A Tab In The Ocean (Remaster)
Review by Gary Hill
When I first discovered Nektar, my favorite album by them was without a doubt Remember The Future. The thing is, the only copy of A Tab in the Ocean that I ever had was an LP that was scratched almost to point of total unplayability. So, upon getting this CD, I am amazed to find out that it is quite probably the best album the band has ever recorded. This one is an awesome release, and I am rather upset that it took me this long to discover it. This one is probably the most progressive disc the group ever released, and it combines space rock sounds with those prog leanings into a very listenable combination, that at times feels quite a bit like early Pink Floyd. The reissue includes a remaster of the original mix and a remastering of the 1976 US mix. I think that they could have left off that US version. Truly once you have heard the other one, I doubt you'll be listening to that version. It comes across as quite inferior. With that in mind, the track by track here will only focus on the first set, as the songs remain the same, only the mix is changed in the second edition.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2004 Year Book Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.