Copied from the original entry by Melo the Prog Goddess on the old bazaar.
"The name Eloy is based on the book "Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. Wells describes in his book the situation of mankind about 800.000 years later, and Eloy is a human race in his story. The Eloy in Wells' story have made a new start with the help of the time traveler. In a way, it was a new beginning for the human race. German rockbands in the late 60's played mainly covers from other bands instead of playing their own compositions. Record deals for German bands were absolutely rare and German bands generally were considered to be second class bands in their own country. At that time it was a strong effort for a German band to come out with only their own compositions. It was a start into an unknown future, and from this point of view, comparable to the human race in Wells' story. That is why I got the idea to name the band Eloy.
I started to play in the early 60's, inspired by bands like The Shadows and American rock'n'roll singers, and later The Beatles. I found the other musicians of Eloy by chance, but I felt from the beginning that this would be a longtime project!"
1969: Eloy is formed. Initially it is a school band, whose repertoire inclued songs by The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Who and Cream.
1970: Eloy wins the first prize at a newcomer competition and they recorded two of their own compositions for a single which is released on an independant label. ( Daybreak/Walk alone )
1971: Eloy's first LP (self-titled) is recorded in the "Stars-studio" (Hamburg) and released.
"From the beginning, we tried to find a very special style, influenced by progressive rock music. Of course, it took time to find an individual identity. In the beginning, we had with lead singer Erich Schriever, guitar and keyboard player Manfred Wieczorke, and me, 3 composers in the band. I got the leadership of the band after Erich left us in 1972. He was very good, qualitywise, but not willing to do the step to a professional. Furthermore we had some problems with him, while playing live. He was no entertainer at all, too politically-oriented and not visionary enough. At that time I was only the guitar player in the band. When Erich left overnight, I had to replace him for a couple of gigs and so I played guitar and sang. At that time, we intended to find another lead singer to replace Erich, but that wasn't that easy in the early 70's. The first two concerts with me as a singer turned out to be more successful than ever before! In the end, we decided that I continue to sing. Helmut Draht on drums was replaced by Fritz Randow.
Like every other band we had problems at the beginning to coordinate all ideas, but at the time of our first EMI album, "Inside", everybody in the band was agreeing on playing in a progressive style."
1973: "Inside" released on EMI's Harvest label. First tours supporting English acts like Beggars Opera or East of Eden.
- The song "Future city" reached the topten of some american radio-stations.
- The single "Daybreak" was released (B-side: "On the road")
- Wolfgang Stöcker left the band. Luitjen Janssen replaced him.
1974: "Floating" released. This album was recorded at night - at the same time as the Scorpions recorded their album "Fly to the rainbow", because Rudolf Schenker arranged Frank Bornemann for the production of their album.
1975: "Power And The Passion" released with second guitarist Detlev Schwaar. It reaches sales figures of 30.000.
"The reason for the break-up of the band in 1975 was mainly the way of working, plus the style of the music. I personally wanted to continue the way of Eloy with concept-albums and a mixture of symphonic arrangements, atmospheres and rock structures. Some members of the band didn't agree with this concept. Manfred Wieczorke changed to the band Jane, mainly for financial reasons, as Eloy was in an awful financial state after a lot of trouble with our manager Jay Partridge.
In 1976, I had to reform the band totally and found musicians in my hometown, who were sharing my vision regarding the future of Eloy. It was also the first time that I was accepted as the producer of the band, and so I could realize everything I had in mind.
Klaus-Peter Matziol is very individual and creative, and his way of playing gave Eloy a very special push. Jürgen Rosenthal came not only for drumming, but also wrote the lyrics for three albums : "Dawn" (together with me), "Ocean", and "Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes" (together with me). His way of playing the drums was influenced by Neil Peart and Bill Bruford, and also gave Eloy a special accent of the rhythm parts. Detlev Schmidtchen moved from the guitar to the keyboards and tried to replace Manfred in every way. He was excellent! These two musicians have a common spirit. With this line-up, Eloy became the most successful rockband in Germany.
In that period, the financial situation was better than ever before, so we could do whatever we wanted to do. To record an album like "Dawn", with a string orchestra, would cost much more money nowadays ! The inspiration in the lyrics to our albums was mostly the world we live in, and I usually use fantasy or science-fiction stories to bring out what I feel. Except for some lyrics by Jürgen Rosenthal, I wrote most of the songs, arranged and produced them all. Crediting the band collectively for writing the music was only a way to give every member of the band the same amount of money."
1976: "Dawn" sells 150.000 copies
1977: "Ocean" sells 200.000 copies. In german charts better than Genesis or Queen.
1978: "Eloy Live", a double-livealbum is released (due to technical problems not a complete live-album).
1979: "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" sales surpass "Ocean"