Now, in their 46th year, Nektar have long prowled on the outskirts of prog success.
But across 13 albums, they have fashioned some genuinely classic songs. As the band prepare to play The Borderline in London on October 7, part of an ongoing European tour, guitarist/vocalist Roye Albrighton (one of two founders still in the line-up, the other being drummer Ron Howden) chooses his favourite six Nektar songs, ones he particulatly loves to play live.
“From the Recycled album. This is probably my favourite Nektar track to perform live. For me, it represents everything there is to know about the band. It has so many different sections, which come together really well. It spans a lot of genres, and the orchestration is fantastic.”
“From the* Down To Earth* album. It was Nektar’s attempt to write a pop song, rather than something that went on for eight minutes or longer! We wanted to come up with a song that everyone could instantly remember and hum. I think it fitted well onto Down To Earth, as it gave the impression in the title of a high flying trapeze act. It’s always very jolly when we do it live. And whenever e have put it into the set, this always gets a good reaction. We might do it again soon.”
A BETTER WAY
“From the Time Machine album. I’m a big fan of Billy Sherwood. And he did a great job of playing bass on this track, and on the whole album. Billy’s such a tuneful bassist and has a knack of making the melody shine through in the way that he plays. His bass parts enhance what’s already there.”
“From the Evolution album. This sounds like it could have been on A Tab In The Ocean, because of the riff. The song builds and builds. It has three sections and hits very hard. As a song, it might be nine minutes long, but never overstays its welcome.”
“From the A Tab In The Ocean album. Every time we do it live, this gets such a great audience reaction. But I really couldn’t tell you why. I think we have stronger and sweeter songs than this, however it seems to have touched a chord with our fans, so it must be included here. What we do live is also introduce little sections from Waves and The Dream Nebula this works so well.”
REMEMBER THE FUTURE PARTS I AND II
“From the Remember The Future album. I have to include this, don’t I? This is classic Nektar, and …Part I has the stamp of what we’ve always been about. There’s such anticipation from fans when this starts, and to be honest the rapport this has with our audience actually makes us smile when we perform it. So, you could say this is the ultimate Nektar feelgood track, because everyone – onstage and in the crowd – loves it so much.”