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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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Eloy biography
Founded in Hannover, Germany in 1969 - Several hiatuses in the 80's and 90's - Still active as of 2019

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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2.91 | 299 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.79 | 514 ratings
Inside
1973
3.77 | 504 ratings
Floating
1974
3.69 | 509 ratings
Power and the Passion
1975
4.05 | 718 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.21 | 1240 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.06 | 754 ratings
Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
1979
3.70 | 500 ratings
Colours
1980
3.99 | 528 ratings
Planets
1981
3.85 | 455 ratings
Time to Turn
1982
2.88 | 268 ratings
Performance
1983
3.17 | 320 ratings
Metromania
1984
2.03 | 102 ratings
Codename Wildgeese (OST)
1984
2.79 | 250 ratings
Ra
1988
2.61 | 208 ratings
Destination
1992
3.51 | 258 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.75 | 339 ratings
Ocean 2 - The Answer
1998
3.28 | 285 ratings
Visionary
2009
3.23 | 156 ratings
The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre - Part I
2017
2.83 | 90 ratings
The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre - Part II
2019
3.50 | 71 ratings
Echoes from the Past
2023

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

4.04 | 181 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.31 | 117 ratings
Reincarnation on Stage
2014

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

3.79 | 48 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
3.90 | 21 ratings
Live Impressions
2013

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

4.04 | 19 ratings
Wings of Vision
1982
3.14 | 35 ratings
Rarities
1991
3.60 | 73 ratings
Chronicles I
1993
2.42 | 58 ratings
Chronicles II
1994
4.02 | 31 ratings
The Best of Eloy Vol. 1 - The Early Days 1972-1975
1994
4.75 | 4 ratings
Best
1994
3.57 | 20 ratings
The Best of Eloy Vol. 2 - The Prime 1976-1979
1996
2.73 | 19 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2000
2.80 | 24 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best of Eloy
2003
4.81 | 17 ratings
Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
3.50 | 6 ratings
Essential
2012
4.63 | 16 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power and the Passion / Dawn
2012
4.81 | 12 ratings
The Classic Years Trilogy - Box
2019
4.00 | 3 ratings
Long Progressive History
2020

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

3.11 | 9 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.25 | 14 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.90 | 16 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
4.11 | 19 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
1980
2.60 | 11 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
1980
3.83 | 12 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
1982
3.88 | 8 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.96 | 14 ratings
Fools
1983
2.71 | 7 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.36 | 11 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.36 | 13 ratings
Rainbow
1988
2.83 | 12 ratings
Call of the Wild
1992
2.78 | 9 ratings
Fire And Ice
1992
2.75 | 8 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
1994
3.05 | 10 ratings
Childhood Memories
1995
3.08 | 15 ratings
The Answer
1998
3.15 | 18 ratings
The Challenge
2009

ELOY Reviews


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 Codename Wildgeese (OST) by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.03 | 102 ratings

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Codename Wildgeese (OST)
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars A somewhat dispensable accompaniment to a wholly dispensable film, "Codename Wildgeese" sounds even less like a shoot up em soundtrack than it does like an ELOY album. In fact, while it virtually lacks a rock aspect other than one dreadful vocal number ("Queen of Rock and Roll") and a serviceable instrumental ("Juke-Box"), the synth sounds are not entirely removed from those being made on the contemporaneous ELOY issues of the day, neither of which I would ever consider as peak period for this monster German symphonic group. What it lacks is any attempt at actual composition, which perhaps might have to do with Frank Bornemann's absenteeism.

Codename Wildgeese is mostly an amalgamation of short synth pieces that at their worst approach supermarket new age music and at their best, such as in "On the Edge", recall GOBLIN. "Patrol" , "Discovery" and the Hong Kong themes are competent if routine instrumentals that could easily be fillers on ELOY or PETE BARDENS albums, which isn't the worst idea, while "A Long Goodbye" is somewhat more engaging with faux synths that are reminiscent of....I'm drawing a blank. For the rest, ick. Still much better than the film I'd wager.

I can't really award this 3 stars but it's not far off 2.5 to be honest, and much better than I expected. But what eventually tips the scales is that it's really for fans like me who have every other ELOY studio album and are fed up with wondering how bad this could be. Codename mediocre.

 Echoes from the Past by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.50 | 71 ratings

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Echoes from the Past
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Nothing lowers expectations for the final part of a Jeanne D'Arc trilogy than 2 dreadful previous installments. Just the fact that this is the end justifies an extra half star, not to mention that the title is a vast improvement over "The Vision the Sword and the Pyre Part 3" for instance. But "Echoes from the Past" is even better for the almost total lack of spoken parts which infected its predecessors, greater emphasis on keyboards, and an improvement in the dynamics of the compositions.

Frank Bornemann's voice remains problematic for its 4 note breadth and most of these "tunes" are structured to let him run wild in that range, but too often the instrumental passages are treated as if they too are stifled by age when they should have offered much needed contrast. Still, if "Compassion for Misery" doesn't really develop, it sounds voluptuous in that "Colours" era sort of way, and "Farewell" is so direct and unadorned that it could have subbed for the entire trilogy, if only. In between, the title cut and "Warning Signs" thrive on savvy guitar and bass hooks. A couple of recycled themes surface from "Ocean" and "Ocean 2" make appearances and that's just fine.

