The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky

Artist: Omega
Label: Bacillius
Catalog#: BLCS 19220
Format: LP
Country: Germany
Released: 1975
A1 Movin' World 6:33
A2 One Man Land 5:52
A3 Magician 6:03
B1 The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky 3:25
B2 Never Feel Shame 8:15
B3 20th Century Town Dweller 6:46

Arranged By, Written-By – Omega (5)
Bass – Tamas Mihaly*
Design [Cover Design] – Helmut Wenske
Drums, Percussion, Bells [Tubular], Backing Vocals – Ferenc Debreceni
Engineer – Barry Hammond
Engineer [Europasound] – Fred Schreier
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar – György Molnár
Illustration [Paintings] – Klaus Holitzka
Lead Vocals – Janos Kóbor*
Mastered By – SST (8)
Orchestrated By – Christian Kolonovits
Organ, Grand Piano, Synthesizer [Moog & Elka Rapsody], Keyboards [Hohner - Klavinett], Piano [Fender], Backing Vocals – Lásló Benkö*
Producer – Peter Hauke


Recorded and mixed at Chipping Norton Studios, England.
Special effects at Europasound-Studios, Germany.
Printed by Johannes Alt GmbH & Co. KG, 6369 Niederdorfelden.
℗ & © 1975 Bellaphon Records
Made in Germany by Bellaphon-Records
Distributed By – Bellaphon
Manufactured By – Bellaphon
Made By – Bellaphon Records
Printed By – Johannes Alt GmbH
Published By – Bellver Music
Published By – Bellver Musikverlag
Recorded At – Chipping Norton Recording Studios
Recorded At – Europasound Studios
Mixed At – Chipping Norton Recording Studios
Mastered At – SST Brüggemann GmbH

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The progressive era wasn't exclusive to Western Europe, though being a rock band under communism was no easy feat. Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Omega was one such band that managed to not only break through the iron curtain, but also the language barrier of their native Uralic tongue. Formed as early as 1962, they made their way through the 60s performing covers, and even managed to secure a UK release on Decca under the name Omega Red Star. Released in 1968, From Hungary offers an album that is mostly sung in English. Slightly psychedelic, slightly jazzy and at the same time highly original, there's little equivalent to their lively 60s sound. Omega released a few more albums that only saw Hungarian release; and by 1971, they stabilized their lineup: vocalist János Kóbor, guitarist György Molnár, keyboardist László Benko, bassist Tamás Mihály and drummer Ferenc Debreceni. In 1972, the band signed with German label Bacillus and, not surprisingly, made the jump to progressive rock. A series of albums were quickly released, all with Peter Hauke producing. Their 1974 release, 200 Years After The Last War, features a brilliant side-long suite, revealing a very polished and symphonic sound that is nonetheless rooted in the blues. Their 1975 release, The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky, was recorded in England's Chipping Norton Studios. Featuring a magnificent cover, the music inside was equally compelling. "One Man Land" rides a heavy rock groove, while "Magician" offers a livelier chorus. Throughout, Benko's keyboards stand out, as does Mihály's rock-solid bass tone. "20th Century Town Dweller" closes the album, again showcasing the band's driving rock sound and deft arrangements. Passport Records even released a compilation in the US the same year, Omega. Through to the end of the 70s, the band issued several more albums with Bacillus, including 1979's best-selling Gammapolis; however, it would be one of their last international releases, as the 80s would see Omega focus on their native Hungary before breaking up in 1987.
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