Prog legend Nektar will reissue their last album The Other Side this month and here are the very good track Drifting.
The track is taken from a new reissue of the band’s most recent album The Other Side, which was originally released through Cherry Red in 2020. The album ran into trouble in Germany, where a line-up of the band had been put together by Klaus Henatsch, the band’s keyboard player since 2007.
With copyright disputes now solved, the band are reissuing the new album, which now comes with a documentary about the making of the album which also covers the reunion of this line-up, which features original members Derek Mo Moore (bass), Ron Howden (drums) and Mick Brockett (lyrics and visual conceptions) along with guitarist Ryche Chandler, who played with the band in 1978, bassist Randy Dembo who featured on 2004’s Evolution album and new keyboard player Kendall Scott.
«Drifting was done on the first take, it was so good we only added vocal and the piano under the vocal. With the pandemic and the escapades trying to get it released over in Europe it is finally out October 29th. We had great difficulties due to the German band who stole the name Nektar and copyrighted it and then got it banned in Europe, they also put injunctions on all of the music magazines in Germany. We have been in court with them since 2020 and have won our name back and the right to release this album. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it».
«We added a radio edit of SkyWriter on the CD and we added the one hour video on the making of the album and interesting stuff never seen before leading up to our first gig at Progstock. We put this out as something special for our fans, old and new, our Nektarines».
Throughout the 1970s Nektar released a series of acclaimed albums, scoring chart success in Germany (where the British band was based) and later in the USA (where the band relocated). following the passing of original guitarist / vocalist roye albrighton in 2016, fellow founder members Derek Mo Moore (bass, vocals), Ron Howden (drums, vocals) and Mick Brockett (lyrics, visual concepts) reunited, along with Randy Dembo (bass, 12-string guitar), Ryche Chlanda (guitar, vocals) and Kendall Scott (keyboards) to record.
Chlanda originally recorded with Nektar in 1978, and for The Other Side, the band updated some of those ideas which evolved in the basement of Moore’s house in New Jersey with Ron Howden. the 1978 unrecorded song Skypilot has evolved into Skywriter in 2019. I’m on fire is the musical adaptation of a poem written by Mo for his soon-to-be wife, Nicki, during that same time period.
The closing track, Devils Door, was originally performed live in 1974, but never featured on a Nektar album. Updated and recorded for this album, the song features the presence of the late Roye Albrighton on the introduction to the track, whose wonderful guitar part was taken from a live soundboard recording made in 1974.
Kendall Scott’s distinctive and versatile keyboard presence has enhanced this considerably, while Randy Dembo, who originally joined Nektar in 2004, brings the sound together with 12-string and bass guitars, rounding out the instrumental arrangements. Ron Howden has been a continual driving force of the band, weathering all versions of Nektar since its conception in 1969. With Mick Brockett now back in the fold (with his visual concepts and ideas as an essential part of the band making the music and light theatre a reality).
1. I’m On Fire (8:32)
2. Skywriter (7:52)
3. Love Is / The Other Side (17:57)
4. Drifting (9:11)
6. Devil’s Door (8:11)
5. The Light Beyond (2:51)
6. Look Through Me (5:01)
8. Y Can’t I Be More Like U (2020) (6:31)