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3.39 | 53 ratings | 6 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Day After Day (6:17)
2. Getting In Tune (3:16)
3. Open (5:16)
4. Definite Activity (4:43)
5. Don't Dither Do It (5:04)
6. The Fire Inside (6:15)
7. Earthrise (8:34)

Total Time: 39:25

Track listing on 1990 CD remaster:
1. Talking To The Sun (5:56) *
2. 1988 Aktivator (2:31) *
3. New Age Synthesist (8:46) *
4. Healing Feeling (6:11) *
5. Earthrise (8:34)
6. Open (5:16)
7. Definite Activity (4:43)
8. Getting Better (Single) (3:01) *
9. Day After Day (6:17)
10. Getting In Tune (3:16)
11. Dont Dither Do It (5:04)
12. The Fire Inside (6:15)

* Bonus tracks, 1-4 from "Live Herald" album

Total time: 65:50


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Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hillage / lead & glissando guitars, vocals, sequencer, Moog (7), co-producer

- Dave Stewart / rhythm guitar & backing vocals (5-7,9-12), synth (12)
- Miquette Giraudy / synthesizers, vocals
- Jean-Philippe Rykiel / synth (12)
- John McKenzie / bass (1-4,8)
- Paul Francis / bass (5-7,9-12)
- Andy Anderson / drums, percussion
- Nick Mason / co-producer (8)

Releases information

LP Virgin - V 2135 (1979, UK)

CD Caroline Records ‎- CAROL 1672-2 (1990, US) Remastered by Steve Hillage w/ 5 bonus tracks

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STEVE HILLAGE Open ratings distribution

(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

STEVE HILLAGE Open reviews

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Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Open had to contend with Green as a previous comparison and whilst totally different in terms of direction it does ROCK in places. ' Day after Day' is one helluva rocker to start your day with. Hillage then shows what punk rock or new wave is all about with ' Getting in tune'. I think he was basically sticking his tongue out at the whole new genre hitting the world at the time. Afterall he had been playing stuff like that years before. The title track is also a great song bringing you back to a sense of reality. There are a couple of weaker moments like ' Don't dither do it' and another punklike effort in ' Definte activity' but Open steps up a gear with the wonderful ' The fire inside' and ' Earthrise'. Maybe Green was his peak but Open was not far off it either.
Review by horza
4 stars Steve Hillage was the first artist I saw play live.The year was 1979 and the tour was the 'Open' tour.I was'nt really sure what to expect.I had a back row ticket for the Glasgow Apollo,and I really can't remember why I was going.Maybe I was accompanying some friends.What I do remember,26 years later,is that two songs into the set I was down the front worshipping my new hero.He had an effortless style and a superb guitar mastery that was hypnotizing.Talking to the Sun is a breathtaking track,full of shimmering synths and dazzling guitar.Open and Don't Dither Do It are prog-funk and demonstrate the ease with which all the band interact and generate rhythyms and riffs which make you feel GOOD.Earthrise has an arabic style groove to it and still captivates me today.I never saw Hillage again.He never came back to Glasgow,and I regret never having had the chance to recreate the feeling I had as a 17 year old.
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars I suppose at this point, in 1979, most prog musicians were having a difficult time releasing good prog albums. What with the press ignoring the genre, except to occasionally put it down, most prog bands were going commercial (with a dismal effect), and even Robert Fripp was calling prog band "dinosaurs", it's no surprise that Hillage waters his sound down here.

I have the CD version, with all those extra songs, but I don't feel any richer for it. Sure, Hillage can still play some great guitar solos, but except for a couple of good tracks, the music is a mix of electronica (mostly sounds that Tangerine Dream had already worn out), new wave, white funk, and even disco. For the most part, the songwriting is bland and tired.

The only real prog points are Earthrise (the only song that sounds like it would fit on one of Hillage's early albums), and The fire inside and fusiony song, that has some nice synth work by Miquette Giraudy. Two good songs don't make up for the rest of the drivel here.

2.5 stars.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This album is different from Hillage's early works. But it doesn't mean it's bad work.

Hillage guitar is still very competitive, even great at the moments. Miquette Giraudy's keyboards are very spacey and really attractive. Even Dave Stewart participates on recording.

Music there is kind of eclectic and transitional mix of spacey keyborads-based compositions with plenty guitar soloings, electronics and new wave elements. In some places you will really feel strong influence of Robert Fripp Gentlemen's music. Progressive rock for late 70-s.

I believe some prog purists will criticize this album. But in whole, it is really strong work of great musicians, with some influences of it's time. CD version is longer, contains 5 additional tracks (comparing with LP version) what makes the album even more eclectic.

Possibly more on emotional level I really like this work. Not essential, but really pleasant and interesting music.

My rating is 3,5 rounded to 4..

Latest members reviews

2 stars SH begins a sudden decline in this album. He had been refractory to musical tendencies for a while and crafted a bunch of great albums in the beginning of his solo career, original, innovative, a style of playing guitar of his own that very few could handle at the time, but inspiration is finite and ... (read more)

Report this review (#1853381) | Posted by poito | Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Tis is a really good record. At first I didn't care much for it but i gave it a chance and now it's a fave. The sequence on the record is better that the cd but Ithink he does a good job on "It's Getting Better." I really like "Getting in Tune," Open" and "Earthrise." ... (read more)

Report this review (#25852) | Posted by | Saturday, January 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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