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Nektar - A Tab in the Ocean
(United Artists UAG-29499 UK-72 VG+ 275:-)

Nektar were originally a group of British musicians living and working together near Heidelberg in Southern Germany during the early to mid seventies. They had massive success both with their albums and their live shows, which were famous for an adventurous mixture of good live-sound and vision, due to the light show covering the band during their live sets with psychedelic motives.

"A Tab in the Ocean" mirrors Nektar's first album, but only to a certain degree. While their sound still basks in lengthy keyboard passages and fantastic lyrics, the psychedelia is traded in for a more directional and established approach, with longer tracks and a tighter progressive structure. There's an obvious cohesiveness between the guitar and keyboard tandem, with an attempt at shaping a concept through the album's five tracks.

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
New Colony Six - Colonization
(Sentar ST-3001 US-67 EX 375:-)

Chicago's New Colony Six originally emerged as a tough, British Invasion-styled outfit prominently featuring Farfisa organ and a novel (at the time) Leslie guitar. Scoring a huge local hit with "I Confess," their early recordings -- exemplified by their 1966 debut album, Breakthrough -- featured first-class original material that gave the sound of Them and the Yardbirds a more commercial, American garage-based, vocal harmony approach.
Nice - Nice
(Immediate IMSP-026 UK-69 VG+ 300:-)

The Nice are most famous as the starting point for keyboard whiz Keith Emerson before he came to fame with ELP, and many among the cognoscenti insist that they were superior to those prog-rock giants.

Like ELP, the Nice was a power trio with the focus squarely on Emerson's virtuoso abilities, and it aimed at a similar fusion of rock and classical music.
However, as evidenced by THE NICE, its third album, the band had much more roughage in its sound. It incorporates a fair amount of hard-edged psychedelia into its style, and in the pre-synthesizer '60s, Emerson spends his time playing the Hendrix of the Hammond, coaxing all manner of ungodly sounds from it.

Original UK pressing on the pink Immediate label, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve.
Numminen, M.A. - Haren satt i Gropen i Finland
(Love LRLP-70 Fin-73 EX 300:-)

M.A. Numminen är en finländsk artist, sångare, kompositör och författare. Hans sångröst och -stil är mycket karakteristisk och har blivit något av ett varumärke. Han är inte finlandssvensk utan skriver texterna på finska och översätter sedan texterna till andra språk, bland annat engelska, tyska, ryska och esperanto.

På "Haren satt i Gropen i Finland" sjunger Mauro Antteri och Pedro Hietanen barnvisor med Minervaskolans musikklass.
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