on 23 November 2009
Eloy was a very prolific, almost consistently good and phenomenal (at times) German progressive rock band. This album Chronicles One might be the best way to get familiar with some of their late 1970s and early 1980s music, although these songs were remixed in 1993 by their new duo line up including Michael Gerlach next to the founding guitar player Frank Bornemann. Many former band members were included here as well and the overall sound of this recording is definitely better than the sound of the original albums.
The music of Eloy's period covered here mostly relates to the music of Yes, since the keyboard playing of Hannes Folberth as well as Michael Gerlach must have been strongly influenced by Rick Wakeman's style. Most of the passages are generated by keyboards and the use of this instrument is much more prevalent than by Yes or any other band I can think of. The guitar passages of the founding member Frank Bornemann are still here but not as prevelant as they were on many albums of the 1970s. This could possibly create liability for Eloy at times, as some moments appear too one sided and simplistic. To explain the style of Eloy of Chronicles One I would think of 50% Yes, 30% Genesis and possibly 10% of UK and 10% of Duran Duran, or something like that. It gets a little light at times.
To me the most interesting music of this album is placed on their longer pieces, Poseidon's Creation 11:30, a beautiful beginning track, The Apocalypse 11:00 long keyboard driven song with beautiful guitar passages and additional female vocalist adding texture a bit resembling Us And Them from Dark Side Of The Moon, and End Of The Oddysey 9:00. Sphinx is probably the weakest moment of this compilation. Silhouette resembles Steely Dan a little mostly by the similarity of the vocal. Spirit In Chains sounds very Yes circa 90125 and since that is the only track outside the 1977-1983, composed in 1992, it is fair to object their originality. The final track Say It Is Really True is a beautiful song sounding like a mixture of Yes and Steely Dan.
If you do like this music I would definitely turn to their early albums: Inside (1973), Floating (1974), Power And The Passion (1975), Dawn (1976), Ocean (1977).
on 7 November 2003
This is an excellent introduction to Eloy, a German symphonic rock band from the seventies/eighties. Musical references: Genesis, Gandalf, Marillion. The album contains 10 re-recorded songs from Eloy. It's basically a "best of" compilation. Apart from the fact that the songs sound much better than the originals, not much has changed thankfully.