Omega (5)

Also known as Омега, Gruppe Omega, Omega, Omega Együttes, OMEGA Ensemble, Omega Ensemble Budapest, Omega Group, Omega Red Star, Omega Redstar, Omega-Együttes, OMEGA-Ensemble, Zespół Gitarowy
Members of Omega (5): Ferenc Debreceni, Gábor Presser, György Molnár, János Kóbor, József Laux, László Benkő, Tamás Mihály
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.omega.hu/

Discography of Omega (5):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Omega 10 Audio 1972 AMIGA
2 Az Arc 12 Audio 1981 Pepita
3 200 Years After The Last War 4 Audio 1974 Bacillus Records
4 Miss World 3 Audio 1994 Gong
5 200 Years After The Last War 4 Audio Bacillus Records
6 Time Robber 5 Audio 1981 Bacillus Records
7 Gammapolis 9 Audio 1978 Bacillus Records
8 On Tour 8 Audio 1977 Bacillus Records
9 Omega 7 Audio 1973 Bacillus Records
10 Omega III 9 Audio 1974 Bacillus Records
11 The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky 6 Audio 1975
12 Kisstadion '80 12 Audio 1980 Pepita
13 Skyrover 9 Audio 1978 Bacillus Records
14 Ezek A Fiatalok 12 Audio 1967 Qualiton
15 The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky 6 Audio 1977
16 Éjszakai Országút 12 Audio 1970
17 10000 Lépés 10 Audio 1969
18 Omega 8: Csillagok Útján 9 Audio 1978 Pepita
19 XI. 10 Audio 1982 Pepita
20 Skyrover 9 Audio 1978 Fantasy
21 Break The Chain / Tower Of Babel 3 Audio 1996 Crystal Entertainment BV
22 Rush Hour 2 Audio 1979-03-00 Bacillus Records
23 Gammapolis 9 Audio 1978 Music-Box
24 Omega 5 13 Audio 1973 Pepita
25 Volt Egy Bohóc / Nem Tilthatom Meg 2 Audio 1968 Qualiton
26 Time Robber 5 Audio 1976
27 Élő Omega 9 Audio 1972
28 Égi Jel 13 Audio 2006 Universal Music Kft.
29 Égi Jel 14 Audio 2006 Zebra (2)
30 From Hungary 11 Audio 2007 Universal Music Kft.
31 6 - Nem Tudom A Neved 7 Audio 1975 Pepita
32 Gammapolis 9 Audio 1979 Pepita
33 Trombitás Frédi És A Rettenetes Emberek 11 Audio 1968 Qualiton
34 Omega 7 Audio 1991 Bacillus Records
35 Time Robber 5 Audio 1976
36 Omega 7 Audio 1976
37 The Best Of Vol.2 1976 - 1980 13 Audio 2005 MEGA Multimedia
38 Titanium 1962-2002 17 Audio 2001 Hungaroton
39 Ballada A Fegyverkovács Fiáról / Snuki 2 Audio 1970 Qualiton
40 A Könyvelő Álma 2 Audio 1976 Pepita
41 Naplemente / Régi Csibészek 2 Audio 1969 Qualiton
42 Kiabálj, Énekelj / Most Már Olyan Mindegy 2 Audio 1968 Qualiton
43 Régvárt Kedvesem / 200 Évvel Az Utolsó Háború Után 2 Audio 1971 Pepita
44 10000 Lépés 10 Audio 1992 Mega (5)
45 Élő Omega 9 Audio 1992 Mega (5)
46 Omega 5 13 Audio 1992
47 Éjszakai Országút 12 Audio 1992 Mega (5)
48 Trombitás Frédi És A Rettenetes Emberek 11 Audio 1992 Mega (5)
49 Ezek A Fiatalok 12 Audio 1967 Qualiton
50 Aranyalbum 1969-1971 12 Audio 1979 Pepita


Formed in Budapest in September, 1962 by the winds player László Benkő on organ and János Kóbor as a singer and rhythm guitarist, they initially performed covers of British and American rock songs, frequently changing the lineup of members. In 1967 Tamás Mihály came on bass, Gábor Presser joined on keyboards and began writing original music for the band (in 1968 György Molnár became a lead guitarist), contributing to the release of three LPs before leaving the band with József Laux, a drummer from 1962, to form Locomotiv GT in spring 1971. These first albums were heavily influenced by the music of The Beatles and psychedelic rock, but they also looked forward to the band's future more hard rock, then progressive and space-rock styles. After Presser and Laux's departure, the band found a new drummer (Ferenc Debreceni (later as Debreczeni) came from group Neoton) and appointed Benkő as the main keyboardsman, in August 1971 creating the current lineup, which has remained the same for over 30 years:

János Kóbor ("Mecky"), lead vocals

György Molnár ("Elefánt"), guitars

László Benkő ("Laci"), keyboards, vocals

Tamás Mihály ("Misi"), bass, vocals

Ferenc Debreceni ("Ciki"), drums

This lineup of Omega released ten more albums from 1972 to 1987. Many of these were released both in Hungarian and in English, in the hopes of generating wider interest in their music. However, the contents of the English albums often differed from their Hungarian counterparts, sometimes assembling tracks from several different albums and nearly always changing the song order. Following a few years of inactivity, the band reunited in 1994, with former member Gábor Presser joining them at concerts and contributing several tracks to 1995's Trans And Dance.

Omega has achieved great international success through releases in multiple languages, and tours in England and Germany in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Their 1969 song "Gyöngyhajú lány" became an international hit, and was later covered by Griva on their 1987 self-titled album, with the title "Devojka biserne kose", and by Scorpions on a 1995 live release, with new lyrics and the title "White Dove" (the Hungarian title officially was translated as "Pearls In Her Hair").

Omega’s 16th. Hungarian studio release is 2006’s Égi jel: Omega ("Divine Sign: Omega"), and their latest English release is 1996’s Transcendent. In spring and summer of 2006, they performed their "EurOmega 2006" tour, including concerts in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Berlin and Basel.

As the first part of a trilogy the band released in autumn 2010 Omega Rhapsody.


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