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26 Feb 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2007 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:19:39
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  • ASIN: B001I1B81K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,162 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 24 Mar 2007
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By the late seventies, some of my mates who liked similar music to me were starting to go off the funkier directions Steve Hillage was taking in his music. The masterpiece that is "Green" and the superb "Live Herald," including four studio tracks (Studio Herald) seeming to sate their apetite somewhat.

The four studio tracks are, once again, presented here first and still shine as brightly now as they did back then. The album "Open" then starts in earnest, the tracks in a different order to the original LP release and with the single "It's Getting Better" once again placed as track 8.

I, personally, loved this collection of tracks, "Earthrise" being superb, although I can understand why some fans were thrown by the evolution in musical style in many of the tracks that follow. Surprisingly, the title track, with its ringing tone sound effects (WOOHH!), seems rather naive and dated at first these days, then the second half of the track starts and all doubt is blown away. "Definite Activity" is still a fantastic stomper of a track, the rhythm getting into you and forcing you to move along with it. After the excellent Beatles cover, things get more serious, a real tour de force being "The Fire Inside," with some superb synth playing.

Of the bonus tracks, it's the amazing R&R backing version of Don't Dither Do It that truly surprises. I just can't get a huge broad grin off my face listening to it and wish it could have been completed in this style, never having heard Mr Hillage boogie this way..... The final track is a lovely, peaceful ending to this CD and I very much look forward to buying the re-mastered "Rainbow Dome Musick," this being my fouth purchase of the album in one format or another..........
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2007
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By 1979 Steve Hillage had weaved a long musical path since his debut solo album, 75's "Fish Rising". The music on "Open" bore little relation to that debut. The influence of punk and funk had seeped well into the grooves on such tracks as "1988 Aktivator" and "Getting In Tune". Not that the quality of the songwriting or playing had suffered. On the contrary, Hillage was able to seamlessly incorporate the different influences into his own musical language. The music on "Open" reflected the cover design; bold, colourful, fun and minimal. The arrangements were kept unfussy, the band playing tight and sharp.

As per the original CD release, this remaster includes the studio tracks from "Live Herald", placed at the beginning as they were recorded prior to the "Open" sessions. There is even room for a couple of extra bonus tracks in the form of an earlier version of "Don't Dither Do It", which amazingly dates back to the "Fish Rising" sessions and an alternate mix of part of his ambient classic "Four Ever Rainbow". So at just under 80 minutes this CD is packed to bursting point with scintillating sounds! It does feel that Hillage had fun making this. There is a lightness of touch to tracks like "Talking to the Sun" and "New Age Synthesis (Unzipping the Zype)" which are bursting with bravura. Even now it sounds fresh and invigorating. But my favourite has always been "The Fire Inside". This track has wonderful synth work by Jean-Philippe Rykiel and a gorgeous moog solo at the end by Hillage's old mucker Dave Stewart. This solo is very much in the style of his work with Bruford. Wonderful! By the way this Dave Stewart (Hatfield and the North, National Health) should not be confused with the other Dave Stewart who plays guitar on the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2009
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An unusual rehash of a back catalogue this. How many other albums begin with four tracks from a different album? Still it makes some sense. The studio tracks from 'Herald' are a genuine bonus, beginning with 'Talking To The Sun', which, with its spaced out synth rhythms, seems to pick up where the excellent 'Green' left off. The furious pace of '1988 Aktivator' sounds like Hillage's nod to the breeze left by punk, a quality it shares with 'Getting In Tune'. The Arabian feel of 'Earthrise' is a surprise, as is the unashamed disco-fest of 'Definite Activity'. Much as I like 'Open', however, I can't get quite as excited as the other reviewers. Hillage's earlier albums demand more attention than this, but it's well worth a listen.
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