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Planets [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

EloyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00070FZLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. On The Verge Of Darkening Lights
3. Point Of No Return
4. Mysterious Monolith
5. Queen Of The Night
6. At The Gates Of Dawn
7. Sphinx
8. Carried By Cosmic Winds
9. On The Verge Of Darkening Lights (Live 1983) (Bonus Track)

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Remastered reissue of the Prog band's 1982 album includes 1 live bonus track from 1983 'On The Verge Of Darkening Lights'. EMI. 2005.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Planets was the 1981 followup to Colours, with the same lineup of guitarist/vocalist Frank Bornemann, bassist Klaus-Peter Matziol, keyboardist Hannes Folberth, guitarist Hannes Arkona, and drummer Jim McGillivray. While Colours was not a concept album, Planets is. This album was meant to be a double album, but EMI/Harvest prevented it, so the band had to conclude the story with their following album, Time to Turn (which while still worth having, doesn't live up to the greatness of Planets). Planets also found a British release, on the Heavy Metal International label, with a totally different cover (courtesy of Rodney Matthews). The German original, on Harvest, featured artwork from Winfried Reinbacher, who was also responsible for the artwork to Colours, Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes, and Time to Turn.

The 1980s were difficult time for too many prog rock bands. Many of these bands had either broken up, or started recording more pop-oriented material. And one might think Eloy would have fallen in to this trap by 1981, and I am ever so glad they didn't, as Planets proved! The heavy guitar riffs of Colours have now been toned down, making this album a spacier effort than Colours. Hannes Folberth used the Mini Moog, clavinet, string synth, and piano, plus he started acquiring some new polyphonic synths. "Introduction" (not to be confused with "Introduction" found on Power and the Passion) is a full on synth piece, with layers of great spacy synths. "On the Verge of Darkening Lights" is the first actual song on the album. There's some great use of clavinet, spacy Moog, and string synths to be found, and Klaus-Peter Matziol even gives us a little slap-bass on one section. I love the synths that close the piece and segues in to "Point of No Return".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first part of a double concept album January 31, 2006
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This is the second release by Eloy in the eighties, and what a release it is. By this time most of the 70's prog rock classics started to take their music in very different directions. The mediocre albums released by bands like Yes, Genesis and EL&P through this decade are proof of that.

However, and fortunately, Eloy kept the essence of its music during this period. Colours, the album before Planets, is an excellent release and was a strong statement that the band, despite the line up change, still had a lot to deliver.

Planets is a concept album, the first part of an intended double album that was completed with the release of Time to Turn the year after. The story is magnificient, leaning towards a philosophical science fiction kind of telling.

Musically, the songs are shorter than in previous releases, more direct but still beatifully crafted adn very consistent as a whole.

Introduction is a synth piece which sets the tone for the whole album. The next three songs are linked in a conceptual fashion. On the Verge of Darkening Lights shows us Eloy at its best. Heavy guitars, great bassplaying and dynamic drumming in the first couple of minutes lead to a resting point with a beatiful keyboard melody. This section is followed by some inspiring twin keyboard solo over a heavy and pumping rhythm, very spacey. The song ends with some lovely synth sounds that fade gradually into Point of no Return. This is a heavier track, though much more simple, that keeps the almost the same tempo all the way through. Hannes Arkonna and Frank Bornemman's guitar work and Hannes Folberth's synths keep the song interesting, anyway.

Mysterious Monolith, the third song of the suite, and the fourth song of the album, is very spacey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This album is a fine example of spacey, synth heavy rock from the German band Eloy that demonstrates how completely styles including hard rock and progressive rock had merged by the early 1980s. All in all, I enjoyed the spacey qualities of the album, the cover art and the "cosmic" lyrics relating the story of the planet "Salta".

The lineup on Planets includes bandleader Frank Bornemann (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals), Klaus Peter-Matziol (bass guitar), Hannes Arkona (guitars), Hans Folberth (piano, organ, synthesizers) and Jim McGillivray (drums and percussion). This is a solid lineup that features a pretty heavy rhythm section, great synthesizer tone colors and decent ensemble playing overall. Once again, it is worth mentioning that Frank sings in English with a heavy accent - for most fans, this should not be a problem and it certainly does not bother me in the least. In addition to the core members, there is the occasional female backup vocal here and there.

The eight tracks on the album range in length from 1:57 to 7:42 and seem to be arranged in a song-cycle of sorts. Musically, this continues the spacey, synth-heavy format established in 1976 with Dawn and mixes in the heaviness of Colours (1980). Central to the overall sound of Planets are walls of synthesizer textures - fortunately, Hans is a pretty good player so it is not all atmosphere and there are some good keyboard solos. Overall, this album sounds a lot like Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979) and Colours, yet not as heavy as Colours.

This remastered effort by EMI is pretty good and features great sound quality, restored cover art, the entire story underlying the Salta saga, lyrics and a few photos of the band. The bonus track was recorded in 1983 and sounds pretty good.
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