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Very Best of Sting and the Police

music reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Very Best of Sting and the Police

Artist: Sting
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: November 1997

Review by DjBatman
3 stars out of 4

I always tend to avoid this kind of compilation albums especially if I already have most of the original tracks or if the original albums are still relatively easily available (like "Regatta de Blanc" or "Zenyatta Mondatta"). If I really like and artist or a band I want to have their old albums, not just a couple of hit songs from every disc they have put out.  Also I am not a huge Sting fan, even if there are some songs I definitely like, both from his solo career and with The Police. He's a good songwriter and most of the well-known songs featured on the album are still fresh now and he often still performs them live; you get a bunch of classics like "Every breath you take" and "Roxanne".  On the other side there's also "Russians", whose lyrics never convinced me and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" which definitely sounds dated and less indispensable. Oh well. And speaking of stuff that's not indispensable, here comes the only "new" track on the disc: the Puff Daddy remix for "Roxanne '97".  The guy who killed hip-hop gets a second chance to put his hands on Police samples (after sampling "Every breath you take"on his "I'll be missing you"), the result is not so bad after all, but it sounds like a Puff Daddy rap track with Kool & The Gang samples and UTFO scratch (incidentally taken from "Roxanne, Roxanne") and oh, there are also some Sting vocals. You've been warned.

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

Sting has had two careers, one as the leader of one of the most successful rock groups, The Police, and as an enormously successful solo artist. When he went solo, his musical direction became broader and it invited a different audience to listen to his work. Jazz and world elements became a part of his musical backdrop to his thoughtful lyrics, and the rock and pop sounds became a part of the mix instead of the entire focus as it was previously.

This 18-track set compiles some of his best solo work and The Police. I found it exceptionally fascinating hearing the old Police songs then hearing Sting as a solo artist. The CD's tracks fall together to generate an impact that forces you to reflect upon how Sting was a presence with a band and how he shaped and molded his own career by reaching out in to new and unexplored realms of music. His first band featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone. I remember how Branford received unfair and harsh criticism for leaving jazz behind and joining a mainstream pop band. In reality, he was an innovator by joining forces with Sting. You cannot argue with success, and they both proved that they were solid musicians with a lot of great music to offer a large audience with many different tastes.

I have always enjoyed The Police and Sting. Both sounds have been both appealing and enjoyable over the years. With The Police, you could rock and sing along to every song. Who could forget the smash hit "Roxanne"? "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" was also a memorable tune, and his first solo hit. Sting's material was quite engaging and considerably deeper, including being more introspective from a lyrical standpoint as well as more relaxing and complex than his work with his former band.

There is more than enough material here to put together an excellent selection of songs from both careers for Sting. This CD serves as sufficient reminder of the impact that the man has had on music since he began his career.

1. Message in a Bottle performed by Police / Police - 4:49
2. Can't Stand Losing You (Sting) - 2:58
3. Englishman in New York performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:25
4. Every Breath You Take (Sting [1]) - 4:13
5. Seven Days performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:39
6. Walking on the Moon (Sting) - 4:59
7. Fields of Gold performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 3:40
8. Fragile performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 3:54
9. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Sting [1]) - 4:20 10. De Do Do Do , De da da Da (Sting) - 4:09
11. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:14
12. Brand New Day performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 6:20
13. Desert Rose performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:46
14. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:29
15. When We Dance [Edit] performed by Sting / Sting & The Police - 4:17
16. Don't Stand So Close to Me (Sting) - 4:03
17. Roxanne (Sting) - 3:12
18. So Lonely (Sting) - 4:47


The Police - Arranger, Producer, Performer
Sting - Arranger, Producer



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