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3.96 | 118 ratings | 6 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Robber (12:43) :
- a) House Of Cards Part I
- b) Time Robber
- c) House Of Cards Part II
2. Invitation (5:42)
3. Don"t Keep Me Waiting (7:20)
4. An Accountant's Dream (3:40)
5. Late Night Show (6:30)

Total Time: 35:55

Line-up / Musicians

- János Kóbor / lead vocals, percussion
- György Molnár / electric, 12-string & acoustic guitars
- László Benkő / organ, Moog, backing vocals
- Tamás Mihály / bass, vocals
- Ferenc Debreceni / drums, percussion

Releases information

English language version of the album "Omega 7-Időrabló "

Artwork: Walter Seyffer

LP Bacillus Records ‎- BLPS 19233 (1976, Germany)

CD Bacillus Records ‎- 288.09.004 (1987, Germany)
CD Mega ‎- MCDA 87617 (2002, Hungary) English and Hungarian versions remixed/remastered and packed into one disc; New cover art

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OMEGA Time Robber ratings distribution

(118 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. OMEGA deserve a lot of respect for the career they carved out for themselves over a 50 year period including over 30 studio albums. And they are from Hungary but they certainly made waves outside their own country. "Time Robber" from 1976 is my favourite from them but it sure has a strong ELOY flavour to it.

I find every song hit and miss except for the closer which of course is my favourite. "Late Night Show" is that song and it has some depth to it with that upfront bass and drumming but check out the wordless vocals late to end it. Again an ELOY vibe here but this is really good. Least favourite is the one before it "An Accountant's Dream" an uptempo rocker bringing classic rock to mind but thankfully this is the shortest piece.

"Don't Keep me Waiting" is spacey as the vocals arrive before 1 1/2 minutes bringing ELOY to mind as it plods along with bluesy, FLOYD-like guitar. "Invitation" opens with electronics as drums join in then vocals a minute in. Not big on this but the bass and sound during the instrumental section is really good. The opener is a two part affair reminding me of ELOY and we get either really high pitched synths or theremin led passages contrasted with the vocal led sections. This does go into more of a rock territory but theremin is back late.

Again much respect but just not consistent enough or my kind of music overall to give 4 stars. By the way I think it's cool that they used the same colour or hue on five album covers including this one. So '74, '76, '78, '86 and '96.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Omega, the most successful Hungarian treasure, released their best material in the 70s and Time Robber is hailed as the shining jewel among the swag of album releases. 1976 was a pinnacle year for prog rock and Omega hit the ground running with a mega epic on side 1 with Time Robber, a symphonic spacey 3 part suite that features the forceful vocals of Kobor and soaring synth work of Benko.  There are huge dollops of theremin and Moog interlaced with heavy lead guitar rhythmic signatures that keep the ear energized. The album captures the heavier sound of Omega and is replete with ambient atmospheres and ethereal melancholy passages.

Invitation has a dreamy feel and mesmerising melody. Don't keep me Waitin follows with memorable lead guitar passages. I love the melody 4 minutes in, the spacey keyboards form a musicscape to those guitar sounds. Its absolutely beautiful ear candy.

An Acountants Dream is next, with a faster tempo, crashing drums from Debreceni, a rocking rhythm and heavier vocals. A weird curio this one, a diversion with a hint of humour especially the guitar sounds that at one point sound like a duck quacking.

The closing track Late Night Show is a moderate tempo track with strong vocals and time sig switches allowing some keyboard wizardry from Benko.  The acoustic flourishes are peaceful and create a calm mood. It builds to a progressive musical outro with a female vocal and interlocking keyboards.

Overall Time Robber is a gem for Omega showcasing what made the band great and shows why they are hailed as Hungary's finest proggers.

Latest members reviews

5 stars My first contact to Omega was on a sampler including an edited version of the title track of this LP and i was amazed about the music, the sound and off course that voice, so strong, so clear! So some weeks later, i bought the LP on my local record shop and what should i say, it plays on and on f ... (read more)

Report this review (#200740) | Posted by Abominog | Monday, January 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Time Robber A great track with a very majestic feel. The melody is perfectly crafted and the motif played by moog is great. Thesection that comes at around the seventh minute is weaker in all aspects, but it soon merges into a quieter and moodier part, which is essentially the same as the openi ... (read more)

Report this review (#133366) | Posted by Peto | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Generally agreeable keyboard led Euro-Prog with some sections reminding me of Triumvirate, Museo Rosenbach and PFM. The opening synth passage sounds like a direct quote from Jon and Vangelis - Short Stories. But the melodies are not as memorable and the English singing was barely tolerable. T ... (read more)

Report this review (#80372) | Posted by BGrosjean | Monday, June 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This was the first Omega LP to be simutaneously released in the Hungarian (as Idorablo) and English languages, the only difference being the overdubbed vocal tracks. This album features a much more spacey feel to it than previous Omega releases and the title track features extensive moog sythesizers ... (read more)

Report this review (#24380) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Friday, April 2, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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