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Founded in Hannover, Germany in 1969 - Several hiatuses in the 80's and 90's - Still active as of 2017

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 discography

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ELOY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.89 | 248 ratings
3.78 | 412 ratings
3.74 | 403 ratings
3.66 | 419 ratings
Power And The Passion
4.06 | 594 ratings
4.22 | 1025 ratings
4.03 | 611 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
3.70 | 422 ratings
4.00 | 449 ratings
3.86 | 375 ratings
Time To Turn
2.84 | 219 ratings
3.15 | 263 ratings
1.98 | 82 ratings
Codename Wildgeese (OST)
2.80 | 215 ratings
2.61 | 175 ratings
3.52 | 213 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
3.75 | 283 ratings
Ocean 2 - The Answer
3.29 | 249 ratings
3.56 | 108 ratings
The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I

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

4.03 | 160 ratings
Eloy Live
4.33 | 99 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage

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

3.74 | 41 ratings
The Legacy Box
3.94 | 16 ratings
Live Impressions

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

4.06 | 15 ratings
Wings Of Vision
3.08 | 29 ratings
3.57 | 59 ratings
Chronicles I
2.31 | 46 ratings
Chronicles II
4.05 | 27 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 1 The Early Days 1972-1975
5.00 | 2 ratings
3.55 | 17 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 2 The Prime 1976-1979
2.62 | 14 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2.76 | 22 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best Of Eloy
4.82 | 9 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
3.50 | 4 ratings
4.70 | 8 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Classic Years Trilogy - Box

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

2.80 | 5 ratings
Walk Alone
2.13 | 10 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
2.86 | 11 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
4.07 | 14 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
2.44 | 7 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
3.71 | 7 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
3.75 | 4 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
2.89 | 10 ratings
2.50 | 4 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
2.29 | 7 ratings
2.33 | 9 ratings
2.86 | 7 ratings
Call Of The Wild
2.60 | 5 ratings
Fire And Ice
2.50 | 4 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
3.00 | 6 ratings
Childhood Memories
3.00 | 11 ratings
The Answer
3.13 | 14 ratings
The Challenge

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 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.03 | 611 ratings

Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Trevere

4 stars The ending of the '70s was admittedly not very kind to progressive rock. With the exception of few albums such as Rush's Hemispheres, Pink Floyd's The Wall and Steve Hackett's Spectral Mornings, the scene had lost its initial levels of creativity, enthusiasm and innovation. Old-school psychedelia was giving its place to the synthesizers and those who couldn't embrace the change, as in real life, perished.

Despite the above, one band that found its form during that period was Eloy. Releasing their strongest material from 1976 until the end of the decade, Eloy combined the sound of Pink Floyd with a few elements that characterized their country of origin, Germany. The outcome was a highly atmospheric form of progressive/space rock. If the word space brings Hawkwind to your mind, Eloy will probably surprise you as they're not as energetic as the Brit pioneers even though arguably equally cosmic; if Hawkwind makes you feel like moving in space similarly to a meteor or a comet, Eloy feels like a cloud of dust particles floating peacefully.

Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes followed the band's magnum opus and at first glance shares a few similarities with its predecessor and the previous material from the band (with the exception of Dawn), in that it comprises of a low number of long compositions. However, it is less dark and epic than Ocean as the feeling that prevails here is that of melancholy. From the very first notes of opener "Astral Entrance", the listener can feel the resemblance to Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and even though for some this is a drawback, it creates a sense of familiarity. After the first three minutes of the song, Eloy depart on a journey of their own with emphasis on creating a dronish ambiance. The selling point of the album is definitely the use of keys in terms of sounds, melodies and eventually creating a very compelling atmosphere. Talking about keys, one of their most brilliant uses can be found on album highlight "The Apocalypse". A suite, extending for almost 15 minutes with an incredible mid-section that features choral and female vocals and evokes images of flying over the ocean at dawn, or floating in space.

