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Nektar - 1977 Magic Is A Child

ARTIST: Nektar
ALBUM: Magic Is A Child
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6115
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1987, Bacillus (Germany), 289-09-005 * 2005, Eclectic (Europe), DNECD 1211


LINEUP: Mo Moore - bass, vocals * Taff Freeman - keyboards, synthesizer, vocals * Dave Nelson - guitar, vocals * Ron Howden - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Away From Asgard * 02 Magic Is A Child * 03 Eerie Lackawanna * 04 Midnite Lite * 05 Love To Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You) * 06 Train From Nowhere * 07 Listen * 08 On The Run (The Trucker) * 09 Spread Your Wings


There's always been some confusion surrounding Nektar and the group's nationality. Formed in Hamburg, Germany, the band were actually British and in the right place at the right time. Releasing a handful of psychedelic influenced prog albums at the height of the 'Krautrock' era, Germany became a hot bed of popularity for the band, but so was the United States where the group toured frequently. Unfortunately by 1977 group leader and creative visionary Roye Albrighton decided to pursue other interests eventually forming Grand Alliance and releasing just one album in 1983. Signed to a new label, Nektar moved forward without Albrighton pandering less to prog rock audiences and more to the hard rock and AOR play lists of the day, something which left a lot of Nektar fans scratching their collective heads.

The Songs
Naturally cries of 'sellout' echoed throughout the land and to this day prog fans dismiss 'Magic Is A Child' as crap but who cares? I think it's a good record and solidly melodic. 'Away From Asgard' opens the album in typical mythic prog style with slight echoes of Starcastle and a bit of pomp. The title track is a classically influenced delight with harpsichord sounds wafting through the air, but it's following these two tracks that Nektar begin their true transformation. Songs like 'Eerie Lackawanna' and the hard rocking City Boy-ish 'Midnite Lite' show a band more than willing to shake off their prog psych roots, critics be damned. If there is a problem with the LP, it's some of the tracks like 'Train From Nowhere' and 'Spread Your Wings' are rather dull and seem half finished. Still, even with this quibble nothing here is all that terrible and having it in the collection is a plus, not a minus.

In Summary
Nektar would tour Europe and the U.S. one last time in 1977 and disappear until 1980's 'Man In The Moon' album. Since then the band have reformed with Albrighton, releasing a couple CD's and playing selective live shows. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that is a young Brooke Shields on the beautiful cover.

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