ELOY - Reincarnation On Stage (live)

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog, Artrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 157 / 2-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 9/10 | Label: Artist Station | Autor: WS

In summer 2011 the Prog pioneers celebrated their resurrection. The gigs at the "Burg Herzberg Festival" and at the "Night Of The Prog" should only be the prelude for an extended tour in the years 2012/13, interrupted in summer 2012 by the traffic accident of Frank Bornemann. The performance in Mannheim on 25 January 2013 marked the end of the season. The final one? Before answering this question, the band presents their first live release in about 35 years. The outfit fits, a nice digipak with two booklets. A tight playing formation can be heard, which apart from Bornemann also included the band's bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol and keyboarder Hannes Folberth. Together with three background singers, Eloy reproduced their sound impressively (in fact, the group has never been heard so powerful before). The double CD "Reincarnation On Stage" offers 21 tracks which are representative for the tour setlist. It goes across the decades and the gang epochs. Only the early work up to and including "Floating" as well as their weakest albums ("Performance", "Ra", "Destination") do not take Eloy into account. "Ocean is complete except Incarnation Of Logos. "Namaste", the mystical intro based on "Between Future And Past", opens the concert sky wide: "Child Migration" is harder than the original, also "Age Of Insanity" and "Ro Setau" are increasing. Longtracks like "The Apocalypse", "Poseidon's Creation" or the somewhat truncated "Atlantis' Agony" present themselves in all the spherical grandeur for which Eloy are famous. "The Tides Return Forever" becomes a floydy epic in the competition of background singers. A minimalistic "Thoughts" forms the wonderful conclusion. Only "Horizons" and "Follow The Light" they could have saved themselves. Which doesn't change the bottom line: Eloys live album for the Prog Annals.

Top Track: Poseidon's Creation

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