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Close-Up Series Box set, CD+DVD

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  • 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: 103,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Small Blue Thing
  2. Caramel
  3. If You Were In My Movie
  4. Gypsy
  5. Marlene On the Wall
  6. (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May
  7. Harbor Song
  8. Headshots
  9. Songs In Red and Gray
  10. Stockings
  11. Some Journey
  12. Bound

Disc: 2

  1. Luka
  2. Zephyr & I
  3. New York Is a Woman
  4. In Liverpool
  5. Calypso
  6. Fat Man and Dancing Girl
  7. The Queen and the Soldier
  8. Rock In This Pocket (Song of David)
  9. Angel's Doorway
  10. Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
  11. Neighborhood Girls
  12. Tom's Diner
  13. Man Who Played God

Disc: 3

  1. Undertow
  2. When Heroes Go Down
  3. My Favorite Plum
  4. Solitude Standing
  5. Cracking
  6. Last Years Troubles
  7. Solitaire
  8. Tombstone
  9. Blood Makes Noise
  10. 50 - 50 Chance
  11. Penitent
  12. Straight Lines
  13. Pornographer's Dream
  14. Instant Of The Hour After

Disc: 4

  1. Rosemary
  2. Honeymoon Suite
  3. World Before Columbus
  4. As You Are Now
  5. Soap And Water
  6. Widows Walk
  7. Blood Sings
  8. Bad Wisdom
  9. Ludlow Street
  10. Tired Of Sleeping
  11. Pilgramage
  12. Brother Mine
  13. The Silver Lady
  14. Daddy Is White

Disc: 5

  1. 99.9
  2. It Makes Me Wonder
  3. Freeze Tag
  4. Knight Moves
  5. Luka (Spanish)
  6. Frank And Ava
  7. Wodden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)
  8. Song Of Sand
  9. Room Off The Street
  10. Priscilla
  11. Anniversary
  12. Language

Disc: 6

  1. Introduction from Suzanne (DVD)
  2. Tom's Diner (DVD)
  3. Interview (DVD)
  4. Rock In This Pocket (DVD)
  5. Interview (DVD)
  6. Gypsy (DVD)
  7. Interview (DVD)
  8. Solitude Standing (DVD)
  9. Interview (DVD)
  10. Room Off The Street (DVD)
  11. Interview (DVD)
  12. Silver Lady (DVD)
  13. Interview (DVD)
  14. Daddy Is White (DVD)
  15. Interview (DVD)
  16. Penitent (DVD)
  17. Interview (DVD)
  18. Luka (DVD)

Product Description

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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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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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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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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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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