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Album: Open the Door
Artist: Roger Hodgson
2000 Epic (Sony Music Entertainment Inc.)
CD: 4977392000

Musicians:
Roger Hodgson: vocals (all), guitars (3, 4, 6), 12 string guitar (1, 2, 7, 10), keys (1-4, 6, 9), harmonium (5), piano (6), pipe organ (8, 9), harpsichord (8), bass (8)
Alan Simon: high whistle (1, 6), bodhran (6), harmonica (9)
Loïc Ponthieu: drums (1-5, 7, 9, 10), wavedrum (9)
Laurent Verneret: bass (1-5, 7, 9, 10)
Denis Banarrosh: percussion (1, 3-7, 9, 10)
Gerry Conway: percussion (1, 6), drums (8)
Christophe Negre: saxophone (1, 4, 10)
Bruno Le Rouzic: bagpipe (1)
Pascal Martin: uilleann pipe (1, 6)
Arnaud Dunoyer: Hammond organ (1, 7, 9, 10)
Jean Louis Roques: accordion (1, 7, 10)
Jean Pierre Meneghin: Scottish drums (1)
Gurvan Houdayer: Scottish drums (1)
Marco Canepa: Morse code (1, 10)
Trevor Rabin: electric guitar (2), keys (2), vocals (2)
Olivier Rousseau: piano (2, 3)
Didier Lockwood: violin (3, 6, 8, 9)
Jean Jacques Miteau: harmonica (3)
Claude Samard: banjo (3), dobro slide guitar (3, 4), bouzouki (6, 7), pedal steel guitar (7), oud (9)
Dominique Regef: rebec (5), vielle a roue (6)
Jeff Phillips: drums (6)
Alan Thomson: bass (6)
Zdenek Rys: oboe (6)
Pavel Belohlavek: cello (6)
Michel Gaucher: flute (9)
Manuel Delgado: Spanish guitar (9), palmas (9)
Dan Ar Braz: arpegg. guitar (10)
Ilana Russell, Sierrah Dietz, Justine Black, Molly Katwman: children's chorus (10)
The Symphonic Orchestra of Prague (1, 2, 5, 6, 8-10)óconducted by Mario Klemens
The Bulgarian Voices "Philippopolis" (8, 9)óconducted by Hristo Arabadjiev

Samples from: speech by Queen Elizabeth II (1), Rev. Jesse Jackson (3), Ronald Reagan (3), Sevik the wolf (6)

Produced by Alan Simon & Roger Hodgson
Executive producer: Alan Simon
Engineered by Eric Chauviere, Ken Allardyce (assisted by Tony Shepherd); string parts recorded by Juraj Durovic
Mixed by Marco Canepa
Pro-tools engineer: Alberto Parodi

Tracks:
1. Along Came Mary [Hodgson] (6:25)
2. The More I Look [Hodgson] (4:56)
3. Showdown [Hodgson] (5:20)
4. Hungry [Hodgson] (4:27)
5. The Garden [Hodgson] (2:15)
6. Death and a Zoo [Hodgson] (7:32)
7. Love is a Thousand Times [Hodgson] (3:30)
8. Say Goodbye [Hodgson] (3:57)
9. Open the Door [Hodgson] (8:54)
10. For Every Man [Simon/Hodgson] (4:44)

Orchestral scores by Martin Kumzàk

Notes: (***) A somewhat lacklustre album from former Supertramp member Roger Hodgson, a long-time collaborator with Rabin. Rabin's influence on "The More I Look" is distinctive. Some time before this album was released, Chris Squire was also reported to be guesting on a forthcoming Hodgson solo project, but he does not appear here. (HP, 10 Mar 02)


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