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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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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)

2.86 | 226 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.77 | 365 ratings
Inside
1973
3.71 | 356 ratings
Floating
1974
3.65 | 372 ratings
Power And The Passion
1975
4.03 | 528 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.21 | 904 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.01 | 548 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
1979
3.71 | 380 ratings
Colours
1980
4.00 | 404 ratings
Planets
1981
3.85 | 338 ratings
Time To Turn
1982
2.83 | 194 ratings
Performance
1983
3.13 | 233 ratings
Metromania
1984
1.99 | 77 ratings
Codename Wildgeese (OST)
1984
2.78 | 190 ratings
Ra
1988
2.60 | 160 ratings
Destination
1992
3.48 | 193 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.76 | 255 ratings
Ocean 2 - The Answer
1998
3.29 | 231 ratings
Visionary
2009

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

4.02 | 144 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.36 | 85 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage
2014

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

3.73 | 38 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
4.15 | 13 ratings
Live Impressions
2013

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

4.02 | 13 ratings
Wings Of Vision
1982
3.10 | 25 ratings
Rarities
1991
3.57 | 56 ratings
Chronicles I
1993
2.29 | 44 ratings
Chronicles II
1994
4.04 | 24 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 1 The Early Days 1972-1975
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Best
1994
3.56 | 14 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 2 The Prime 1976-1979
1996
2.60 | 13 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2000
2.76 | 22 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best Of Eloy
2003
4.33 | 6 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Essential
2012
3.83 | 6 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
2012

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

2.80 | 5 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.13 | 9 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.54 | 9 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
3.83 | 12 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
1980
2.14 | 5 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
1980
3.50 | 6 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
1982
3.33 | 3 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.78 | 9 ratings
Fools
1983
2.33 | 3 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.29 | 7 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.29 | 8 ratings
Rainbow
1988
2.86 | 7 ratings
Call Of The Wild
1992
2.40 | 5 ratings
Fire And Ice
1992
2.75 | 4 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
1994
3.00 | 6 ratings
Childhood Memories
1995
2.83 | 9 ratings
The Answer
1998
3.15 | 14 ratings
The Challenge
2009

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 Colours by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.71 | 380 ratings

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Colours
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by fenman

4 stars This is where I began with Eloy, finding a second hand vinyl in a record shop in Gilligate, York. I'd never heard of them before, but took a chance. It remains one of my favourite Eloy albums and, for anyone new to the band, the one I'd recommend to start with. Much more focussed than their space rock beginnings, less techno than some of their 1980's work. Their influences were becoming less obvious and the sound more their own. Though I enjoy their earlier albums, I find some of those tracks a bit too long and the lyrics less mature than here. The concept pair of albums, Planets and Time To Turn, followed Colours and follow the course found in this work. All the EMI albums were reissued (with bonus tracks) a few years ago in what was one of the most successful remastering campaigns ever - they sound glorious.
 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.01 | 548 ratings

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Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Oh my, oh my... Just when I finished praising "Ocean" in my previous review here, I stumbled upon their next album "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes". There are two things about this album that stand for me the most.

First, the sound and style is almost the same as on the previous "Ocean". The formula was successful, so why not repeat it? Fair enough; we should not blame ELOY for something that many, if not the majority of, rock bands in this period did on a regular basis.

Second, as if I could hear Bornemann and his company saying: "Hmmm, they accuse us of imitating Pink Floyd too much in the past!? OK, then let's give them those mighty Floyds in abundance on this new album!" And they did just that. The seventh ELOY album is saturated with Floydian references from almost all their albums between "Atom Heart Mother" and "Animals", and this is especially evident on side A. Only "Master of Sensation" track stands out a bit, and it is really one of better and signature compositions by ELOY.

B side tries to offer more of their own true spirit, but the problem is that we have heard all these ideas in a better form on "Ocean" and even "Dawn". The closing "Mighty Echoes" tries, after several more Floydesque noodlings, to finish the album on a grand note and it succeeds in it only partially. So, if this is supposed to belong to something called "progressive rock", then I have an issue with that. There is no much progress going here; and given that ELOY looks often more to the past (both their own and of other famous Brit rock acts like PF) than to the present or future, I can only call this "regressive rock", if that makes any sense.

But, my misgivings notwithstanding, I have to emphasise again that this album is very nicely performed and produced and the band deserves a hats off for that. It is listenable and catchy music, so it kind of makes my guilty pleasure. Still, I cannot say that this album makes an "excellent addition" to a truly "progressive rock" collection.

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.21 | 904 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Back in my younger days in the 1980s I was introduced to ELOY with "Poseidon's Creation". I still remember when we made fun of the lead singer's bad English pronunciation when he tried to utter the lyrics "son of god and daughter of earth", but ended up sounding like "zanofgot end totrofhrth". Although musically listenable along the line of other prog rock obligatory stuff, I considered them a blatant FLOYD derivatives, who did not deserve my special attention. And what also pissed me off was that many considered them as a part of Krautrock movement, which I always found a bit offensive. Apart from the fact that they come from Germany, there is nothing else to align them with the true innovators like KRAFTWERK, CAN, AMON DUUL, NEU, FAUST... ELOY is basically an Anglo-American space-rock/symphonic prog that just happens to be played by a German band.

