Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has written and recorded numerous songs that have become part of the contemporary music vernacular, including "Luka", certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy, "Marlene on the Wall", a surprise hit in the UK and "Tom's Diner", a strange little a cappella piece that was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo DNA and became a major club hit. Her albums, including her self-titled debut, the follow-up Solitude Standing, and 99.9F have sold millions of copies.
On 'An Evening of New York Songs and Stories', Vega revisits some of her most New York-centric repertoire in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City's famed Café Carlyle in early 2019, the album includes both familiar songs like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" and deep cuts from her catalog like "Frank and Ava" and "Ludlow Street". The mix of repertoire also features "New York Is My Destination" from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega's one-woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side".
The album was produced by Gerry Leonard, mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Kevin Killen and mastered by Grammy Award winner Bob Ludwig.
- 180g Vinyl
- Double LP
- Produced by Gerry Leonard
- Mixed by Kevin Killen
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig
- Gatefold jacket
- Made in the EU
- Limited time download card
- Marlene On The Wall
- 'So how many people are here from out of town?'
- New York Is A Woman
- 'This next song takes place on 59th street...'
- Frank And Ava
- 'So I myself came to New York City when I was 2 ½ years old'
- Freeze Tag
- Pornographer's Dream
- 'This next song is called New York Is My Destination'
- New York Is My Destination
- 'The first time I saw Lou Reed...'
- Walk On The Wild Side
- Ludlow Street
- 'And now we've got a song about those times...'
- Some Journey
- 'I'm gonna close with this song...'
- Tom's Diner
- 'Would you like another one?'
- Thin Man