Suzanne Vega – 99.9 F° (1992)

FrontCover1.jpg99.9F° (Ninety-Nine Point Nine Fahrenheit Degrees) is the fourth album by American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega. Released in 1992, the album marked a significant departure for Vega, as she embraced a more electronic, experimental sound. It peaked at No. 86 on Billboard magazine’s album chart and was Vega’s fourth Top 20 album in the U.K. The single “Blood Makes Noise” reached No.1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

The album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in October 1997. It was certified silver in the UK (60,000 copies sold) by the BPI in March 1993.

99.9F° was the first of two of Vega’s albums to be produced by Mitchell Froom, whom she later married. (by wikipedia)

While 99.9 F° is not the techno album that Suzanne Vega was rumored to be making, it does offer a significant departure from her previous contemporary folk albums. Vega uses more synthesizers and drum machines, often evoking a bizarre carnivalesque atmosphere on the album. Still, 99.9 F° is a folk album at heart; every song is steeped in traditional song form, and Vega’s writing is strong. Fans of Vega’s previous work might be taken aback, but those willing to listen to the album will find that she has produced one of her strongest yet. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Mitchell Froom (keyboards)
Jerry Marotta (drums, percussion)
Bruce Thomas (bass)
Suzanne Vega –(vocals, guitar)
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Tchad Blake (guitar on 03., 04., 06. + 10.)
Larry Corbett (cello on 12.)
Joel Derouin (violin on 12.)
David Hidalgo (guitar on 01., 02. – 04., 07., 08. + 11.)
Maria Newman (viola on 12.)
Sid Page (violin on 12.)
Richard Pleasance (guitar on 01., 03. + 10.)
Jerry Scheff (bass on 06. + 12.)
Marc Shulman (bouzouki on 05.)
Greg Smith (saxophone on 08. + 11.)
Richard Thompson (lead guitar on 11.)
Michael Visceglia (bass on 05.)

BookletBackCover1Tracklist:
01. Rock in This Pocket (Song of David) (Vega) 3.31
02. Blood Makes Noise (Vega) 2.28
3.0 In Liverpool (Vega) 4.41
04. 99.9F° (Vega) 3.16
05. Blood Sings (Vega) 3.18
06. “Fat Man and Dancing Girl (Vega/Froom) 2:19
07. (If You Were) In My Movie (Vega) 3.06
08. As A Child (Vega) 2.56
09. Bad Wisdom (Vega) 3.24
10. When Heroes Go Down (Vega) 1.55
11. As Girls Go (Vega) 3.27
12. Song Of Sand (Vega/Molvær) 3.28
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13. Private Goes Public” (European and Japanese bonus track) (Vega) 1:57

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Various Artists – The Prince´s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (1987)

FrontCover1The Prince’s Trust celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 1986 with a concert at Wembley Arena attended by the then Prince and Princess of Wales. It is a more of a curiosity concert now in light of the fact that most of the stars and groups on show have either split up, moved on, or have shuffled off this planet (Stuart Adamson committed suicide years later) Inevitably, the performances are some of the big names at the time, for example, Suzanne Vega and Level 42 were top ten in England and Mark Knopfler was riding high post-BROTHERS IN ARMS with Dire Straits. Tina Turner and Eric Clapton duetted on “Better Be Good To Me”, Rod Stewart performed his classic “Sailing” …. and the concert culminates in Paul McCartney singing “Long Tall Sally” and “Get Back”with Tina Turner.

Professionally done with some good music to boot, THE PRINCES TRUST BIRTHDAY PARTY is more of interest now to fans of the decade.(by Doom Templer)

Nothing special in term of performances,it’s only a curious relic piece on collector’s shelve like mine to satisfy our addiction of music performed by our darling masterclas. (by Guitar Kiko)

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Personnel:
Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Francis Rossi, George Chandler, Jimmy Chambers, Jimmy Helms, John Illsley, Mark King, Paul Young, Ray Cooper, Rick Parfitt, Samantha Brown*, Sting, Trevor Morais, Vicki Brown and much more

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Tracklist:
01. Dire Straits: Money For Nothing (Knopfler) 5.20
02. Midge Ure: Call Of The Wild (King/Mitchell/Ure) 4.21
03. Suzanne Vega: Marlene On The Wall (Vega) 3.16
04. Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight (Collins) 4.58
05. Big Country: Fields Of Fire (Adamson/Brzezicki/Butler/Watson) 4.26
06. Howard Jones: No One Is To Blame (Jones) 4.12
07. Level 42: Something About You (Gould/King/Lindup/Gould/Badarou) 5.07
08. Elton John: I’m Still Standing (John/Taupin) 3.47
09. Joan Armatrading: Reach Out (Armatrading) 4.40
10. Tina Turner: Better Be Good To Me (Chinn/Chapman/Knight) 5.02
11. Rod Stewart: Sailing (Sutherland) 5.25
12. Paul McCartney: Get Back (Lennon/McCartney) 3.33
13. Paul McCartney: Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) 2.36

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