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German Space Cadets Live,
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Like most rock fans in the UK I discovered ELOY circa the early 80's with a series of releases on the Heavy Metal Label,namely PLANETS/TIME TO TURN/PERFORMANCE & METROMANIA,all superb releases on their own right,heavy metal they aint, a bit of an oxy moron there,a band so far removed from heavy metal being released on that label,certainly it took me a while to get round the fact they were more Hawkwind than Motorhead,however what wasn't in dispute was how good they were.
So to this release 1978's 'Live' disc,i believe their one and only ? live album.This version is the 2004 remastered edition,it sounds great,although it naturally highlights the deficiences and weakness of the original production,well it was 1978 after all. Sadly the booklet is all in German.an English side by side translation,similar to that which the Scorpions utilised in their remasters would have been handy,still its a slight annoyance and wont stop your enjoyment of the disc.
In terms of musicianship this band display on this release moments that would have had the likes of YES/GENESIS/FLOYD & ELP nodding their heads in approval,whilst the cosmic other worldy lyrics could easily rival RUSH and HAWKWIND,c'mon who cant warm to titles such as - 'Atlantis' Agony At June 5th - 8498, 13 P.M. Gregorian Earthtime' .
This is a fabulous release and a great start point if you havent heard this band,the only sticking point,may be vocalist Frank Bornemann's thick german accent wrapping itself around tongue twisting long and wieldy lyrics in english,its an aqquired taste.
Like most Eloy albums this can be found fairly cheap,if you like taking chances give them a try,you never know it might be the start of something great.