January 24, 2017 Playlist

"A Tab In The Ocean" by Nektar (1972)
Nektar "A Tab In The Ocean"  1972 (UK/Germany)
Coming across like a heavily dosed mix of the hairiest recordings by Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, and with a lineup officially comprised of four musicians and two lighting technicians (for the groovy light show natch), Nektar is without a doubt a very psychedelic band. In fact they're almost too much, and were definitely a little too late - all of their records sound like they were released about three years past their sell-by date, meaning for example that this 1972 album sounds like a groundbreaking psychedelic rock record . . . from 1969. As Julian Cope noted in his Krautrocksampler tome, a big part of the charm of the German "krautrock" scene of the 1970's was this very "too-lateness", in that the fads and styles of the Anglosphere took a few years to reach the Continent: although the musicians in Nektar are all British, the group was based in Germany. A Tab In The Ocean was their second album and the first one to be released in the USA, where it barely made the charts, but the group' cult following began to snowball (those groovy light shows man!) The following year, they would score an unlikely hit with the concept album Remember The Future, which made it all the way to the Top 20 on the American charts. However, they failed to capitalize on their moment in the sun - by the time they signed a major label contract in 1977, the group's main songwriter Roye Albrighton had quit - only to rejoin in time for their last album in 1980, released on an obscure label and instantly forgotten (if you thought they were behind the times in the 1970's imagine Nektar trying to compete with "new wave" rock!) Most of the original members participated in reunion tours and even a few new albums in the 2000's, but Nektar seems to have come to an end with the 2016 death of Albrighton.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
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Pink Floyd Matilda Mother (extended version)
The Early Years 1967-1972 Cre/ation (N - 2 CD sampler)1967 (2016 Pink Floyd)UK
Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandZig Zag WandererSafe As Milk1967USA
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Camper Van Beethoven & Eugene ChadbourneCareful With That Axe, Eugene (Pink Floyd)Camper Van Chadbourne1987USA
The Strawberry Alarm ClockRainy Day Mushroom Pillow Incense & Peppermints1967USA
Elephants MemorySuper HeepSongs From Midnight Cowboy1970USA
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental BandTracy Had A Hard Day SundayVol. 21967USA
Nektar Desolation Boulevard / Waves A Tab In The Ocean
NektarMarvellous Moses (R)Recycled 1976
NektarA Tab In The OceanA Tab In The Ocean
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CanVernal EquinoxLanded1975
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Squarewave Pages
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Thee Oh Sees Contraption (live)Live In San Francisco (N)2016 (Castle Face)USA
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