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Nektar’s “A Tab in the Ocean” Released in Expanded Edition

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“I wonder what would happen if a giant tab of acid was dropped into the sea?” asked a member of the progressive rock band Nektar some forty years ago, recalled Roye Albrighton, Nektar’s guitarist and vocalist. Albrighton and his mates parlayed their curiosity into the group’s acclaimed second album, appropriately titled A Tab in the Ocean. Philadelphia’s ItsAboutMusic.com label has just reissued that recording in a deluxe two-CD set also containing a bonus “lost album,” In the Beginning: The Boston Tapes. This 8-track collection was recorded in 1970 and contains the very first recordings of the band.

Europe was first to catch on to this British collective’s work, but success soon followed in the United States. A Tab in the Ocean built on the sound of Nektar’s first album, Journey to the Centre of the Eye, but further emphasized a “concept” over its five tracks (the lengthiest being album opener “A Tab in the Ocean”) and took the band musically in a tighter, more structured and focused direction. Whereas the first disc represents the band at one of its high points, the second disc features Nektar in a formative period with a style hewing closer to traditional “classic rock” of 1969 than the progressive sound for which they became known. There’s even a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed with a Kiss” on The Boston Tapes! (“Do You Believe in Magic,” however, is not the Lovin’ Spoonful song.) Fans should be aware that this reissue presents the original 1972 LP mix and drops the 1976 American mixes added on Dream Nebula’s 2004 edition.

ItsAboutMusic.com’s two-CD reissue of A Tab in the Ocean was released on February 22. The label is currently planning expansions of the entire Nektar catalogue. Hit the jump for the label’s complete press release, pre-order information and track listing with discographical annotation! Thanks to the good folks at the indispensable MusicTAP for the heads-up on this one! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

March 7, 2011 at 11:15

Posted in Nektar, News, Reissues