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Title - ... Sounds Like Swiss [2CD/DVD]
Artist - Nektar

For those unaware, ...Sounds Like Swiss (out October 1st, 2021 via Beyond Before) is a 2CD/DVD set of unearthed audio and video recordings from legendary progressive rock band Nektar captured live in Switzerland, 1973.

Indeed, as aforementioned, it also includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV’s Kaléidospop, unseen since its original broadcast.

The two CDs include the audio portion of the TV show as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 1973.

Housed in a beautiful 4 panel digipak, this 2CD/DVD set is an epic, historical document showcasing the bands early innovative and pioneering sound that remains as vital and influential as ever.

CD 1:
1. introduction
2. Journey To The Centre Of The Eye
3. Desolation Valley / Waves
4. A Day In The Life Of A Preacher
5. Crying In The Dark / King Of Twilight
6. Let It Grow
7. Odyssee
8. Ron’s On
9. Never, Never, Never

CD 2:
1. 1-2-3-4
2. Do You Believe In Magic?
3. Cast Your Fate
4. A Day In The Life Of A Preacher
5. Good Day
6. Desolation Valley / Waves
7. 1-2-3-4
8. Crying In The Dark / King Of Twilight

The first of the CDs opens on an introduction which then bleeds into both the joyously free flowing opus Journey To The Centre Of The Eye and the stunningly ornate, spatial pairing of Desolation Valley / Waves, which are backed seamlessly by the guitar rock and funky Hammond work within A Day In The Life Of A Preacher, the layered rock growth found on the - come the end - blistering Crying In The Dark / King Of Twilight, the disc rounding out on the beautiful Prog hipsway of Let It Grow, the heavy, psych jazz rock and drum led orchestrated fervency of of the Odyssee and Ron’s On pairing, closing on the funky bass and Hammond rhythms of Never, Never, Never.

If, like me, you have been eagerly awaiting for something like this to finally, some 50 years on, to get a glimpse of early Nektar at their rawest incarnation, well, the treat continues onward with the second CD opening on the absolutely brilliant, foot-stomping excellence of 1-2-3-4 and the elegantly careening Do You Believe In Magic? which are in turn followed by the melodic rock of Cast Your Fate, the downright Prog rock magnificence of A Day In The Life Of A Preacher, the mid-tempo, harmonized and soulful Good Day, the package rounding out on other renditions of tracks already brought forth: Desolation Valley / Waves, 1-2-3-4, closing on Crying In The Dark / King Of Twilight.

1. Cast Your Fate
2. A Day In The Life Of A Preacher / Squeeze / Jimi Jam
3. Good Day
4. Desolation Valley / Waves
5. 1-2-3-4
6. Crying In The Dark / King Of Twilight
7. Da-Da-Dum

The booklet includes liner notes by bassist and founding members Derek “Mo” Moore and Mick Brockett.

The band’s line up for these legendary performances in fact features all five original members - the late Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek “Mo” Moore on bass and vocals, Allan “Taff” Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion in addition to Mick Brockett handling the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the “Music and Light Theatre” that the band was presenting at the very height of progressive rocks main sequence during the mid-70’s.

“I have known of its existence since we did this concert in 1973 and have never been able to find it. To have this unearthed after all these years is fantastic and takes me immediately back to that time.”

“It was great to be allowed to contribute what was needed to bring this about. Roger Houdaille of ‘Think Like a Key’ did a great job in putting this together” - Derek “Mo” Moore.

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