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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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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)

2.86 | 226 ratings
Eloy
1971
3.76 | 364 ratings
Inside
1973
3.71 | 356 ratings
Floating
1974
3.65 | 370 ratings
Power And The Passion
1975
4.03 | 526 ratings
Dawn
1976
4.21 | 900 ratings
Ocean
1977
4.02 | 546 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes
1979
3.71 | 376 ratings
Colours
1980
4.00 | 403 ratings
Planets
1981
3.85 | 338 ratings
Time To Turn
1982
2.83 | 194 ratings
Performance
1983
3.13 | 232 ratings
Metromania
1984
1.99 | 77 ratings
Codename Wildgeese (OST)
1984
2.78 | 190 ratings
Ra
1988
2.60 | 160 ratings
Destination
1992
3.48 | 193 ratings
The Tides Return Forever
1994
3.76 | 255 ratings
Ocean 2 - The Answer
1998
3.29 | 231 ratings
Visionary
2009

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

4.02 | 144 ratings
Eloy Live
1978
4.35 | 85 ratings
Reincarnation On Stage
2014

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

3.73 | 38 ratings
The Legacy Box
2010
4.15 | 13 ratings
Live Impressions
2013

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

4.02 | 13 ratings
Wings Of Vision
1982
3.10 | 25 ratings
Rarities
1991
3.57 | 56 ratings
Chronicles I
1993
2.29 | 44 ratings
Chronicles II
1994
4.04 | 24 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 1 The Early Days 1972-1975
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Best
1994
3.56 | 14 ratings
The Best Of Eloy Vol. 2 The Prime 1976-1979
1996
2.60 | 13 ratings
Chronicles Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2000
2.74 | 21 ratings
Timeless Passages - The Very Best Of Eloy
2003
4.33 | 6 ratings
Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes / Colours
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Essential
2012
3.83 | 6 ratings
Inside / Floating / Power And The Passion / Dawn
2012

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

2.80 | 5 ratings
Walk Alone
1970
2.13 | 9 ratings
Daybreak / On the road
1973
2.54 | 9 ratings
Wings Of Vision / Sunset
1980
3.83 | 12 ratings
Silhouette / Horizons
1980
2.14 | 5 ratings
Wings Of Vision (Maxi)
1980
3.50 | 6 ratings
Time to turn / Through a somber galaxy
1982
3.33 | 3 ratings
Time To Turn / The Flash
1982
2.78 | 9 ratings
Fools
1983
2.33 | 3 ratings
Ra (Promo Single)
1987
2.29 | 7 ratings
Sensations
1988
2.29 | 8 ratings
Rainbow
1988
2.86 | 7 ratings
Call Of The Wild
1992
2.40 | 5 ratings
Fire And Ice
1992
2.75 | 4 ratings
Generation Of Innocence
1994
3.00 | 6 ratings
Childhood Memories
1995
2.76 | 8 ratings
The Answer
1998
3.13 | 13 ratings
The Challenge
2009

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 Power And The Passion by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.65 | 370 ratings

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Power And The Passion
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars What could be more appropriate for a band calling themselves after a humanoid race from the SF classic - H.G. Welles' "Time Machine" - than to dedicate their first concept album to a theme of time travel!? As many previous reviewers already noticed, PATP sounds like a transitional album for ELOY. As heavy rocking PURPLE/HEEP elements began to wane, more atmospheric spacey FLOYD-ian influences as well as some hints of symphonic prog found their way in helping to forge a recognisably ELOY sound. In contrast to previous albums, a plethora of keyboard instruments are dominant here while guitar parts seem to focus more on the particular solo elements and accentuating certain parts of compositions. This is also the first album that carried a distinctive ELOY logo. And another difference from previous efforts, PATP contains even 10 tracks of varying duration, although being a "concept" work all of these could be considered as parts or movements of a single unified work. Now, how pleasurable to listen is all of that? A mixed bag, I would say. The lengthy "Love Over Six Centuries" and "The Bells of Notre Dame" are the best moments for me, being mostly done in an atmospheric spacey style with slow growing sensation, excellent rhythm section and tasteful keyboards. Another fine moment is a dark and menacing, almost metallic texture of "The Zany Magician". All the remaining tracks are much less convincing. "Mutiny" offers some good guitar and bass sequences but otherwise drags a bit too long. The fourth ELOY album is again a decent effort and it seems the band finally found their unique blend of psychedelic/space rock and symphonic sound, but it would take another album or two to perfect it.
 Floating by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.71 | 356 ratings

