Eloy is a German symphonic/space-rock band that debuted with a standalone single on United Records in 1970, followed by a self-titled album on Philips in 1971. Between 1973 and 1983, the band released 10 albums on Harvest.

Members: Frank Bornemann (guitar, lead vocals), Manfred Wieczorke (guitar, bass, vocals, 1969-75), Wolfgang Stöcker (bass, 1969-73), Erich Schriever (lead vocals, organ, piano, keyboards, 1969-72), Helmuth Draht (drums, 1969-72), Fritz Randow (drums, 1973-75, 1981-84), Luitjen Janssen (bass, 1974-75), Detlev Schwaar (guitar, 1975), Matze (bass, 1976-84, 1994-present), Detlev Schmidtchen (keyboards, guitar, 1976-79), Jürgen Rosenthal (drums, 1976-79), Hannes Arkona (guitar, 1979-84), Hannes Folberth (keyboards, 1979-84, 1998-present), Jim McGillivray (drums, 1979-81), Michael Gerlach (keyboards, vocals, 1988-present)

Eloy was formed in 1969 Hanover by guitarist Frank Bornemann, the band’s one constant member through all its configurations. The original lineup featured guitarist Manfred Wieczorke, bassist Wolfgang Stöcker, drummer Helmuth Draht, and keyboardist Erich Schriever, who initially served as their singer. They issued their first single, the fuzz-laden waltz “Walk Alone” (b/w “Daybreak”), on United Records in 1970.

In one of their earliest videos, Eloy mime their then-unreleased “I Work It Out” — a gruff hard-rocker with brisk, extended solos, primarily in the key of B  — atop wrecked automobiles at a hippie music festival. (It’s included as a bonus in their 2010 two-DVD retrospective The Legacy Box.)


  • “Walk Alone” / “Daybreak” (1970)
  • Eloy (1971)
  • Inside (1973)
  • Floating (1974)
  • Power and the Passion (1975)
  • Dawn (1976)
  • Ocean (1977)
  • Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes (1979)
  • Colours (1980)
  • Planets (1981)
  • Time to Turn (1982)
  • Performance (1983)
  • Metromania (1984)
  • Code Name: Wild Geese (OST, 1984)
  • Ra (1988)


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