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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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2.81 | 187 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.73 | 318 ratings
Inside
1973
3.71 | 311 ratings
Floating
1974
3.63 | 317 ratings
Power And The Passion
1975
4.04 | 460 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.23 | 743 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.02 | 467 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
1979
3.71 | 330 ratings
Colours
1980
4.01 | 363 ratings
Planets
1981
3.88 | 292 ratings
Time To Turn
1982
2.81 | 156 ratings
Performance
1983
3.10 | 196 ratings
Metromania
1984
1.95 | 62 ratings
Codename Wildgeese
1985
2.80 | 161 ratings
Ra
1988
2.60 | 136 ratings
Destination
1992
3.50 | 173 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.79 | 227 ratings
Ocean 2: The Answer
1998
3.29 | 205 ratings
Visionary
2009

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

4.03 | 128 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.30 | 64 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage
2014

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

3.64 | 27 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
4.33 | 6 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Essential
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
2012

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

2.00 | 3 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.05 | 6 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.09 | 6 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
3.78 | 9 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.76 | 8 ratings
Fools
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.50 | 4 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.27 | 6 ratings
Rainbow
1988
2.60 | 5 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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 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.02 | 467 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
4.23 | 743 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
2.80 | 161 ratings

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Ra
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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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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 Dawn by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.04 | 460 ratings

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Dawn
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Due to inner conflicts, caused by the band's manager Jay Partridge, Eloy folded in 1975.Randow and Janssen went on to join Hard Rock veterans Epitaph, while Wieczorke became a member of Firehorse among others.The Harvest label though encouraged Bornemann to rebuild his brainchild and early in the next year he recruited ex-Getriebe Detlev Schmidtchen on keyboards, Klaus-Peter Matziol on bass and former Scorpions drummer Juergen Rosenthal.The revived Eloy revisited the Studios Nedeltschev in August 76' and a month later the new album ''Dawn'' was ready for launch.It was finally released in December of the same year.

This was another concept album, which appears to have tight links with the storyline of the previous work, with Rosenthal instantly becoming a contributor to the band's lyrics.Musically it comes a step closer to a more refined style in the realms of Space/Symphonic Rock with the group starting to recall the similar albums of PINK FLOYD, without losing the integrity of the typical Kraut Rock act their fans loved during their early days.Schmidtchen was already known for his Classical and symphonic vibes and his addition provided the Germans with a keyboard work, which was very spacious and symphonic at the same time, strengthened by the presence of some orchestral soundscapes.While he was awarded with a variety of keyboard equipments, his minimoog and synthesizers prevail in the album for the creation of a floating atmosphere, which was a nice complement to Bornemann's psychedelic guitar parts.However the heavier guitar tones appear to reduce with each album and Eloy seem to move away from their Heavy Rock roots with each release.''Dawn'' was definitely the most symphonic of all Eloy albums at the time, containing a few Classical intros or outros on synths and organ and atmospheric backdrops throughout the tracks.The song structure was now a combination of psychedelic tunes, synth-drenched textures and symphonic nuances, while there are occasional breaks into more powerful moments with an extremely solid rhythm section and touches of Bornemann's past guitar stylings.His vocals are now displayed in a more storytelling style, which appear to be a good fit for his average voice, while the bass lines are delivered in deep, hypnotic grooves for an obvious tendency towards atmospheric progressive music.

The German PINK FLOYD, not a copy of course, Eloy were more symphonic than their English parallel and they still revisited their psychedelic rhythms of ''Floating'' and ''Inside'' for a personal and attractive progressive style of their own.''Dawn'' is a good example of this sound and a strongly recommended album...3.5 stars.

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 Reincarnation On Stage by ELOY album cover Live, 2014
4.30 | 64 ratings

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Reincarnation On Stage
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

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

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

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 Planets by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.01 | 363 ratings

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Planets
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars My fourth Eloy album after "Floating", "Dawn", and "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes", I was leery about the release date being 1981. Was I going to hear a lot of 80's-styled synth-pop weakly disguised as prog? Surprisingly, no.

"Introduction" to this allegory of good and evil fighting for control of a shining population of an planet is a simple spacey synthesizer instrumental. "On the Verge of Darkening Light" launches us into the album proper and I find the similarities to the sound of "Silent Cries" remarkable. It's as if the feast of new sonic delicacies that became available (for better or for worse) in the 80's had not yet reached the Eloy menu. The rock guitar is kept to minimum space in order to exploit the keyboard sounds more. The song takes on a symphonic prog feel near the end. The last 35 seconds or so sound like a separate track that serves as a transitional instrumental that takes us into "Point of No Return". This song has more weight to it with some simple heavy rock chords, but the synth-weighted approach is maintained. This has become my favourite track on the album.

"Mysterious Monolith" begins with an organ sound which is accompanied by a spacey synthesizer bit, and soon bass and organ again. In between the vocal parts are passages of guitar and synthesizer with a nice melody. There's an interesting synth-fuelled instrumental ending with solid bass and drum backing. The guitar is once again almost nonexistent, a big difference from "Floating".

Side two begins with "Queen of the Night", which for me is another song worthy of mention. It begins with piano and vocals and then a string section comes in. Next the drums and guitars make their entrance and then a chorus of female background singers. There's a distinct late-70's feel here with a groove that sounds like disco rock without the dance part. There's a by-now-obligatory synthesizer solo before the male vocals return with the rock band and strings. The finale is dramatic with the string section hard at it.

