Nektar’s 1971 prog-psych classic Journey to the Centre of the Eye is being reissued, and you can sample a key cut here through this exclusive stream from Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid Records.
“Burn Out My Eyes” is part of a new package that includes the original album, now fully remastered, liner notes from legendary rock writer Dave Thompson and two rare bonus tracks. The album stands out in the history of rock, Albrighton remembered in an SER Sitdown late last year, because of its focus on an exploration through our body at a time when most other bands were consumed with the idea of outer space.
This new edition of Journey to the Centre of the Eye kicks off what promises to be a busy year for Roye Albrighton and Nektar, as the band reissues several memorable albums from its catalog in advance of this summer’s new studio effort, called Time Machine.
Albrighton, who still leads Nektar, is joined on 1971′s Journey by original members Allan “Taff” Freeman on keyboards, Derek “Mo” Moore on bass, Ron Howden on drums. Despite issuing a trio of boldly conceived, gold-selling albums in Recycled, Down to Earth and Remember the Future over the next few years, Nektar saw its fortunes wane in the late 1970s, and went on hiatus until 2000 — when Albrighton reformed the group. Howden continues on drums, along with new keyboardist Tom Hughes.
Recent releases have included 2008′s Book of Days, and 2009′s Fortyfied. Last year, however, was a particularly busy year for Nektar, with the release of a live set as part of the DVD Space Rock Invasion and then the all-star covers project A Spoonful of Time, both on Cleopatra. Albrighton was also part of an guest-filled tribute album focused on Supertramp.
Before the release of Time Machine, Nektar will take part in the Cruise to the Edge at-sea concert series with Yes, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, UK, Tangerine Dream and Saga, among others.