Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

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  • "New York Is a Woman"
  • "Left of Center"
  • "Pornographer's Dream"
  • "Luka"
  • "Tom's Diner"
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Suzanne Vega's most recent album is 2007's Beauty & Crime. Brian Blauser hide caption

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In a set originally recorded in December 2007, Suzanne Vega and her band perform selections from her latest CD, Beauty & Crime, as well as a pair of the songs that brought her to the forefront of pop music in the late '80s.

Vega's 1987 record Solitude Standing took her to platinum sales and worldwide popularity with two unlikely hits: "Luka" and "Tom's Diner," both performed here some 20 years later.

As a teenager in the Spanish Harlem area of New York, Vega studied dance before enrolling in the literature program at Barnard College. She never stopped being a student of folk music, drawing inspiration from the traditional (Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez) as well as the forward-thinking likes of (Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed). You can hear all of those influences in this set, especially in the sparse pop tune "Left of Center," wherein Vega's hushed voice wraps around a slinky, solo bass-guitar line.



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