Header

THE TIDES RETURN FOREVER

Eloy

Psychedelic/Space Rock


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Eloy The Tides Return Forever album cover
3.52 | 169 ratings | 14 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy ELOY Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Day Of Crimson Skies (5:02)
2. Fatal Illusions (9:22)
3. Childhood Memories (6:22)
4. Generation Of Innocence (6:10)
5. The Tides Return Forever (6:40)
6. The Last In Line (4:01)
7. Company Of Angels (9:45)

Total Time: 47:22

Lyrics

Search ELOY The Tides Return Forever lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search ELOY The Tides Return Forever tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Frank Bornemann / vocals, guitars
- Michael Gerlach / keyboards, vocals
- Klaus-Peter Matziol / bass
- Nico Barretta / drums
- Peter Beckett / vocals (5-6-7)
- Tom Jackson / vocals (5-6-7)
- Bettina Lux / backing vocals (6)
- Steve Mann / acoustic guitar solo (5)
- Dirk Michaelis / acoustic guitar (3)
- Suzanne Schätzle / backing vocals (6)
- Jocelyn B. Smith / vocals (5)
- Miriam Stockley / vocals (7)
- Ralf Vornberger / acoustic guitar (5)

Releases information

CD SPV 48202 (1994)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to ProgLucky for the last updates
Edit this entry

ELOY MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy ELOY The Tides Return Forever Music


