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Taking their name from the "Eloi", the futuristic race of people in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, ELOY was initially formed in 1969 in Germany. Inspired by THE SHADOWS and THE BEATLES, they became one of the major bands in the progressive rock scene highly influenced by the space rock of PINK FLOYD. They started off in Germany as a hard rock band with a political bent, but soon drifted into a spacier progressive rock sound. They have had a number of turnovers, with a major split in the 1980s that resulted in a move into more of a mainstream direction. Based mainly on founder Frank BORNEMANN's guitar solos, their music evolved to include more synthesizers and choirs.

They produced many albums between 1971 and 1998 with different line-ups. Their best period is the mid to late-70's with the trippier space-rock of "Inside" and "Floating" (with Manfred WIECZORKE later of JANE). "Dawn" is actually one of the better of the symphonic-era ELOY albums, perhaps even the best. "Ocean" is a concept album about Atlantis, and one of the pillar albums of the German symphonic scene, and certainly worth checking out. They followed up with "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes", the year later to even greater success. During 1993-1994, ELOY released three best of collections and it wasn't until 1994 with the release of "The Tides Return Forever", that they recorded and toured again is released and the band reappeared live on stage for several successful shows in Germany. Their last album "Ocean 2", released in 1998, was a surprising come back of a progressive rock band, which stopped recently their stage-appearances.

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ELOY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.83 | 198 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.75 | 325 ratings
Inside
1973
3.71 | 319 ratings
Floating
1974
3.63 | 329 ratings
Power And The Passion
1975
4.05 | 472 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.22 | 799 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.02 | 487 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
1979
3.71 | 340 ratings
Colours
1980
4.00 | 369 ratings
Planets
1981
3.87 | 298 ratings
Time To Turn
1982
2.82 | 163 ratings
Performance
1983
3.09 | 202 ratings
Metromania
1984
1.98 | 67 ratings
Codename Wildgeese
1985
2.81 | 167 ratings
Ra
1988
2.61 | 140 ratings
Destination
1992
3.50 | 172 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.79 | 227 ratings
Ocean 2: The Answer
1998
3.29 | 208 ratings
Visionary
2009

ELOY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 130 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.41 | 71 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage
2014

ELOY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.67 | 29 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
4.38 | 8 ratings
Live Impressions
2013

ELOY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.08 | 15 ratings
Wings Of Vision
1982
3.08 | 23 ratings
Rarities
1991
3.57 | 50 ratings
Chronicles I
1993
2.28 | 41 ratings
Chronicles II
1994
4.01 | 21 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 1 The Early Days 1972-1975
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best
1994
3.59 | 17 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 2 The Prime 1976-1979
1996
2.56 | 12 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2000
2.68 | 19 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best Of Eloy
2003
4.33 | 3 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Essential
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
2012

ELOY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 4 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.11 | 7 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.09 | 6 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
3.90 | 10 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
1980
2.08 | 4 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
1980
3.25 | 4 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.76 | 8 ratings
Fools
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.20 | 5 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.27 | 6 ratings
Rainbow
1988
3.00 | 6 ratings
Call Of The Wild
1992
2.50 | 4 ratings
Fire And Ice
1992
2.00 | 3 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
1994
2.92 | 4 ratings
Childhood Memories
1995
3.00 | 9 ratings
The Answer
1998
3.10 | 11 ratings
The Challenge
2009

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 Performance by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.82 | 163 ratings

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Performance
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Lewian

