Most people would not agree but I consider this record My personal favorite of all Nektar records. On The Run the Trucker 4:41 9. Posted Monday, May 16, 2011 Review 448327 Magic is a child, or, to be a bit more precise, magic is a floating Brooke Shields with glowing feet by a waterfall. The album starts off on an upbeat note; a jaunty and fun ride away from Asgard and towards the land of somewhat poppish yet very adventurous prog rock. Love To Share keep Your Worries Behind You 4:07 6. I don't know but I feel that this band was always in the shadow of other big names from that period. After the excellent and one of my fav prog albums ever Recycled, Nektar steps in a more accesible direction, not entirely comerfcial or mainstream side of prog but quite enough to see thet they are ready for a change in sound.
Prog music for those who drink cheap beer, in which quantity matters more than quality. Now Magic is the child released in 1977 is a step in other direction from the band. Typically, with relatively well-known bands, I'll post lesser known or what I see as underrated material, which in this case would be Magic Is a Child, the album on which Nektar abandoned sprawling prog epics in favor of more concise, prog-y pop rock that's kinda along the lines of Supertramp not unlike Eloy did with. Nektar release some very good albums in early to mid '70's , even better in places then the masters, but with all that they had a moderate succes in this field. It does have some redeeming features, but the overall impression is of a band who have run out of ideas, but who are desperate for commercial success. Love to Share Keep Your Worries Behind You 6.
At least I paid next to nothing for it. Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets, and we end with a further couple of nondescript pop rock pieces. Opposite it's detached record in a Nektar's discography! Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Review 584239 Time has certainly been more kind to Down to Earth for me, than when I first bought this in 1995 I still think the horns and female backup vocalists needed to go. They're not exactly a household name. In fact last time I gave it a listen, I bailed out near the end of side one.
It has everything that you like about 70s prog -- space-y buildups, odd-time signature breakdowns, hints of fusion, heavy payoffs, quasi-philosophical lyrics about time travel, pretension galore -- and if you haven't heard it, you need to. Indeed, this could have been produced by any number of non progressive 1970s bands, most of them one-offs. So comes an American named Dave Nelson. Magic Is a Child 3. Not really, but it has plenty of stellar moments and is a hell of a good time if you don't throw this on expecting a rehash of their early 70s music. Nektar were trying to hold on to the magic without Roye Albrighton, and Dave Nelson seemed game for the challenge.
Here's the alternative to total dependence on tab and memorizing other people's arrangements. Away From Asgard Original Demo 6:18 11. This is not a bad album, but doesn't make me want to hear more. Adding appealing licks, lead-ins, tags and other embellishments will give your solos polish and interest. The guitar sounds quite like the good American hard rock bands.
Spread Your Wings 4:40 Total time 41:14 Bonus tracks on 2005 remaster: 10. After these, it was a long suite of average studio albums and sub-par live ones which had nothing to do with their great debut ones. This album is not really good. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran picker, Pete gives you the tools you need to build your improvisational and composing skills. Now, Magic is the child is not entirely bad, is like I'm listning in places to Styx or Forigner, the band focused more on short pieces, quite pale in comparation with their older sound, but not bad, only diffrent and less exciting arrangements overall. There keyboards are omnipresent: piano, organ.
Mainly, it consists in sophisticated hard rock, a bit progressive. The guitar work in Spread Your Wings is really intense. I couldn't decide which direction I wanted to go with this post. It is just a relief when you compare it to the rest of this album. The art department did spring for the 13-year-old Brooke Shields to appear on the front cover, but that was it in terms of promotion.
The best track on the album, it pinballs its way between heavy jazzy prog rock and Steve Miller style boogie deftly with some memorable licks and one killer little guitar solo. Those looking solely for the unabashed tripped-out rock of early Nektar might at least dig Listen, which definitely goes down easy with a few bong hits, although don't expect to journey into the center of your own eyeballs. Some good pieces grace the album like opening track Away from Asgard , Listen or title piece Magic is a child are worth purchase the rest are quite ok but nothing realy enjoyble to the max. Train From Nowhere 4:12 7. That leaves Magic is a Child with rather plain sounding vocals and plain guitar playing. I really can't tell if Roye's departure was to blame or not, prog was already on the decline around the time of Recycled Recycled isn't a favorite of mine, although it's grown on me some, it gives me reminders of prog's decline in the second half of the '70s , and Magic is a Child just sounds like Nektar adjusting to the changes to more simplistic songs. Wanted to do a second video for a song from this album before moving on.
On The Run Alternate Mix 4:43 12. A couple of songs don't work out so well: Eerie Lackawanna isn't so bad due to the funky guitar playing, but it does sound like The Doobie Brothers playing naked Twister with Lou Rawls in late 70's easy listening mode. Spread Your Wings is another fun number, basically a straight up rock song with a bit of complexity thrown in for good measure, although the musical embellishments might not be immediately apparent since the focus would most likely begin with the cock rock lyrics. A couple of years later, with a new guitarist Dave Nelson, they emerged with more democratic structure and their first album with no redeeming qualities. By 1977 when this album was released many prog bands were changing forma. On most of the tracks, the songs are fairly conventionally written, but there are some prog flourishes, mostly in the instrumental sections, that spice things up. Close-ups of both hands and printable booklet make every note clear! Roye departed Nektar because he was the one member a bit reluctant to move to the United States, and he wasn't liking the fact they weren't working on a new album for 1976 Recycled was released in the States in '76, although released in Germany late in '75.
But let's not get too gorgeous about it. The music is played reasonably tight, which underscores how far they've strayed from the ultra space rock of their early days. Train from Nowhere cooks like a fresh buttocks on sauna coals. The shifting away from the band's early psychedelic freakouts continued dramatically here, but there's no mistake that this album is still very much prog, and one I consider more entertaining than a lot of other progressive groups' efforts around this time. But Magic is a Child is really where I felt Nektar sunk, and just about everyone lays the blame on Roye Albrighton's departure. What's a nerdy music blogger to do? This is even hard to imagine that it is the same band that made these 2 albums; 2 worlds apart.