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Retrospective - the Best of [Limited Edition]

Suzanne Vega Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (16 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Msi Music Corp
  • ASIN: B0000DEPZP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Luka
2. Tom's Diner - The DNA Disciples, Suzanne Vega
3. Marlene on the Wall
4. Caramel
5. 99.9F°
6. Tired of Sleeping
7. Small Blue Thing
8. Blood Makes Noise
9. Left of Center [From Pretty in Pink]
10. (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Caramel [Live][*]
2. Widow's Talk [Live][*]
3. Solitude Standing [Live][*]
4. Blood Makes Noise [Live][*]
5. In Liverpool (Intro/Narrative) [Live][*]
6. In Liverpool [Live][*]
7. Anniversay [#][*][Demo Version]
8. Tom's Diner [Original Version][*]

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega 5 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Summary: A happy reunion with an old friend… and they’ve brought a pressy!!
If you like Suzanne Vega you are not going to be disappointed with 'Retrospective'. Straight in with 'Luka', 'Tom’s Diner' (DNA version), and 'Marlene on the Wall' you’re reminded of the impact and fresh sound she brought to the late 80’s. This collection has been put together to make musical sense rather than simply sticking to the rails of a chronological order. There are twenty one tracks on the main CD and you’re well over halfway before the slightly less familiar songs start to find their way in. There’s no sense that they are fillers, rather they further illustrate the quality of her writing. What you do notice in listening to all these tracks together is the strange, low-key quality of Vega’s delivery. There’s no sense of the dynamics and emotional power you get from someone like Annie Lennox, and yet her voice and words manage to insinuate themselves into your mind. Inevitably though, with this number of tracks, I felt the album started to sag a little about three-quarters of the way through. Save half of it for another day and avoid too many rich treats all at once.
Or… you could put on the second disc! Here’s a bonus collection of six live tracks recorded in May 2003 that showcase Vega and her band at their very best. The quality of both the recording and performance is superb, the live 'Caramel' far more seductive than the studio version, a driving 'Widow’s Walk' that makes you go back and listen again, followed by a rockin’ 'Solitude Standing' and 'Blood Makes Noise', much better as a live track. 'In Liverpool' is introduced with a short poem, the inspiration, one supposes, for the song.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great starter kit + great live tracks. 5 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those that remember 'Luka' or Tom's Diner and always wanted a copy, but the thought of buying a whole album seemed a bit much, this is the ticket. If you heard 'Caramel' in The Truth about Cats and Dogs, here is a chance to hear more of that smooth voice. This is also a great chance for an old fan to catch up. Great gift CD, Best-of's are generally well received. This is prehaps the best way for a fan to introduce friends to Suzanne's work. It give a full spectrum: from the early days, to the era of deep introspection, to her work with Mitchell Froom, to her new era of revitalization.
The chance to hear the new track Anniversary? Wow! A jam packed best-of (you couldn't squeeze even half a song more on the CD) and a live EP how great for the price!
For the American fans shopping here, this is a great chance to hear the hidden jewel "Rosemary". Rosemary was recently voted as a top pick by her fans. Rosemary is perhaps the best combination of her lyric writing talent, music writing and performance, and vocal work. This would be money well spent.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye 2 Jan 2004
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It seems that Suzanne Vega has always been bubbling away in the background - though, for a long time, I quietly wondered what all the fuss was about. When she first broke through with "Marlene on the Wall", all the cool kids at school seemed to really like her. I also remember the really cool fans discussing what was really going on in "The Queen and the Soldier" (and, generally, just how nasty the Queen was). "Luka", released a couple of years later, proved much more popular - and this time, with a much wider crowd. A year or two later, a holiday in France saw "Small Blue Thing" become so associated with a certain girl that, even now, I can't think of one without thinking of the other. After that, the DNA remix of "Tom's Diner" hit the charts just as I was discovering the joys of Guinness. When "No Cheap Thrill" was released, the radio only seemed to play it on Friday evenings as I was driving home from the worst job in the world. Even now, it brings a smile to my face.
I'm not sure if my musical tastes have changed as I've grown older or if it's nostalgia having some sort of effect. Whatever it is, the indifference I once had is now gone. I was about to start picking up her back-catalogue, when I discovered she'd released this Greatest Hits album - just the perfect time for me. All the songs I mentioned above make their appearances, and would form the main highlights for me. (In fact, "Tom's Diner" manages it twice, as both the original version and the DNA remix are included).
With 21 tracks on the 'main' CD and a further 8 on the bonus CD, you certainly get your money's worth with this album. It also means that - given this is the first album by Suzanne I've bought - there's a lot of material I'm not familiar with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Because Suzanne Vega has, over the past 20 years, produced some of the very best rock-poetry you'll find. An artist that's prepared to push things out to the edge lyrically without losing sight of the fact that what makes a song work is a great tune, an exciting, carefully executed arrangement and... beautifully sincere delivery. And, when she gets it right, as this compilation more than adequately shows, the results are quite stunning.

So, if you want to be introduced to the joys on offer start with this and, once you've taken it all in, get ready for a pleasant surprise because, so far, there are only six albums to spend you're hard earned money on. And, unlike most artists' output all of them contain enough "gems" that aren't included here to justify the expense. Sometimes less is better and in Suzanne Vega's case the vast majority of what she's released deserves inclusion in any comprehensive "retrospective" - which, of course, means that an album like this can only be a "sampler" for her superbly consistent and intriguing music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good album
Published 2 months ago by RK
4.0 out of 5 stars A best of...
so the reasons for buying a "best of" or "greatest hits" tend to be.... a) you are an avid fan and want the 2 new tracks or b) you like the artist but don't have... Read more
Published 12 months ago by James C
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it, but it's not for me
I bought this for my wife's birthday. I've listened to it once, and I still don't really like Suzanne Vega's material, but I don't think that's the point - my wife loves it! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ian Hayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, still love her...
Having recently seen SV live for her short tour I realised everything I had of hers was on vinyl. Really glad I got this, I hadn't listened to her music at home for years, great... Read more
Published 18 months ago by donnatello
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
VERY GOOD .Replaced a lost CD.Aquired taste ,Has her own style very polished artist,good singer song writer,good backing and sound quality.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs G Chalker
5.0 out of 5 stars retrospective
I think SUZANNE vEGA IS GREAT AND I THINK THIS HER BEST CD OK IT CONTAINS TRACKS FROM PREVIOUS ALBUMS BUT ALL THE SAME A GOOD BUY
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Peter F. Currigan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Not as good as I would have hoped. Will take some getting used to
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by TJ
4.0 out of 5 stars a great effort
This is a fine effort, considering it is essentially a 'greatest hits'-type piece of music. It consists of 2 CD's, one of her greatest hits, and one 8-track CD of mostly live... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by music_lover
5.0 out of 5 stars She is good
For those of you that are not to familiar with Suzanne Vega this is a very good starting point and well worthy of adding it to your collection.
Published on 16 Aug 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of songs
Suzanne Vega did produce some very interesting music and I have always enjoyed listening to her songs, such super lyrics. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by I. H. C. Mellor
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