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Floating
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Floating" continues in a similar style to the preceding "Inside", and for this reason these two albums are often compared against each other. For my part, I think that this album, although perfectuating and polishing some rougher edges of the previous one, actually did not surpass it. True, this album's epic track "The Light From Deep Darkness" is a way better than "Land of No Body", but overall there is not much progress here. The mentioned epic is a wonderful space-rock jam with again lots of Jon Lord-esque organ noodling, while another highlight - "Castle in the Air" - brings some Oriental-sounding psychedelic flourishes along with powerful guitar based pumping riffs reminiscent of what later followers of space rock genre like Ozric Tentacles would explore in a more techno-oriented setting of the 1990s. Apart from that, the remaining three songs are nothing special. They tend to repeat the themes from the earlier albums while the closer "Madhouse" once again (as was the case with "Future City" off "Inside") proofs that Bornemann can sing in a vocal style similar to Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL, but this time around the result is not so interesting. For me "Floating" is on par with "Inside" in terms of instrumental prowess, and even surpassing it a bit in this aspect, but in terms of offering new ideas is slightly less engaging. Still a very good album, but if tempted to pick only one of these two, I would opt for "Inside". Fair 3,5 stars.
 Inside by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.76 | 364 ratings

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Inside
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars ELOY's sophomore effort "Inside" is a giant leap forward from their debut. The sound is still steeped in a largely blues-based heavy rock psychedelia of their British contemporaries (from DEEP PURPLE and PINK FLOYD to JETHRO TULL), but the ideas here begin to expand offering more adventurous listening. Especially prominent is the use of keyboards (largely Hammond organ), as well as interplay between hard and soft/fast and slow portions. As suggested by the cover artwork, the album's sound is more space-rock oriented with lots of dark and ominous passages, particularly within the A side-long epic "The Land of No Body". There are some terrific parts here, but overall it cannot compete with more elaborate and adventurous works of say GENESIS, YES or FLOYD of the era. B side shorter songs (but still around 6-7 minuts on average) are much more effective in my opinion, and this is particulalry true of phenomenal and chilling title track and "Future City". With this album ELOY started building their trademark sound and exploring topics that would come to characterise the space-rock cannon of the progressive genre, but their highlights were still a few years away.
 Eloy by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.86 | 226 ratings

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Eloy
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ELOY's debut album clearly stands apart from their later opus, in that it contains almost zero space/SF references, for which they would come to be well known and respected in the following years. This is a basic, heavy prog sound, more rooted in the bluesy hard rock than in prog. Heavy guitar riffs and solo parts are overwhelming, reminding sometimes of Rory Gallagher's TASTE lengthy improvisations. This is a fine rocking effort but some extended tracks sound a bit underdeveloped and repetitive. British heavy rock acts of the era were obviously influencing the ELOY's songwriting - the closer "Dillus Roady" is based on the guitar riff that was practically lifted from URIAH HEEP's "Gypsy" - which is not a bad thing per se. However, in order to come up with their own original ideas and identity ELOY had to work a bit harder, changing the band line-up in the process. This is a good heavy rock album but is not something essential.
 Ocean by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.21 | 900 ratings

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Ocean
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Scorpius

5 stars Eloys' "Oceans" was my introduction into the band, right next to "Silent Cries...", and has become one of my favorite Prog records over the years. Pink Floyd was my first taste of space rock, but Oceans showed me what an entire album of tripping through space and time was like. I wasn't too sure I would enjoy the vocals at first, but they do grow on you after a while. While the vocals department may be lacking, the band makes up for it in the instrumentation. Synthesizers and screeching guitars carry you into the album like a riptide dragging a helpless swimmer out to sea. The first 3 tracks of this 4 part album are prog majesty, while the 4th track is alright. It drags on with monotone commentary for 1/3 of the song, but once the band comes in, they explode with full force. No record is perfect, but this one is damn near close. 5/5 stars for me.