LiveLive
Import · Remastered
EMI Import 2004
Audio CD$5.24
$6.94 (used)
ColoursColours
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
EMI International 2005
Audio CD$6.65
$5.65 (used)
InsideInside
Remastered · Import
Caroline EMI 2008
Audio CD$5.87
$4.99 (used)
FloatingFloating
Import · Remastered
Caroline 2000
Audio CD$5.89
$5.05 (used)
DawnDawn
Import · Remastered
EMI International 2004
Audio CD$5.98
$5.16 (used)
Reincarnation On Stage (Live)Reincarnation On Stage (Live)
Artist Station 2014
Audio CD$14.80
$17.95 (used)
VisionaryVisionary
Laser's Edge 2010
Audio CD$11.60
$19.11 (used)
PlanetsPlanets
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
EMI 2005
Audio CD$6.67
$11.68 (used)
Silent Cries and Mighty EchoesSilent Cries and Mighty Echoes
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
EMI 2005
Audio CD$7.97
$6.97 (used)
Time to TurnTime to Turn
Import · Remastered
MSI:EMI/HARVEST 2005
Audio CD$7.10
$4.78 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
ELOY PERFORMANCE 12" RARE NEW MINT PIC DISC 1983 FROM BACK STOCK RARE HTF OOP US $75.00 [0 bids]
8h 6m
Andres Eloy Blanco en Giraluna US $75.00 [0 bids]
9h 3m
Eloy-Colours German prog cd RM US $11.99 Buy It Now 10h 18m
Eloy - Colours CD US $14.98 Buy It Now 16h 31m
Eloy-Inside German prog cd 3 bonus US $11.99 Buy It Now 18h 7m
MELBA MONTGOMERY 'Eloy Crossing' unplayed 1970 NM Country Promo 45 US $4.99 Buy It Now 18h 11m
@ CD Echo Park - Pretty Lies PROG AOR ELOY RISING SUN 95 US $19.99 Buy It Now 18h 51m
Wishbone Ash Blue Horizon Budgie Ten Years After Uriah Heep UFO Eloy Curved Air US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Visionary - Eloy New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $22.91 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY - LIVE NEW CD US $17.35 Buy It Now 1 day
Eloy - Live [CD New] US $7.97 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY - Chronicles I CD (1993 SPV/ACI) Krautrock, Space Prog Rock - Time To Turn US $8.50 Buy It Now 1 day
SCHOENBERG & ELOY & POUSSEUR Boulez EVEREST. US $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY K.P MATZIOL BASIST OF ELOY Pretty Lies by Echopark (import 1995, Spv) US $9.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Melba Montgomery Together Again b/w Eloy Crossing Promo on Capitol 45rpm Record US $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY: Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes LP Record Vinyl US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ELOY: Performance LP (UK, pic disc, PVC sleeve) Rock & Pop US $30.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Floating '74 GERMAN HARVEST LP ORIG PROG 1C 064-290 521 rare vinyl A1/B2 NM US $89.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Time To Turn 2005 German remastered CD NEW/SEALED US $12.58 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Metromania 2005 German remastered CD NEW / SEALED US $12.58 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Floating German remastered CD SEALED / NEW bonus tracks US $12.58 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Power & The Passion remastered CD + bonus trk SEALED / NEW US $12.58 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY Ocean 2 The Answer (CD 1998) 8 Songs Prog Rock Album FREE SHIPPING US $9.85 Buy It Now 1 day
Eloy-Time to turn (Original Germany import) m-/m- US $36.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ELOY The Tides Return Forever Thai Cassette New Seal US $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY metromenia ISRAEL ISRAELI LP prog US $50.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ELOY - LIVE CD US $4.96 [0 bids]
2 days
"Tejano Tex-Mex" "Eloy Martiniez" "Alegria Y Sentimiento De Un..." "Rare LP" US $9.99 [0 bids]
2 days
ELOY-ELOY-'71 german heavy psychedelic progressive-NEW LP 180gr/die cut cover US $41.99 Buy It Now 3 days
ELOY TIME TO TURN SUPER HARD TO FIND ON BLACK VINYL UK IMPORT/HAWKWIND/MASTODON US $105.00 [0 bids]
3 days
Eloy ex german original A1/B1 LP Floating US $59.99 Buy It Now 3 days
ELOY OCEAN LP german prog krautrock kraut mythos can '77 orig gatefold emi rare! US $79.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ELOY - ELOY, 2013 EU 180G vinyl LP, DIE-CUT COVER! 1000 COPIES! NEW - SEALED US $39.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Eloy Rarities German Harvest CD NEW 91 Kraut Daybreak Silhouette Wings Of Vision US $59.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ELOY FRITSCH BEHIND THE WALLS OF IMAGINATION 1997 CD Rainbow Serpent REDSHIFT US $7.07 [1 bids]
4 days
ELOY ?- Wings Of Vision - CANADIAN ONLY LP w/ unique track listing! ULTRA RARE!! US $54.95 [0 bids]
US $72.50 Buy It Now
4 days
Eloy-Codename Wildgeese OST-Milan 014-KRAUTROCK GERMANY US $19.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Peter Hammill-Ophelia/Van Der Graaf Generator/Strawbs/PFM/Gentle Giant/Eloy/ELP US $25.99 Buy It Now 4 days
