryche Chlanda - guitars, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Larry Fast - synthesisers
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals

Disbanded

1979-1981 1981-1982 1982-2000 2000-2002
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Dave Prater - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Carmine Rojas - bass, backing vocals
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Dave Prater - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Carmine Rojas - bass, backing vocals
  • Tommi Schmidt - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals

Disbanded

  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, bass, lead vocals
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ray Hardwick - drums, percussion
2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2006 2006-2007
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Ray Hardwick - drums, percussion
  • Larry Fast - synthesisers
  • Derek "Mo" Moore - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Allan "Taff" Freeman - keyboards, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Randy Dembo - bass, bass pedals, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Randy Dembo - bass, bass pedals, backing vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Tom Hughes - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Steve Adams - guitars, backing vocals
  • Desha Dunnahoe - bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Mattern - keyboards
2007-2012 2012-2014 2014-2016 2016-present
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Klaus Henatsch - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Peter Pichl - bass
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Klaus Henatsch - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Billy Sherwood - bass
  • Roye Albrighton - guitars, lead vocals
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Klaus Henatsch - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Lux Vibratus - bass
  • Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Klaus Henatsch - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Lux Vibratus - bass

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album United States
1971 Journey to the Centre of the Eye
1972 A Tab in the Ocean 141
1973 ...Sounds Like This
Remember the Future 19
1974 Down to Earth 32
1975 Recycled 89
1977 Magic Is a Child 172
1980 Man in the Moon
2001 The Prodigal Son
2004 Evolution
2008 Book of Days
2012 A Spoonful of Time
2013 Time Machine

Live albums[edit]

Year Album
1974 Sunday Night at London Roundhouse
1977 Live in New York
1978 More Live Nektar in New York
2002 Unidentified Flying Abstract - Live at Chipping Norton 1974
2004 Greatest Hits Live
2005 2004 Tour Live
Door to the Future
2009 Fortyfied

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album
1976 Nektar
1978 Thru the Ears
1994 Highlights - The Best of Nektar
1998 The Dream Nebula: The Best of 1971-1975

Singles[edit]

Year Title Billboard Hot 100 U.S Mainstream Rock UK Top 100 Album
1973 "Do You Believe in Magic?" - - - ...Sounds Like This
1974 "What Ya Gonna Do?" - - -
"Remember the Future (Edit)" - - - Remember the Future
"Fidgety Queen'" - - - Down to Earth
"Astral Man" 91 - -
1975 "Flight to Reality" - - - Recycled
2005 "Always" - - - Evolution

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Title
2003 Live
2005 Pure: Live in Germany 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ "27-Apr-2008 interview with Roye Albrighton on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nektar - A Spoonful Of Time (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Nektar - Time Machine (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Legendary NEKTAR Frontman Roye Albrighton Passes". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 

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