3 stars I've got to say that I'm quite keen on the fact that this one is not about journeys between stars and planets, downfall and rescue of humankind etc. Treating some real life issues for once is nice for a change, although I may not be a proper prog-minded person in this respect. Also I respect the artistic motivation to declutter and produce straighter songs. I think it's unfair to blame them for just trying to be commercial here. Artists shouldn't stand still and going with the times is a legitimate move. Bornemann was apparently not happy with this move, at least not in hindsight, but other band members probably were. Fair enough. As always, this is well produced, mostly keyboard oriented but with stronger impact of guitar, bass and drums than before. The bass is fantastic (as Matziol usually is). The drums sound too much like 80s and are a bit too straight, but at least they are precise and driving. Randow is a very good drummer but shows this better elsewhere. Regarding the quality of the songs, this is a mixed bag. In Disguise works very well as a catchy rocker; Shadow and Light and Broken Frame are fine, too, and a bit more complex. Broken Frame is actually one of my Eloy favourites. Mirador is a rather sparse instrumental, which is nice but not all too remarkable, and I can connect less to the remaining three songs. It's a development that I respect, with some highlights and some lesser tracks. And I can enjoy the marvellous bass playing day in day out.

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 Inside by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.75 | 325 ratings

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Inside
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Pastmaster

5 stars Eloy-Inside

'Inside' is the second studio album by hard rock/space rock band Eloy. After original lead vocalist Erich Schriever left the band after Eloy's debut, Frank Bornemann decided he wanted to add something more into his band's sound. What he added was a futuristic tone and spacey lyrics to their sound, hence 'Inside' being a heavy space rock album.

While this album does maintain the Deep Purple-esque heavy metal/hard rock of the debut, the newly added space rock elements really makes the album stand out a bit more then the debut. The album opens up with the nearly 18-minute long epic 'Land of No Body', which starts out with some great bluesy bass. When Bornemann's vocals come in, they fit very well with the menacing bass grooves. Soon organ signals crashing guitar, before driving riffs enter. After the organ plays over the crashing guitar four minutes through, the menacing bass comes back with atmospheric space sounds giving the song a much darker tone. Towards the end, thumping bass and guitar drives under a great guitar solo leading up to Bornemann's screams over heavy guitar. Kind of reminds me of Rush's '2112' in this sense. The song ends with pounding organ and drums.

While the opener is certainly the main highlight of the album, there are other standout songs on here. The menacing title track is great, with the haunting chamber-esque organ playing over pounding drums. 'Future City' begins with acoustic guitars and winding sounds. Great cymbal work and driving bass soon signal in heavy guitar. Before the guitar solo begins is where Eloy's unique drum work shows with tribal drums combined with the winding noises. If you get the remaster, the driving Deep Purple-esque 'On the Road' is a gem.

I've noticed many people have an issue with Frank Bornemann's voice, mainly due to his thick accent. However, I happen to love his voice. Probably one of my favorite vocalists to be honest. It's very unique, and I think it fits perfectly with the music. Lyrically, I love how in songs like 'Land of Nobody' space themes are mixed in with subtle political commentary. Lyrics like 'We just leave the earths ground, On the way to see the new star.' are combined with 'We want freedom, We want freedom for the world, Power to the people, And the righteous in the land.' I find these kinds of metaphorical lyrics really cool.

Overall, I highly recommend this album to any fans of proto-metal, hard rock, and space rock. It shows the beginning of Eloy's masterful combination of heavy metal/hard rock and atmospheric space rock. 4.5 rounded up to 5.

(Originally written for www.metalmusicarchives.com)

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 Eloy by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.83 | 198 ratings

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Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Pastmaster

4 stars 'Eloy' is the self-titled debut studio album by hard rock/space rock band Eloy. Eloy is most known for their combination of hard rock/heavy metal and space rock on their 'Inside' and later albums, however with their debut release there isn't any space rock to be found here. This is a bluesy hard rock/heavy metal album not all that dissimilar to what they would make later, except without the space rock sounds.

Like previously stated, this is primarily bluesy hard rock/heavy metal with room for experimentation. The first comparison that comes to mind is Rush's self-titled debut. Both debuts are criticized, because a lot of fans of both bands find them to lack in comparisons to the albums they made during their height. However, when you stop comparing you really see just how great these albums are. The song 'Eloy' has some great heavy riffing, and a very beautiful chorus with the lyrics 'In a land of freedom'. After the beginning is where the experimental instrumentation comes in with an avant-garde drum solo during the bridge. I love how towards the end of the solo, you can hear the bass guitar subtly in the background. The 8-minute 'Something Yellow' has an awesome menacing guitar solo that foreshadows the amazing menacing solos on albums like 'Floating'.