ELOY - VISIONARY NEW CD US $24.22 Buy It Now 4 days
Eloy - Dawn (CD, Jun-2004, Emi) US $14.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Eloy - Power and the Passion (CD, Feb-2000, EMI Music Distribution) REMASTERED US $11.99 Buy It Now 4 days
EAST lp huseg (faith) Hungarian prog obi eela craig nexus eloy US $12.99 [0 bids]
US $24.99 Buy It Now
4 days
EGO ON THE ROCKS - ACID IN WONDERLAND - 1993 - ELOY US $54.70 Buy It Now 4 days
Eloy Martiz-Injusticia CD NEW US $14.58 Buy It Now 4 days
Ocean 2 by Eloy (CD, Oct-1998, Bmg/Gun) US $7.49 Buy It Now 4 days
eloy/rarities cd[rare]. US $50.00 [0 bids]
US $100.00 Buy It Now
4 days
Eloy - Ocean - Cassette, Polish Press US $24.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Eloy - Floating [CD New] US $10.33 Buy It Now 4 days
Eloy - Visionary [CD New] US $15.56 Buy It Now 5 days
IF Anthology 1970-1972 What Did I Say About The Box Jack? CD Eloy US $21.55 Buy It Now 5 days
ELOY - FLOATING NEW CD US $17.35 Buy It Now 5 days
ELOY - ESSENTIAL (IMPORT) NEW CD US $16.18 Buy It Now 5 days
Eloy - Essential [CD New] US $12.99 Buy It Now 5 days
ELOY 12 GREEK ALBUM HARVEST RARE ALBUM POWER AND PASSION US $7.90 [0 bids]
5 days
FAMILY family entertainment LP 69' PROG PSYCH REPRISE RARE pink floyd gong eloy US $10.00 [0 bids]
5 days
ELOY - OCEAN 2 (IMPORT) NEW CD US $18.11 Buy It Now 5 days
Chronicles, Vols. 1-2 by Eloy (CD, Jun-2004, 2 Discs, SPV) US $50.00 Buy It Now 5 days
ELOY - VISIONARY * [4046661172324] - NEW CD US $15.93 Buy It Now 5 days
Eloy - Ocean 2-Answer [CD New] US $10.45 Buy It Now 5 days
SPV North America sampler PROMO CD SAXON eloy venom uli roth US $0.99 [0 bids]
5 days
Eloy/Time To Turn/1982 Harvest Gatefold LP US $36.47 Buy It Now 6 days
EX !! Eloy/Codename Wildgeese Soundtrack/1984 Milan LP/Wild Geese US $45.59 Buy It Now 6 days
EX-/EX !! Eloy/Metromania/1984 Heavy Metal LP US $36.47 Buy It Now 6 days
EX/EX !! Eloy/Performance/1983 Heavy Metal LP US $45.59 Buy It Now 6 days
EX/EX !! Eloy/Ocean/1977 Harvest Gatefold LP US $45.59 Buy It Now 6 days
EX/EX !! Eloy/Colours/1980 Harvest LP US $45.59 Buy It Now 6 days
EX/EX- !! Eloy/Live/1978 Harvest Double LP US $45.59 Buy It Now 6 days
Floating - Eloy New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $15.59 Buy It Now 6 days
Eloy Espinoza Come To Me (Ven A Mi) 7" 45 Epitome Ep-100 Tejano Vinyl US $3.74 Buy It Now 6 days
Eloy - Tides Return Forever [CD New] US $16.86 Buy It Now 6 days
Vapor Azul - Aire CD (2001) Eloy J. Martinez US $4.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Eloy / Time To Turn US $7.99 [0 bids]
6 days
ELOY - POWER & PASSION NEW CD US $18.47 Buy It Now 6 days
ELOY - THE TIDES RETURN FOREVER - NEW CD US $13.88 Buy It Now 6 days
ELOY - VISIONARY [DIGIPAK VERSION] * - NEW CD US $18.64 Buy It Now 6 days
ELOY - POWER AND THE PASSION [REMASTER] - NEW CD US $8.19 Buy It Now 6 days
ELOY - Wings Of Vision 7" (45, German p/s) US $1.64 [0 bids]
6 days
ANALOGY THE SUITE MEGA RARE 10' WHITE VINYL KRAUTROCK eloy can amon duul novalis US $9.99 [0 bids]
6 days
Eloy - Power & The Passion [CD New] US $11.17 Buy It Now 7 days
Eloy Inside 1st Switzerland pressing cd US $16.99 Buy It Now 7 days
ELOY Live W. GERMANY CD issue Sonopress matrix US $22.00 Buy It Now 7 days
Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Eloy, Pousseur - Everest LP in shrink! US $7.99 Buy It Now 7 days
ELOY SILENT CRIES & MIGHTY ECHOES HARVEST 1979 KRAUT LP A1/B1 german gate orig!! US $129.00 Buy It Now 7 days
ELOY wings of vision 7" b/w sunset (1c00646158) pic slv german harvest 1980 US $8.27 Buy It Now 7 days
ELOY time to turn 7" b/w through a somber galaxy (1c00646583) pic slv german har US $19.84 Buy It Now 7 days
Eloy Colours rare 1980 German Prog Rock cassette Fully Tested US $1.64 [1 bids]
8 days
ELOY The Tides Return Forever German remastered CD SEALED/NEW US $14.90 Buy It Now 8 days
Eloy - Inside [CD New] US $9.12 Buy It Now 8 days
ELOY - Same (reissue) - limited 180 gram audiophile vinyl LP US $54.46 Buy It Now 8 days
ELOY - INSIDE NEW CD US $17.35 Buy It Now 8 days
Inside [Remaster] by Eloy (CD, Feb-2000, Emi) US $6.77 Buy It Now 8 days
PIERRE BOULEZ - SCHOENBERG / ELOY / POUSSEUR orig 1st press USA US $19.00 Buy It Now 8 days
ELOY - DAWN [ELOY] - NEW CD US $7.10 Buy It Now 8 days
Various Rock made in Germany '79 Vinyl LP Harvest 1C 054-45 615 Eloy Scorpions US $24.85 Buy It Now 8 days
ELOY TIME TO TURN UK NM LP w/lyric '82 PROG HMILP3 rare vinyl oop textured cover US $139.00 Buy It Now 8 days
ANDRES ELOY BLANCO NAVIDAD CRIOLLA LP VELVET LPV-1149 US $9.98 Buy It Now 8 days
@ CD Eloy - Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes RARE PROG EMI ELECTROLA 1979 ORG US $24.99 Buy It Now 8 days
@ CD Eloy - Live RARE German PROG SYMFO KRAUT EMI ELECTROLA 1978 ORG US $24.99 Buy It Now 8 days
ELOY - VISIONARY ltd to 1000 OOP pure mint US $99.00 [0 bids]
8 days
ELOY - VISIONARY (LTD. DIGI) - ASR044 US $24.32 Buy It Now 8 days

