Steve Hillage ‎– Open

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2135 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, die) Virgin V 2135 UK 1979 Sell This Version
401 050-352 Steve Hillage Open(Cass, Album) Virgin 401 050-352 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
D-401.050, D-401050 Steve Hillage Open(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin, Virgin D-401.050, D-401050 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
201.050-1 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin 201.050-1 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
2473 792 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 792 France 1979 Sell This Version
201 050 320, 201 050 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 050 320, 201 050 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
201050 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin 201050 France 1979 Sell This Version
2473 792 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 792 France 1979 Sell This Version
200.975, V2135 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 200.975, V2135 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
VV-33.038 Y Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin VV-33.038 Y Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
VIL 12135 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin VIL 12135 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
201050-I, 201.050-I Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, Die) Virgin, Virgin 201050-I, 201.050-I Spain 1979 Sell This Version
L 37114 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, RE) Virgin L 37114 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
2473 792, V2135 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, die) Virgin, Virgin 2473 792, V2135 France 1979 Sell This Version
V 2135 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, die) Virgin V 2135 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
401050 Steve Hillage Open(Cass, Album) Virgin 401050 France 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6945, VIRG-6047 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VIP-6945, VIRG-6047 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
VIP-6945, VIRG-6047 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin, Virgin VIP-6945, VIRG-6047 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
CDV 2135 Steve Hillage Open - Featuring Studio Herald(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin CDV 2135 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CAROL 1672-2 Steve Hillage Open - Featuring Studio Herald(CD, Album, RE, RM) Caroline Records CAROL 1672-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
VJCP-68804 Steve Hillage Open(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin VJCP-68804 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
CDVR2135, 00946 3 73459 2 4 Steve Hillage Open(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVR2135, 00946 3 73459 2 4 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
CDVR2135, 00946 373459 24 Steve Hillage Open(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) CDVR2135, 00946 373459 24 Russia 2017 Sell This Version
NN-2000117 Steve Hillage Open - Featuring Studio Herald(CD, Album, Unofficial) Limited Edition (3) NN-2000117 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDVR2135, 00946 3 73459 2 4 Steve Hillage Open(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDVR2135, 00946 3 73459 2 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
OVED 31 Steve Hillage Open(LP, Album, RE) Virgin OVED 31 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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paulf01

paulf01

May 7, 2019
referencing Open, LP, Album, die, V 2135
Former Gong guitarist Steve Hillage gets a dust-down 21st century style, three decades after the original releases. This quadruple simultaneous release follows sharply on the January batch of re-issues Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio, Rainbow Dome Musick. With Prog-Rock becoming more popular than ever amongst new bands and retro visitors to the genre that brought Led Zeppelin, Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis,

Hillage is a must have addition to everyones collection. Not always accessible, Prog Rock, sometimes seen as pompous, self-indulgent and over-blown particularly by musicians such as the Sex Pistols in the mid-70s ( Punk was a knee jerk reaction to it ), it allowed musicians to explore beyond the 3 minute songs of the time. It created a whole new world of music, which, in some ways emulated the classical composers. In effect there were no limits, and sometimes no clearly defined rules, with some songs lasting up to, in this case on Live Herald zooming up to 15 minutes long. Such was its beauty. On Echoes, Pink Floyd managed an entire side of one album with one composition.

Prog was seen as music for the acid generation. In many ways it was the height of musical creativity, yet to be matched.

Open was Hillages penultimate chart entry, and third of 1979 (No.71) Songs follow the usual spacey guitar-synth template reminiscent of Pink Floyd excursions of the time highlighting Hillages continuing freewheeling spirit and cavalier approach.Track 3, New Age Synthesis, draws on a heavy rolling funk riff. Title track Open gets a grand opening with cymbal blast with another funky riff and synth supported by synthesised vocals. Dance - driven Definite Activity is way ahead of its time: if it was picked up by a visionary DJ it would grace any club dancefloor.

The Beatles Getting Better is peculiar inclusion, but an interesting re-working.
Hillages virtual metamorphosis into rhythm funk outfit is best heard on Day After Day, as the rhythm section has a blast, Both Andy Anderson Drums and Paul Francis whilst Hillage adds some clever solo breaks with Getting In Tune a fast and furious follow on. Closing on a bonus track Four Ever Rainbow is a return to his spacey ambience.
In true Prog Rock fashion, Hillage was totally unpredictable; this is why hes still revered to this day.
Elly Roberts