The guitar work of Frank Bornemann with timely leads and fitting solos flies regularly under the radar whereas the exotic nature of his voice contributes to the trippy nature of the album. His German origin is very evident, with an accent that brings to mind Klaus Meine during the early days of Scorpions, while his vocals are a blend of reciting and singing. At moments, the similarity to Pink Floyd or a less commercial version of The Alan Parsons Project's ambient moments is glaring but the heavy use of synths along with the distinctive vocals separate Eloy from the said bands. It's also worth to be noted that even though the album begins with two lengthy suites, the emphasis is on songwriting rather than indulgence so the music doesn't become tiresome. Probably for that reason, the band placed a more energetic song in the middle of the album; "Pilot to Paradise" with its pulsating rhythm and grandiose finish with synth and guitar is a refreshing change of pace before Eloy go into semi-Wish You Were Here mode again. The start of it is rather unspectacular though, as "De Labore Solis" never quite picks up which results in a relaxing yet quite flat listen. Album closer "Mighty Echoes" with an opening key melody that would fit in nicely in a dungeon synth record and a riff that suspiciously or maybe intentionally brings to mind that on the first half of Floyd's "Echoes", is a very fitting end to an album that might not impress with its innovation but certainly draws the listener with its undeniable atmosphere.

Lastly, the band's similarity to Pink Floyd has always been the elephant in the room, so whether one enjoys Eloy also depends on if s/he can accept that. However, Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes with its calm and introspective nature is still essential Eloy or even space rock just for its brilliant use of keys, the soundscapes they create and imagery they can evoke.

 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.22 | 1025 ratings

Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Trevere

4 stars As the ambitions and instrumental scope of rock musicians increased throughout the late '60s and early 1970s, an inclination towards bombastic songwriting and "pretentious" concept albums was becoming more obvious. Progressive and krautrock groups, especially those hailing from Europe, were the most appropriate vehicles for such things, and the results were both cringe-worthy and magnificent. Some groups obviously couldn't match ambition with decent songwriting, (see: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) and eventually gave the lesser-known, and generally better, musicians a bad reputation.

Eloy's Ocean, with one of the most recognizable gatefold covers of the decade, is a good representation of the latter. Though their early albums were standard slabs of progressive rock, Eloy's songwriting capabilities grew with each lineup change and album. To many (including myself), Ocean is the group's apex; here they seamlessly shift between esoteric spoken word, watery ambience, and choirs of synthesizers, recanting the rise and fall of Atlantis. You really don't need to hear more about the story than that.

Nearly five minutes pass before Frank Bornemann's accented voice announces the creation of Poseidon, speak-singing "When the mighty sons of the spheres beyond / Distributed the elements of earth / They laid down the foundation-stone / Of highest spiritual birth." Ending with choral sighs, "Poseidon's Creation" segues into "Incarnation of the Logos," which begins with the slow thump of bass drum and hovering, ominous synthesizer chords. Eventually the band launch into what can only be described as science fiction rock; the main keyboard melody wouldn't be out of place in an episode of the Twilight Zone.

If you're just starving for an echoing monologue, than you won't be disappointed with "Atlantis' Agony at June 5th - 8498, 13 P.M. Gregorian Earthtime." Over half of the song consists of spoken word and dark ambience, before Eloy launch into more spacey progressive rock. Cascading drum rolls, laser-ish guitar, and ever-present soundscapes close Ocean on a modest note. Maybe that's what make's Ocean so enjoyable; despite containing themes and ideas that most bands of the era would butcher, Eloy were able to make a flamboyant album that is accessible and worthy of repeated listening.

 Floating by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.74 | 403 ratings

Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by steelyhead

4 stars For some reason I have never listened to this album before, I never had It back in time and was in love with their other productions but, I found It and gave it a try. This is an excellent addition to my prog collection, the band is still searching but all the elements are there if You love Eloy: funny English words, good guitar once in a while and the keys majestic all over the album. The Light from Deep Darkness is an epic journey worth of your time, anytime. So this is one of the albums I will keep spinning all year long for old times sake.
 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.03 | 611 ratings

Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4.25: The eight album by Eloy, it was released in 1979. After hearing completely Ocean, I was exciting to know more material of this band, so I decided to take the next best reviewed. This album continues to have the style of the previous masterpiece, however it is not as good as that previous one. The lyrics mainly talks about the origin and purpose of mankind, they are well done and presented, although the way they are sung is not the best. Musically, it mainly contains really good synth and keyboard passages, in fact at some point they remind me to the floydian music, a lot of space rock and some heavy rock is presented, although he last one is less frequent that in the previous one. I considered it a good addition to any prog list, it has really good moments, and keep you entertained, but it is not a must to have.
 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.22 | 1025 ratings

Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 4.75 The sixth album by the german band Eloy, the most critical acclaimed here in the community. I have to say that even I already had heard some songs of this band, and considered them really good, I never got into the albums. It is nice to hear a really good space rock album, it is difficult for me to find something like that, the only ones that have made that are obviously Pink Floyd, and Nektar, and some krautrock bands. but Eloy is now beside them. THis album talks about creation of mankind, the genesis, some history of Greek gods and a devastation that human suffered in Atlantis, as I understood. The vocals are not the best, but I have not complaints. Musically it is very good, mainly the first part with the keyboard passages, the second part although is good it can feel repetitive, from this side I prefer the final track, Atlantis Agony. Finally, I have to say that this is a masterpiece of space rock and every prog collector must to have it.
 Rarities by ELOY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
3.08 | 29 ratings

Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars While some of these tracks were indeed rarities at the time of this release in the early 1990s, most have those since appeared as bonus tracks. For instance, "Daybreak" and "On the Road", now available as adjunct pieces on "Inside" (1973), seem to occupy the not insignificant gulf between "Eloy" (1971) and that superb outing, being DEEP PURPLE influenced but with a slightly cosmic bent. "Daybreak" even sounds like it has some real strings to offset the chugging organ driven theme. "On the Road" includes vocals but is otherwise not dissimilar, with more predominant lead guitars.

For those who prefer ELOY's mid period glory days (1976-1982), the version of "Child Migration" is an antecedent to the one that appeared on "Colours". While not nearly as compelling, for indeed the fully formed version is one of ELOY's masterpieces, it still showcases the band's songwriting acumen at that point in time, and is different enough to be considered on its own merits. Along with "Let the Sun Rise in Your Brain", it is now available as bonus track to "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes". "Let the Sun Rise.." is a superb flute dominated song that reflects its lineage to "Colours". Another one from the same era is "Wings of Vision", a synth pop tune that is now a bonus track on "Colours". It appears here in 2 barely different versions, and probably won't excite many, although it's certainly no worse than what contemporaneous GENESIS was churning out, which isn't exactly high praise I know.

It seems that, even at the time, the record company suits had to scramble to find true rarities to pad this out to 45 minutes, and they failed, as "Horizons", "Illuminations", and "Sunset" are all extracted verbatim from "Colours" while "Silhouette" sounds like a single version of the song from the same album. "Time to Turn" and the abbreviated "Through a Somber Galaxy" are from the excellent "Time to Turn". "The Stranger" is oddly from "Metromania", a 1984 release that is not nearly as rare as its fans. Luckily, it sounds somewhat better removed from its compatriots.

I suppose some ELOY fans might covet the cachet of ownership here, particularly in vinyl form. This also isn't the worst place to acquire the taste for ELOY, although I would still recommend "Chronicles" if you want to go the compilation route for initiation to this legendary band.

 The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.56 | 108 ratings

The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars If you found the most fascinating part of ELOY's classic album "Ocean" to be the narrative of "Atlantis Agony", then stop reading NOW and go buy their latest release. Here on part 1 of what is already an interminable series, ELOY has not only perfected the drone of those spoken parts but has expanded it to include most of the purportedly "sung" sections. Moreover, while I was not a proponent of the previous Jeanne D'Arc escapades on prior ELOY albums, it's rather telling that the most indelible melody in over 60 minutes running time is recycled from "The Company of Angels", one of the more average numbers on a much better album from 1994, "The Tides Return Forever".

If this was a soundtrack to a film about Miss Joan, I might leave the theatre with a lukewarm impression of the music, but, without those visuals, all I can acknowledge is snippets of interest in a similar vein to the real deal on prior ELOY albums, but without the wisdom with which they were assembled on those releases. "The Vision The Sword and the Pyre" isn't truly awful as music, but as art it's an abject failure, for its perspective on the story being told doesn't even begin to motivate me to learn more about the history and legend behind its protagonist. I'm just sorry she had to remain a virgin for this!

