Solitude Standing

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Solitude Standing
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1, 1987 (1987-04-01)
Recorded1986–1987
StudioBearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York
RPM Sound Studios, New York City; Carnegie Hill Studios; A&M Studios, Hollywood; Celestial Sound Studios, New York City
Genre
Length44:20
LabelA&M
Producer
Suzanne Vega chronology
Suzanne Vega
(1985)
Solitude Standing
(1987)
Days of Open Hand
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[2]
Orlando Sentinel4/5 stars[3]
The Philadelphia Inquirer4/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]
The Village VoiceC+[6]

Solitude Standing is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, released on April 1, 1987, by A&M Records. It is the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of Vega's career. Many songs were written prior to 1987.

25th anniversary[edit]

In 2012, to mark the 25th anniversary of the album's release, 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 Hudson Square, New York City on October 9 (7pm and 10pm shows); and the fourth at London's Barbican Theatre on October 16.

A limited-edition two-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.

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.[7]
  • "Calypso" is based on the Odyssey, namely the part in which Calypso is forced to let Odysseus go.[8]
  • "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.
  • Vega once stated she wrote "Gypsy" when she was only 18 years old (what would be 1977) which means the song was written 10 years before it was first released.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.

Solitude Standing track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tom's Diner" 2:09
2."Luka" 3:52
3."Ironbound/Fancy Poultry"Vega, Anton Sanko6:19
4."In the Eye"Vega, Marc Shulman4:16
5."Night Vision"Vega, Sanko2:47
6."Solitude Standing"Vega, Sanko, Shulman, Michael Visceglia, Stephen Ferrera4:49
7."Calypso" 4:14
8."Language"Vega, Visceglia3:57
9."Gypsy" 4:04
10."Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)"Vega, Visceglia, Sanko, Shulman, Ferrera5:13
11."Tom's Diner (Reprise)" 2:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzanne Vega – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Marc Shulman – electric guitars
  • Anton Sanko – synthesizers, classical guitar on 5
  • Michael Visceglia – bass guitar, additional synthesizer on 11
  • Stephen Ferrera – drums, percussion

Additional personnel

Production

  • Steve Addabbo – producer, engineer
  • Lenny Kaye – producer
  • Mitch Easter – producer on 9
  • Ronald K. Fierstein – executive producer
  • Rod O'Brien – engineer
  • Shelly Yakus – mixing
  • Jeffrey Gold – art direction
  • Melanie Nissen – art direction, design
  • Paula Bullwinkel – cover photography

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Solitude Standing
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Gold 25,000[35]
Brazil 50,000[36]
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[38] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[40] Gold 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[41] Gold 50,000[41]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[43] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[44] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 5,000,000[47]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Duffy, Thom (May 24, 1987). "Suzanne Vega". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 10, 1987). "Suzanne Vega's coming of age". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. ^ Evans, Paul; Berger, Arion (2004). "Suzanne Vega". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 845–46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  10. ^ Kent 1993, p. 329
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  32. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1987". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved September 4, 2021.
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  43. ^ Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990 (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. 2005. ISBN 8480486392.
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