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  DNECD 1206/7 (2 discs)
  Nektar: Live in New York
  "Live in New York 1974"

Track listing:
  Disc 1:
1. Introduction
2. Astral Man
3. Remember the Future (part one)
4. Marvellous Moses
5. Itís All Over
6. Good Day
7. Thatís Life
8. Show Me the Way

Disc 2:
1. A Day in the Life of a Preacher
2. Desolation Valley
3. Remember the Future (part two)
4. Crying in the Dark / King of Twilight
5. Woman Trouble
6. Johnny B. Goode
7. Sweet Little Rock and Roller
8. Blue Suede Shoes
9. Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On
10. Fidgety Queen
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Review by RNelson September 18, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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For Nektar fans out here, especially the ones who remember the Live In New York and More Live In New York albums, if you liked them you are going to want to get this.
First of all the was remixed to 5.1 from the original tapes, where as the original albums sound was actually from the radio broadcast of the concert.
The show itself was actually very well known to New Yorkers at the time,it happened at the Academy of Music on 9-28-1974. It was their first time in the Big Apple and they did not dissapoint. The played for 2 1/2 hours, and it was high quality stuff.
They were really huge in the area during their heyday, and still have a loyal following to this day, much in part to this particular show.
Back to the cd, the sound is excellent, the only thing wrong to my ears is that it is more of a quad recording than 5.1, there is not a whole lot happening in the center channel.
But this is a monster upgrade to what came before, a must have for any fan of Nektar, especially New Yorkers.

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Review by progboy December 25, 2012 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Nektar - Live In New York (1977) SACD Eclectic Discs

Years ago I bought Nektar's "Live In New York" which was one of the worst sounding CD's I EVER bought. It was only later that I came to understand that this live concert was from a Radio broadcast German bootleg (at the wrong speed) that had made its round over the years with the apparent master tapes having been lost. In 2003 Nektar negotiated the rights to their music back and with that arrived the long lost 16-Track New York concert tapes. According to the liner notes on this double SACD the tapes had suffered water damage from a water leak in the tape vault where they had been stored for years.

Re-mastering from these tapes would turn out to be quite a project and thanks to the skills of Mark Powell and Pascal Byrne we now can all enjoy this in better sounding format.

What makes this concert so darn good is the pure raw energy that Nektar exuded and was captured live on these old tapes. I recall listening to the bootleg CD version I had and just wishing that the sound would have been better as the music was just so alive. According to the history of this show the sound-geek accidently tripped over some cables during the show and screwed up a bit of Back To The Future with an apparent temporary power failure.

Audiophiles I dont think will want to pick this album up regardless of the remastering that has happened or the 5.1 surround mix as the sound is still below what you would like to hear from SACD. This is one of those recordings that I knew still sounded somewhat muffled but I am just such a big fan of Nektar that I had to have this recording. The music is essential and the concert was magical and fans of Nektar will need this.....but Audiophiles should stay don't buy this one for the sound.

Ok so now that I have scared all the Audiophiles out there let me say that the sound is actually not all that bad just not up to the SACD format that you likely have come to expect. Sound wise the album is quite muted and lays sonically very flat and lack lustre. But of course this one is for the music as I said and less about the sound quality.

Either way it sure beats the original releases by a country mile !!!

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