Saturday 26 January 2019
Nektar - Down To Earth (1974)
The fifth album from this British band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, drums, keyboards, guitars and vocals.
The band had help from numerous other musicians who provided woodwinds, backing vocals and choirs.
Nektar was a British band who played krautrock.
That is their reputation, at least. And that goes for this album, at least.
The band had arrived at their fifth album after four up and down albums.... quality wise.
The music on Down To Earth is a mix of US stadium rock, krautrock and psych rock. Add some symphonic prog and beat too and you get this album.
There is some woodwinds here and a lot of Roy Albrighton's vocals and guitars. It is one of the better combinations from those 1970s.
The music is both mainstream and not mainstream. Yes, because of the music is straight forward on the surface. No, because it is pretty quirky at times with lots of interesting details. It is at least confirming that listening to their albums and not at least; reviewing them, are not dull at all.
Down To Earth a decent to good album. It is not a dull album though.