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3.87 | 62 ratings | 5 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pimp city (7:26)
2. Start anew (3:22)
3. U.V. Melody (0:32)
4. Memories (7:08)
5. The players (Of the game) (5:49)
6. Marathon II (5:24)
7. Sedona (4:07)
8. Close your eyes (5:45)

Total Time: 39:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Ponczek / Hammond organ, MiniMoog, PolyMoog, Chamberlin, Rhodes
- Wils Sharpe / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Brad Stephenson / bass, double bass, bass pedals, vocals
- Mark Richards / percussion, Moog, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Burl Seslar

LP Capitol Records ‎- ST 11616 (1977, US)

CD Capitol Records ‎- TOCP-70695 (2009, Japan) Remastered

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ETHOS Open Up ratings distribution

(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by loserboy
4 stars ETHOS were an excellent 70's US based 4 piece prog rock band whose second album "Open Up" remains a landmark album for this music lover. Fans of classic 70's prog will love this album with their great epic passages (a la YES) with complex syncopation (aka SPOCK'S BEARD, GENTLE GIANT and KING CRIMSON) and pastoral moments full of the glorious mellotron. In many ways they remind me musically of a cross of FIREBALLET and YES. ETHOS were Brad Stephenson (bass, string bass, moog bass pedals), Mark Richards (percussion, moog drums), Michael Ponczek (mini moog, poly-moog, Hammond, organ, Rhodes piano, mellotron) and Wil Sharpe (acoustic and electric guitars). Their overall sound is full and rich with some real creative and challenging parts yet controlled and highly symphonic. A truely amazing little album that I recommed to all prog rock lovers.
Review by Warthur
3 stars Ethos play in a style with touches from a range of prog groups of the era - there's some very Chris Squire bass from Brad Stephenson and Robert Fripp guitar from Will Sharpe, for instance - with an overall sound reminiscent of a looser and more ragged around the edges take on classic Yes mingled with Lizard-era King Crimson, with an injection of mercurial unpredictability which serves their ends well. And what Yesalike would be complete without a little hippy-dippy New Agery - in this case, coming in the form of the Utopian vision of Sedona, whilst non-prog influences creep in with material like the glam rock-ish Pimp CIty. In short, an interesting little package which would surely have received more attention had it come out four years or so earlier, but isn't especially revolutionary.

Latest members reviews

5 stars imagine a meeting of countless influences of great bands from the most different styles of progressive music ! This is the best deffinition of Etho's style. Some kind of mosaic very well mounted, starting from the mixture of Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Kansas, Return to Forever, King Crins ... (read more)

Report this review (#240488) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, September 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars As she was cleaning the burrow just the other day, Mrs L turned to ask me: Why are there so few good US symphonic prog albums Exit? and... please clear away your roadkill after you've finished with it dear...(sigh) mother said as long as he's a herbivore.... This got me thinking and apart fro ... (read more)

Report this review (#174941) | Posted by ExittheLemming | Monday, June 23, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Here is an obscure little gem for all of you prog hunters and colletors out there.This is the only ETHOS lp I have ever run across in over 30 years of collecting,so I think it is safe to say that this group never really enjoyed wide spead popularity.I don't know much about these guys or any of ... (read more)

Report this review (#51129) | Posted by bob x | Monday, October 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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