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4 stars Have to regret now, obviously I missed the train while ignoring their live tour in 2012/13. Maybe for the reason that I wasn't very pleased with the latest studio albums. Anyhow, this production is top-notch nevertheless, for what it's worth. This is the band's first live documentary since 1978, offered as a double CD with a running time of over 140 minutes. The cover is really great by the way, showing Frank Bornemann posing with his Venetian mask. Here we have a representative cross section reflecting more than 40 years of ELOY activity with eighteen studio releases in the back, where Frank interestingly enough has a preference on the 1980's 'Colours' album.

The track order admittedly mirrors the executed live set, the particular songs though are deriving from different occasions. So in some way you can say that this is a best-of compilation from their extended Europe tour. Without ignoring today's better sound quality most certainly, the band's clear aim was to take the audience on a time travel, while offering the original sound as accurately as possible, for example by using vintage synths and analogue guitar effects. And there's also a proper luxury to state when having two guitarists and two keyboardists capable - previously, under studio recording circumstances, solely realized with overdubs.

Something's missing now? Oh, certainly yes, Frank's distinctive voice, featuring this typical German accent, is still there too - of course a real trademark. He's in command when leading through the program with much confidence, alongside with constant compagnion 'Matze' Matziol (bass) who appears at his best on Ro Setau for example. What you can enjoy is a bunch of catchy melodic songs featuring a blend of symphonic and psychedelic ingredients, excellently supported by a female choir trio comprised of Anke Renner, Alexandra Seubert and Tina Lux. The 'Ocean' (1977) adopted excerpts like Poseidon's Creation are showing the band's atmospheric disposition at best. 'Reincarnation On Stage' is a real pleasure, not only for designated ELOY fans. And to band newbies there's no better recommendation to start with - 4.5 stars.

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Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 | Review Permalink
Symphonic Team
5 stars Eloy have released a very special live album that caters to the huge fanbase with "Reincarnation On Stage". They revisit their masterpiece albums of the 70s and focus on "Colours" in particular which is no problem for me personally as I love those albums. "Ocean" is represented along with the brilliant first 3 songs of "Silent Echoes and Mighty Cries".

Decay of Logos, Bells of Notre Dame and the incredible Atlantis' Agony at June 5th 8498, 13 P.M. Gregorian Earthtime are among the highlights. The songs are augmented by a great production and very clear vocals from the wonderful Frank Bornemann. Gerlach and Folberth's keyboards are fabulous and really shine in the ambient sections. The 3 female vocalists sing beautifully and with emotional fervour enhancing the concert experience. Frank speaks to the crowd in German but of course sings English. Every lyric is discernible and I have really grown to love his inimitable style over the years. Eloy ignore the lesser known albums of the 90s more or less and focus on the classics such as "Dawn", "Power and Passion" and "Planets" though there are a few cuts from the more recent albums such as "The Tides Return Forever".

It is a long concert of over 2 hours and one I would like to see released on DVD. I was absolutely enthralled with this concert. Every song was executed with passion and dexterity. This is a real treasure. Yet another masterful performance from this sensational band.

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Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Review Permalink
4 stars For their 45th anniversary, ELOY releases its second official live album, "Reincarnation on Stage". The set-list features extracts from the Bornemann and co.'s best records since 1975: "Power and the Passion", "Dawn", "Ocean", "Silent Echoes and Mighty Cries", "Colours", "Planets", "Time to Turn", "Metromania", "The Tides Return Forever" "Ocean 2" and "Visionary". The songs are mostly rather faithful to their original studio versions, a bit rock-ier.

The first disc has a few modifications though. "Namaste" is pleasant ambient opening with spoken words in English. The guitars on "Child Migration" are heavier, however the introduction is absent and the synthesizer, less present. The track thus increases in intensity but loses a piece of its charm. The final "Echoes"-like bass driven part of "The Apocalypse" has also been removed. "Age of Insanity" and "Illuminations" feature nice keyboard solos, while Frank Bornemann demonstrates his guitaristic talents on "Silhouette". "Horizons" has a strange sound which results in an average rendition.

There are much less variations on the second disc. The live versions of the songs simply rocks! The only noticeable change is that "Atlantis' Agony"'s long overture has been cut off. "Thoughts" is a pretty conclusion.

"Reincarnation on Stage" is a great overview of the band's career, as the set-list covers more than 30 years. As on the 1978 "Live" album, there are no big surprises, but the performances are very nice. This double live album should please all fans of Bornemann and co. and is also a good way to discover ELOY.

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Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Review Permalink
4 stars It would be hard to find a better live album from anyone. With a new album on route, this is a great time to catch up on Eloy with a terrific sound quality live album called Reincarnation On Stage. The performances are fantastic with a perfect sampling of their catalog including the underrated Visionary album that produced one of their best songs ever in Age of Insanity. Poseidon's Creation from Ocean never sounded better in a raw live and explosive rendition. If you are new to Eloy, this can be a great place to start to get a sample of their albums. If you are like me, you will definitely want to collect their albums as well. I am thoroughly enjoying this live album.
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