Suzanne Vega
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Suzanne Vega

16 Mar 1993

5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Freeze Tag (Album Version)
Marlene On The Wall (Album Version)
Small Blue Thing (Album Version)
Straight Lines (Album Version)
Undertow (Album Version)
Some Journey (Album Version)
The Queen And The Soldier
Knight Moves (Album Version)
Neighborhood Girls (Album Version)

Product details

  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1985 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 35:32
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  • ASIN: B001KW85QS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,406 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another world, another vision 6 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was an extraordinary debut album which is as crisp and fresh today as when I first heard it in 1985. This album is a collection of glimpses of stories — some almost narrated, some barely hinted at. But all tantalisingly brief.
Marlene on the Wall is the song that brought this album to the UK public's attention, but the song that riveted me was 'The Queen and the Soldier' on what was then Side 2. It's a haunting almost fairy tale which ends — well, buy the album and find out how it ends. From there I had to go back to Some Journey, which is like a brief scene from a Russian novel, or maybe a half chapter of Michael Strogoff.
Suzanne Vega had already mastered the art of shifting perspective in this album. Knight Moves takes us very close in, right to the moment, while Small Blue Thing is like seeing the song from a great height.
The guitar work is masterful, and eminently playable for those willing to take the trouble to learn it.
Someone once suggested to me that Suzanne Vega's first album was her best, the second her second best, the third her third best, and so on. I don't agree with him, because I think that she develops in different musical directions. But I can see what he meant - in terms of what it is, this album is perfect. Vega was wise not to try to do the same thing again with her second.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer-Songwriter Perfection - 1st time around 19 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Suzanne Vega's eponymous debut album put her fimly in the public's mind with Tracey Chapman and Michelle Shocked. A latter-day Joni Mitchell her gentle introspective songs were never finer than on "Cracking" or "Undertow". The exquisite "Small Blue Thing" had a whole bedsit generation curled up in sympathy and the top twenty single "Marlene on the Wall" struck a chord with everyone (male or female) who'd done something they regretted the morning after! "The Queen and the Soldier" clearly demonstrates her folk roots but manages to remain just the right side of twee. This is a perfect album, ideal for chilling in the bath, on the sofa, or even the tube.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy stuff 10 July 2008
By Nodrog
Format:Audio CD
I'm worried about the 2-star lad...if he can't get his head round the first four tracks - Marlene is good but the weakest of the 4 - then his taste-o-meter needs to be serviced. Cracked and Small Blue thing are sublime, simple, strong tunes perfect for Vega's sing/speak clear voice.
I normally go for songs with a bit more pep but this is quality stuff.
I do agree with some comments that it runs out of steam thereafter and consider there is a terrific album between this and the at-times over-produced Solitude Standing.
I will check out Queen and the Soldier again, thanks for the heads up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is so thought-provoking, sensitive and beautifully instrumented that it would be a crime not to like it. Suzanne Vega emerged as a folk rock singer-songwriter/guitarist in the style of the legendary Joni Mitchell. But this wonderful entirely self-written collection sets her apart. From the spoken opener "Cracking" to the funky "Neighborhood Girls", there is always something to keep you enthralled. The most commercial moment is undoubtedly the album's biggest hit, the classic "Marlene On The Wall" - a chart hit back in 1986. But there is much more here. The cellos serve up a treat on "Undertow", while acoustic works wonders on "Small Blue Thing". The standout is the beautiful ballad "The Queen And The Soldier", still one of her finest tracks 17 years after this album's initial release. A record to treasure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering an old treasure 20 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was a Suzanne Vega fan back when this album was first released and I'd forgotten just how good it was. In my opinion, this remains her finest collection and is a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First is always the best 15 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was Suzanne's first offering she followed this up with "Solitude Standing" Best track on that was "Luka".

On this we have her Albatross "Marlene On the Wall" A song I can never tire of listening to, the other outstanding track is "Small Blue Thing" if memory serves the Vinyl "Live" version of this track is better but still this is song writing in it's finest art form.

Her later work I found disappointing, so for a newcomer this is best, I liken Suzanne to Ricky Lee Jones,who's first album was mustard
but everything else was definitely also ran, this is for me is the thing they both share, but to be objective it's always hard to follow that first flush of success.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good item 1 Mar 2013
By Billy D
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Item received in good order and in good time at a decent price. what more is there to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time 14 Dec 2012
By alowe49
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album soon after hearing "Marlene On The Wall" on the radio; I was not disappointed then or now. It has been said that good music will stand the test of time, for me this album is proof of that. Easy and enjoyable to listen to with enough interest to draw you back time after time. If you are unfamiliar with this album, do yourself a favour, get acquainted
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Brilliant first album. I loved it when I bought it in 198? and still love it today. Well worth buying.
Published 11 months ago by AA
4.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Vega
I have always liked Suzanne Vega and this particular album is one of my favorites. It is very refreshing to listen to.
Published 16 months ago by Debbie Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne's Classic Debut
If you only ever intend to get just one Suzanne Vega studio album then be sure to make it is this one ! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian I Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut and a taster of what was to come
I agree with many of the reviews. This debut album by Suzanne Vega is excellent and worthy of at least 4 stars, possibly 5. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A rhythm person
5.0 out of 5 stars A winters record.
This is one of those records that I wished I'd have had in my youth and had grown up with instead of only getting into her music recently. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by S. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the girl at her best
This is Suzanne at her best, a unique voice and truely fantastic music.

Buy this and relax, you will be taken back to your youth
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Dean Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars superb suzanne vega
had this recording on Vinyl some years ago but now unable to play vinyl and have missed playing it so delighted to have it agin.
Published on 17 July 2010 by D. Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored
I recently bought this album because I really like the song Marlene On The Wall. I've also enjoyed some of Suzanne's other songs such as Tom's Diner and Luca. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2008 by C. Taylor
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