Alpha to Omega

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In 1970, near Zurich, 20 teenagers founded the chorus les Amis. The chorus sung gospels and quickly became quite successful, garnering a following via its many live performances throughout Switzerland.…
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In 1970, near Zurich, 20 teenagers founded the chorus les Amis. The chorus sung gospels and quickly became quite successful, garnering a following via its many live performances throughout Switzerland. Some of the members of les Amis grew tired of the chorus and began working on a project of their own: a progressive rock band, Alpha to Omega. The band consisted of Fredy Baumann, Fritz Beerstecher, Priska Weidmann, and Erica Laederach on vocals; Pierre Laederach (piano); JC Laederach (flute, vocals); Peter Ohno (guitar, vocals); Werner Homberger (guitar); Jurg Gallo (bass); and dual drummers Renaud Suter and Rene Liniger. Alpha to Omega recorded and performed over the next five years, with a chorus that grew at times to include over 100 members. Work on the band's debut album, the concept rock opera A Life, gradually appropriated much of its time and performances became rare, causing one after another of Alpha to Omega's members to exit the band. When recording was finally complete, the band had been whittled down to only one member: Fredy Baumann. He decided to spend all his money on a pressing of 600 records, one of which found its way to the only Swiss radio station in existence at the time, Radio Beromunster. As it so happened, at the very same time, the Swiss government had sponsored and released a rock opera of its own, and A Life was not simply favorably compared to that project, but was instead declared far better by the station. Within days, Radio Beromunster received bags full of fan letters concerning Alpha to Omega, and the small pressing of records sold out in mere days.

More records were not pressed due to an odd occurrence. An agent of Cat Stevens had heard the airplay being given to A Life. Impressed and intrigued by the story and music, he attempted to buy the entire rights to the story from the band. The band was unwilling to sell, so the words and music were slightly changed, and, six months later, the "Alpha to Omega" project was released in England "by" Cat Stevens, with additional help and appearances from Elton John and other notable recording artists. A similar "Alpha to Omega" project was released in Australia. Black Rills Records officially reissued A Life in 1997. Many of the former members of Alpha to Omega re-formed in 1997 and began playing as Mu, recording new songs in a style similar to their former outfit.