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ELOY

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.89 | 248 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Eloy's first album came in with the famous gimmick cover of the garbage can you could lift the lid from and look inside. If I may, please overlook those that claim that this album is not prog or inferior to others. It's Eloy's first and it's normal it is not yet fully refined, but it holds plenty of proto-prog that -if from the UK - it would be applauded as a lost gem or something similar. Recorded in Hamburg in April 71, produced by Conny Plank and released on the Phillips label,

Musically we're having an organ-driven heavy prog (even if the main songwriters are the singer and the guitarist) that followed Uriah Heep or Purple of the era, groups that Eloy opened for in local shows. It's not like the songwriting or the playing are particularly brilliant or exceptional, but the album is very enjoyable especially in the longer tracks like the 8-mins+ Something Yellow or the cosmic intro of the opening track, Today or even the eponymous track with its drum solo .Only the lengthy closer Dillus Roady sounding like early Uriah Heep can seem a bit poor an idea, as it is simply too repetitive, despite some exciting guitars.

By the time that their second album Inside was to be recorded, the group had suffered its first major line-up change, in that only the guitarist and the keyboardist remained and they'd slimmed down from a quintet into a quartet. Anyway, Eloy's debut is a very worthy one, no matter what Bornemann or my mistaken fellow reviewers would have you believe, with its organ-driven hard prog that reeks the early 70's with all of the clichés that usually come with that era. Sometimes compared with Camel's debut album, this is under-rated and the only Eloy album where Bornemann is not signing..

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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