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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.57 | 59 ratings

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4 stars Here is a compilation that is actually of interest to both existing and potential new fans, because it provides newly recorded versions of very well chosen material from Eloy's classic 1977-1982 period. The production is deliciously loud and punchy, and the presence of old buddies Klaus Peter Matziol, Hannes Arkona, Hannes Folberth, Fritz Randow also makes it a reunion of sorts.

The selection of one long track of each of "Ocean" and "Silent Cries..." was judicious, and the rest of the album showcases classic early 80s material that fans might have unwisely bypassed. In particular the two tracks from Planets show their true colours if you will. "End of an Odyssey" really rocks too, and the version of "Silhouette" is more concise and spacey. "Time to Turn" cranks up the synthesizers to a whole other level. In fact the only real shortfall is the outtake from the awful "Destination" that could have only fit on that particular album. If it was meant to underscore how far Eloy had fallen then the intention was fully realized.

Not only is "Chronicles 1" worthwhile on its own merits but it is likely the impetus for the release of two subsequent original recordings in the mid to late 1990s that appealed to old fans while exploring new areas. Recommended for chronic aficionados and those wanting to start a tentative exploration of Germany's most prolific symphonic prog band.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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