OMEGA - Gammapolis - 12" LP VINYL Album

- BACILLUS Records Gatefold Album Cover

In 1978, Hungarian rock band Omega released "Gammapolis", a progressive rock album that pushed musical boundaries in communist Hungary. The album, produced by Péter Erdős, featured a blend of psychedelia, space rock, and hard rock, exploring themes of space exploration and societal change. Recorded at Pannónia Filmstúdió in Budapest, the album's lyrics cleverly evaded censorship while still conveying the band's message. With charismatic vocals from János Kóbor and innovative instrumentals, "Gammapolis" solidified Omega's place as a leading force in Hungarian rock.

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Gammapolis" (1978): A Hungarian Progressive Rock Odyssey

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.

Historical Context and Musical Exploration

Released in 1978 on the state-owned BACILLUS Records label, "Gammapolis" was a bold departure from the prevailing musical trends in communist Hungary. The album showcased Omega's willingness to experiment with progressive rock, a genre often associated with Western decadence and individualism.

Omega, comprised of János Kóbor (vocals), György Molnár (guitar), László Benkő (keyboards), Tamás Mihály (bass), and Ferenc Debreceni (drums), embarked on a sonic journey that blended elements of psychedelia, space rock, and hard rock. This musical exploration was not without its challenges, as the band had to navigate the restrictions imposed by the communist regime.

Controversies and Creative Freedom

The album's lyrical content, often touching on themes of space exploration, technology, and societal change, raised eyebrows among the authorities. However, Omega cleverly used metaphors and symbolism to express their ideas, evading censorship while still conveying their message.

Production and Studio

"Gammapolis" was recorded at the state-of-the-art Pannónia Filmstúdió in Budapest, a testament to the band's growing popularity and recognition. The album was produced by Péter Erdős, a prominent figure in the Hungarian music industry, who played a crucial role in promoting and supporting Omega's creative endeavors.

Musicians and Their Contributions

Each member of Omega brought their unique talents to "Gammapolis." János Kóbor's charismatic vocals and stage presence were a driving force, while György Molnár's innovative guitar work and László Benkő's keyboard wizardry added depth and complexity to the music. The rhythm section, consisting of Tamás Mihály on bass and Ferenc Debreceni on drums, provided a solid foundation for the band's sonic explorations.

Collector Notes: 

Side Two: song 5 is spelled "Gammapolis II" (not Gammapolis 2)

Rights Society: GEMA

Label Code: LC4297

Music Genre:

 Hungarian Prog Rock 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "OMEGA - Gammapolis" was produced by: Omega

This album was recorded at: Europasound Studios, Offenbach/Germany

Album cover design: Istvan Nyari

Record Label & Catalognr:

BACILLUS Records BAC 2061

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1978 Made in Germany

Year & Country:

 1978 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: OMEGA - Gammapolis
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Tamás Mihály
  • Ferenc Debreceni
  • György Molnár
  • László Benkő
  • János Kóbor
Complete Track-listing of the album "OMEGA - Gammapolis"

The detailed tracklist of this record "OMEGA - Gammapolis" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Dawn In The City 7:10
  2. Lady Of The Summer Night 4:32
  3. Rush Hour 4:39
  4. Return Of The Outcast 4:25
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Start 2:25
  2. Gammapolis 4:03
  3. The Man Without A Face 2:02
  4. Silver Rain 5:16
  5. Gammapolis

 

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Photo Of The Back Cover OMEGA - Gammapolis BACILLUS Records Gatefold Cover 12" LP VINYL Album

 

OMEGA - Gammapolis BACILLUS Records Gatefold Cover 12" LP VINYL Album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label OMEGA - Gammapolis BACILLUS Records Gatefold Cover 12" LP VINYL Album

"Gammapolis" Record Label Details: BACILLUS Records BAC 2061 ℗ 1978 Sound Copyright

"Gammapolis" Record Label Details: BACILLUS Records BAC 2061 ℗ 1978 Sound Copyright

Side Two Close up of record's label OMEGA - Gammapolis BACILLUS Records Gatefold Cover 12" LP VINYL Album

Record Label Details: BACILLUS Records BAC 2061 ℗ 1978 Sound Copyright

Record Label Details: BACILLUS Records BAC 2061 ℗ 1978 Sound Copyright
 
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