Not that "Visionary" was all that good, but this is almost its equal, so I will now echo my previous action and round up. OK Eloy.

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.21 | 1240 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by YoungBoomer

5 stars Eloy is the most underrated prog rock band ever,other Eloy's albums are great but this album is the best Eloy album.Some of the best concept album in prog,Frank Bornemann's voice is little annoying but its just fine.Poseidon's Creation is great beginning for a album,Incarnation of Logos is freaking epic song,Decay of Logos in my opinion is the best eloy song ever,but the last song in the album Atlantis' Agony At June 5th, 8498, 13 p.m. Gregorian Earthtime is to boring.But i think this album is still the best Eloy album and this album has a freaking cool album cover
 Destination by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.61 | 208 ratings

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Destination
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars Eloy from the 90's is quite different from the 80's. It has a more rocking character, less focus on keyboards and a more lively sound. You could say the instruments are more balanced.

Eloy fell, however, into a trap that many older bands do - they simplify their overall sound and show clear lack of creativity. Apart from the more balanced sound, the only further advantage is improved singing.

In fact, never before has the vocal been so good, ot let's say, so little distracting as now. For fans of Eloy, try it out, the prog fans - you will likely be disappointed by the severe lacking of keyboards.

 Metromania by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.17 | 320 ratings

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Metromania
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars The biggest change between this and "Performance" is a more dated sound here, typical for the artificial production of mid 80's. The contents is not bad but has less in common with prog than before.

These are for a prog-band, relatively safely played compositions with little adventure. "Seeds of creation" features a catchy melody. The only moderately interesting prog-tinged composition is "Follow the light", ironically, more for its

composition mote than its playing. "Metromania" is an attempt at electronic prog in the 80's dress. And it succeeds.

Overall, not a lot of pleasure to listen to this and no wonder they called it a quite for some time.

 Performance by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.88 | 268 ratings

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Performance
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars A big stylistic shift on this release even though the crew remained the same. This is a pop/rock with some prog rock echoes fully rooted in the European 80's world. Instrumental moments are shorter but still dispersed over the record.

Vocals are actually quite pleaseant in this music setting. "Shadow and light" has good atmospheric keyboards. "Mirador" is a synth-led short song, quite a honour to listen to in 1983.

"Heartbeat" is perhaps the epic of the album thanks to dynamic changes and various synth moods. "A broken frame" is a long composition but relatively static with clear melody but a couple of minutes too long.

 Time to Turn by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.85 | 455 ratings

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Time to Turn
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Possibly the last of the golden era. Eloy was turning less adventureous with coming years but they still maintained a high degree of artistic quality and elements for a prog listener.

I appreciate the acquired taste of painting atmosphere which is not easy when the overall complexity is decreasing. I think at this point, German new-wave bands could have look up at Eloy's last 3 albums and get inspiration on how to play floating keyboards.

"End of an odyssey" is maybe a progressive good-bye by the band strengthened by dilligent drumming and synth explorations in the beginning. For 1982, it's not an overstatement to say that this is a kayboard odyssey, not being flamboyant but still relatively symphonic.

 Planets by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.99 | 528 ratings

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Planets
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Eloy took a more concise and streamlined approach starting from this album. There's nothing to blame them for - times were changing, the keyboard world was preferring synths now; long compositions were considered dated.

Eloy were still more progressive at this stage than 80% of their contemporaries from the 70's. We still have instrumental moments especially when keyboards lead the pack such as on "On the verge of darkening" that actually only has the rhythm and vocals

that signal the 80's had started. I like stronger atmospheric feeling by the synths that was for example very evident in the central European progressive rock scene (SBB, Collegium Musicum, Blue Effect).

However, in case of Eloy, it was less connected to melancholy or feelings of nostalgia but some moments are more reflective. The compositions are solid and more memorable at first listen.

As we are getting to the end, we have more pop elements such as on "Sphinx" that would instrumentally not be out of place on "Abacab", I really like how the band combined the prog synths with straightforward melody and beats.

 Colours by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.70 | 500 ratings

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Colours
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Eloy entered the 80's with a change in their line-up with 3 changes on the guitars, keyboards and drums. I think they are all competent players and musicians as there isn't a big shift in the music.

The first track of the album reminds of Alan Parson Project and is a good start. We're confronted with tasty keyboards, well supporting bass and drums and even some more exotic instruments such as flute.

Overall, melodies are less memorable despite higher presence of vocals and if I remember some motives then it is thanks to keyboards. "Child migration" is an excellent progressive track not only by the band standards but also considering its year.

THe moog runs and synth moods in this track are very satisfying. To add another positive note, I find the vocals on this album less annoying than before.

This is yet another great album by Eloy with a lot of landscapes, routes and layers to explore.

 Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.06 | 754 ratings

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Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars This album is more dynamic than "Echoes" and brings more space for guitar playing - no return to hard rock but a tasteful team-friendly playing. The band has stepped down slightly from its cloudy heights to provide more melody

and accessibility to a less demanding listener. "Mighty echoes" is an evidence of it, with clear leading motive and surrounding structure with reach keyboards. Overall keyboard playing is still strong and I don't mind the lack of soloing; it's sufficient to hear

changing keyboard sounds and layers. As with previous albums, the second track is my favourite, once again, quite full of dynamic changes and ideas.

Somehow, singing is less irritating to me than on their previous albums so all in all, it rounds up to 4 stars.

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