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5.0 out of 5 stars Nektar's best
I discovered this album about five years ago on used vinyl and for a while it was my favorite album of all time, period :) It really does have that kind of power to win a listener over. It is an album-length conceptual work that is meant to be listened to as a whole. There are several very melodic segments interspersed with harder rocking sections that are still...
Published on Dec 25 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Muy poco para recordar
¿Que es lo que hace a muchos no tolerar el rock progresivo? Larguísimas canciones que parecen no terminar nunca, poca variedad, supuesto virtuosismo que no va a ningún lado. Todo lo anterior combinado es signo claro de algo preocupante: incapacidad para hacer buena música. Por supuesto no todo el rock progresivo cae en la misma...
Published on March 17 2004 by jaimeurrutia


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2.0 out of 5 stars Muy poco para recordar, March 17 2004
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"jaimeurrutia" (MIAMI, FLORIDA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
¿Que es lo que hace a muchos no tolerar el rock progresivo? Larguísimas canciones que parecen no terminar nunca, poca variedad, supuesto virtuosismo que no va a ningún lado. Todo lo anterior combinado es signo claro de algo preocupante: incapacidad para hacer buena música. Por supuesto no todo el rock progresivo cae en la misma clasificación; ni siquiera toda la discografía de Nektar (por suerte) es igual a Remember the Future.
El disco consta de un solo largo tema dividido en dos partes llamado...Remember The Future. La primera parte es ligeramente superior, con algunos pasajes interesantes, sobre todo hacia el final cuando entra la guitarra y el ritmo se acelera, pero en general son casi 17 minutos progresivos sin mucha invención, con una instrumentación convencional y muy poco brillo.
La segunda y más extensa parte tiene un par de minutos vibrantes hacia la mitad, pero el resto es francamente para el olvido, sobre todo el final, en el que el grupo ataca con ritmos funk absolutamente fuera de contexto. Está bien no repetirse e intentar hacer algo diferente, pero ese no era el camino.
Respecto a la supuesta y legendariamente nefasta mezcla del disco, no puedo decir mucho, ya que no sé como suena en su versión original de vinilo, y a lo mejor perjudica bastante el sonido. Pero esto no es magia, y por mucha intervención negativa que se haya hecho, Remember seguirá siendo lo que es en cien años, con todas las remasterizaciones y mejoras por inventar.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Plus, May 6 2004
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This review is from: Remember The Future (Audio CD)
I bought this album fairly recently[second handLP] simply because the cover and inside photo of the band looked Okay. Also because in the credits they thank the Man band for coming to Germany. I love Man, and was expecting something good. What I got was something that sounded like Crosby Stills Nash and Young's more mediocre songs gone wrong. There are a few bits where they do a Man impersonation, although not that well. Incidentally, there is a Man record entitled "Back into the future" which is real good.
Right, that was Side one, now to Side two..... coupla decent riffs, nice bit of vocal stuff for a few sec's towards the middle, wow that sounds familar. Another Man harmony.
I may sound a bit harsh about this album,it could have been a lot better with a bit less soft rock sound a là West Coast.
Also production sounds crap on the vinyl.
Hello- bit of Pink Floyd guitar towards the end, pretty good impersonation. Yeh, this album definitely goes on for a bit long in places, bit of a remix,make it a twenty minute song.
I've heard "A Tab in the Ocean"is the one to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nektar's Sweet Project, March 13 2001
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Armando M. Mesa (Chandler, AZ) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
I am probably the last person to know anything about prog rock or the psychedelic flower-power period of the early 70's growing up in the mid to late 80's. However, I know what I like. This is one heck of a treasure I found on almost near perfect vinyl at a used music/cd/lp shop. The musical arrangements, mesmerizing lyrics, and the story of the little blind boy given a special gift by his blue alien visitor is something I'm sure even George Lucas would be proud to use in his Star Wars universe. Nektar's Remember the Future has an Alan Parsons feel without becoming to slow or benign and maintaining a strong rock feel. At the same time Pink Floyd musings are slightly present. Another group prior to Nektar was a European prog-rock band called Aphrodite's Child who came out with a similar spiritual,pre-new age concept on their album 666 based on the bible's Book Of Revelations and the future...Whether Remember the Future may remind some of a psychedilc acid trip or artists on the cutting edge and avante garde-like artistic tendency (or both) this is a great rock album to add to any serious eclectic music collector's or rock fan's cd repertoire...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nektar's best, Dec 25 1998
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This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
I discovered this album about five years ago on used vinyl and for a while it was my favorite album of all time, period :) It really does have that kind of power to win a listener over. It is an album-length conceptual work that is meant to be listened to as a whole. There are several very melodic segments interspersed with harder rocking sections that are still very melodic.