More places to buy ELOY music online Buy ELOY & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ELOY DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ELOY The Tides Return Forever ratings distribution


3.52
(169 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (42%)
42%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
1%

ELOY The Tides Return Forever reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Joolz
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Despite its sterile computerised drumming and plastic samples, 1988's Ra represented a new start for Eloy and a new direction in high quality Proggish arena-rock. The Tides Return Forever continues largely in the same vein, though now with bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol permanently back on board and session drummer Nico Baretta spearheading a shift towards a much more organic sound, underpinning some excellent songwriting and superb musicianship from Bornemann and Gerlach and a cast of guests. I am not a fan of modern 'clipped' drum sounds, and I do find them a little intrusive on one or two tracks here, but otherwise the instrumentation is superb. Fortunately, those cheesy 80s keyboards and samples are consigned to the past!

The material can be divided into two groups. Three songs are 'jaunty', 'lively' arena-rockers - The Day Of Crimson Skies [nice harmonies but relentlessly bombastic], Generation Of Innocence [good guitar solo but you might have fallen asleep by then] and The Last In Line [erm .... ] are pleasant enough but ultimately somewhat superficial and tend to interrupt the flow of the rest of the album.

The remainder is top-drawer melodic-symphonic-Prog of the kind that Druid specialised in - solid songwriting with strong melodies that worm their way into the brain, inventive arrangements drenched in keyboard colours and exemplary performances. Listening to Bornemann singing these songs you realise just how far he has progressed - it is not necessarily that he is a better singer than before, but he has learnt to write good tunes and to present his voice with better use of studio tools. These songs sound as a proper band should with its textures - several different singers [including a 'big choir'], electric and acoustic guitars, and various retro analogue keyboards - all combining harmoniously to form a whole better than the sum of its parts.

Fatal Illusions begins a little uncertainly as a clone of Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond with guitar noodles over a synth drone, but soon evolves into an easy toe-tapping beat, a walking bassline and a memorable "here we are on the edge of time" refrain. It has satisfying light-and shade mood swings including a excellent quieter 'ambient' section followed by an up-tempo jam complete with synth solo and soaring atmospherics. By contrast, Childhood Memories is slow and dreamy, a big ballad with an emotive melody and understated guitars in a lush arrangement, bringing to mind The Moody Blues, or even Frankie Goes To Hollywood's The Power Of Love!

Title track The Tides Return Forever is introduced with Bornemann singing over acoustic guitars and pads in a pastoral setting building up to a big stately chorus with some nice chord changes along the way [pleasing rather than technically intricate]. Later, it switches into bombast mode with some uncomfortable wailing from a female singer. Final track Company Of Angels is an operatic Prog mini-epic about Jeanne D'Arc featuring vocal interchanges between Bornemann, a female singer and the dramatic 'big choir' interspersed with some lovely 1970s instrumental touches and a big synth solo.

Overall, it is an imperfect conjunction of differing styles, but removal of the three rockers would transform it into a fine example of melodic Prog, albeit a little on the short side. As it is, The Tides Return Forever is one of the best of Eloy's later catalogue, but be aware it is a far cry from their earlier spacey or harder rocking material.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Joolz (BETA) | Report this review (#101388) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, December 02, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars "Eloy" was not really great since "Metromania" in 1984. Their production will also be rather discreet during all these years. Three studio effort and two (re-worked) compilation ones. The success of these compilations was maybe the kick to go on and release "The Tides Return Forever".

