OMEGA Band Album Cover Gallery 12" Vinyl LP Discography Information

- Prog Rock From Hungary

"OMEGA" is one of the most successful Hungarian rock bands. Formed in Budapest in September, 1962 by the winds player László Benko 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 membersThis is the complete vinyl discography of Omega and lists all albums of Omega released on vinyl LP, click on the links of the album--name to see the full details of each record.



OMEGA Band Description:

  Omega is a Hungarian progressive rock band formed in 1962 in Budapest. Over the course of their nearly 60-year career, they have become one of the most successful and influential bands in Eastern Europe. Omega's unique sound and style has been recognized not only in Hungary but also internationally.

History of Omega

Omega began in 1962 when a group of high school friends formed a band called the "Apaches". The band consisted of János Kóbor (vocals), Tamás Mihály (bass guitar), Ferenc Debreceni (drums), and László Benkő (keyboards). In 1965, they changed their name to Omega and began to explore new musical styles. At first, Omega played covers of popular songs from Western Europe and the United States, but they soon started to incorporate Hungarian folk music into their sound.

In 1968, Omega released their first album, "Omega Red Star from Hungary," which was a critical and commercial success. Their sound combined elements of rock, folk, and classical music, which was unlike anything else in Hungary at the time. Over the next few years, Omega released a series of albums that helped to define the sound of Hungarian rock music.

In the 1970s, Omega continued to evolve and experiment with their sound. They incorporated synthesizers and other electronic instruments, which gave their music a futuristic feel. The band also started to incorporate more political and social commentary into their lyrics. This was especially evident in their 1976 album, "Time Robber," which criticized the oppression and lack of freedom in Hungary at the time.

In the 1980s, Omega's popularity continued to grow both in Hungary and internationally. They toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia, and their music was featured in several movies and TV shows. The band also continued to release new albums, including "Working," which was a concept album about the struggles of the working class.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Omega continued to tour and release new music. In 1994, they performed a concert at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to celebrate Hungary's entry into the European Union. In 2006, they performed a series of concerts in Hungary to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Impact of Omega

Omega's influence on the Hungarian music scene cannot be overstated. They were one of the first bands to combine Western rock music with Hungarian folk music, which helped to create a unique sound that has since become synonymous with Hungarian rock music. Omega's success also helped to pave the way for other Hungarian bands to gain recognition both in Hungary and internationally.

Omega's influence can also be seen in the global music scene. Their music has been sampled by several hip-hop and electronic artists, and their sound has been cited as an influence by bands such as Radiohead and Muse. Omega's music has also been featured in several movies and TV shows, including "The Martian" and "Stranger Things."

Omega: 50+ Years of Progressive Rock Innovation - The Complete Vinyl Discography from Red Star to the Last Hour,
OMEGA - Gammapolis 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - Gammapolis album front cover vinyl record

In the heart of the Cold War era, Hungarian rock band Omega released "Gammapolis," a groundbreaking progressive rock album that defied both musical and political boundaries.

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OMEGA - Hall of Floaters in the Sky (BACILLUS Versions)
OMEGA - Hall of Floaters in the Sky (BACILLUS Versions)  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1975, Hungarian rock band Omega's "The Hall of Floaters in the Sky" became a significant landmark in their career and a testament to their ability to navigate the complexities of creating rock music within a communist state.

- Hall of Floaters in the Sky (BAC 2935) - Hall of Floaters in the Sky (BLPS 19220)
OMEGA - III Quadro 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - III Quadro  album front cover vinyl record

In the heart of the progressive rock era, a groundbreaking album emerged that pushed the boundaries of both musical exploration and audio technology. Released in 1973, Omega's third album, simply titled "Omega III," was a sonic journey that embraced the then-novel concept of quadrophonic sound.

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OMEGA - S/T Self-Titled  12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - S/T Self-Titled  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1973, Omega's self-titled debut album stands as a landmark in Hungarian rock history. Emerging during a time of political and cultural upheaval, the album not only pushed musical boundaries but also reflected the spirit of a generation seeking freedom of expression.

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OMEGA -  On Tour  12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA -  On Tour   album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1977, Omega's "On Tour" album stands as a unique entry in their discography. Despite its title, the album does not contain any live recordings. Instead, it's a compilation of studio tracks, some previously unreleased, capturing the band's progressive rock sound during a pivotal period

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OMEGA - Skyrover 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - Skyrover  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1978 under the title "Csillagok útján" (On the Way of Stars) in Hungary and later as "Skyrover" internationally, this album marked a significant shift in Omega's musical direction. While still rooted in progressive rock, the album embraced a more cosmic and space-themed sound

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OMEGA - Time Robber 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - Time Robber album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1976, Omega's "Time Robber" (or "Időrabló" in Hungarian) marks a significant juncture in the band's evolution. The album's distinct sides showcase the band's versatility, blending symphonic rock with psychedelic influences, and drawing comparisons to early Pink Floyd.

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OMEGA - Working 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - Working  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1981, Omega's "Working" album marked a significant departure from their earlier progressive rock sound. Embracing the burgeoning new wave movement, the album showcased a streamlined, synth-driven sound with a focus on catchy melodies and danceable rhythms.

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OMEGA - XI 12" Vinyl LP
OMEGA - XI  album front cover vinyl record

By the early 1980s, the new wave craze was beginning to wane, and many bands were returning to their original genres. Omega, having explored the new wave landscape, felt a renewed sense of purpose in their established progressive rock style. "XI" was a statement album, a reaffirmation of their identity

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