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System 7 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026GIR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Freedom Fighters 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Habibi 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Listen 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Strange Quotations 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Miracle 7:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Over And Out 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Guitarist Steve Hillage had been a wilderness figure after his success with hippy idealist prog-rockers Gong. With the coming of rave and its attendant culture of musical freestyle and Utopianism, he found common ground again with a new generation. Here, collaborators include The Orb, Zoë, Derrick May and Paul Oakenfold. His main musical partner is Miquette Giraudy--a film-maker turned self-taught synth programmer--who provides the digital chassis for this album. "Freedom Fighters" is an idealistic clarion call over a rousing sequencer pattern and a defiantly wailing guitar solo from Hillage. "Altitude" and "Fractal Liaison" are collaborations with Godfather of techno Derrick May, whose minimal austerity offsets Hillage's flights of fretboard fancy. "Habibi" and "Strange Quotations" are graced by the impassioned vocals of Olu Rowe and subtly deployed world music inflections. This is a feel-good album that manages to steer clear of inanity or blandness. --David Stubbs

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lost masterpiece 23 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album of a collaberation between Steve Hillage and Alex Patterson ( The Orb ). Later albums were more ambient.
In my opinion this album has more Steve Hillage influence and has some songs which are top class, Freedom Fighters and Strange Quotations being my favourites,
although the whole album is good. In essence a cross between progressive and trance similar in some aspects to Porcupine Tree,I.Q., Arena, Anathema etc.
I would recommend this album as a lost masterpiece which never got the attention
it deserved.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking debut from System 7.... 14 April 2008
By Robster
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has a wicked sunny afternoon vibe. It sounds VERY early 90's and reminds me a little of The Grid or in places Stereo MC's classic 'Connected' album. It's a teeny-tiny bit dated now and is occasionally patchy, but is still a great slice of nostaligic post-rave, beats-inspired dance music which also features some great dreamy-ambient moments and is extremely easy on the ear.

System 7 evolved into more of a Trance-Techno act after this album, so the following styles are quite different. Subsequent classics like the brilliant 'Seventh Wave' are awesome, but this is well worth a listen.

Great Stuff
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie 24 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a first rate opener for a guy i have seen in concert going back to 1976. Loads of stand out tracks, Habibi and Strange Quotations being two of them. Hillages' guitar sounds permeate through the album and as i've just relistened to it after 20 Years YES 20 Years, it's well chilled in parts and very dancey in others. Pity he went down the trance/techno route which, if it didn't sound dull and uninspiring then, it does now.
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