The band has almost turn their back on the synth-electro music and delivers here some better music. Only "Generations of Innoncence" will flirt with this genre and therefore I don't like it for most of its duration. Surprisingly enough, it will hold one of the best guitar break of the whole album. But the synth / pop "The Last in Line" is on par with their worse work. Skip it, by all means.

The title track (mostly due to the choirs) is fully Flodian. These vocals are the best moments of the song (don't worry, these are fully female ones, Bornemann does not interfere here : thank god)!

The best song is IMO, the long "Fatal Illusions". Very much "Floydian" oriented. The intro being some clone of the great "SOYCD". It has been quite some time that this major influence for "Eloy" has not been featured in one of their albums. The problem (as always I would say) are the terrible vocals. It is really a pity that during all these years, their leader Frank Bornemann didn't take some English lessons. This would have raised the quality of their work quite substantially.

We'll stay in the Floydian territories with the closing number "Company of Angles". When you listen to the chorus, they seem to come out some "The Wall" sessions. They are actually too much forced, exaggerated. And apart from this, the song is rather dull and flat. Uninspired and totally useless.

"The Tides Return Forever" is a pleasant trip back in the earlier "Eloy" discography. It does not compete with their best works of course ("Inside", " Ocean" and "Silent Cries & Mighty Echoes"). Still, it has been ages that the band didn't produce such an album. Three stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#149743) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, November 09, 2007

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
3 stars Yet another comeback for Bornemann and company, perhaps inspired by the success of the "Chronicles" CDs, and the reunion of some old buddies from earlier incarnations. The melodies are strong again, especially in "Fatal Illusion", the beautiful "Childhood Memories", the title cut with its acoustic guitars and dramatic chorus, and "Company of Angels" which is a far more successful paean to Joan of Arc than the effort on "Destination". Still, some of the other tracks remain mired in a certain atonal formula that was repeated endlessly on the preceding effort, but clearly "Tides Return Forever" marks a coming home of sorts for Eloy.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to kenethlevine (BETA) | Report this review (#160661) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, February 03, 2008

Review by progaardvark
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The Tides Return Forever was Eloy's comeback and partial return to their progressive roots. Although firmly rooted in the AOR that was so dominant on preceding albums, one can really sense a remarkable improvement in the Eloy sound. The spacey keyboards never really left Eloy, though they tended to play a more subdued role on Destination. Here on The Tides Return Forever, they are let loose from their cage in all their symphonic glory. Several of the songs were more exploratory approaching nearly 10 minutes in length for Fatal Illusions and Company of Angels.

Along with this change in musical direction, bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol returned as a full member of the band, making Eloy a trio. And even though Nico Baretta was simply considered a guest musician, his drumming is much appreciated over the programmed drums Eloy used not so long ago on the Ra album. Baretta was accompanied by a whole host of guest vocalists and musicians, a trend started when Eloy reformed as the duo of Frank Bornemann and Michael Gerlach back in the late 1980s.

Apparently this change of musical direction was inspired by the Chronicles project which brought former members of Eloy back together to re-record their classics. I guess enough so to have Matziol guest on Destination and return completely with The Tides Return Forever. Even the title of the album suggests the Eloy of old has returned.

Other than a couple better than average AOR-oriented songs, the rest of the tracks contain some of the best music Eloy had done in years, surely the best since Time to Turn. It sounds like a mixture of Ra (but with real drums), Time to Turn, and Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes. The best song on the album is the closer, Company of Angels. Bornemann must have been intrigued by the use of a choir on the song of Jeanne d'Arc off the Destination album. It clearly added a new dimension to Eloy's sound. So, he made another one, also a tribute to Jeanne d'Arc, but better. This is probably one of the best songs Eloy ever made. The choir sends shivers down my spine from its impact on the song. In fact, one of the guest vocalists on this song is the one and only Miriam Stockley, best known as a session vocalist and most famous for her beautiful voice (so much so that Yamaha used her voice in their Vocaloid vocal synthesis software released through Zero-G).

