on 14 May 2015
If you thought that continental progressive rock was restricted to skilful Italian bands such as PFM then prepare to be surprised by just how good German heavy/progressive outfit 'Eloy' were in their 1970's pomp in the shape of 'Floating' - an album which evokes shades of heavyweight British groups of the 1970's such as Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash on this classy 1974 release. There are a number of outstanding tracks here including 'Castle In the Air', the 14:40 'Light From Deep Darkness' and the superb 'Madhouse', making this an album which is well worth tracking down in my opinion.
on 21 March 2011
The Eloy are massive on the continent and have a small but fiercely loyal following over here, mainly because of the brilliant consistancy of their albums and their superior live performances, these are people who care about music and their devoted followers. I choose to review Floating as it's my most played Eloy album and i feel it has something to offer anyone whose interested in listening to great rock music. Written right in the middle and at the zenith of the Progressive Rock era, Floating had alot to live up to, it did more and excels with flying colours. Floating is original and inspirational and although it does have a German feel to it (polished and efficient) the music flows effortlessly with a real sense of class, music dosent get much better than this believe me, it also has aged well over the years sounding fresh as ever today as it did way back in 1974, maybe even better. Floating is a magical album, a lost classic by one of the best groups of all-time, i truely feel that when someone listens to this remarkable piece of work they will be blown away by it, buy with confidence you'll love it.
on 24 July 2003
I own every album recorded by Eloy since 1971. Often described as heavy metal this can only be true of their debut. Floating, the bands third release, is far more progresive rock. Although Frank Bornemann lacks a particularly distinctive voice this never detracts from the atmospheric instrumentation. Many of Eloys albums are concept albums and 'The light from deep darkness' at 14.5 minutes is a taste of things to come. 'Madhouse' is the heaviest track on the album but is always tunefull. There may be influences from early Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes but over their 30 years the sound is uniquely Eloy. Buy this and the others will quickly follow.
Eloy, this German band, and whose name comes from a race of humankind in H G Wells' "The Time Machine" sing in English, via Frank Bornemann, their driving force, their only true original member and lyricist. They came to me via their Time To Turn album era, which was at their peak, both commercially and musically.
Floating, here is their third album and nicely progressive it is, too. As others have said, its/their influences are from the great British heavyweights of their day - Genesis, Deep Purple, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, & Yes - but somehow all-round more civilised than those together.
I like the way it's often very keyboard lead, at others more guitar/bass/drums but always skilful, tuneful and well recorded. It's a little heavier than their later albums (they started out as heavy metal) and I have to admit, I prefer those more subtle and intricate later offerings, but this is still top-notch. Eloy's albums were usually concept in structure, but to my middle-aged ears, now, it's more about the tight-knitted musicianship than science fiction stories about some far-off planet doing something - that's best left for a far younger generation.
Floating isn't my favourite of Eloy's albums - Time to Turn & Planets are, those two are quite breathtaking, even when compared with the often innovative and supremely competent Floating here.
If you're looking for a decent Prog band to get into, go for these guys - go for any of the later ones - I've let my personal choices known - their CDs quite cheap, now, thanks to the Net and sites like Amazon.
on 3 February 2015
It's back to heavy metal for this album, and it begins well enough with the title track. A 4 minute long instrumental that commences with a grand keyboard entrance and then with superb guitar work, drumming and vocal harmonising.
And the songs get longer. The Light From Deep Darkness (14 and a half mins). Castles in the Air (7:13). Plastic Girl ( 9 mins). That's over half an hour of hammond organ/guitar driven heavy rock in the mould of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and another similar sounding German act, Lucifers Friend.
But it's the 5th track (madhouse) which is the best of the bunch. The powerful riffing that kicks in from the songs 2nd half really is quite something. I just love it. What a good piece of vintage heavy metal that song is.
On a final note; I must point out that (on my copy of the CD and possibly on the one on sale here) that the sleeve notes are all in German; But don't let that put you off, cos Floating is worth buying for the music alone.
on 20 February 2012
I first came across Eloy in 1982 with the British release on the Heavy Metal Worldwide label of Planets and it's great Rodney Mathews cover.After that it was a hasty trawl through their back catalogue and this gem from 1974.Eloys sound changed dramatically after this their third album. From The Power And The Passion 75 through to 79s Silent Cries And Mighty Echos all their records took on a heavy conceptual theme with a more measured approach and lots more keyboard instrumentation. There was a brief interlude in the conceptual side of things with 1980s Colours then it was back in with Planets and Time To Turn. Here the sound is much more stripped back with the Hammond organ being the main featured keyboard of choice and it makes for an exiting listen. Imagine the dynamic instrumental interplay of Deep Purple, the spaceiness of Hawkwind and the Psychodelic atmospherics of Early Pink Floyd and you get somewhere close. The production is great but it sounds out of time for 1974 and sounds more like 69-70 especially with some of the great grooves the band members keep teeing one another up for. You can pick most of Eloys 70s and 80s albums up pretty cheap these days and in my opinion they are all worth a listen, my own personal favourite being Silent Cries And Mighty Echos but 1985s Metromania does suffer from to much 80s technology.