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Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega [Limited]

  • 1. Luka
    2. Tom's Diner (Ft DNA)
    3. Marlene on the Wall
    4. Caramel
    5. 99.9 F
    6. Tired of Sleeping
    7. Small Blue Thing
    8. Blood Makes Noise
    9. Left of Center
    10. (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May
    11. In Liverpool
    12. Gypsy
    13. Book of Dreams
    14. No Cheap Thrills
    15. Calypso
    16. World Before Columbus
    17. Solitude Standing
    18. Penitent
    19. Rosemary
    20. Queen & The Soldier (Live)
    21. Woman on the Tier (I'll See You Through)
    22. Caramel (Live)
    23. Widow's Walk (Live)
    24. Solitude Standing (Live)
    25. Blood Makes Noise (Live)
    26. Liverpool (Intro / Narrative)
    27. In Liverpool
    28. Anniversary (Demo)
    29. Tom's Diner (Orignal Version)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9808884

  • Credits

    "The Queen And The Soldier" was recorded live at The Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland, 1991.
    Personnel: Suzanne Vega (vocals, acoustic guitar); Gerry Leonard (acoustic & electric guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, zither); Tchad Blake (electric guitar, E-bow); Marc Schulman, Frank Christian, Richard Pleasance (electric guitar); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Cecilia Sparacio (flute); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet); John Linnell (accordion); Dave Douglas (trumpet); Rupert Hine (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, programming); Anton Sanko (Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizert); Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Michael Visceglia, Frank Gravis, Bruce Thomas, Paul Dugan (bass); Pete Thomas (drums, percussion, loops); Stephen Ferrera, Jerry Marotta (drums, percussion); Shawn Colvin (background vocals).
    Producers include: Steve Addabbo, Lenny Kaye, Mitchell Froom, Anton Sanko, Suzanne Vega.
    Compilation producers: Mike Ragogna, Suzanne Vega.
    Recorded between 1985 & 2001. Includes liner notes by Lenny Kaye.
    This collection from the esoteric singer/songwriter features not only hits like "Luka," "Tom's Diner," "(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May," No Cheap Thrills," and "Gypsy," but it also includes five live cuts and a demo version of "Anniversary."
    When Suzanne Vega emerged in the mid-1980s, she heralded the arrival of a new kind of troubadour, one who merged the contemplative singer/songwriter tradition of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, et al, with a decidedly modernistic outlook influenced by the likes of Lou Reed, David Byrne, and Laurie Anderson. Consequently, she had a huge impact on what singer/songwriters sounded like from then on. Listening to the comprehensive anthology RETROSPECTIVE, it's easy to see why. The artful minimalism of such early songs as "Small Blue Thing" and "Tom's Diner" (the latter subsequently remixed into a huge dance hit) is just as striking decades down the line. And the sophisticated popcraft of later recordings (including those produced by Vega's then-husband Mitchell Froom) melds everything from bossa nova to industrial synth-pop with Vega's arty folk-rock. This compilation is arranged to flow musically rather than chronologically, allowing one to experience the full range of moods present in the work of this compelling and complex songstress.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he 10 videos included in this retrospective show a refreshing angle on the female gaze....[T]his is an imaginative mix."
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