A long awaited return to form for Eloy. Clearly not as good as Time to Turn, Silent Cries and Might Echoes, or Ocean, but pretty close in my book. I would rate this about 3.5 stars, so I'm going to round it up to four since it has spent more time in my CD player than other three-star efforts. Highly recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to progaardvark (BETA) | Report this review (#172953) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Review by progrules
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I have a strange chronological relationship with this band. Most fans/reviewers started the bands discography in the seventies, loved the band a lot for what they achieved in those days and from some point in the eighties started to dislike them for their change of sound and style and uttered that in the ratings. And also the nineties releases were less appreciated than the early work though recovery was noticeable. With me it all went differently, my first purchase was the 1976-79 compilation and after that the late eighties and nineties albums, that was all. More recently I also bought a few seventies albums so I more or less do things the reverse way. But now here's my point: because my introduction was actually in the latter part of their career I never really disliked those albums because I didn't know better. To me this was Eloy and what they did early on was for some other time to discover. So that explains my fairly merciful ratings for Destination and Ra (the albums I'm talking about). I thought they were good albums and their two nineties releases were even excellent albums to me. Today I know better, I know their peek was in the seventies and it changed my perception about the above mentioned albums. I still like them and I also still like this release, The Tides return forever as well as Ocean 2, the Answer which I will review after this.

I chose to do the explenation above because it's of importance for my feel about Eloy. I'm not a huge fan but I like them a lot. I will give short descriptions of the songs on this album and what they mean to me.

1. The Day of Crimson Skies. Now I hear this one more time I detect a lot of similarity with the style of the Destination album, not that strange since that is the predecessor of this album. Not an outstanding song but technically good. 3,25*

2. Fatal Illusions. With this second track we enter a slightly innovated Eloy because I can't imagine this one as a Destination track. Their spacy sound of the seventies seems to return much more here and it speaks for itself that also I love that Eloy more in the end than the more commercial sound of the late eighties/early nineties. This is a great song and composition, I always loved this one. 4,25*

3. Childhood memories. Where quality and impact is concerned this is of the same level as the opening song. A bit of a slow unimpressive song, probably the least of the album. At the end some nice keys. 3*

4. Generation of Innocence. This one is much more energetic but like the opener a bit more in the Destination style again. A pretty good song but not great. Some energetic keyboardplaying. 3,5*

5. The Tides return forever. Now we're talking again ! This is the fantastic title track I was always impressed by enormously. A majestic composition with some outstanding (female) vocals as highlight. Bit soft and slow in the beginning but notice the build up ! 4,5*

6. The Last in Line. Again some hints to the predecessing album. Somehow it must have been hard for them to say goodbye to that style. Could also be a few of the songs on this album were written in 1992/93 and the newer styled songs later on. But that's just a guess. 3* for this.

7. Company of Angels. Despite my huge praise over the title track, this is the absolute highlight. Mindblowing song also and several steps forward compared to the Destination standard. Talking about majestic, here's another. 4,75*

The ultimate score is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. My feeling says 4 so that's what it will be and the reason is the big step forward they made compared to their two previous albums. Those two were good but this is a lot better, a true revival and that deserves a reward I think.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to progrules (BETA) | Report this review (#199412) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 17, 2009

Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars When I saw The Tides Return Forever on the stores I wasn´t exactly thrilled about it. After all, Eloy´s last two releases Ra and Destination were a bit too different from the sound i was used to from this german band. Too many modern synthesisers, too litle guitar, eletronic drums and Frank Bornemann. new found falsetto were not exactly what one would expect from Eloy, specially when you heard such excellent releases like Inside, Down and Ocean, among others. That´s maybe why it took so long for me to listen to it. But when I finally did I was impresssed.

Ok, the previous CDs style remains, with Michael Gerlach´s synths on the forefront, but the use of a ´real´ rhythm section (former Eloy bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol returning on a permanent basis and studio drummer Nico Barretta stepping in) made the sound much more dynamic and organic than before. The songwriting is also very good, with the band providing some of their most inspired stuff since Metromania (1984). The melodies are stronger, the arrangements are more ´human´ and much of the old times ´feeling´ is back. A good mix of their modern and old sound. I liked the CD as a whole but the excellent 9 minute epic company Of Angels (which seems to be a development of their Jeanne D´Arc, from Destination), Fatal Illusions and the title track are truly the album´s highlights. Childhood Memories is also one of their best ballads.

