Saturday, 6 January 2018

Suzanne Vega - Days Of Open Hand (1990)

Days Of Open Hand - Suzanne Vega

Days of Open Hand

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Days of Open Hand
Days of Open Hand - Suzanne Vega.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
ReleasedApril 10, 1990
StudioSkyline Studios, RPM Studios
GenreFolk rockpop
ProducerAnton Sanko, Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega chronology
Solitude Standing
Days of Open Hand
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauB−[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Days of Open Hand is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, released in April 1990 by A&M RecordsAnton Sanko and Vega produced the album. It won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package in 1991.
By her third album, Days of Open Hand, released in 1990, she felt trapped by industry expectation.
“We worked for a whole year on that album. In the end I wasn’t really happy with it and there was this palpable sense of disappointment that we’d only sold a million copies. Now that seems really ridiculous. It felt like a crime that we didn’t sell three million!” [6]



Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.
1."Tired of Sleeping"4:22
2."Men in a War"4:47
3."Rusted Pipe" (Vega/Sanko)4:16
4."Book of Dreams" (Vega/Sanko)3:22
5."Institution Green" (Vega/Sanko)6:15
6."Those Whole Girls (Run in Grace)"3:09
7."Room off the Street" (Vega/Sanko)3:00
8."Big Space" (Vega/Sanko)3:46
10."Fifty-Fifty Chance"2:36
11."Pilgrimage" (Vega/Sanko)5:10


  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Hugh Padgham – mixing
  • Pat McCarthy – engineer
  • Pat Dillett – assistant engineer
  • Geoff Keehn – engineer
  • Jeff Lippay – assistant engineer
  • Jon Goldberger – assistant engineer
  • Kurt Munkasci – string engineer[7]


Chart (1990)Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8]74
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9]9
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10]29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11]16
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12]24
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13]16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14]19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15]19
UK Albums (OCC)[16]7
US Billboard 200[17]50


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18]Gold100,000^
Worldwide (IFPI)N/A1,000,000[19]
^shipments figures based on certification alone


YearSingleChartPeak position
1990"Book of Dreams"Billboard Modern Rock Tracks8
UK Singles Chart66[20]

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