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Solitude Standing

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 (12 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000002GHB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tom's Diner
2. Luka
3. Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
4. In The Eye
5. Night Vision
6. Solitude Standing
7. Calypso
8. Language
9. Gypsy
10. Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)
11. Tom's Diner (Reprise)

Product Description

Breakthrough 1987 album featuring 'Luka','Tom's Diner' & 'In The Eye'...arguably her finest hour!

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Over her 20 year career Suzanne Vega has produced a great deal of music that's as good as or better than any of her more famous singer/songwriter peers, with the difference that she'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... sincere delivery. And, when she gets it right, as she does here, the results are quite stunning.

Stand-out tracks such as "Luka", "Solitude Standing" & "In the Eye" suck you in with their exhilarating, wonderfully catchy rock melodies until you listen again to their perfectly metered lyrics and realise that what she's talking about is something far darker and deeper than their melodies suggest. And when she steps back into the more folk based style that this type of rock-poetry is usually found - areas that artists like Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen pioneered - their unusual and above all superbly atmospheric arrangements turn them into something very different and very special. Perfect examples of how to make songs genuinely thoughtful and almost ecstatically enjoyable at the same time.

The result? A beautiful, timeless and unforgettable album that anyone who is into "good music" should have in their collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concert and idea 9 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
Suzanne Vega's recent output involving her 'Close Up' series have deservedly attracted very positive critical acclaim. This full concert of Solitude Standing on CD 1 and some of her best known ( loved) songs on CD 2 continues this excellence. The playing and singing are flawless, the 'chat' in between songs enlightening- she is a very intelligent woman- and as a whole it is a lovely record. Highest recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine live album 24 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a very fine live album, recorded at The Barbican in London in October 2012 to mark 25 years since the release of Solitude Standing. Suzanne Vega sings every song from that classic in the order they appeared on the album, plus several others (including a fine version of Marlene On The Wall). It's a great set, which she and the band do really well.

Suzanne Vega's voice has matured and become slightly deeper and more husky over a quarter of a century and if anything I prefer it now. It gives her often melancholy and atmospheric songs extra depth, and after all her experience of performing she can really put the songs over fantastically. Every track, even the ones that aren't true classics, has real meaning here and even the incredibly familiar, like Gypsy for example, are still genuinely affecting and she is absolutely spellbinding in Tom's Diner. It's a proper live album, without a lot of auto-tune or other airbrushing and Vega doesn't quite hit the occasional note bang in the middle (quite noticeable in Luka and Marlene On The Wall) but I really like that - it's a real performance and this only adds to its genuineness, I think.

The band are excellent and the sound is sort of half-way between the original rich, 80s production and the recent magnificent, stripped down Close-Up albums. There are some amusing and warm anecdotes between songs and appreciative audience reaction, giving the atmosphere of a live concert very well.

I have loved Suzanne Vega's music for many, many years, and genuinely think she is one of the great, original singer-songwriters of the last 30 years. This is a great record of her in concert. I should love to have been there, but this is the next best thing. Very warmly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solitude stands at the Barbican 11 Oct 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Given how much she tours and how at home Suzanne Vega is in the live environment, it's surprising that she hasn't released a live album until now.

Solitude Standing - Live at the Barbican is a two CD set, recorded on the 16th of October 2012. 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Vega's breakthrough second album, and so for a limited number of shows she performed it in its entirety, followed by a selection of other songs.

With a small group of supporting musicians - Gerry Leonard on guitar, Mike Visceglia on bass, Doug Yowell on drums and Hazel Fernandes on backing vocals, Vega is able to replicate quite easily the feel of the album. Sound quality is very good, sounding both clear and crisp.

Whilst a lot of the album has featured heavily in her setlists for the past 25 years, it was good to hear some of the songs that rarely get a live outing - such as In The Eye and Night Vision.

And after a short break, Vega was back to round off the evening with a selection of songs drawn mainly from her 80's and early 90's albums. I've always loved her debut album, so the inclusion of Marlene on the Wall, The Queen and the Solider and Some Journey was a particular pleasure.

Throughout the concert, Suzanne Vega spoke at some length between most of the songs, outlining some of the history about the writing and the meaning of the songs. Some of the stories, such as the one about Gypsy, are quite familiar - but Vega is a born storyteller and the stories are still entertaining, even after all these years.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Concert Live, it's a no frills package, lacking any sleeve notes for example. But this is a minor niggle, as the stripped-down and intimate feel of the performance and the quality of the music is the most important thing.

With her long awaited new album due for release in 2014, Solitude Standing - Live at the Barbican, is a good reminder of the depth and quality of her back catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album
This is such a great album from a genuine singer/songwriter. The songs are a reflection and are poignent even now. Well recommended.
Published 6 days ago by Richard Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I lost this album having bought it many years ago. Am glad to have it again, there are some great songs here.
Published 16 days ago by A. J. Ellison-webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vega
Incredible how all the tracks seem as fresh as the day this album was first released....this really is absolutely flawless.
Published 22 days ago by Pat Garrett
3.0 out of 5 stars NOt so happy with this one
I bought the wrong lp.....I found this a bit of a let down, irrespective of the single. Doesn't stand up to Rickie Lee Jones or Tori Amos.
Published 6 months ago by Bruce Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at The Barbican, Suzanne Vega
Live at the Barbican, Suzanne Vega.
This is Vega at her best with great music and wonderful personal statements when she introduces the songs in the superb sets.
Published 7 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Artist
Saw her in concert in my home town, so bought this to relive the concert again. Really good price for two albums in one.
Published 8 months ago by Belinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best!
If you like Suzanne Vega, this is a must have. A live concert proving she can sing for real with entertaining, engaging anecdotes and talk between the songs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. L. Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic live performance full of emotion
what more can i say, a stunning live performance, bringing the studio performances to life!!, buy this recording, you will not be dissapointed
Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. J. Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album let down by poor packaging
Pre-ordered this album as i've been a fan for years. Delivery date was pushed back several times, so I was expecting great things. Album arrived as a cardboard foldout case. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the real best of...
So I always loved Solitude Standing and this live version (plus the additional tracks) is just sublime. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Engineer
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