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DAWN

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 553 ratings

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The Jester
5 stars

I just read all the previous reviews. Good reviews everybody! I read about the band's problems with their manager, about how Frank Bornemman started again the band from scratch, I also read many things about how the instruments are been played in this record, about the intro with the storm, etc etc... One thing I didn't read though. How you FEEL when you listen to this record! Because music (and especially Prog) is not just plain analysis of the songs and the instruments. Prog is feelings! Prog is pictures!

Forgive me, but I'm not a musician. I have been to musician's companies when they were analysing records and songs and I wanted to die of boredom! (Listening for example a specific 10 seconds part of a solo for 5 times and then talking about it for half hour!) For me music is something different. I love Progressive Rock because it makes me feel things. It makes me want to close my eyes, sit back and let my mind travel. And that is something this record does very well. It travels your mind!

Another very important parameter is the time you listen a record for the first time. For example many of the records that I adore, are the ones I really grew up with. And 'Dawn' is one of them. First it happened to listen 'Power & Passion', and it was a great album! After listened this record for 50 times within a month, I found 'Dawn'. And that was it! I stuck there! After it was 'Ocean'. Another very good album. But it was not 'Dawn'. I have spend over one decade worshiping this record! I first bought it on vinyl. Then it was seriously damaged from the many hours of playing, so I bought it again. After a while I found a German copy (I think the original one), with the gatefold and the lyrics, so I bought it for the 3rd time! But the next year it was the cd's explosion. You know... Clear sound and all the rubbish they were telling us back then. 'Dawn' it was my first cd. And I don't remember now why, but I bought it again a second time in cd. Total: 5 times I bought this record. Am I insane? Maybe!

Another very important thing I believe is Frank Bornemman's funny English accent. I'm not English or American or Canadian etc, so for me his accent is not so weird. Yes, I understand how funny it is, but I'm used to it and you believe it or not, I like it! If one day Eloy release an album that someone will sing with a great English accent, it will be terrible for me!

Anyway... Trying to become a little objective here, I really believe that Eloy is maybe the greatest German Prog-Rock band, and this record is one of their best works. If I had to propose one more record to someone, that would be 'Eloy Live'. Because is a live record that contains songs from their best 3 albums, Power & Passion, Dawn, & Ocean, in very good versions. As for the rating? I will put 5 stars on this one!

I hope I didn't make you yawn from boredom... Thank you for reading this... :)

The Jester | 5/5 |

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