THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
644) Omega — “Tűzvihar”/(“Firestorm”)
Another sizzling, forró number from Hungary’s greatest rock band. Sorry, this one wasn’t adopted by the Scorpions (see #195), but it is nevertheless a “devastating hard boogie” (Soviet Sam, http://sovietsam.blogspot.com/2013/09/omega-10000-lepes-1969.html?m=1), “a psychedelic blues based hard rock song which describes the story of a raging wildfire which ravages the country”. (MusicStack, https://www.musicstack.com/item/17313035)
As to Omega, Yuri German tells us:
The most successful Hungarian rock band in history, Omega was formed in 1962 in Budapest by a group of friends. . . . As with many other rock groups of the early ’60s, the band’s repertory largely consisted of songs by popular British bands of the period. Only in 1967, when they were joined by Gábor Presser (keyboards, vocals), did they began recording their own songs and issuing a few singles. Presser’s mixture of rock with elements of jazz and folk proved to be a winning formula. In 1968, John Martin, the manager of the Spencer Davis Group, invited them for a tour in Great Britain . . . . The band sealed their success with two subsequent LPs [including] 10,000 lépés (10,000 Steps) (1969) [from which today’s song is taken]. Their 1969 song “Gyöngyhajú lány” (The Girl with Pearls in Her Hair) became their first international hit and was later reworked by the Scorpions into “White Dove” in the mid-’90s.https://www.allmusic.com/artist/omega-mn0001073347
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