The concept itself is about an extraterrestrial or a spirit of some sort (it is unclear which) who befriends a blind boy. It sounds kind of hokey, but in the end it is the music that makes this work. If you like _2112_-era Rush, Hawkwind, or _Terrapin Station_-era Grateful Dead you will definitely like this one as well.
Having said that, I would advise against buying the CD release of this, at least until they come out with the original master and not this horrible remix. Others have discussed the details already in the reviews so I'll just leave it at that. It is very much worth the search to find on used vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd mix of a period masterpiece, July 7 1998
This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
The first review is right: the engineer must have been having an argument with Roye Albrighton, the guitarist. I grew up listening to this on vinyl and, in that mix, the organ is wonderfully understated. Although Albrighton's guitar is more prominent in the vinyl mix, it, too, is wonderfully understated, and the whole album had a lyrical force that the organ dismantles. That aside, the organ is chiefly a nuisance in a few sections in Part One--Part Two fares a lot better--and the album retains most of its magic; the rhythm section in particular fares well in this mix. It's funny to realize, after listening to this for the first time in several years, that the vinyl mix had an odd kind of "alternative" feel to it (in the softer sense of the word). This album is perfect for anyone who thought that "progressive" was necessarily bombastic and often silly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This CD is NOT the original master, but still a classic., Sept. 3 1998
This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
The original Remember The Future is one of the greatest progressive rock classics of all time, in my humble opinion. It happens to be my all-time, #1 favorite, of any group. For the rock lover, it has everything: slow parts, fast parts, melodic segments, soft passages, and in the best of Nektar tradition, hard driving parts. Arguably, this was Nektar at their musical pinnacle. The caveat? This CD was NOT produced from the original master copy the album was recorded from. The group has all hopes of releasing this again and should eventually. But that should not deter the average rock music lover from picking this up. Just be aware it is not the original which was released. It is only another flavor of the same great album. If/when the original is redone, it will be worth the effort to also obtain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I discovered the re-issue, April 19 2004
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Bryan Forrest (Colchester, Vermont United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Remember The Future (Audio CD)
After hearing the LP in 1974 (a friend and I swiped his older sister's copy for a listen...) I knew these guys were special. Being only 12 yrs at the time - it took me 2 weeks to save enough $ to get my own copy! Back in the day when kids actually mowed lawns to get money...now I'm rambling. Anyhow I don't need to go into detail about my disappointment having bought a pre 2002 CD - it sucked!!! I browsed Amazon last week and noticed the re-issue (yeah!) Bought it and loving it... I've been listening to an mp3 version ripped from vinyl. I had to make do. It's now cost me over $60.00 to get the proper recording (2 Cd's) - That's a lot of lawns. Bellaphon should remove the improper recording that is still available for sale at Amazon and other retailers... That would be the proper thing to do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the BAD MIX, Nov. 20 2000
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"gdatlanta" (Atlanta, Georgia USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
I loved this album as a young (flower) child. I went back and picked it up after about 25 years and rediscovered this little goody. The lyrics could likely be appreciated more if we were still in the early 70's, but this is still pretty neat. THE BAD MIX RUMOR: the rumor I heard is this - when they went back for the masters, they went to the studio it was recorded in and found the tapes that went to this session from their vault. Evidently, these were "rough" or "alternate" mixes - someone in the band had the actual masters for RTF but were not contacted before someone ordered a pressing of this CD from the 'bad' masters. So we're stuck with a bad mix until someone straightens this out. Too bad - this is a good album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine music- terrible re-master, June 16 1998
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This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
This is a concept album and a great piece of work from the band. It's straight-ahead rock and roll, played with a fine sensitivity and a lot of heart. If you can find the original vinyl, I'd recommend it highly. However, the re-mix that was done for this CD is terrible. Someone must like the old Hammond B3 an awful lot because they brought it way up in the mix- it nearly drowns everything else out in places. Not only that, but in some spots the guitar is placed way down in the mix and you can barely hear it. For those who've enjoyed the original vinyl release, it may be worth it to have the CD. Some parts of the mix are listenable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Irresponsible mastering, April 14 2002
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This review is from: Remember the Future (Audio CD)
The mastering to CD was done using the quadrophonic mix. (For those of you under the age of 40, quad was a brief fling with 4-speaker-surround-sound.) The engineer failed to realize this and only used two of the four channels. So huge swaths of Roye Albrighton's remarkable guitaristry sound like they are occuring in a room down the hall. Particularly tragic because this album has the most magical guitar arpeggios I've ever heard in rock music. Unbelievable that the engineer didn't even notice; unbelievable that this has been common knowledge for over half a decade and the label still hasn't been shamed into correcting it.
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