Speaking of menacing, my favorite song from the album, and one of my favorite Eloy songs is 'Song of a Paranoid Soldier'. This song has all I want in early heavy metal, having anti-war lyrics, menacing Black Sabbath-esque diminished chords, and an amazing vocal performance that matches with the music. Another one of my favorites is the Deep Purple-esque stomp of 'Dillus Roady', with the marching stomp of the organ and guitar. Not to mention the great guitar soloing in the song. If you get the remaster with bonus tracks, you get a few short but sweet songs like the driving opening riffs of 'Walk Alone'.

Overall, for anyone wanting some hard rocking proto-metal, you can't go wrong here. Highly recommended for fans of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and other bands of that ilk.

4.5 rounded down to 4.

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 Ra by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.81 | 167 ratings

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Ra
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

3 stars I found this LP for next to nothing at a Eugene, Oregon record convention. The seller was a prog junkie, and likes Eloy just as much as the next proghead, but I was under the impression he never cared for Ra, which is understandable, it's not well liked in the prog community. That's why I got it for next to nothing, along with several prog albums more worth noting, including Melody's Yesterlife (1977), a band that's not in ProgArchives (although should be).

I knew right away this was not going to be like Ocean or Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes. I didn't even expect it to be like Planets or Time to Turn, their best 1980s albums. It's not bad, although having a real drummer could have benefited big time (listen to Ocean 2 from a decade later, which had a real drummer in Bodo Schopf and you can see the difference). Put this against Ocean or Silent Cries and Ra crashes and burns. Put this up against popular mainstream music of the time like teen bubblegum of the Debbie Gibson and Tiffany variety, or cheesy hair metal of the Bon Jovi, Poison, Whitesnake, and White Lion variety, and this sounds like a breath of fresh air. The music is straight out of the late '80s. Digital synths (including the Yamaha DX-7) and drum machines all over the place, heavy metal guitar riffs (at least more tolerable than cliched hair metal guitar riffs as done by those kind of bands mentioned). There's no denying the intro of "Voyager of the Future Race", a nice ambient piece, and one could have imagine this becoming the Ocean of the '80s, but you know that wasn't going to me. But the album does have some really nice melodies, and not the most offensive of '80s sounds so I did find it enjoyable. Ballads like "Dreams" and "Rainbow" clearly showing them attempting to score a hit, and Frank Bornemann attempts a ridiculous falsetto he never did before, but does on this album (and on Destination and even parts of The Tides Return Forever). I guess this album probably would not have been so trashed on had it been released as a Frank Bornemann & Michael Gerlach album. I guess Bornemann felt that he'd be able to sell more copies by slapping on the Eloy name. I guess if you are strictly '70s for prog rock, you probably should stop at Time to Turn, and avoid anything they done after. But to my ears it's not bad, and I didn't expect it to be like their classics and found it nice listening, but not really essential, so three stars. Love that cover, though (which leaves such bad covers as Yes' 90125 and Big Generator, King Crimson's Beat, Emerson, Lake & Powell's sole album and ELO's Balance of Power totally in the dust).

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 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.02 | 487 ratings

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Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars Since acquiring this album two years ago, I have always felt it was a very good album, perhaps even the best of the five Eloy albums in my collection (no, I don't have 'Oceans' yet). On my way home last night, I listened to it again all the way through, bonus tracks included and I have to say the after the main album had concluded, I was left with the impression that I had just ridden on a parade float that was composed largely of clouds of stardust with some flashing lights bursting here and there, all the while the wheels and motor kept turning and churning below.

