Eloy had a habit of changing their sound with their lineup. The 1976 to 1979 lineup of Frank Bornemann, Klaus-Peter Matziol, Detlev Schmidtchen, and Jurgen Rosenthal is regarded as Eloy's finest lineup, and I have to agree, and after hearing this 1977 album, Ocean, their second with this lineup (Eloy's sixth overall) only supports that opinion. This is not only Eloy's best, as far as I'm concerned, it's one of my all-time favorites. With the orchestra of Dawn gone, Detlev Schmidtchen's synths took a greater presence, he tended to lay it thick with tons of Minimoog and string synths all over the place. The album is about the rise and destruction of Atlantis, something other prog bands had covered (ranging from the Dutch band Earth & Fire to the American group Ethos). "Poseidon's Creation" has some guitar riffs, and some lead guitar solos that remind me of Pink Floyd's Meddle. Eventually Frank Bornemann's vocals kick in, the music slows a bit, but after a bit, the Moog solos kick in, Klaus-Peter Matziol giving some slap-bass work, and a nice chorus to end it. "Incarnation of Logos" is very '70s, can't get over that. I really love the synths used on this piece, and especially the synth and bass solo in the middle. "Decay of Logos" has a more heavy feel, while "Atlantis' Agony" starts off with some narration and some great synth drones before the actual music starts. Some might find this piece overlong, but if you have no problem with Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", you'll probably have little problem adapting to this (the droning reminds me a bit of this piece, but not as so much as "Astral Entrance" from Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes). Certainly the English is a bit iffy (Frank tends to pronounce words starting with "v" as "w", such as "victim" as "wictim" meaning he still needed to brush on his English), and the lyrics tend to be one the ridiculous side, but the music is great, so the musical qualities make up for the lyrical (and often vocal) shortcomings. Regardless, a total classic in my book!
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