Best Track: Poseidons' Creation

Worst Track: Atlantis' Agony...

 Wings Of Vision / Sunset by ELOY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.54 | 9 ratings

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Wings Of Vision / Sunset
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This 1980 single is a bit different from what you expect out of Eloy. "Wings of Vision" is an obvious attempt at sounding just like Duke-era Genesis, which happen to come out roughly the same time. It's really funny to hear Frank Bornemann attempt to sing like Phil Collins, but in the end still sound like Frank Bornemann. Even Hannes Folberth attempts some Tony Banks-type keyboards, but from his synths, but then there's a spacy break that's undeniably Eloy. I was really tripping out that Eloy would go Genesis on us like that. You can tell Jim McGillivray's style is his own, he doesn't attempt to imitate Phil Collins' drumming. As for the B-Side, "Sunset", it's a short instrumental synth-piece, already found on Colours, so if you have Colours, no surprises here as it's directly taken from the album.

I can see not everyone will like "Wings of Vision", but I do, but just think of it a Duke-era Genesis song done by Eloy, and you'll be fine.

 Codename Wildgeese (OST) by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 1984
1.99 | 77 ratings

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Codename Wildgeese (OST)
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

2 stars Pretty bogus, if you ask me, and it's not even that particularly good. This is a soundtrack to some war flick starring Ernest Borgnine called Codename: Wildgeese, coming out roughly the same time Borgnine was busy with the Airwolf TV series playing Dominique Santini. This isn't Eloy, but three ex-Eloy members Hannes Arkona, Hannes Folbert, and Klaus-Peter Matziol with Jan Nemec. This is basically instrumental incidental music that might function fine in the film (I have little desire to watch the movie, because although I grew up in the 1980s and watched Airwolf as a youth, I couldn't stand Ernest Borgnine) but try actually listening to it. It's a bit like the synthy parts of Metromania, but at least with that album you get real songs and of course Frank Bornemann's input, making that a true legitimate Eloy album. I think this disaster could have easily been avoided if it credited as a Hannes Arkona & Hannes Folberth album. That's basically what it is, and even then, the music quality wouldn't be any better. The music on Codename: Wildgeese, from what I remembered sounded like half-sketched ideas rather than full-on songs. I even get the feeling both of the Hannes seems like without Frank Bornemann as their guidance, they're sunk. Also notice that EMI Records (Harvest being a subsidiary of EMI) had nothing to do with this, released on some small Swiss label called Milan. If you never owned this, really, you're not missing much. Stick with the real Eloy albums.
 Reincarnation On Stage by ELOY album cover Live, 2014
4.35 | 85 ratings

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Reincarnation On Stage
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars For their 45th anniversary, ELOY releases its second official live album, "Reincarnation on Stage". The set-list features extracts from the Bornemann and co.'s best records since 1975: "Power and the Passion", "Dawn", "Ocean", "Silent Echoes and Mighty Cries", "Colours", "Planets", "Time to Turn", "Metromania", "The Tides Return Forever" "Ocean 2" and "Visionary". The songs are mostly rather faithful to their original studio versions, a bit rock-ier.

The first disc has a few modifications though. "Namaste" is pleasant ambient opening with spoken words in English. The guitars on "Child Migration" are heavier, however the introduction is absent and the synthesizer, less present. The track thus increases in intensity but loses a piece of its charm. The final "Echoes"-like bass driven part of "The Apocalypse" has also been removed. "Age of Insanity" and "Illuminations" feature nice keyboard solos, while Frank Bornemann demonstrates his guitaristic talents on "Silhouette". "Horizons" has a strange sound which results in an average rendition.