As I remarked in my review of 'Floating', Eloy don't come across as technical wizards, neither do they attempt to put on a show of mixing genres or playing a variety of instruments. What they do is write and perform music awash in keyboards and backed by an electric guitar that knows when to keep its machine heads down and when to step up with some strong chords or a melodic solo. The drums often just carry the beat, which never really gets too fast even when the bass would have you believe so, and drum fills come in aplenty though mostly seem like level two textbook examples for those who mastered elementary drum fills. The bass is often near the forefront of the mix but never more than necessary. It doesn't do too much. Eloy's bass guitar works closely with the drums to keep the rhythm moving, usually at mid-tempo.

Now, while it may sound disparaging to say that much of the music is rather un-technical and not so experimental or advanced, the album is still rather good. It could be compared in a way to Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here', which is a comparison Eloy leader, Frank Bornemann would probably be very delighted to hear about. 'Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes' keeps a musical theme, a colour if you like, perhaps green like the cover, throughout the album. It is a vehicle for the message behind the lyrics of Eloy's music, which I believe could be summed up with a line from 'Mighty Echoes': 'Do we know that we are composed of the trinity of Heart, Soul, and Mind?' Lyrics about recognizing our need for higher spiritual learning and growth. Do Frank B. and Uli Jon Roth hang out together?

So, about the Pink Floyd thing, I mean, the music doesn't get too advanced but instead creates this big roving spacey cloud, green as it may be, with lots of synthesizer and some well-placed guitar solos. At times, the music even sounds a lot like it was inspired by 'Wish You Were Here,' such as the introductory piece 'Astral Entrance' or the closer 'Mighty Echoes'. Mind you, this is not to say that it is of the same level as Pink Floyd's music. But the inspiration is easily detected.

My two favourite tracks are the 14:56 multi-part 'The Apocalypse' and perhaps the most rocking track on the album, 'Pilot to Paradise'. This is where the green cloud has most of its flashes of brilliance and rolls along almost briskly. 'Master of Sensation' and 'Mighty Echoes' are also worthy of mention. The two bonus tracks do have a very different sound from the rest of the album with more pop energy. They provide an enjoyable reprieve from the main album, but it is also clear that they wouldn't have suited the atmosphere.

For fans of symphonic space rock and a journey toward astral inclinations, something not too aggressive or diverse but just a steady voyage to the stars kind of thing, this album could appeal. I find it has its allure, though now that I have heard all the way through once again, I will likely let it rest for a while.

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 Reincarnation On Stage by ELOY album cover Live, 2014
4.41 | 71 ratings

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Reincarnation On Stage
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator 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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 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.02 | 487 ratings

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Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

3 stars Succeeding the release of Ocean (1977), the band Eloy was reveling in the success of the creative work. Knowing this, they raced to release their follow-up album. Thus, another space-rock album was born: Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes was released in the year of 1979, two years after the release of Ocean. Fan response was true and hearty, but critical reception was much more dulled than on the release of the previous album. "The album is good," People would say. "but it borrows too many elements from Pink Floyd, especially the 1975 smash hit Wish You Were Here." Is this really true? I mean, I've already reviewed Ocean and told my thoughts on it. My main point that I made in the review was how they, even though taking elements from the Floyd, were able to develop their own sound and ideas, and make gold in the aftermath. I am regretful to say that isn't on this release. Sure, I can tell they tried hard to make a great release in the wake of both Dawn (1976) and Ocean, but it didn't live nearly up to those two album's standards. You may even call it a face-plant in the step to making this a good release. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say such a thing, this album is indeed not as good as it's successors.