"The Vision the Sword and the Pyre" peddles excess partisanship (how many times do we need to hear how much the poor people were suffering under tyrannical rule?), breaches unwritten limits for self-importance even in prog rock (the one light moment is in the title "The Age of the Hundred Years War"), and commits the gravest sin of interspersing the narrative everywhere, such that no amount of editing can salvage the two or three sparsely interspersed transcendent moments. Even the sung vocals are enunciated with robotic charm, as if all singers were taught their parts phonetically. Unfortunately, this may have much to do with a vastly reduced range in Frank Bornemann's voice, resulting in the neutering of compositions and arrangements. Even so, that doesn't explain the utter lack of memorable instrumental passages, just beguilingly consistent mediocrity from start to finish, with ersatz rhythm guitars and occasional humdrum lead guitar and synth solos. Any individual track might be viewed as a minor misstep on a prior album, but together they are like lemmings who can't reach the precipice fast enough for my own sanity.

I'm an ELOY fan for 25+ years, and, though I've given this epic more time than it deserves, it's not growing on me in a good way. I'm also utterly shocked that so many (but not all) respected websites and reviewers are glowing with praise. For me, this is one of the worst albums in a distinguished career and, as such, merits somewhere between 1 and 2 stars, rounded up because it seems that a lot of fans are on board, but I think that's a triumph of illusion over vision.

 Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours by ELOY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.82 | 9 ratings

Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars

Eloy's music organically ebbs and flows with an ineffaceable virtuosity on 2 of their greatest triumphs. It is difficult to see where the pinnacle of Eloy's career is located but surely it must have been during the mid 70s with 4 masterpieces in a row being churned out, many of which were visionary concept albums; "Floating" (1974), "Power and the Passion" (1975), "Dawn" (1976) and then they stunned us with "Ocean" (1977). One would be forgiven for thinking that these were hard acts to follow and their glory days may be coming to an end. However Eloy had other ideas and created what many consider to be their all time master work, the amazing "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" (1979). Once again it was a massive concept album with some very complex and ingenious passages of music. It is even more stunning as it came in 1979 when prog was beginning to grind to a halt with the upsurgence of new temporary fads of music such as interminable punk and even worse the disco infestation. Nobody, except the very discerning music connoisseur, cared about concept albums and lengthy compositions with time sig changes and virtuoso musicianship. All that was required to get people hyped was a 3 minute song with 3 chords and no singing ability; I present The Sex Pistols. If that was too heavy for you, there was always the booming beat, with orchestra strings, funkadelic bass and manufactured singing; I give you the discoteque scene. As shameful as these musical diversions that lasted a few years were, prog rock had no chance and the synthesizer was about to become the best friend of the 80s, with the rise of new Romanticism and processed artists churned out of a mixing machine in a studio. The artists didn't even need to perform live anymore as lip synching for TV appearances was sufficient and if you couldn't sing, fine as long as you looked pretty and could make girls scream. Again bands like Eloy were doomed. You either jumped on the bandwagon and emulated the next big thing or your career was sunk. One prog band after another sunk without trace to the bottom of the ocean, swallowed up by the craze of the inferior musical landscape of disco and commercialism, and the ones that survived had to transform image and sound or end up also drowned in their own progressive juices. Genesis, Rush, ELP and Yes were victims of the new changes and gained new fans but lost old ones.

Where did Eloy fit into all this? They decided to bite the bullet and produced another concept album with huge progressive delicacies, and the result is one of the best progressive albums of 1979, and indeed one of their triumphs among a plethora of 70s masterpieces. It was to be one of their last crowning achievements, though "Colours" (1980), "Planets" (1981) and "Time to Turn" (1982) proved they still had some excellent musical ideas left in the tank.

"Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" opens with the ominous drone of a synth, with majestic cathedral organ. The opening of 'Astral Entrance' as the soft guitar chimes in, is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's 'Shine On' intro with the same measured tranquil beauty and atmospherics. It builds with 'Master of Sensation', with a faster cadence and strong vocals by Bornemann. His delivery is quite forced with Hawkwind spacey echoes; "It is real, so unreal, it's the magic sign, Make us rise, makes us kneel on the edge of time, Here dwells the lord of creation, Here comes the master of sensation." Even the lyrics by J'rgen Rosenthal have Hawkwind references but no complaints from me as I love that. The instrumental section is dynamic with trade-offs of synth and lead guitar. As usual the heavy use of Hammond is electrifying. The band are incredible when they are in full flight on these instrumental sections. The lead break is awesome and this is a powerful way to open this album on every level.

After an energetic opening the album moves into a tranquil passage of music with a 15 minute suite of songs under the banner of 'The Apocalypse' in 3 sections.

The first part is 'Silent Cries Divide the Nights' and I am almost in tears at the beauty of the music at 1:58. The lead guitar augments the beauty with spacey echoes over a layer of synth pads and a pulsating bassline. The music organically ebbs and flows with an ineffaceable virtuosity. Bornemann's vocals are transfixing on part 2 "The Vision Burning", as he sings of esoteric and high conceptual thoughts of the astral plain of existence; "The air will be afraid of our mortal frame, Ethereal we are, the air we breathe, The storm that's stirring up all fire, I see, our life and limb will still, Not come to harm at the moment, That's the reason why we still think, Of everything to be alright, But our hidden souls already dwell, In seas of flames, red hot solution."

Next up is "Pilot to Paradise" driven by an undulating bassline by Klaus-Peter Matziol and powerhouse keyboard playing. This is a wonderful track and especially exciting due to some glorious vocals and an exuberant tempo. The musicianship is exceptional particularly the keyboard finesse of Detlev Schmidtchen trading off with the soaring guitars of Bornemann.

Overall, "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" is a sensational album, with some of Eloy's best songs of their lengthy career. It is totally killer.

"Colours" is a very good album with a retro sound and some of Eloy's best material. 'Horizons' features the high pitched vocals of guests Edna and Sabine over a quirky time sig driven by keyboards and the hypnotic guitar melodies of Hannes Arkona and Bornemann. 'Illuminations' has familiar Eloy vocals from Frank Bornemann and the strong synth sound of Hannes Folberth. The pace is moderate tempo, and some heavier guitars are heard sounding like Nektar. The riffs are catchy, with terrific guitar work throughout, incredible keyboard solos, and I would say this is a highlight on the album. 'Giant' has a Pink Floyd vibe and some innovative guitars. The keyboard phrases are spacey and it tends to hook into a hypno groove with beatific passages and nice vocals from Bornemann.

'Impressions' has a whimsical feel with beautiful flute sound, keyboards and guitar picking with the vocals taking on a laid back style.

'Child Migration' is a keyboard domination, and the vocals are well executed. I like the way the crunching heavy guitar riff comes in later with an odd time sig. The release of tension into light passages is an outstanding touch, and it drives along with layers of keyboards.

'Gallery' has faster keyboard phrases with an 80s sound but Eloy somehow keep it progressive enough to hold interest.

'Silhouette' is the single and has a Pink Floyd style riff with a rock beat. The vocals are phased and effective. This has a solid melody line and scorching lead guitars.

'Sunset' finishes the album with acoustic vibrations and symphonic synths. The mesmirising beauty of the instrumental is as captivating as the album cover artwork. I would dare to suggest this is one of Eloy's triumphant releases and it certainly caps off the 80s that was devoid of innovation like this for the most part. Eloy managed to capture a modern sound without giving into commercialism and creating an album of progressive virtuosic musicianship.

Overall this 2 album set displays Eloy's virtuoso musicianship and song writing skills. This is a worthy addition to your prog collection and the price is definitely agreeable on this twin album sets.

 Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn by ELOY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
4.70 | 8 ratings

Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars This 4 pack Of Eloy's early material is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in this wonderful prog band. Every album is a classic and definitely worthy of any prog collection. Let's look at each album individually. I stole parts from my own reviews of the albums to do this and it was delightful to revisit them.

