Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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,"...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949367022
  • Catalog Number: 493670
  • Sales rank: 14,113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Luka - Suzanne Vega (3:52)
  2. 2 Tom's Diner - The DNA Disciples (3:49)
  3. 3 Marlene on the Wall - Suzanne Vega (3:41)
  4. 4 Caramel - Suzanne Vega (2:54)
  5. 5 99.9 F - Suzanne Vega (3:15)
  6. 6 Tired of Sleeping - Suzanne Vega (4:25)
  7. 7 Small Blue Thing - Suzanne Vega (3:55)
  8. 8 Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega (2:29)
  9. 9 Left of Center - Suzanne Vega (3:30)
  10. 10 (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May - Suzanne Vega (3:48)
  11. 11 In Liverpool - Suzanne Vega (4:44)
  12. 12 Gypsy - Suzanne Vega (4:03)
  13. 13 Book of Dreams - Suzanne Vega (3:24)
  14. 14 No Cheap Thrill - Suzanne Vega (3:10)
  15. 15 Calypso - Suzanne Vega (4:13)
  16. 16 World Before Columbus - Suzanne Vega (3:27)
  17. 17 Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega (4:39)
  18. 18 Penitent - Suzanne Vega (4:18)
  19. 19 Rosemary - Suzanne Vega (2:44)
  20. 20 The Queen and the Soldier - Suzanne Vega (5:02)
  21. 21 Woman on the Tier (I'll See You Through) - Suzanne Vega (2:26)
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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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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    The Folkie Ice Queen

    My review title is a compliment, not a put-down. Suzanne Vega is a model of restraint who never indulges in displays of cheap emotion. Her songs are always literate, never simple but usually containing a hook that grabs you and makes you listen to her story. This compilation runs 78 minutes and is a fine summary of her journey from folk songs like Luka to electronic music like Tom's Diner and Woman On The Tier (I'll See You Through). The only flaw is a solo live acoustic The Queen And The Soldier that is substituted for the studio version.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An extremely good value

    There were only two tracks on this CD which I was aware of by title when I ordered it. Luka, which was a phenomenal ground breaking tune when it came out and Tom's Diner. This CD shows the breadth and depth of this artists talents, yet for the careful listener, shows that she really stayed true to her experimental and technical roots. Luka, was an up-beat and light tune which climbed the charts quickly before anybody listened to the words and discovered it was a very sad commentary about child abuse. The track sparked an international debate which approved the lives of many around the world thanks to the song being a left hook out of the darkness at the music world.

    An Elton John interview some time back said that a musician is always afraid of running out of words, but never music. To prove his statement he took a text book from someone in the audience, sat down at a piano, then composed a song consisting of two paragraphs from a randomly selected page. I bring this up because Tom's Diner is exactly that type of boundary pushing song proving the same point. The song simply covers 20 minutes spent at a diner, but does it in such a way the listener keeps being drawn in over and over again.

    I played the entire CD in one setting during an out of state drive this weekend. If you think I'm just waxing about my two favorite tracks and the rest of the album is a waste, you think wrong. There are 22 tracks on this disk, and many are even better than the two I waxed about here.

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