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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars For their third album, the band decided to go for a more "jam band" approach. I of course, don't mean the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND or PHISH (or for the era this album came out, the GRATEFUL DEAD) approach, but taking the guitar/Hammond organ approach that the band explored on "Inside" and more concentrate on lengthy jams. Examples obviously goes to songs like "The Light From Deep Darkness", "Castle in the Air", and "Plastic Girl".

The band had featured a minor lineup change with bassist Wolfgang Stöcker being replaced by Luitjen Janssen. That of course, didn't affect the band's sound any. Without a doubt the album's high point is "The Light From Deep Darkness". This is without a doubt the song where the jams work the best. I especially dig Manfred Wieczorke's spacy organ solos here. There are a few passages that bring to mind the Krautrock bands of the time, especially the strange guitar effects. "Plastic Girl" is the first ELOY song to feature some synthesizer, some Moog and that's it. Wieczorke wasn't even credited to playing synths on this album, as the Moog was a new purchase just as the recording of the album was being wrapped up, making "Plastic Girl" the final recording session (although of course, not the last song on the album). Of course Wieczorke would explore the synths much further on their following album, "Power and the Passion".

I also dig the surrealistic sci-fi artwork on the cover, done by Frenchman Jacques Wyrs (same guy responsible for Klaus SCHULZE's "Picture Music"). No doubt about it, both "Inside" and "Floating" are ELOY's best early albums.

Proghead | 4/5 |


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