Solitude Standing

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Solitude Standing
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Studio album by Suzanne Vega
Released April 1, 1987
Recorded 1986–87
Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, NY, RPM Sound Studios, NYC
Genre Folk rock
Length 44:20
Label A&M
Producer Steve Addabbo, Lenny Kaye
Suzanne Vega chronology
Suzanne Vega
(1985)
Solitude Standing
(1987)
Days of Open Hand
(1990)

Solitude Standing is the second album by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. Released in 1987, it is the most popular and critically acclaimed of her career. As can be seen by the CD insert, many of the songs had been written prior to 1987 (see track listing for dates).

Song notes[edit]

  • "Tom's Diner" was included twice on the album with its a cappella vocal as the first track and its instrumental version as the last track.
  • "Night Vision" was inspired by the poem "Juan Gris" by Paul Éluard.[1]
  • "Calypso" is based on The Odyssey, namely the part in which Calypso is forced to let Odysseus go.
  • "Gypsy" is mentioned in the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, in which the main character Charlie includes it on one of his mixtapes.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
People (positive)[4]
Rolling Stone (positive)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Suzanne Vega in 1986–87 except as noted.[1]

  1. "Tom's Diner" – 2:09 (written 1981)
  2. "Luka" – 3:52 (written 1984)
  3. "Ironbound/Fancy Poultry" (Vega, Anton Sanko) – 6:19
  4. "In the Eye" (Vega, Marc Shulman) – 4:16
  5. "Night Vision" (Vega, Sanko) – 2:47
  6. "Solitude Standing" (Vega, Visceglia, Sanko, Shulman, Stephen Ferrera) – 4:49
  7. "Calypso" – 4:14 (written 1978)
  8. "Language" (Vega, Visceglia) – 3:57
  9. "Gypsy" – 4:04 (written 1978) Produced by Steve Addabbo, Lenny Kaye and Mitch Easter
  10. "Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser’s Song)" (Vega, Visceglia, Sanko, Shulman, Ferrera) – 5:13
  11. "Tom's Diner (Reprise)" – 2:40

Track listing note: On the original LP album release, side one was composed of tracks 1–5; side two, of tracks 6–11.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 2
US Billboard 200[16] 11

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1986 "Gypsy" UK Singles Chart 77[17]
1987 "Luka" Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 3[18]
Billboard Hot 100 3[18]
Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 48[18]
Billboard Mainstream Rock 15[18]
Ireland singles chart 11
New Zealand singles chart 8
Sweden singles chart 2
UK Singles Chart 23[19]
"Tom's Diner" Ireland singles chart 26
UK Singles Chart 58[20]
"Solitude Standing" Billboard Hot 100 94[18]
New Zealand singles chart 45
UK Singles Chart 79[21]

In addition, a 1990 version of "Tom's Diner" (DNA featuring Suzanne Vega) reached number one in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, number two in the United Kingdom and Ireland, number five in the United States and number eight in New Zealand.

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold May 5, 1987[22]
BPI – UK Platinum June 9, 1987[22]
RIAA – U.S. Gold July 15, 1987[23]
CRIA – Canada Gold August 13, 1987[24]
CRIA – Canada Platinum September 16, 1987[24]
RIAA – USA Platinum October 22, 1997[23]

25th anniversary[edit]

In 2012, to mark the 25th anniversary of the album's release, Suzanne Vega played four celebratory concerts in which the album was performed in its entirety. The first was in Copley Square, Boston on July 28; the second and third were at City Winery in New York on October 9 (7pm and 10pm shows); and the fourth at London's Barbican Theatre on October 16.

A limited edition 2-CD set, titled Solitude Standing: Live at the Barbican, was produced by Concert Live and made available for purchase instantly after the final show, as well as online.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Suzanne Vega. Solitude Standing (A&M Records, 1987).
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Solitude Standing at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 April 2006.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 28, 1987). "Consumer Guide July 28, 1987". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 November 2011.  Also posted at "CG: Solitude Standing". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 April 2006. 
  4. ^ Novak, Ralph; Hiltbrand, David (May 25, 1987). "Picks and Pans Review: Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega". People. 27 (21). Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (June 18, 1987). "Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (502). Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Acclaimed Music – Solitude Standing". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 329. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "Suzanne Vega – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Suzanne Vega. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  17. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Gypsy#single
  18. ^ a b c d e Solitude Standing – Suzanne Vega > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
  19. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  20. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Tom's+Diner#single
  21. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Solitude+Standing#single
  22. ^ a b "BPI Certified Awards". Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  23. ^ a b "RIAA Gold and Platinum". Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  24. ^ a b "CRIA Certifications". Retrieved 2008-05-11.