Eloy's "Inside" captures the invigorating psychedelic sound of the 70s and it is the band at their most mind blowing in terms of lengthy jamming and trippy musicianship. The opening epic that runs out to 17:20 is a mind tripping psych prog blaster that features some mesmirising musical interludes. There is a lengthy instrumental break that is a freak out of shimmering Hammond, spacey lead guitar and frenetic drumming with a ton of time sig shifts. It is wonderful music to immerse your ears in.

'On The Road' is a fast rocking blaster with tons of hammering Hammond and a full on lead guitar freakout. The vocals are reverbed and strangely distant. The organ phrases are terrific and I absolutely love the psychedelia of explosive organ and guitar, making this one of the heaviest Eloy songs ever.

Overall, "Inside" is a fascinating nostalgic trip back to the psychedelic sound of early prog. Eloy are inventive and progressive throughout this earlier album. It may not be as good as the followup "Floating", but this is an improvement on the debut, and is full of some of the trippiest and heaviest music to ever emerge from the Eloy catalogue.

My obsession with Eloy began with "Floating" and I believe it is the best album from the band. An instant masterpiece to my ears. This is psychedelia drenched space rock at its best. The first track I heard from this album is 'Castle in the Air' and it was enough to draw to me to the entire discography of the band. Admittedly, not everything that Eloy puts their hand to is gold, but on this album they had the Midas Touch and could do no wrong as far as I am concerned. I get chills everytime I hear it.

It begins with the stellar funkadelic psych of 'Floating'. A massive crunching Hammond blazes away along a wandering bassline and punctuated percussive beat. Bornemann's guitar chimes in and we are on our way. The vocals are loud and bombastic in the opening section and then it switches time sig to a very fast tempo before breaking into a pounding drum beat.

'The Light From Deep Darkness' opens with a serene guitar phrase and Frank Bornemann's inimitable vocals. Suddenly a loud staccato blast of organ and guitar with dollops of drums and bass begins to resound. A time sig locks in dominated by power organ and then a wonderful keyboard solo by Manfred Wieczorke. The bass of Luitjen Jansen is effective pulsating out a rhythm and those drum accents of Fritz Randow are compelling. It sounds like vintage Uriah Heep and Deep Purple in places, only very distinct as only Eloy can be.

'Castle In The Air' is my favourite Eloy track and this is due to Bornemann's incredible guitar riffs and the way it locks into some hypnotic rhythms and allows a myriad of keyboard and guitar solos to unleash a barrage of psychedelic space rock paradise.

The track includes spoken narration, a trademark of many Eloy albums, and some dynamic trade offs between organ and guitar. The bassline is astonishing on this and in fact all musicianship is virtuoso so I can never tire of this. An absolute masterpiece song on every level.

Overall, this is one of the greatest albums of 1974 in a strong year for prog. Every track is compelling wonderful virtuoso musicianship and there is never a dull moment. A definitive masterpiece, "Floating" is one of the best albums I have discovered over recent years and my collection would be impoverished without it.

"Power and the Passion" is another concept album for Eloy that surfaced at the peak of prog rock's domination in the mid 70s. The concept is as usual highly based on searching for an answer and travelling to a mystical land or the future to finds the answers, via a drug induced hallucinatory experience. It begins with 'Introduction' that is a cathedral organ instrumental and this flows seamlessly into 'Journey into 1358'. This begins softly and then the tempo speeds up with fast paced organ phrases and Bornemann singing over a driving drum and bass rhythm.

The next movement of this suite of songs is 'Love over Six Centuries' with acoustics and gentle vocals. The track is 10 minutes and flows in a variety of directions; a bassline locks into a groove as a synth solos over. The staccato Hammond blasts at 2:40 are sensational with fuzz guitar riffs. The next part in the journey is 'Mutiny', another lengthy track of 9 minutes, with layers of synth. It builds with marching percussion and wonderful organ phrases along some haunting melodies. The music is powerful, sweeping and emotional, augmented by the lead guitar break. The pace shifts into a fast shuffling rhythm and some impressive keyboards and a jangling guitar. The vocals return to continue the estranged story.

