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Genre: Rock / Artist: Omega / Audio CD released at Dunefish

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      05.07.2008 19:38
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      45 years and going!

      This is a must have CD for any music-lover. Omega are one of the longest running bands around today, initially set up by Laszlo Benko (organ player) and Janos Kobor (Vocalist/rythm guitar) in Communist Hungary in 1963, they had various line up changes but today's line up hasn't changed since around 68 and are still recording and even touring today, some 45 years later, that's a mammoth career.

      Initially starting to play 60's pop tunes like The Beatles, they eventually moved into the progressive rock genre and it's this work that I like the most. Whilst I have a grasp of most Slavic languages, I can't claim to know more than about 10-20 words of the Finno-Ugric Hungarian, however the music still appeals to me.

      Omega released albums in English and German to try and appeal to a wider market but the majority of their work has been done in their native language. The compositions on this album make it a must have for any lover of progressive music, vocals have an appealing mellowness to them.

      A couple of songs from the album can be found on youtube and maybe be worth your time, including the undisputed no.1 anthem of Eastern and Central Europe "Gyongyhaju lany" which was later covered by ex-Yugoslavian band Griva and Germans, The Scorpions.

      Here are a few examples:

      Gyonghaju Lany -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGt-rTDkMcM&feature=related

      Petroleum Lampa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4szfWQ7Sspg

      Udvari Bolond -
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObWtwfZJLZM&feature=related

      This is a re-release of the album that was released in 1994 and contains songs exclusively translated into English. I think the original Hungarian versions are better but this was the only one of their albums I could review!

      1. Pearls in her hair / Gyöngyhajú lány
      2. Dead flowers / Halott virágok
      3. Ten thousand paces / Tízezer lépés
      4. The prodigal son / Tékozló fiúk
      5. The jester's daily bread / Udvari bolond kenyere
      6. Petroleum lantern / Petróleum lámpa
      7. Stormy fire / Tûzvihar
      8. Remembering / Emlék
      9. Every time she steps in / Régvárt kedvesem
      10. Spanish guitar legend / Spanyolgitár legenda
      11. 200 Years after the last war / 200 Évvel az utolsó háború után
      12. Live as long as ... / Addig élj!

      Line-up/Musicians

      László Benkõ, Ferenc Debreceni, János Kóbor,
      József Laux, Tamás Mihály, György Molnár,
      Gábor Presser, Tamás Somló

      All in all this is a readily available (on Amazon) piece of music history and definitely something worth having! Enjoy!

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