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The Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True Import
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Even if you aren't new to Suzanne's music, you may want to pick this one up even if only for the live tracks and the two new songs. "Book and a Cover" has a mechanical sound to it, much like many of the songs from Days of Open Hand, but her song "Rosemary" is simply amazing. Elegant and thoughtful folk with a simple and engaging arrangement, "Rosemary" is one of my favorite songs by Vega to date.
This is a great starter collection, but it is certainly not complete. Vega's standout contributions to the Deadicated CD (a Grateful Dead tribute album) are absent, for example. Nonetheless, this is about as complete as any single, non-box set collection is likely to get in terms of capturing such a prolific and diverse singer-songwriter.
It`s always a matter of taste which songs are actually the best; in my opinion this album does the job pretty well.
From her debut album "Marlene on the Wall", "A Small Blue Thing" and "The Queen and the Soldier" (her great song about power, loyalty and honesty) are obvious choices. I would not have minded "Cracking" being there too, but these 3 songs represent that album perfectly.
From "Solitude Standing" it`s the same; the best songs are there, but a few more would not have harmed the collection.
I have always considered her third album "Days of Open Hand" her weakest; it seems the compiler of this album feels the same since he`s only selected "Book of Dreams" from the album. "Tired of Sleeping" would also have been a good choice.
On "99,9 F" Vega experiments with new sounds and rhythms. When the album was originally released, I was not so sure if I liked her direction; now it`s my favourite and the title track, "Blood Makes Noise", "In Liverpool" and "When Heroes Go Down" are all great tracks.
The slightly "jazzy" "Nine Objects of Desire" is represented by "World Before Columbus", "Caramel" and "No Cheap Thrill". It`s a good album, where most song could have deserved selection. My favourite "Headshot" is not here, but then I have the original album already.Read more ›
My complaints are as always the song selection. Yes, I know Tom's Dinner was a hit in that crappy remix version, but the original A Capella version is just much better. And include the groovy instrumental version ... love that one. Also, I sorely miss the song 'Solitude Standing' - this was actually released as a single, and was always one of my favorites from that album, and I can't for the life of me see why it wasn't included.
Other songs could have been left out. Caramel is ok, though I don't like it that much. Worse however is the utterly boring Book Of Dreams, that I think is only anoying. The new song Book & A Cover is also pretty uninspiring.
Finally I'm not content with the song arrangement. The stunning The Queen And The Soldier deserved to have closed the album - I love Rosemary, but it's not really an album closer. The Queen And The Soldier is about the ultimate album closer, so that's a bit frustrating.
All that being said, this reopened my eyes to the fantastic Solitude Standing album (which I grew up with, since my parents loved it) and offered me a bunch of for me hither to unknown gems like '99.9 F', 'Blood Makes Noise', 'Left Of Center', 'In Liverpool', 'World Before Columbus' and not least 'The Queen And The Soldier' - so I can only recommend it.
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I bought the CD and there's nothing wrong with the disc itself, but the program is completely different. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles - Music Lover
Great greatest hits collection from Miss Suzanne. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by James Osani
First, Suzanne Vega came on the music scene with "Luka" about a girl who lives in an apartment building. In the song, we learn that Luka is a victim of physical abuse. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Sylviastel
I never liked any of her songs on the radio even though I thought she had a good voice. I figured if I bought a "best of" with 17 tracks on it, I'd have to find one I liked. Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by MovieMusic
I'm not a huge Suzanne Vega fan but I do like the ferw singles of her's I've heard (Luka, Tom's Diner, 99.9 F, etc.) so this wasn't much of a dare. Read morePublished on July 31, 2003 by D. Hansen
"Luka" isn't exactly one of my favorite songs, but Suzanne Vega is certainly one of my most favorite artists. Read morePublished on June 11, 2002 by storygirl
As a Suzanne Vega fan, I can say that many of her best songs are missing in this otherwise fine, diversely ordered collection. Read morePublished on January 5, 2002 by Caris Mauri
I never really rated Suzanne Vega as exceptionally talented until I saw her in concert in 1997 & was blown away. Read morePublished on December 31, 2001 by S. Foster
For me like others i divide suzanne vegas work into two categories pre mitchell froom (suzanne vega, solitude standing, days of open hand) and mitchell froom (99. Read morePublished on October 14, 2001 by Kevin Taylor