'Thoughts of Home' begins with Clavinet and a gentle vocal expresses that he will delve into magic to find his way home. This leads into the blistering guitar and Hammond crunches of 'The Zany Magician'. A role play of a nasty magic man ensues with an echoed manic delivery; "You'll forget where you've been, Forget what you've seen, You won't feel a thing, you just, Drink it all down, your heart will pound, See you around." So the protagonist is under the spell and we move onto "Back into the Present". The swirling syths and spacey effects represent the journey home, then a bright rock song strikes up.

The concept may come across as convoluted in places, but Eloy make it work somehow such is the conviction of their sprawling vision. It all seems to makes sense and the major source of joy of this album is the way it seamlessly flows from one idea to the next. This is Eloy at their most innovative and it would not be the last time they would venture into high concept as "Dawn" follows, with an even more complex story.

A crash of thunder, rain and storm clouds of orchestra strings opens up the magnificent "Dawn" by Eloy. Bornemann's familiar vocals soon come in and a beautiful acoustic flourish on 'Awakening'. The concept album was a huge drawcard to album listeners in the 70s and Eloy always delivered some of the best conceptual masterworks. The music with lengthy jamming instrumental was always designed for the conceptual link between songs and Eloy delighted listeners with lengthy complex compositions and reflective lyrics.

"Dawn" is a complex album with some huge ideas put to very impressive musical themes. The tracks run together almost seamlessly as one and there are multi movement suites that encompass several songs such as 'Between The Times' in 3 sections with a variety of styles and time signatures, with inventive musical breaks. These moments are definitely highlights and at times the music is uplifting and very emotionally charged such as the beautiful melancholia of 'The Sun Song.' The stirring majestic orchestral score at the end of this track is stunning.

The majesty continues on 'The Dance in Doubt and Fear', with organic keyboards that glide over a strong percussive hook and pulsing bassline. Bornemann narrates the ideas and the music is allowed to flow along on beautiful key pads. The music soars to the stratosphere and is perhaps some of the loveliest musicianship from Eloy.

'LOST!?' in 2 parts is next beginning with 'Introduction', made up of deep chanting and synthlines. The second section is 'The Decision' beginning with cathedral organ in the vein of Sky's 'Toccata'. The currents of guitar lines flow on a river of synthesizer. It slowly ebbs meandering until Hammond and bass crash in. This is mesmirising music and it builds so gradually until Bornemann's vocals return like an old friend. The wall of synth is so effervescent and ethereal, and at the end a howling wind emanates.

'The Midnight-fight/ the Victory of Mental Force', an 8 minute prog feast, begins with a fast vocal delivery and an off beat bass heartbeat. The fast tempo drums are outstanding and later there are powerful string eruptions to augment the atmosphere of a battle in the heavenlies.

'Gliding into Light and Knowledge' opens with weird bird calls and an acoustic layer. The ambience is joined with an accordion sound along a rhythmical meter.

The album ends on a majestic uplifting note as if dawn is closing in and the world is again at peace. The album has been a breathtaking momentous work of innovation.

These early Eloy albums are a stunning achievement; conceptually masterful with some of the most incredible musicianship of the mid 70s when prog was flourishing. The albums stand out as landmarks for Eloy. These are symphonic works of beauty, they are diamond studded jewels in the treasure chest of progressive milestones.

 The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.56 | 108 ratings

The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre - Part I
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Basileus

5 stars After more than 25 years of research and hard work, Frank Bornemann finally makes his dream come true with this first half of a two-part rock opera dedicated to Jeanne d'Arc. This album had better be a masterpiece, and it actually is. Frank took his time, and it was worth waiting. Every single minute of the album is a delight of highly skilled musicianship and highly inspired music.

Don't be too intimidated by the word "opera" in "rock opera". There are no singing dialogues. Only a few parts are spoken, cleverly distributed throughout the disc. It is still a rock album, with Frank's unimitable vocals. More than that : it's a standard of what progressive rock is about, full of breaks and different time signatures. The classic Eloy sound is here : lush guitars and synths, this time with a light medieval flavour.

I never wrote a review before this. First, because english is not my native language. Second of all, though there are plenty of well known masterpieces here to talk about, this one is quite unexpected. This is the album every fan wishes his favourite band would come with, after close to 50 years of activity. Eloy are back in their full majesty.

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