Days of Open Hand

Days of Open Hand

by Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega


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Suzanne Vega is a beautiful example of an artist excelling despite her limitations. While the singer-songwriter doesn't have much of a voice, she has no problem being incredibly expressive. Subtlety is the quality that defines Days of Open Hand, an album every bit as compelling as the superb Solitude Standing. Vega doesn't need to shout or preach in order to get her points across. On "Men in a War," the folk-pop-rock explorer examines the plight of disabled veterans without expressing the type of anger that Bruce Cockburn would when addressing such a subject. Restrained and understated, treasures like "Those Whole Girls (Run in Grace)," "Rusted Pipe" and "Room Off the Street" and the unsettling "Institution Green" show that for all their delicacy, Vega's songs can be quite meaty and give listeners a great deal to think about.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021529342
catalogNumber: 5293

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Suzanne Vega   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fairlight
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Glen Velez   Drums
Brown   Viola
Michael Blair   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Bass Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Shaker,Whip,Chinese Drums
Barry Finclair   Violin
Hearn Gadbois   Dumbek
Hae Young Ham   Violin
Richard Horowitz   Ney
Percy Jones   Fretless Bass Guitar
Maria Kitsopoulos   Cello
John Linnell   Accordion
Sandra Park   Violin
Anton Sanko   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Classical Guitar,fairlight,tiple
Erik Sanko   Fretless Bass Guitar
Marc Shulman   Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow,tiple
Frank Vilardi   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Snare Drums
Michael Visceglia   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,5-string Bass
Rebecca Young   Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Tim Baker   Violin

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   String Arrangements
Suzanne Vega   Producer,Art Direction
Geoff Keehn   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Kurt Munkasci   Contributor,String Sessions Supervision
Anton Sanko   Producer,Contributor,drum programming,Sequential Circuits
Frank Vilardi   Contributor
Michael Visceglia   Contributor
Jeffrey Gold   Art Direction
Len Peltier   Art Direction
George Holz   Artwork
Geof Kern   Cover Design

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