I just revisited my 10 years old negative review of the compilation "Timeless Passages" here on Progarchives, and found it a sort of contravening to my recent, generally affirmative, individual albums reviews. Perhaps I have developed a soft spot for ELOY finally, or I have become dumber and more lenient in judgements with growing old. Or I have developed a more sympathetic attitude towards Frank Bornemann's singing. Or it is maybe just a question of different perspective. Nonetheless, I nowadays enjoy listening to ELOY more than I did back in the past. Floyd ripoffs? Maybe, but who cares? It sounds nice and relaxing, even demanding to some extent. And how not to love this iconic cover artwork depicting the Hellenic deity Poseidon holding a skull-staff while his head is decomposing into a galactic formation? A concept album again? Yes, why not? Some ancient Hellenic mythology this time - Poseidon, Logos, Atlantis, Creation, Incarnation, Gregorian Earth-time... Naive and childlike? Yes, just like the behaviour of nowadays politicians and world leaders... so where is the problem?

The first twenty minutes of the album (A side of the vinyl: "Poseidon's Creation" and "Incarnation of the Logos") is perhaps the pinnacle of ELOY music. Spacey keyboards, minor chord atmosphere, odd time signatures, "galloping" bass, ominous drumming and tasty guitar fillings are impeccably played and produced, and without unnecessary strings and choirs from the previous album. B side bogs down a bit and some parts get boring. "Atlantis Agony..." is really agonising for the first never-ending 8 minutes, then finally something starts to develop and brings this album to a close on a decent note. "Ocean" is perhaps the best ELOY album, actually very close to "Dawn", but again for many reasons, some of which still standing from my old negative review, I cannot give the highest score. Yet, for this type of genre it is an essential listen. 4 and 1/2 stars.

 Dawn by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.03 | 528 ratings

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Dawn
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars For the fifth album "Dawn" Frank Bornemann practically reinvented the band - himself being the only remaining member from earlier line-ups - and perfected the sound production, which as a result had the first "classic" ELOY album. Again a conceptual work - following a story of a dead man's soul travelling back and forth between universes and settling in the rising Sun, or something like that? - "Dawn" presents a truly consistent effort, which means there are fewer ups and downs; the album flows seemlessly from one song to another, and is really an enjoyable listening experience. Apart from a few heavy guitar riffs in "Between the Times", the music is now largely confined to the genre mixing of symphonic prog and space rock. Beautifully performed rhythm section, with lots of drumming breaks using tympani or tom toms and pulsating melodic bass patterns, is accompanied with dominant sound of electronic keyboards, creating a lush atmosphere sometimes reminiscent of early 1970s work by PINK FLOYD. "Symphonic" nature of the album is also demonstrated by the inclusion of a string orchestra and what sounds like a choir. Yet, these elements do not work well in all cases, as was the situation with many famous "rock meets symphony" collaborations in the past. ELOY's vocal department was never their strong point and Bornemann's heavily German-accentuated English singing is again an issue here, especially if you have not acquired a taste for it. Overall, "Dawn" was the best ELOY album to date and it is recommended as a starting point for newcomers, but due to some missteps with vocals and strings/choir elements I am reluctant to pronounce it a masterpiece. Four and a half stars are dawning...
 Power And The Passion by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.65 | 372 ratings

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Power And The Passion
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars What could be more appropriate for a band calling themselves after a humanoid race from the SF classic - H.G. Welles' "Time Machine" - than to dedicate their first concept album to a theme of time travel!? As many previous reviewers already noticed, PATP sounds like a transitional album for ELOY. As heavy rocking PURPLE/HEEP elements began to wane, more atmospheric spacey FLOYD-ian influences as well as some hints of symphonic prog found their way in helping to forge a recognisably ELOY sound. In contrast to previous albums, a plethora of keyboard instruments are dominant here while guitar parts seem to focus more on the particular solo elements and accentuating certain parts of compositions. This is also the first album that carried a distinctive ELOY logo. And another difference from previous efforts, PATP contains even 10 tracks of varying duration, although being a "concept" work all of these could be considered as parts or movements of a single unified work. Now, how pleasurable to listen is all of that? A mixed bag, I would say. The lengthy "Love Over Six Centuries" and "The Bells of Notre Dame" are the best moments for me, being mostly done in an atmospheric spacey style with slow growing sensation, excellent rhythm section and tasteful keyboards. Another fine moment is a dark and menacing, almost metallic texture of "The Zany Magician". All the remaining tracks are much less convincing. "Mutiny" offers some good guitar and bass sequences but otherwise drags a bit too long. The fourth ELOY album is again a decent effort and it seems the band finally found their unique blend of psychedelic/space rock and symphonic sound, but it would take another album or two to perfect it.
 Floating by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 356 ratings

