Formed in 1969 by ex-Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings and the duo of guitarist Tim Hart and singer Maddy Prior, Steeleye Span’s were initially firmly rooted in an acoustic folk tradition. Guitarist Martin Carthy and fiddle player Peter Knight replaced Terry and Gay Woods for 1971’s Please To See The King, their first to enter the UK charts. In 1972, Hutchings and Carthy departed, and after adding bassist Rick Kemp and guitarist Bob Johnson, the band signed to the Chrysalis label for 1972’s Below The Salt.
PFM released their second album, Per Un Amico ("For a Friend"), in late 1972, and saw it rise to the top of the Italian hit parade—partly due to heavy touring at the time. The band signed to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's newly formed Manticore label to seek their fortune outside of their native Italy. Pete Sinfield was brought on as lyricist and producer for the resulting Photos Of Ghosts, the group's first English-language album.
Kraftwerk starts and ends with Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. The duo first recorded with Organisation, a band that released one album, Tone Float in 1970, before establishing themselves as Kraftwerk (with the others off to Ibliss). Both Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother (later of Neu!) interned with a Schneider-led band early on, which is well-documented in the video "Truckstop Gondolaro" from German Beat Club television. The duo reunited for their second album, now substituting a rhythm machine for a drummer.
Having road-tested some of the material the previous summer, Remember The Future splits its single title down the album's two halves; the individual track names banded on the vinyl, Nektar offers two song cycles that run continuously. The story revolves around a bluebird and a blind boy, but I won't go there; I'll let Nektar relate that to you. The sprightly opening section, "Images of The Past," bounces beneath Roye Albrighton's rhythm guitar. Immediately, the vocal harmonies hit you: one of Nektar's endearing trademarks.