Omega (5)

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Formed in Budapest, Hungary, 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

László Benkő died on 18 November 2020, after a long illness. Tamás Mihály died three days later, on 21 November 2020. János Kóbor died on 6 December 2021. Two days later their management declared "that with the death of János Kóbor, the story of Omega came to an end. The band will no longer perform under the name Omega".

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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LPX 17370 Ezek A Fiatalok — Omega (5) Illés Zenekar* / Metro Együttes* / Omega Együttes* Illés Zenekar* / Metro Együttes* / Omega Együttes* - Ezek A Fiatalok (Album) Qualiton LPX 17370 Hungary 1967 Sell This Version
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LPX 17390, SLPX 17390 Trombitás Frédi És A Rettenetes Emberek — Omega (5) Omega Redstar* Trombitás Frédi És A Rettenetes Emberek (Album) Qualiton, Qualiton LPX 17390, SLPX 17390 Hungary 1968 Sell This Version
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LK 4974 From Hungary — Omega (5) Omega Red Star* From Hungary (Album) Decca LK 4974 UK 1968 Sell This Version
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LPX 17400 10000 Lépés — Omega (5) Omega (5) 10000 Lépés (Album) Qualiton LPX 17400 Hungary 1969 Sell This Version
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SLPX 17414, LPX 17414 Éjszakai Országút — Omega (5) Omega (5) Éjszakai Országút (Album) Qualiton, Qualiton SLPX 17414, LPX 17414 Hungary 1970 Sell This Version
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S LPX 17447 Élő Omega — Omega (5) Omega (5) Élő Omega (Album) Pepita, Pepita S LPX 17447 Hungary 1972 Sell This Version
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SLPX 17457 Omega 5 — Omega (5) Omega (5) Omega 5 (Album) Pepita SLPX 17457 Hungary 1973 Sell This Version
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9167-98007, BLPS 19147 Omega — Omega (5) Omega (5) Omega (Album) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon 9167-98007, BLPS 19147 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
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BLPS 19191 Q Omega III — Omega (5) Omega (5) Omega III (Album) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon BLPS 19191 Q Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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BRY.28017 200 Years After The Last War — Omega (5) Omega (5) 200 Years After The Last War (Album) Bacillus Records BRY.28017 France 1974 Sell This Version
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BMC 64 The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky — Omega (5) Omega (5) The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky (Album) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon BMC 64 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
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SLPX 17483 6 - Nem Tudom A Neved — Omega (5) Omega (5) 6 - Nem Tudom A Neved (Album) Pepita SLPX 17483 Hungary 1975 Sell This Version
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LK 57237 Time Robber — Omega (5) Omega (5) Time Robber (Album) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon LK 57237 Yugoslavia 1976 Sell This Version
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MK 17523 Omega 7: Időrabló — Omega (5) Omega (5) Omega 7: Időrabló (Album) Pepita MK 17523 Hungary 1977 Sell This Version
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MK 17570 Omega 8: Csillagok Útján — Omega (5) Omega (5) Omega 8: Csillagok Útján (Album) Pepita MK 17570 Hungary 1978 Sell This Version
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BAC 12061 Gammapolis — Omega (5) Omega (5) Gammapolis (Album) Bacillus Records, Bellaphon BAC 12061 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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SPL1-7152, SLP1 7152 Skyrover — Omega (5) Omega (5) Skyrover (Album) Bacillus Records SPL1-7152, SLP1 7152 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
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K22P-114-5 Élő Omega Kisstadion '79 — Omega (5) Omega (5) Élő Omega Kisstadion '79 (Album) Pepita K22P-114-5 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
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SLPX 17655 Kisstadion '80 — Omega (5) Omega (5) / Locomotiv GT / Beatrice (6) Omega (5) / Locomotiv GT / Beatrice (6) - Kisstadion '80 (Album) Pepita SLPX 17655 Hungary 1980 Sell This Version
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MK 17690 Az Arc — Omega (5) Omega (5) Az Arc (Album) Pepita MK 17690 Hungary 1981 Sell This Version
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WEA 58 329 Working — Omega (5) Ωmega* Working (Album) WEA WEA 58 329 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
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SLPX 17747 XI. — Omega (5) Omega (5) XI. (Album) Pepita SLPX 17747 Hungary 1982 Sell This Version
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SLPM 17777-78 Jubileumi Koncert — Omega (5) Omega (5) Jubileumi Koncert (Album) Pepita SLPM 17777-78 Hungary 1983 Sell This Version
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MK 17865 OMEGA 12 - A Föld Árnyékos Oldalán — Omega (5) Omega (5) OMEGA 12 - A Föld Árnyékos Oldalán (Album) Favorit MK 17865 Hungary 1986 Sell This Version
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SLPM 37097 Babylon — Omega (5) Omega (5) Babylon (Album) Favorit SLPM 37097 Hungary 1987 Sell This Version