Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

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Suzanne Vega writes songs full of careful observations and precise details. She is able to tell a story in a few sharp lines, and what's most striking about Retrospective, Vega's first U.S. best-of compilation, is her consistency. From 1985's "Small Blue Thing," an ode to fragility, to 1987's "Luka," a touching first-person tale of child abuse, to 2001's "I'llSee more details below

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Suzanne Vega writes songs full of careful observations and precise details. She is able to tell a story in a few sharp lines, and what's most striking about Retrospective, Vega's first U.S. best-of compilation, is her consistency. From 1985's "Small Blue Thing," an ode to fragility, to 1987's "Luka," a touching first-person tale of child abuse, to 2001's "I'll Never Be Your Maggie May," a sharp retort to a possessive lover, Vega's songs simmer but never boil; she's a master of restraint. Even when the music accelerates, as on the DNA remix of "Tom's Diner," which became a surprise dance hit in 1990, or the clanking experiments-in-rhythm "99.9 F" and "Blood Makes Noise," Vega maintains a deliciously icy detachment. Retrospective is a generous collection spanning her career through 2001's Songs in Red and Grey. In addition to well-chosen tracks from each of her six albums, Retrospective includes the wonderful "Left of Center" from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, "Woman on the Tier" from Dead Man Walking, the previously import-only "Rosemary," and a live version of "The Queen and the Soldier." With liner notes from Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, who co-produced Vega's first two albums, Retrospective encapsulates a career full of small, beautiful things.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega is essentially A&M's updated version of their 1999 issue, The Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True, adding "Tired of Sleeping" from Vega's Days of Open Hand, "Calypso" and "Solitude Standing" from Solitude Standing, "(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May" and "Penitent" from the 2001 recording Songs in Red and Gray, and "Woman on the Tier (I'll See You Through)" from the Dead Man Walking soundtrack. Unfortunately, A&M chose to drop "Book and Cover" from the track listing, which was only previously available on The Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True, but the overall collection feels a little bit more hearty with a total of 21 tracks instead of 17.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949367022
catalogNumber:
493670
Rank:
2740

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Suzanne Vega   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Frank Christian   Electric Guitar
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Joe Jackson   Piano
Don Byron   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Rupert Hine   Bass,Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Sue Evans   Percussion,Drums
Steve Addabbo   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Michael Blair   Cymbals,Tambourine,Whip
Tchad Blake   Bass,Electric Guitar,E-bow,wah wah guitar
Dave Douglas   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Mitch Easter   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Ferrera   Percussion,Drums
Mitchell Froom   Keyboards
Frank Gravis   Bass
David Hidalgo   Electric Guitar
John Linnell   Accordion
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Richard Pleasance   Electric Guitar
C.P. Roth   Synthesizer
Anton Sanko   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Bruce Thomas   Bass
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Michael Visceglia   Bass
Gerry Leonard   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Zither
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Steve Donnelly   Electric Guitar
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Paul Dugan   Bass
Cecilia Sparacio   Flute
Jon Gordon   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Suzanne Vega   Producer
Rupert Hine   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Steve Addabbo   Producer,Engineer
Tchad Blake   Producer,Engineer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Mitch Easter   Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Lenny Kaye   Producer,Liner Notes
Geoff Keehn   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Anton Sanko   Producer
Stephen W. Tayler   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Kelly Martinez   Licensing
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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