Visionary

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Eloy have had their share of creative ups and downs over the years. Some of their albums have been prog rock/space rock classics, and a few of them have been forgettable. Many longtime followers agree that Eloy hit a low point in the '80s, when they recorded some ultra-slick albums that were too middle of the road for their own good. There's nothing wrong with being commercial, but the type of high-gloss arena rock that worked for Survivor, Asia, or Journey in the '80s sounded awkward and insincere coming from Eloy. However, Eloy eventually got back on track creatively, and this 2008-2009 recording finds them in enjoyably good form. The band has had numerous personnel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Eloy have had their share of creative ups and downs over the years. Some of their albums have been prog rock/space rock classics, and a few of them have been forgettable. Many longtime followers agree that Eloy hit a low point in the '80s, when they recorded some ultra-slick albums that were too middle of the road for their own good. There's nothing wrong with being commercial, but the type of high-gloss arena rock that worked for Survivor, Asia, or Journey in the '80s sounded awkward and insincere coming from Eloy. However, Eloy eventually got back on track creatively, and this 2008-2009 recording finds them in enjoyably good form. The band has had numerous personnel changes along the way; on Visionary, the lineup includes Frank Bornemann on lead vocals and guitar, Klaus-Peter Matziol on bass, Michael Gerlach on keyboards, and Bodo Schopf on drums and percussion. And with that team in place, Eloy favor a progressive rock/space rock approach that recalls their '70s heyday. The musical recipe is best described as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and the Moody Blues by way of post-1965 Beatles; nothing groundbreaking occurs, but tracks like "Age of Insanity," "The Refuge," and "Summernight Symphony" are easy to enjoy if one has a healthy appreciation of Eloy as they sounded 30 or 35 years earlier. Some will argue that Visionary sounds dated, but then, what is dated to one person is classicist to another. Although not quite essential, Visionary is one of Eloy's more consistent efforts -- and it is definitely superior to the overtly corporate albums they came out with back in the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • UPC: 763232105621
  • Catalog Number: 321056
  • Sales rank: 59,054

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Refuge (4:54)
  2. 2 The Secret (7:44)
  3. 3 Age of Insanity (7:55)
  4. 4 The Challenge (Time to Turn, Pt. 2) (6:43)
  5. 5 Summernight Symphony (4:27)
  6. 6 Mystery (The Secret, Pt. 2) (9:01)
  7. 7 Thoughts (1:24)
  8. 8 The Making of Visionary
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eloy Primary Artist
Frank Bornemann Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Hannes Folberth Keyboards
Klaus-Peter Matziol Bass
Bodo Schopf Percussion, Drums
Michael Gerlach Keyboards
Christof Littmann Keyboards
Tina Lux Vocals
Volker Kuinke Renaissance Flute
Stephan Emig Percussion
Technical Credits
Frank Bornemann Arranger, Composer, Producer, Sound Design
Bodo Schopf Engineer
Michael Gerlach Engineer
Christof Littmann Engineer
Michael Narten Artwerk Artwork, Cover Design
Arne Neurand Engineer
Benjamin Schäfer Engineer
Michael Krizek Sound Design
Emanuel Klempa Engineer
Michael Krzizek Engineer, Mastering
Timo Soist Engineer
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