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INSIDE

Eloy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.78 | 441 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Don't be fooled by my fellow reviewers' quick dismissal of the Eloy's debut album and saying that this is their first real album. Inside is indeed their proud second album and I don't care what Dictator Bornemann has to say about it, but this second album is the logical successor to their first album, and to make matters best, it was released on the German branch of harvest. Sure, Bornemann is already busy bullying his mate, kicking the singer out, taking advantage of the turmoil to do the same to the drummer and the bassist barely surviving this album, forcing the last remaining to change instrument, from the . Sounds like a different group, right?

Actually not that much, because musically there is plenty to relmind us of the Hammond-driven hard prog of their debut but evolving into a proggier and spacier sound. We've still got plenty of influences Uriah Heep, to which you can add Deep Purple, early post-Barrett Floyd and even some great Golden Earring intonations (like the opening track, especially once the singing gets started) and would you believe even Tull in Future City.

The highlight of the album is of course the sidelong Land Of No Body, where the bands shows us their cosmic-psych chops filled with histrionics and everything alse to make it a classic. The flipside's three songs are no less enthralling, even if Up & Down has the guitarist singing.

Like all of the remasters of 99, Inside received its re-touched booklet, including German-only sleevenotes, extra-piccies, two short bonus tracks from a 73 non-album single and printed English-only lyrics, but the artwork got tampered with as the late 70's logo replaced the band's name somewhere else.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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