A very nice return to form from one of the pioneering and most important prog bands to emerge from Germany since the early 70´s. If you like their earlier stuff, give it a chance, you won´t regret it! Rating: four strong stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Tarcisio Moura (BETA) | Report this review (#252612) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars 3.5 realy

A return to form for sure for master Eloy, after some deseppointing releases in the '80's, the head of the band Bornemann and team is back with a fairly great album and full of energy. Named Tides Return Forever issued in 1994 is diffrent from what they offered in last decade in a good way, is more spacey then before, like in the glory days, is progressive from all sides, the ideas are better puted together, what else a good release for sure. Former bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol is back and the overall sound is more dynamic , and brings some great bass lines here. Bornemann voice is in form delivering some great moments like on Fatal Illusions or Company of Angels. The tides return forever is abig step forward and one of the pleasent albums from their career, maybe not entirely awesome but for sure more greater then anything thye release since Planets. 3 rounded up to 3.5 , the musicians show that they want to continue to release good albums, with good apetite for progressive moves and turns and the result is quite obvious.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to b_olariu (BETA) | Report this review (#518017) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, September 09, 2011

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Having backslid into lazy arena rock in the mid-1980s, Eloy accomplished a partial return to form with this album, which combines poppy arena rock numbers with more progressive pieces reminiscent of Eloy's famed past. Although the production values at times are more reminiscent of Eloy's less successful albums - particularly the drums - this is at least more entertaining listening than Metromania or Ra, though I wouldn't say it compares to the band's classic era albums (from The Power and the Passion to Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes). Not a complete waste of time, but not something most listeners are likely to revisit frequently.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#617300) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, January 23, 2012

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars Eloy's huge comeback album sounds very similar to the comeback album of Yes' "Fly From Here" where symphonic prog meets AOR and for the most part it is a pleasant experience. The songs are surprisingly upbeat Arena rock for Eloy and there are some excellent tracks to make it worthwhile. Of course Eloy's peak was in the seventies but they are still able to generate some inspiring music on each of their more recent albums. "The Tides Return Forever" ranks as a good album for Eloy, but to call this a masterpiece is really taking things too far, it is far from it.

The album begins well enough with 'The Day of Crimson Skies', with tons of synths and a nice guitar sound. The vocals are crystal clear and have that unique accent of Bornemann that I have been accustomed to on all of Eloy's releases. It is a decent song but nothing incredible, and is driven with strong melody and bright, perky musicianship, sounding like Yes in all respects.

'Fatal Illusions' returns to the 70's spacey soundscapes with swathes of synth lines and interstellar atmospherics. The Pink Floydian intro works well along with the solid drumming that soon kicks in. The musicianship is astounding on this and the vocals are again very easy on the ears. The chorus reminds me of the sound of Mostly Autumn and the lyrics are similar to compositions by Ayreon; "Here we are on the edge of time, fatal illusions of flight". The bridge in the song is a nice variation and the more I hear this song the more it grows on me.

An 'Echoes' ping begins 'Childhood Memories' and the synth sound by Gerlach is again like Pink Floyd. This is a very slow dreamy song and I like the reverberated guitar phrases. The lyrics and overall sound are uplifting to the emotions. The lovely instrumental section is stirring and this all comes across as a pleasant diversion from the upbeat songs of the album.

'Generation Of Innocence' brings the album back to dynamic energy. It features a vibrant keyboard from Gerlach and some heavier guitar from Bornemann. The guitar riff is simple but effective, and there are Yes-like harmonies throughout. The spirited vocals and sound are typical of the 90s and this brings to mind 1983's 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' in many ways. The keyboards are the main drawcard though and again it is one of the highlights on this album.

'The Tides Return Forever' is another highlight, perhaps the best on the album. Eloy are more ambitious here even incorporating soulful female vocals from Jocelyn B. Smith, who belts out some beautiful high soprano intonations. There is a majestic feel on this with some awesome atmospherics on keyboard and guitar. It builds from a gentle opening with Bornemann's voice sounding more like vintage Eloy. There is a very pretty melody to latch onto. Once Smith begins crooning I am lost in the beauty of this outstanding track.

'The Last in Line' returns to the style of their early 90s albums that were not very successful. The sound on this is very outdated, like the worst of the manufactured poppy 90s, with perky synths and dreadful processed sterile soundbytes. Even the anthemic chorus is cheesy and to be honest I am glad the rest of the album was not like this.

