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ÉJSZAKAI ORSZÁGÚT (Ω III)

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Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.71 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Oh Jöjj!
2. A hol, boldogságot osztották!
3. Maradj velem
4. Oh, Barbarella
5. H, az elektromos furész
6. Az éjszakai országúton
7. Utcán, a térem
8. Van egy sző
9. Utazas a szürke folyón
10. Olyan szépen mosolygott
11. Egy kis pihenő
12. Vészkijárat

Total Time: 45:42

Bonus tracks on 2003 CD:
13. Ballada a fegyverkovács fiáról (4:27)
14. Sötét a város (4:37)
15. Ülök a hóban (5:00)

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Line-up / Musicians

- János Kobor / lead vocals
- László Benkö / flute, trumpet
- György Molnár / guitar, harmonica
- Gábor Presser / keyboards, vocals
- Tamás Mihály / bass, cello
- József Laux / drums, conga

Releases information

LP Qualiton LPX 17414 (1970 Hungary)

East German label AMIGA published an LP in 1972 which includes 8 songs of this LP

CD MEGA HCD 37586 (1992 Hungary)

CD HUNGAROTON HCD 17414 (2003, Hungary, Remastered, with 3 bonus tracks)

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OMEGA Éjszakai Országút (Ω III) ratings distribution


3.71
(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (30%)
30%
Collectors/fans only (7%)
7%
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Review by Seyo
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4 stars The third Hungarian album is more developed than its predecessor and it is in my opinion the best one featuring this line-up with Gabor Presser (soon to leave and form Lokomotiv GT). Particularly the first half of the record is full of energetic heavy prog rock with acid spices - guitar riffs, stomping rhythm section and nice Hammond organ backing. It is enough to hear first three perfectly played heavy songs so to check what year was this? 1970? OMEGA was actually quite contemporary with this sound! BLACK SABBATH just started while DEEP PURPLE just now turned heavy! Occassionally one can hear flute, piano and harmonica, but the overall sound is extremely heavy, in the best tradition of early British hard rock in the vein of URIAH HEEP.

"Az éjszakai országúton" and "Az Utcán, a térem" are the peak of the album, containing some healthy dose of symphonic arrangements and keyboards. These two tracks would usually be present in later compilations. By the end of the album, musical structure disintegrates a bit, having last 2-3 tracks with unnecessary psychedelic experiments, which together with decent but totally out of place blues number "Oh, Barbarella" prevents this album from being perfectly produced LP.

Still, "Éjszakai Országút" is highly recommended early heavy prog album from the turn of the decade, and surely one of the best non-English East-European albums of this era, pre-dating famous first Yugoslav prog rock albums of Drago Mlinarec, TIME or KORNI GRUPA.

PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

P.A. RATING: 4/5

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3 stars This is one of the coolest psychedelic albums with many sixties influences being heard from the Doors to Hendrix as well as Omega`s own traditionally influenced compositions. If Omega had been singing in English and didn`t have to contend with political restrictions which were in effect back in ... (read more)

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