Right off the bat, 'Astral Entrance / Master of Sensation' reminds me of a little ditty called 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. Though I'm not a fan of the song, doubtless you (the reader) have heard it. Even with the harmonious synth opening and all, this song uses a LOT of material from WYWH. The song's synth header fades into a funky-jazz beat which extremely reminds me of something you'd hear off of PF's Meddle (1971). Enough of comparing it to Floyd, what has Eloy done correctly to make it their own? Well I suppose that Bornemann's usual heavy accent gives the song it's personal flare, as well as having some very cool synthesizer effects throughout. I can give the song credit (and the album) to be a good casual listen. 'The Apocalypse' is actually a nice comeback from the opener, with some awesome choral effects and some nice drumming from Matziol. There is some very soul-like singing that sounds good in the overall affect, and I might go so far as to say that this song beats 'The Great Gig in the Sky' from Dark Side of the Moon. The song ends on a really cool wavering guitar flow. Pretty nice. 'Mighty Echoes' is probably my last real pick on the album with some nice crashing synthesizer and some jazzy bass lines. Very reminiscent of Animals. As you might have seen, I keep comparing these songs to Pink Floyd material. And that brings me to my big problem with this album. It borrows way too much from them, especially their mainstream hit albums. I wouldn't mind as much if I hadn't already listened to PF's entire discography. I don't really want to hear them all over again except not being them.

Therefore, my final judging for this album is a 3.5, because I cannot deny that this album has talented musicians playing greatly. But I don't think this album is really essential to Eloy fans in general, or even space-rock fans. if you're looking for some good space rock material by Eloy, check out Ocean or Dawn. This release is something you can probably miss.

Go give it a listen.

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 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.22 | 799 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars I'm not too familiar with the whole psychedelic and spacey side of progressive rock (apart from Pink Floyd, my favorite band), but I recently discovered Eloy and decided to give them a shot. I checked out their page on here and decided that Ocean was my best bet as an introduction to the band. After listening, I have some opinions that I've decided to share.

From what I've seen and heard, Eloy does owe a ton to Pink Floyd for their sound. After all, Pink Floyd did pioneer the space rock genre, so you cannot talk about psychedelic bands without bringing up Floyd. But it is true that Eloy did craft their own unique sound, and it could easily be said that they did a bang up job, especially with the release of this album. One thing I do commemorate Eloy for is the more focus on the space-rock side as opposed to the psychedelic side. What I mean by this is, although they are psychedelic, their sound is more floaty and vague as opposed to strange and experimental. At least more on the former, since the latter isn't gone completely. Although they are space-y, they are able to keep a solid beat going even when their rocking a track for twelve minutes straight, seen on the opener epic of 'Poseidon's Creation'.

When it comes to epics, which this 4-track album consists completely of, you must have differentiating sounds and parts in order to keep the listener hooked. And hook me they did. Every track on this release kept me thoroughly enthralled all the way through. I especially love the beat changes from funk to jazzy in 'Poseidon's Creation'. ' Incarnations of Logos' is a slower track, relying heavily to begin with on heavy ambiatic (my own word for something with ambiance) synthesizer, but does quickly evolve in to a foot tapping melodic track around the second half. The follow-up 'Decay of Logos' takes a more vocal-fronted arrangement, with darker accompanying guitars and some excellent drumming. I would go so far as to say that this song is quite reminiscent of krautrock. Combine that with a catchy riff and you've got yourself a winner.

'Atlantis' Agony..' takes the spot as the longest track on the album, coming in at almost sixteen minutes. It starts out with some slightly in-understandable spoken-word dialogue from Bornemann. It is mostly due to the thickness of his accent, but I guess his voice is good enough that it doesn't really bother me that much. Much like 'Incarnations of Logos', the first half is dedicated to ambiance and free flowing synth, whilst the second half half some funky rocking in it. I mean, if you've heard the rest of the album, this isn't anything special. It is nice, I must say, but I've already seen this before on the album. It does have some nice climactic moments, such as when Bornemann is counting from 84 to 88 around the last five minutes of the song.

My overall opinion of this album is sincerely and highly positive. Although my rating would perhaps be a 4.5 as opposed to a full on 5, this album is definitely somewhere in between. Progressive rock fans as well as space/psychedelic rock fans will love this upon listening. It's confident, free-flowing, and above all a mighty fine album.

Go give it a listen.