'Company of Angels' closes this album with the most bombastic track of all; a veritable epic. I like the musicianship but could have done without those bombastic male chorus vocals that sound like Vikings singing valiantly on their way to battle; "we roar like thunder, skies torn asunder, we fight to end the torture, the iron hand of God". Sometimes these types of vocals work on albums but here it just sounded weirdly out of place to me. The rest of the song though is decent and especially the melodic verses and synth soaked instrumental. Miriam Stockley's vocals are exquisite and the song gets better as it goes. The ending is powerful and majestic. The choral work at the end is better than the bombast previously, and it tends to grow on me. The twin lead guitar solo is stunning and it is joined by Bornemann's thin vocals nicely complimenting Gerlach's piano work. A great adventurous way to end the album.

Overall this album is a leap forward from the disappointment of Eloy's previous releases. Eloy know how to construct a song and there are some outstanding compositions on this album. The good far outweighs the bad in this case and it is consistent quality that makes the difference.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#763202) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, June 03, 2012

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
3 stars As many of the listeners who loved albums like "Power and the Passion" and "Ocean", I'm not used to give a spin to the later Eloy's works, but this "The Tides Return Forever" is surely an improvement compared to "Destination". At least it seems that Bornemann has learned how to better use the 80s electronics, has also partially corrected his German accent, and most of all the music on this album is not too derivative. I have always seen Eloy as a very good band with the defect of trying to sound similar to somebody else. After about 25 years of activity we finally have a band which sound is not innovative but at least it's "original".

Apart of the opener, "The Day Of Crimson Skies", which still sounds like Trevor Rabin's YES with a touch of Alan Parsons Project, the following song is excellent. "Fatal Illusion" has strong melodies which I feel on the same line of KAYAK. The same for "Childhood Memories".

Then some 80s-like poppy-YES sounding song: "Generation Of Innocence seems coming from 90125. Well, that's an album that I like, so I can't say that it's a masterpiece, but it's not a song to skip. In its slower parts, when the 80 drones shut up, it's very nice.

"The Tides Return Forever" deserves to be the title track. Maybe a bit radio-friendly (but over 6 minutes long), has a strong melody even if it's based on very simple and common chords. I think that the female vocalists are a bit misplaced but they do an excellent work adding maybe a touch of ROGER WATERS to the sound. It's the year of Amused to Death but I think to Radio KAOS.

"The Last In Line" is in the wrong place. A pop song which may have been a commercial successf if launched 10 years before. It sounds like THE CARS of Candy-O. I confess that I like the Cars, too and I have also bought some Ric Ocasek's solo albums, but this is not what I expect from Eloy.

Finally the closer. "Company Of Angels" is luckily totally different from the previous song. This is the real highlight and one of the most "original" songs ever come out of Bornemann's pen. An album made of songs like this would have been a 5 stars one.

A good album with some highlights, not enough to consider it an "excellent addition",mainly because they are counterbalanced by some lowlights.

A honest three stars effort.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to octopus-4 (BETA) | Report this review (#1025245) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013

Latest members reviews

4 stars Lets keep it short, in my view this album is the best of the 90s area of ELOY. It stays however far from the level of the productions of the early 80s like Planets. There is no weak point in the album. All of the songs are catchy (but more Popish than the classical era of ELOY) and the musici ... (read more)

Report this review (#297452) | Posted by Subterranean | Saturday, September 04, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is another great album by Eloy. It's a lot different from my old favourites, like Ocean and Dawn, but it really does sound beauitful. Though most of the songs are progressive mainly in the way they are played, rather than their composition. Most of the songs are composed in the basic way ... (read more)

Report this review (#267622) | Posted by HammerOfPink | Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album is one of my favorite of the new Eloy albums. This is a lot spacier and much more progressive than the last few albums, and has a better concept. Almost returning back to the concept of the Ocean album (which the next album, Ocean 2, will achieve) but the lyrics are style the same ... (read more)

Report this review (#252053) | Posted by Rushlover13 | Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Working my way backwards in Eloy's discography, I come to this album. Interestingly for me, it seems to have a similar structure to the album that would follow it, Ocean 2. In other words, a good first half, and a fairly unenjoyable second half. With Klaus-Peter Matziol back in the band, thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#211487) | Posted by infandous | Thursday, April 16, 2009 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ELOY "The Tides Return Forever"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.47 seconds