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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Destination Ra and Metromania

Originally released a year on from volume 1, "Chronicles II" is a slightly different animal compared to its predecessor. While the first set saw former members of the band reconvene to record new versions of old album tracks, this is by and large a conventional compilation. The reason given for the new versions of the tracks on volume 1 was in order to take advantage of the new technologies available. Since this set draws all of its tracks from three then recent albums ("Metromania", "Ra" and "Destination"), it was felt that only those from "Metromania" required refreshing. The tracks from the other two albums are remastered, but otherwise identical to the originals (despite the notation on the cover).

While the 10 tracks included here are enjoyable, they need to be heard in the context of coming from a relative low point in Eloy's history. Frank Bornemann was finally succumbing to the lure of commercial success, and the tracks on these three albums are generally more accessible with leanings towards AOR. "Rainbow" for example is a beautiful piece, but it is some distance from the symphonic prog of "Ocean".

In fairness, the tracks included here probably do represent the best of these three albums, and as such this compilation makes for a good listen. Do not make the mistake though of hearing this album and assuming it represents any sort of "Best of Eloy".

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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