Saturday, 6 January 2018

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing (1987)

Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega

Solitude Standing

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Solitude Standing
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
ReleasedApril 1, 1987
StudioBearsville StudiosWoodstock, New York
RPM Sound Studios, New York City
GenreFolk rock
ProducerSteve Addabbo
Lenny Kaye
Suzanne Vega chronology
Suzanne Vega
Solitude Standing
Days of Open Hand
Professional ratings
Review scores
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 in 1987, it is the most popular and critically acclaimed of her 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 SquareBoston on July 28; the second and third were at City Winery in Hudson SquareNew York City 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.

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.
  • "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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.
1."Tom's Diner"2:09
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/Sanko/Shulman/Michael Visceglia/Stephen Ferrera)4:49
8."Language" (Vega/Visceglia)3:57
10."Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)" (Vega/Visceglia/Sanko/Shulman/Ferrera)5:13
11."Tom's Diner (Reprise)"2:40


  • 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
  • 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


Chart (1987)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8]7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9]3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10]14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11]6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12]1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13]2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14]1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15]8
UK Albums (OCC)[16]2
US Billboard 200[17]11


1986"Gypsy"UK Singles Chart77[18]
1987"Luka"Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks3[19]
Billboard Hot 1003[19]
Billboard Hot Latin Tracks48[19]
Billboard Mainstream Rock15[19]
Ireland singles chart11
New Zealand singles chart8
Sweden singles chart2
UK Singles Chart23[20]
"Tom's Diner"Ireland singles chart26
UK Singles Chart58[21]
"Solitude Standing"Billboard Hot 10094[19]
New Zealand singles chart45
UK Singles Chart79[22]
In addition, a 1990 version of "Tom's Diner" (DNA featuring Suzanne Vega) reached number-one in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, No. 5 in the United States and No. 8 in New Zealand.

Certifications and sales[edit]

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23]Platinum100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[24]Gold250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[25]Gold50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[26]Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA)[27]Platinum1,000,000^
Worldwide (IFPI)N/A5,000,000[28]
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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