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Floating
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Floating" continues in a similar style to the preceding "Inside", and for this reason these two albums are often compared against each other. For my part, I think that this album, although perfectuating and polishing some rougher edges of the previous one, actually did not surpass it. True, this album's epic track "The Light From Deep Darkness" is a way better than "Land of No Body", but overall there is not much progress here. The mentioned epic is a wonderful space-rock jam with again lots of Jon Lord-esque organ noodling, while another highlight - "Castle in the Air" - brings some Oriental-sounding psychedelic flourishes along with powerful guitar based pumping riffs reminiscent of what later followers of space rock genre like Ozric Tentacles would explore in a more techno-oriented setting of the 1990s. Apart from that, the remaining three songs are nothing special. They tend to repeat the themes from the earlier albums while the closer "Madhouse" once again (as was the case with "Future City" off "Inside") proofs that Bornemann can sing in a vocal style similar to Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL, but this time around the result is not so interesting. For me "Floating" is on par with "Inside" in terms of instrumental prowess, and even surpassing it a bit in this aspect, but in terms of offering new ideas is slightly less engaging. Still a very good album, but if tempted to pick only one of these two, I would opt for "Inside". Fair 3,5 stars.
 Inside by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.77 | 365 ratings

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Inside
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
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4 stars ELOY's sophomore effort "Inside" is a giant leap forward from their debut. The sound is still steeped in a largely blues-based heavy rock psychedelia of their British contemporaries (from DEEP PURPLE and PINK FLOYD to JETHRO TULL), but the ideas here begin to expand offering more adventurous listening. Especially prominent is the use of keyboards (largely Hammond organ), as well as interplay between hard and soft/fast and slow portions. As suggested by the cover artwork, the album's sound is more space-rock oriented with lots of dark and ominous passages, particularly within the A side-long epic "The Land of No Body". There are some terrific parts here, but overall it cannot compete with more elaborate and adventurous works of say GENESIS, YES or FLOYD of the era. B side shorter songs (but still around 6-7 minuts on average) are much more effective in my opinion, and this is particulalry true of phenomenal and chilling title track and "Future City". With this album ELOY started building their trademark sound and exploring topics that would come to characterise the space-rock cannon of the progressive genre, but their highlights were still a few years away.
 Eloy by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.86 | 226 ratings

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Eloy
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ELOY's debut album clearly stands apart from their later opus, in that it contains almost zero space/SF references, for which they would come to be well known and respected in the following years. This is a basic, heavy prog sound, more rooted in the bluesy hard rock than in prog. Heavy guitar riffs and solo parts are overwhelming, reminding sometimes of Rory Gallagher's TASTE lengthy improvisations. This is a fine rocking effort but some extended tracks sound a bit underdeveloped and repetitive. British heavy rock acts of the era were obviously influencing the ELOY's songwriting - the closer "Dillus Roady" is based on the guitar riff that was practically lifted from URIAH HEEP's "Gypsy" - which is not a bad thing per se. However, in order to come up with their own original ideas and identity ELOY had to work a bit harder, changing the band line-up in the process. This is a good heavy rock album but is not something essential.
 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.21 | 904 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Scorpius

5 stars Eloys' "Oceans" was my introduction into the band, right next to "Silent Cries...", and has become one of my favorite Prog records over the years. Pink Floyd was my first taste of space rock, but Oceans showed me what an entire album of tripping through space and time was like. I wasn't too sure I would enjoy the vocals at first, but they do grow on you after a while. While the vocals department may be lacking, the band makes up for it in the instrumentation. Synthesizers and screeching guitars carry you into the album like a riptide dragging a helpless swimmer out to sea. The first 3 tracks of this 4 part album are prog majesty, while the 4th track is alright. It drags on with monotone commentary for 1/3 of the song, but once the band comes in, they explode with full force. No record is perfect, but this one is damn near close. 5/5 stars for me.

Best Track: Poseidons' Creation

Worst Track: Atlantis' Agony...

 Wings Of Vision / Sunset by ELOY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.54 | 9 ratings

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Wings Of Vision / Sunset
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This 1980 single is a bit different from what you expect out of Eloy. "Wings of Vision" is an obvious attempt at sounding just like Duke-era Genesis, which happen to come out roughly the same time. It's really funny to hear Frank Bornemann attempt to sing like Phil Collins, but in the end still sound like Frank Bornemann. Even Hannes Folberth attempts some Tony Banks-type keyboards, but from his synths, but then there's a spacy break that's undeniably Eloy. I was really tripping out that Eloy would go Genesis on us like that. You can tell Jim McGillivray's style is his own, he doesn't attempt to imitate Phil Collins' drumming. As for the B-Side, "Sunset", it's a short instrumental synth-piece, already found on Colours, so if you have Colours, no surprises here as it's directly taken from the album.

I can see not everyone will like "Wings of Vision", but I do, but just think of it a Duke-era Genesis song done by Eloy, and you'll be fine.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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