Nektar, formed in Germany by four Englishmen based in Hamburg in 1969, never stormed the charts during prog-rock's brief early-'70s heyday, but they created a cult following with their debut album, Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971) and their second album, A Tab in the Ocean (1972), and achieved a cult following.
Their own distinctive sounds conjured images of floating through outer space, including chunky guitar chords, doom-laden organ, and phased vocals suggesting a cold and lonely trip through vast cosmos accompanied by a stunning lightshow.
There was also a change in direction during the mid-'70s, featuring crisper production as well as pop lyrics and choruses, deemphasizing the abstract, spacy elements that initially made Nektar's music distinctive. At its peak, the quartet was capable of powerful music that ranks among the best progressive rock, and for a little while in the early to mid-'70s, it seemed like they might take the American rock world by storm.
Over the years the band has gone through many line-up changes but Nektar continue recording and touring to this day with a new album due for release in autumn 2022.
Alex Hoffmeister: guitar, lead vocals
Holger Trull: Bass
Norbert "Panza" Lehmann: drums, vocals
Klaus Henatsch: keyboard, vocals
Helen Landkarte: cello, vocals
Sandra Kawka: vocals