There are much less variations on the second disc. The live versions of the songs simply rocks! The only noticeable change is that "Atlantis' Agony"'s long overture has been cut off. "Thoughts" is a pretty conclusion.

"Reincarnation on Stage" is a great overview of the band's career, as the set-list covers more than 30 years. As on the 1978 "Live" album, there are no big surprises, but the performances are very nice. This double live album should please all fans of Bornemann and co. and is also a good way to discover ELOY.

 Eloy Live by ELOY album cover Live, 1978
4.02 | 144 ratings

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Eloy Live
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the success of "Dawn" and especially "Ocean", ELOY is now popular enough to tour in Germany and to release their first live album, simply titled "Live". The track-list consists mainly of tracks of the two aforementioned opuses, with one song from "Inside" and "Power and the Passion". There is no material from their debut, as it is not really ELOY yet, and from "Floating", as its style has always been a bit apart in the Germans' discography. In fact, "Ocean" was initially entirely performed, but, due to technical issues, "Decay Of Logos" had to be removed from the recording.

The live renditions are overall faithful to their studio versions. Some passages have been made more theatrical and features spoken sentences in German. As there were no orchestra, the tracks from "Dawn" are lighter, but nonetheless very nice, even if I'm not a big fan of "The Sun Song" and "Gliding Into Light And Knowledge". "The Dance In Doubt And Fear" is in fact followed by "Lost!? (Introduction)". A powerful moment with a pretty guitar solo in the beginning. As they were not originally played by the "golden" line-up, "Mutiny" and "Inside"'s reinterpretation are quite bombastic. "Atlantis' Agony" has been stretched to 21 minutes. This rather useless and lengthy extension concerns the ambient spacey introduction and does neither really bring something interesting nor enhance the source composition.

For Bornemann and co.'s lovers, there will be no big surprises here, unlike GROBSCHNITT's "Solar Music Live" for example. However, this release is still very good, proving that the band could deliver a robust performance. At this period, during the punk explosion, there were not many live albums from progressive rock bands at this period.

Recommended to ELOY and space rock fans.

 Visionary by ELOY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.29 | 231 ratings

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Visionary
Eloy Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Eleven years after the band's previous studio album, "Ocean 2", the least that we can say is that Bornemann and co. did not take many risks with this new opus. "Visionary" contains conventional and smooth ELOY space rock compositions. Rather consensual, the songs have also been shortened. A noticeable change is the definitive reintegration of Hannes Folberth, ELOY's keyboardist from 1980 to 1984, and invited as a guest on "Ocean 2" for "Ro Setau".

The first two tracks incorporate flute. The melancholic "The Refuge" is an efficient soft space rock opener. Maybe the only true innovative passage, as it sometimes sounds like JETHRO TULL. Supported by modern rhythms, "The Secret" is rather calm and enjoyable, although a little long. "Age Of Insanity" is the most interesting track of the record. A punchy fantasy space prog composition featuring nice guitar and keyboards solos.

As its title suggests, "The Challenge (Time To Turn Part 2)" is a copycat of the eponymous title track of 1982's "Time to Turn" album. Not much to say about it, except that this variant is not very original. "Summernight Symphony" quite reminds PINK FLOYD's "Comfortably Numb" with its chord progression and hazy ambiance. The slow 9 minutes "Mystery" is the longest song of the record. Rather average, with not many variations, it fails to really lift off and does not justify its length. As a closing track, "Thougts" is a nice acoustic short piece with a pretty melody.

"Visionary" contains no real bad tracks, but no genuine surprises or memorable tracks either, except maybe "Age Of Insanity". For sure this new opus does not revolutionize ELOY's musical universe. However, despite its lack of originality and fantasy, this album is overall a pleasant listen.

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