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Dawn Import, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI International
  • ASIN: B00024YVJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Awakening
2. Between The Times
3. Sun Song
4. Dance In Doubt & Fear
5. Lost?
6. Midnight Fight
7. Victory Of Mental Force
8. Gliding Into The Night & Knowledge
9. Le Reveil Du Soleil
10. Dawn

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Remastered reissue of the prog-rock act's fifth album, originally released in 1976. 9 tracks. EMI. 2004.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Hundley on August 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an exceptional album from Eloy, dating from 1976, when they started producing great symphonic progressive rock. Digitally remastered in 2004, the underlying audio content is of excellent quality. Two of the songs on this album are stand-out classics: The Sun-Song and The Dance in Doubt and Fear. Although a concept album based on the story of earlier release Power and the Passion, this is very much a turning point in the sound of the band, with a much more focussed rhythm section allowing the melodic leads to soar.

However, the caveat here is the diabolocal format of this release. This is not a compact disc, despite the label attributed to it here. You'll find no Compact Disc logo on the disc, but instead the IFPI Copy Controlled logo. Since this is a corrupt audio disc that breaks the CD standard, it will not play in many CD mechanisms, and although it is primarily designed to prevent copying using computers, I found my computers better able to cope with its bad data than my audiophile components. The protection method used fills up most of the error correction sectors on the disc, meaning its lifespan is probably very limited.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on June 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After Power and the Passion, the old lineup of Eloy broke up. The reason for that was there were disagreements amongst band members, some wanted the new concept album direction that guitarist/vocalist Frank Bornemann obviously wanted, and others didn't, preferring the old format of Inside and Floating. The other reason was they had a power-mad and overbearing manager (and producer) named Jay Partridge who didn't exactly make life for the band any easier. So apparently there were no tours in support for Power and the Passion. But given that album's moderate sales, EMI/Harvest gave Frank Bornemann a second chance to continue Eloy. So he found some local musicians in his hometown of Hannover, in this case drummer Jürgen Rosenthal (ex-Scorpions), bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol, and Detlev Schmidtchen, who at the time was more of a guitarist, but also a keyboardist. Dawn was the result of this new lineup. The production is vastly improved over their previous album. They also included an orchestra on some of the cuts (something the band won't do again until 1981 for their excellent album Planets). While the concept of Power and the Passion is pretty easy to follow, the lyrics to Dawn seems pretty indecipherable. "Awakening" starts off with the sound of thunder, orchestra, then eventually the music kicks in with acoustic guitar and vocals. "Between the Times" shows the band at their more rocking side. Here you hear a reference to Jeanne, Jamie's lover from the year 1358 that was the subject of their previous album. "Appearance of the Voice", "Return of the Voice" and "The Dance in Doubt" are most like their previous album with the extended use of vocal narrations.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on August 28, 2004
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This great 1976 album marks the first recorded performance with excellent drummer/lyricist Jurgen Rosenthal (he plays in a manner that is superficially similar to Neil Peart of Rush), keyboardist Detlev Schmidtchen, and bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol. This new lineup would go on to make some of Eloy's finest music of the 1970's including Ocean (1977) and Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979). In addition to the new lineup, this album features new instrumentation including the occasional use of a string section, which had not been used on any recording made before Dawn and adds a softer, reflective contrast to the more rocking sections - especially when the rhythm section gets going full steam. Speaking of the rhythm section, Jurgen utilizes a very heavy technique that emphasizes fills on roto-toms and bottom kit playing, while solid bassist Klaus-Peter is mixed fairly high up in the mix with a punchy, trebly Gibson Thunderbird bass - he also used an Alembic but I don't think it's played on this album. One other characteristic feature of the music on this album is prominent use of the Hammond organ in addition to banks of spacey synthesizers including the mini-moog, string synthesizer (?), and the mellotron (with chorus setting) amongst others. Last but certainly not least we have bandleader Frank Bornemann on electric/acoustic guitar and lead vocals (he is occasionally accompanied by female backup singers). Although Bornemann is quite a good guitarist, folks have complained that his thick Germanic accent ruins the vocal passages. I have to admit that his accent does not bother me in the least - the music more than compensates for it.

All in all, this is an extraordinarily well-recorded, very energetic album that marks the beginning of a peak period for Eloy. Other albums that are highly recommended include Ocean (1977), Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979), and perhaps the spaciest album in the Eloy catalog - Planets (1981).
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