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 Ra by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.81 | 167 ratings

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Ra
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Eloy's 1988 album `Ra' saw the band essentially whittled down to just vocalist and guitarist Frank Bornemann and keyboard player Michael Gerlach, but with the aid of a few guest musicians to fill out the sound. The music presented here was still often in the song-driven direction the band had been on since `Colours' back in 1980, so that meant streamlined, guitar/synth driven rock often with verse-chorus structures, but there is still plenty of worth to discover here. Despite a loud arena rock sound throughout much of it, the album is still coated in those defining shimmering synths and Bornemann's heroic guitar soling, but the killing factor for many listeners may be the overuse of crashing programmed drums. This time around there are also plenty of quasi-spiritual lyrical pleadings and cosmic proclamations, but the band's keen melodic skills and skilled playing are all still evident.

Nine minute opener `Voyager of the Future Race' instantly sets the sci-fi template of so many Eloy albums past. After a serene ambient intro, the piece comes screaming to life with wailing guitars, thick synths and the most bombastic and loud programmed drums imaginable that could only come off an 80's album! The track crashes down on you with repetitive hard-rock riffs, an introspective middle and victorious guitar solo, and check out loopy lyrics such as "Life and death are now just a status, look around - you'll see a celestial glow..." - Oh Frankie, give me more! `Sensations' is not the most complex of arrangements, instead it's a gutsy rocker driven by more of those aggressive pounding drums, a forceful vocal from Frank and a very catchy chorus. `Dream' is a big dramatic symphonic piece with ethereal space-whisper female voices and a dreamy, almost uplifting chorus lifting over floating synths. It's also full of rambling New Age contemplations such as "Peace and love reunite in everlasting burning light, you feel your aura expanding, bathing in virginal joy, just like a flower in bloom...". I love the innocence of it!

There's plenty of driving power throughout the second side's `Invasion of a Megaforce', a more up-tempo and surprisingly positive piece. Moments of symphonic bluster and urgency run alongside a subtle yet infectious Yes-like quality to the chorus vocal harmonies with murmuring slinking bass, and Frank get's to briefly let rip with a tortured bluesy guitar solo. The gentle power-ballad `Rainbow' may just be one of the sweetest and more heart- felt tunes Eloy ever delivered, with a classy dream-like chorus that's not unlike those softer moments that showed up on most Alan Parsons Project albums. I love the naivety of such lines as "Find your peace of mind, leave all cares behind...and your dreams will come to life." With words like "You can't control the whirlpools in your mind, you try to find a value in yourself, but the way is too long. But your spirit's fighting back under the storm...", `Hero' is seemingly an ode to crashing and burning but rising again. There's a gentle melancholy to the plodding drama, but Frank offers a final stirring and sympathetic guitar solo.

Eloy may have released endless stronger albums, but this one has always been a personal favourite of mine. It still has many of the trademarks I associate this wonderful German band with, especially Frank Bornemann's charmingly accented delivery and the deep-space synth atmospherics. The programmed drums have always made this album a very divisive one amongst Eloy fans, but I feel it gives the music a suitably robotic quality, perfectly appropriate for their science fiction sound. The cover is also beautiful, full of fantastical sci-fi imagery. It's certainly superior to their next album `Destination', which would replace their usual sound with hard guitar driven AOR. But chances are, especially if you enjoyed the previous albums `Metromania' and `Performance', you'll still find plenty here to enjoy.

Three stars, but rounded up to four for my own selfish love for this great little unloved album!

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 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.22 | 799 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by danyboy

5 stars Ocean is an absolute Eloy's masterpiece. The songwriting here is more sophisticated that is has been in the past, and the musicianship still reigns supreme, and the compositions are still incredibly complex if not more so. This music is highly psychedelic and jam packed full of instruments from all eras of time. One thing that I've always loved about Eloy is keyboard sounds, usually they are using much more interesting keyboard variations than other bands. Most of the music is full of energy, but is always wildly creative and never boring in th least. Very highly recommended masterly crafted 70's Psychedelic Rock.

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