I know I beat up on prog-rock in an earlier post, however, this was the kind of music that was available in my high school years.
There were a few diamonds in the rough of the concept album era. One of them being from a band called Nektar. “Remember The Future” was a concept album that rivaled Jethro Tull’s more popular “Thick As A Brick”.
A story about a blind boy communicating with extraterrestrials is kind of an obvious prog-rock storyline, and certainly similar to Tommy, by that very popular rock band from England. However, the similarities end there.
This album is really quite wonderful, melodic and creative. Put aside the excellent musicianship prevalent in the prog-rock years, this album is infectious.
I played it to death, loved it dearly and it still sounds good today.
Saw Nektar at The Academy of Music perform this entire album and I was in heaven floating in a smoke-filled prog-rock paradise.
Ahhh..those were the days.
Nektar followed this up with another concept album called “Recycled”. It paled in comparison. They had other albums, which I bought, but they didn’t stick in my head like this one.
Nektar – Remember The Future Part 1 http://youtu.be/2gsAohzi7Pk