Suzanne Vega recorded live in Albisguetli, Zurich, Switzerland on May 18th 1993. Following the concerts broadcast on FM radio, German bootlegger Arriba! released a CD version in 1994 (ARR 94.055) from which this version is sourced. Other version have also been in circulation most notably 100° Fahrenheit in Montreux and Dancing Girls however the audio rip for the Arriba! version appears to be regarded as the best.
Suzanne Vega was born July 11, 1959 in Santa Monica, California. Her mother, Pat Vega, is a computer systems analyst of German-Swedish heritage. Her father, Richard Peck, is of Scottish-English-Irish extraction. They divorced soon after her birth. Her stepfather, Ed Vega, also known as Edgardo Vega Yunque, was a writer and teacher from Puerto Rico. When Vega was two and a half, the family moved to New York City. She grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side. At the age of nine she began to write poetry; she wrote her first song at age fourteen. Later she attended New York's prestigious High School of Performing Arts (now called LaGuardia High School). There she studied modern dance and graduated in 1977.
While majoring in English literature at Barnard College, she performed in small venues in Greenwich Village, where she was a regular contributor to Jack Hardy's Monday night songwriters' group at the Cornelia Street Cafe and had some of her first songs published on Fast Folk anthology albums. In 1984, she received a major label recording contract, making her one of the first Fast Folk artists to break out on a major label.
Her self-titled debut album was released in 1985 and was well-received by critics in the U.S.; it reached platinum status in the United Kingdom. Produced by Lenny Kaye and Steve Addabbo, the songs feature Vega's acoustic guitar in straightforward arrangements. A video was released for the album's song "Marlene on the Wall", which went into MTV and VH1's rotations. During this period Vega also wrote lyrics for two songs on Songs from Liquid Days by composer Philip Glass.
Her next effort, Solitude Standing (1987), garnered critical and commercial success including the hit single "Luka", an international success. "Luka" is written about, and from the point of view of, an abused child—at the time an uncommon subject for a pop hit. While continuing a focus on Vega's acoustic guitar, the music is more strongly pop-oriented and features fuller arrangements. The a cappella "Tom's Diner" from this album was later a hit, remixed by two British dance producers under the name DNA, in 1990. The track was originally a bootleg, until Vega allowed DNA to release through her record company, and it became her all-time biggest hit.
Source: Originally FM radio broadcast.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo variable approx mp3@192kbps.
Genre: Alternative rock, Folk rock.
Set: Full Set.
01. Fat Man & Dancing Girl [0:04:41.86]
02. Rock in This Pocket [0:04:19.37]
03. Marlene on the Wall [0:04:45.66]
04. 99.9 Fahrenheit [0:03:39.96]
05. When Heroes go Down [0:02:23.86]
06. Small Blue Thing [0:05:34.24]
07. Tired of Sleeping [0:04:00.56]
08. Blood SIngs [0:03:32.33]
09. As a Child [0:03:34.53]
10. 'Child's Traditional' [0:02:26.84]
11. Neighbourhood Girls [0:03:25.86]
12. (If You Were) In My Movie [0:04:29.00]
13. Left of Centre [0:04:23.16]
14. Blood Makes Noise [0:03:55.97]
15. Liverpool [0:06:21.66]
16. Luka [0:03:57.00]
17. Men in a War [0:04:13.56]
18. Tom's Diner [0:03:04.10]
19. Room off the Street [0:03:01.22]
Website: Official HERE.
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