4.5 out of 5 Stars!
I realize that nostalgia plays a large part in my feelings toward this album, and please excuse me for that, but during my youth, Remember the Future was one of several albums that actually engendered my obsession with Prog-Rock that continues to this day, so because of that, I’ll always hold it dear.
Back in 1973, I’d heard only a snippet of Remember the Future on a Chicago FM radio station that occasionally showcased “underground” groups from Europe, and since I adored the “short track” by this unknown group called Nektar, I purchased the album immediately, eagerly looking forward to hearing all the various songs.
But when I got the album home and discovered that Remember the Future actually contained only a single thirty-five minute composition—divided into Side A and Side B, of course—my thirteen-year-old self, a budding musician/songwriter who had thought in terms of only three or four minute compositions up to that point, found Nektar’s daring achievement totally unique and utterly awesome, which inspired me to seek out even more bands audacious enough and creative enough to release lengthy Prog-Rock material.
Anyway, although I’ve played this beautifully melodic album countless times through the years, it somehow still sounds fresh today, more than four decades later. I’m sure many Nektar devotees will disagree, but I still believe Remember the Future (as well as the group’s Recycled album from 1975) are the band’s finest achievements, near-perfect masterpieces of Prog-Rock, two albums that helped to instigate my long-running affair with the genre.
(And RIP to underappreciated guitarist/vocalist Roye Albrighton, who passed away only last year…Nektar fans like myself won’t only remember the future, but also remember your extraordinary talents!)