"At the Gates of Dawn" is a mood-setting instrumental piece with piano, clean electric guitar, synthesizer, bass, and percussion but no drums. It seems to suit very well the early 80's planet theme. Strings join in again and though it's nothing to tell your cousin in Denmark about, the track fits in nicely on the album. We're back to the ball game with "Sphinx" and an intro that sounds like Alan Parsons Project going heavy. It would almost make for a good heavy metal tune; however, the synthesizer, bass, and drums still figure in prominently. In the middle we receive a nod to "Goodbye Cruel World" from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" with a simple two-note bass line. The music is, however, a little more tense than sedate. After a short but simple drum break, we are back to the song, which soon begins to fade out with cosmic winds blowing in.

The closing track of the album, "Carried by Cosmic Winds" has a good composed-for- synthesizer introduction. There's the synthesizer-bass-drum band but the guitar player has gone home. A violin joins after the vocal parts and perhaps a second one follows. There is a swift dramatic conclusion and the album reaches its close.

The music here is nothing too complex and relies heavily on synthesizer and keyboards. It's very different from "Inside" and "Floating", but also thankfully not too much like the music of the early 80's. It sounds firmly and thickly stuck in 1978 for the most part. A very good album given the times and certainly one Eloy fans are likely to praise.

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 Power And The Passion by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.63 | 317 ratings

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Power And The Passion
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by psychprog1

3 stars This is an atmospheric album, but I would generally call it "poor man's prog"... I remember, around 34 years ago, when Eloy came to my country and this album became an "icon" for local prog fans. I believe this was the first ever concert by a foreign prog band in this country (people from my country must have just guessed what I'm talking about), and I definitely understand why Eloy LPs like this one have been so much worshipped around here.

But... I cannot disregard the flat vocals, the awkward lyrics, the poor and complacent playing which is more or less derivative of Jethro Tull and the like.

I still enjoy listening to it myself sometimes but I would find it naive to praise it a lot, as there are hundreds of pleasant prog LPs like this one.

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 Eloy by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.81 | 187 ratings

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Eloy
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by presdoug

5 stars Wow, this album impressed me from the get go. It is not much heralded by fans of the band, so I wondered what i was getting into, but was pleasantly pleased with the sonic result.

This self titled debut album is definitely a showcase of the band's heavy prog past, with a tiny bit of spaciness thrown in for good measure. And this is REALLY great heavy prog at that. The songs are cerebral, a touch quirky, but never trite, always holding your interest with their nifty time changes and such. And the atmosphere created is real krautrock, back when the term just meant "German rock"-i really dig the early seventies, continental European vibe to "Eloy".

I love this record. I never thought that they would surpass their second opus "Inside", but the debut holds it's own with that great second album of theirs. The songs are complex enough that one can come back to this recording over and over without loosing interest in the cohesive spirit it displays. I feel the recording is good enough to warrant the designation "essential". Five stars.

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 Power And The Passion by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.63 | 317 ratings

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Power And The Passion
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars As concept albums were in fashion among Prog Rock acts of the 70's, Eloy's Frank Bornemann did not want to stay out of the game.Based on Gordon Bennit's scripts, the band invented a story about a character named Jamie, who took advantage of his father experiments and travelled through time, landing in Paris of 1358 and living a love story with a girl named Jeanne, who was suffering in the hands of the evil Zany Magician.It is rumored Eloy originally worked on a double-vinyl release, eventually ''Power and the Passion'' was released on Harvest during the second half of the 70's as a single LP.The album was recorded at Tonstudio Nedeltschev in Cologne during the summer of the same year, while Eloy had added another guitarist in the line-up, Detlev Schwaar.

Not only ''Power and the Passion'' was a new trend for the band regarding its concept story, but musically it finds the Germans in a rather transitional period.Of course the first few tracks present Eloy in their already familiar style of Heavy/Kraut Rock, based on the fiery riffs and the excellent organ moves, adding a bit of a Classical influence in some moments, and always highlighted by Bornemann's rusty voice.As the album and the story unfolds a new side of the group is progressively unleashed.The longer tracks feature extended Space/Symphonic Rock instrumentals with narrations and prominent use of synthesizers, delivering cosmic explorations and unique atmospheres.In the name of the concept the album develops a mix of old and new Eloy styilings, blending heavy parts with an organic sound with more psychedelic soundscapes, serving the mood of the concept.Wieczorke is credited a Mellotron in the album's notes, but ear experts insist on hearing a string synth instead, whatever it is its addition makes the sound of Eloy more dark and ethereal in the place of the more bombastic Hammond organ.The new elements do not stop here, grand and electric piano are also introduced with the sweet ''Thoughts Of Home'' being a nice example, though it much more resembles to a Horner clavinet.There are pretty nice changes, depending on the character and event each track refers to, with ''The Bells of Notre Dame'' being an absolutely great closing piece, featuring a spacey, orchestral approach based on string synthesizer and Bronermann's psychedelic guitars leading to a developing, grandiose outro, as our character Jamie returns back to present with the nostalgic sound of the bells reminding of his beloved Jeanne.

A very good attempt from Eloy in the concept fields.The new sound of the group is quite enganging with impressive shifts between hypnotic, storytelling lines and sharp Heavy Prog runs.Strongly recommended, even if you love the elder Eloy offerings...3.5 stars.

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 Time To Turn by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.88 | 292 ratings

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Time To Turn
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sinslice

4 stars From the excellent Dawn, Eloy definitely forged his unique sound. Obviously, with influences from various sources, but with its distinctive touch. Indeed, the golden age was from Dawn to this outstanding Time to Turn. From here, only Ocean II was at the same height musical.

Time to Turn is mature, compact and transcendent. It isn┤t an innovative product with reference to the previous albums, but continues in the same musical and lyrical line. The sound is reminiscent of the 80's, the remastered version is excellent. There is a wonderful interplay Between Bass Guitar, Keyboards and Guitars.

End of an Odyssey, Behind the Walls of Imagination and Through Somber Galaxy are essential classics of this particular band, which should be much more appreciated and recognized that it already is.

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