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Omega - 1988 Platina (1977-1987)

ALBUM: Platina (1977-1987)
LABEL: Favorit
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: János Kóbor - lead vocals * György Molnár - guitars * László Benko - keyboards, vocals * Tamás Mihály - bass, vocals * Ferenc Debreczeni - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hajnali óceán * 02 Babylon * 03 Nyári éjek asszonya * 04 Hallgatag szív * 05 Fekete pillangó * 06 A föld árnyékos oldalán * 07 Holdvirág * 08 ?rültek órája * 09 Ezüst es? * 10 Kemény játék * 11 Id?rabló * 12 Életfogytig rock and roll * 13 Léna * 14 Éjféli koncert


After 1987's towering AOR outing 'Babylon', Omega went on a sabbatical but not before unleashing this beauty, spanning their essential AOR years and missing the earlier prog works (that era has its own compilation, for those interested). With a cover based on their crowning commercial achievement 'Gammapolis', and their talismanic Omega symbol in pride of place, this looked a very appealing and inviting compilation disc to kick-start my Omega collection. But does the track-list do the rest of the package justice?

The Songs
In short, yes. The first half is dominated by recent hits from their 'Babylon' and 'A Fold Arnyekos Oldalan' albums, well sequenced and no need for the skip button. Further in we get hits from the 'Az Arc (Working)' album from 1981, as well as a fair compliment of classics from their space AOR trilogy: 'Time Robber' (1977), 'Skyrover' (1978) and 'Gammapolis' (1979). These three records were the pinnacle of their commercial success, featuring some of the best prog/pomp AOR to be found in the late 70's. Rockers outnumber ballads, always a good balance in my book. The only drawback I can detect is a lack of tracks from 1982's 'XI' album, a hi tech power AOR classic in it's own right, tracks like 'Koteltanc (Walking The Tightrope)' and 'Alternative Route' would have been most welcome, but all the more reason to get hold of that album I suppose.

In Summary
This minor detail aside, 'Platina' is easily worth all the hoops I had to jump through to get a copy, eventually locating a second hand record store in Moscow with one in stock. This is the perfect introduction to Omega's AOR work and illustrates exactly why they are the undisputed kings of iron curtain AOR, heading up a very strong scene that ran parallel to the one we're more familiar with. Bands like FSB, Karat, Signal, City and East all made telling contributions, but Omega presides over the scene without question. After 'Platina', the comeback concert 'Nepstadion' (1994) was released as two single discs, followed by 1995's studio effort 'Trancendent', released in both Hungarian and English versions. Next chapter soon.

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#1 | Eric on July 17 2013 04:01:42
Never seen this one before. Cool!
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 17 2013 06:02:46
Interesting band. You find most of the albums here
#3 | gdazegod on July 17 2013 06:20:49
Some of the fileshares are pretty low quality though, 128kbps.
#4 | DEMONAOR on July 17 2013 08:08:48
Yes they are. I picked up the 86 and 87 album on Soulseek in 192kbps quality.
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