Solitude Standing CD (1989)

Artist: Suzanne Vega

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Product Overview


Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60078558
UPC 075021513624
UPC 14 00075021513624
Format CD
Release Date 2/6/1989
Author Suzanne Vega
Associated Artist/Work Honzak, Jaromir
Associated Artist/Work Pettersen, Sissel Vera
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Elvis Costello
Artist Influence Jack Hardy
Artist Influence Joan Armatrading
Artist Influence Joni Mitchell
Artist Influence Kate Bush
Artist Influence Laura Nyro
Artist Influence Laurie Anderson (Performance Artist)
Artist Influence Leonard Cohen
Artist Influence Lou Reed
Artist Influence Paul Simon
Artist Influence Randy Newman
Artist Influence Rickie Lee Jones
Artist Influence Talking Heads
Artist Influence The Roches (Folk)
Artist Contemporary 10,000 Maniacs
Artist Contemporary Aimee Mann
Artist Contemporary Bill Morrissey (Folk)
Artist Contemporary Cliff Eberhardt
Artist Contemporary Edie Brickell
Artist Contemporary Frank Christian
Artist Contemporary Freedy Johnston
Artist Contemporary Greg Brown
Artist Contemporary Heather Nova
Artist Contemporary Indigo Girls
Artist Contemporary Jane Siberry
Artist Contemporary John Gorka
Artist Contemporary Jonatha Brooke
Artist Contemporary Laurie Anderson (Performance Artist)
Artist Contemporary Lone Justice
Artist Contemporary Luka Bloom
Artist Contemporary Lyle Lovett
Artist Contemporary Marc Cohn
Artist Contemporary Mark Eitzel
Artist Contemporary Marti Jones
Artist Contemporary Michelle Shocked
Artist Contemporary Mitchell Froom
Artist Contemporary Natalie Merchant
Artist Contemporary R.E.M.
Artist Contemporary Randy Newman
Artist Contemporary Richard Meyer
Artist Contemporary Richard Shindell
Artist Contemporary Richard Thompson
Artist Contemporary Sam Phillips (Singer)
Artist Contemporary Sara Hickman
Artist Contemporary Shawn Colvin
Artist Contemporary Sin?ad O'Connor
Artist Contemporary Syd Straw
Artist Contemporary Tanita Tikaram
Artist Contemporary The Connells
Artist Contemporary The dB's
Artist Contemporary The Proclaimers
Artist Contemporary Toni Childs
Artist Contemporary Tori Amos
Artist Contemporary Tracy Chapman
Artist Contemporary Vic Chesnutt
Artist Contemporary Victoria Williams
Artist Follower Ani DiFranco
Artist Follower Brenda Kahn
Artist Follower Cindy Lee Berryhill
Artist Follower Diana Darby
Artist Follower Edie Brickell
Artist Follower Emma Townshend
Artist Follower Fiona Apple
Artist Follower Heather Eatman
Artist Follower Jane Kelly Williams
Artist Follower Lillie Palmer
Artist Follower Paula Cole
Artist Follower Penelope Houston
Artist Follower Rebecca Pidgeon
Artist Follower Sam Phillips (Singer)
Artist Follower Tori Amos
Technical Info
Engineer Rod O'Brien; Steve Addabbo
Producer Lenny Kaye; Mitch Easter; Steve Addabbo
CatalogID 75021-5136-2
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 10/25/1990
Original Release 1987
Number of Discs 1
Length 44m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075021513624
Musical Guests
Mitch Easter
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Suzanne Vega (vocals, guitar); Mitch Easter, Marc Shulman (electric guitar); Michael Visceglia (bass); Shawn Colvin (background vocals).
Recorded at Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, New York; RPM Sound Studios, New York, New York; A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California; Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York; Celestial Sound Studio, New York, New York; Carnegie Hill Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Suzanne Vega (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Gordon, Steve Addabbo (guitar); Frank Christian, Marc Shulman (electric guitar); Anton Sanko (classical guitar, synthesizer); Michael Visceglia (synthesizer, bass guitar); Steve Ferrera, Sue Evans (drums, percussion); Shawn Colvin (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mitch Easter; Shelly Yakus.
Recording information: A & M Recording Studios, L.A; Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; Carnegie Hill Studios, New York, NY; Celestial Sound Studio, New York, NY; Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; RPM Sound Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: Matthew Vega; Paula Bullwinkel; Richard Croft .
For the follow-up to her groundbreaking debut album, Vega made a wise move by incorporating her band further into the arrangement process. Thus, instead of delving deeper into her own introspective muse, she reaches outward to pursue a musical vision markedly expanded from the friendly folk-rock of the previous album. The dark, brooding influence of Leonard Cohen is felt more strongly here, as songs like the title track and "Night Vision" take the listener into a dark, moody world where unsettling emotions are described with moody, poetic flair.
SOLITUDE STANDING also featured Vega's breakthrough hit "Luka," a startlingly original, masterfully written first-person account of a young boy whose denial is the only way to deal with his parents' physical abuse. The song rightfully established Vega as an artist of the first order, and won her legions of international fans.
Artist Overview
In between the eras of Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morrisette, Suzanne Vega was the most important influence on blooming female singer-songwriters. Her cool, vibrato-less vocal style was decidedly forward-looking, and her lyrics owed more to modern poetry than singer-songwriter cliches. In the '80s, she helped rescue troubadourism from the clutches of sentimentality with her artful, intellectual work.
Professional Reviews
CMJ (1/5/04, p.20) - Ranked #5 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1987"
Disc 1
1 Tom's Diner
2 Luka
3 Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
4 In The Eye
5 Night Vision
6 Solitude Standing
7 Calypso
8 Language
9 Gypsy
10 Wooden Horse (Casper Hauser's Song)
11 Tom's Diner (Reprise)

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