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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.27 | 36 ratings

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4 stars Quite a gem!

Strangely, I've been familiar with these songs since my childhood in Hungary, largely due to the excellent 1972 live album "Elo Omega", but only in recent times I've heard the studio versions. It's almost like hearing them with a set of fresh ears as the arrangements in the studio are richer, more rounded, partly due to the added lashes of sweeping mellotron work.

In 1971 the band lost two key members who became part of the first Hungarian "supergroup" LOCOMOTIV GT. Surprisingly, it has become a win-win situation for both bands. Back then, OMEGA was barely more than a Teeny-Pop band. Replacing only their lost drummer, the band had drastically changed course and embraced a Hard-Rock/Psychedelic approach.

This album heralds the beginning of their "Floydian" period, representing a virtually instant transformation. The tracks here appear as if Deep Purple meets Pink Floyd around 1972 to quite an enjoyable effect. Relatively coarse Rock blended with intelligent Space material. The longer, closing track "Magical White Stone" is a perfect illustration and remains an outstanding number in general Prog music.

I quite enjoyed this studio version and with the exception of one, or two tracks, I'd have no problem with recommending this album to DP, PF, or Eloy fans.


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