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Close-Up Series Box set, CD+DVD

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Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut ... Read more in Amazon's Suzanne Vega Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00J2V51ZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1985, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega released her stunning self-titled debut album. 25 years and 7 million albums sold later, Suzanne is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Suzanne reinterpreted a majority of her catalogue in a close and personal manner, creating 4 new thematic albums that were released over 2010-2012. Now Suzanne has combined all 4CD's from the Close-Up series in a hardcover book with 68 pages of photos, and lyrics, including photos taken by Suzanne. The book also contains an extra CD with all of the bonus tracks previously only available separately and or digitally. Suzanne has also included a DVD of her Close-Up show at City Winery in New York City, which has live acoustic versions of some of fans favourite songs as well as some songs you have never heard live before. The DVD also features a backstage interview and some behind the scenes footage of rehearsal for the show.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dh on 20 Aug. 2014
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This is a beautiful set; the recordings are outstanding and bring out the quality of Suzanne's songwriting. The sequencing and thematic choice of songs work well to make each disc a coherent album. In addition to the four original Close Up albums the package includes excellent bonus material and the presentation of the set is superb. Excellent value for money and a collection to treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2014
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All of these Close Up albums from Suzanne Vega are really excellent. For me these stripped-down re-workings of her songs shed a new light on many of them and in a lot of cases I prefer them to the originals.

That haunting voice is still wonderful - a little huskier and more breathy perhaps which only adds to the atmosphere of the recording. The principal instrument is her acoustic guitar, played beautifully and often solo but augmented by delicate additions of things like organ and electric lead where appropriate. It takes really good material to shine with such minimal production, and these complex, often quirky songs show what very fine music and lyrics Vega has produced. The whole thing sounds intimate and personal (as was the intention), made more so by being quite close-miked and beautifully recorded. It is simply excellent throughout with great hits sounding original and fresh (there is a simply stunning version of Luka, for example), and less well-known songs making you wonder why they are less well-known.

You almost certainly know Suzanne Vega's work if you are considering this, and are perhaps wondering whether you need new versions of songs you already own and love. I wondered the same thing but took a chance on this series and I'm delighted I did. I was worried it might be like those outtakes and demo versions which get added as bonus tracks to CDs and often aren't very good. These albums are nothing like that at all - they are a joy. This package also contains a disc of material not included on the original four CDs and DVD of a fine live set, making it excellent value, too

I think this box contains some of Suzanne Vega's best work, and I recommend it very warmly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilly on 27 Sept. 2014
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If you don't own any of the Close-Up series this is the perfect way to get them all in one amazing package. Such a great talent and these stripped back versions of her back catalogue are spellbinding, bonus disc and dvd are brilliant too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reveva on 28 Aug. 2014
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A beautiful box set with lovely pictures and all the bonus material on an extra disc (as well as a DVD).
Grab it while you can.
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