25 Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Celebrating a quarter century of Sting: The Solo Artist, the three-CD/one-DVD 2011 box set 25 Years is a handsome retrospective bound in a hardcover book. Some box sets are heavy on rarities, all the better to hook the hardcore, some are designed to be comprehensive but 25 Years follows a different route, choosing to offer a leisurely journey through the past, stopping at all the familiar points on a well-worn path. Not counting the DVD, which contains the final show from Sting's 2005 Broken Music tour and is heavy on Police material (eight of the ten tracks!), there is nothing unreleased nor is there anything unexpected; some charting singles are missing but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Celebrating a quarter century of Sting: The Solo Artist, the three-CD/one-DVD 2011 box set 25 Years is a handsome retrospective bound in a hardcover book. Some box sets are heavy on rarities, all the better to hook the hardcore, some are designed to be comprehensive but 25 Years follows a different route, choosing to offer a leisurely journey through the past, stopping at all the familiar points on a well-worn path. Not counting the DVD, which contains the final show from Sting's 2005 Broken Music tour and is heavy on Police material (eight of the ten tracks!), there is nothing unreleased nor is there anything unexpected; some charting singles are missing but they're the ones that reached the lower rungs of the pop charts or only popped up on rock radio ("Down So Long," "Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)," "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot"), and the various stray songs and B-sides weren't even in the running for inclusion. What Sting, who selected this sequence himself, has chosen to present are the hits -- from "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" to "Desert Rose" -- supported by album tracks that are concert or fan staples. Not much of a surprise, yet the 45 songs, along with the photo, sketch, and lyric-laden book, do an excellent job of summarizing the spirit of Sting's years after the Police. If you're a fan, it's a classy slice of nostalgia.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602527760223
  • Catalog Number: 001580100
  • Sales rank: 128,358

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (4:24)
  2. 2 Love Is the Seventh Wave (3:33)
  3. 3 Consider Me Gone (4:31)
  4. 4 Moon Over Bourbon Street (4:01)
  5. 5 Fortress Around Your Heart (4:52)
  6. 6 Bring on the Night (11:27)
  7. 7 Driven to Tears (6:29)
  8. 8 I Burn for You (5:15)
  9. 9 Be Still My Beating Heart (5:33)
  10. 10 They Dance Alone (7:13)
  11. 11 Englishman in New York (4:27)
  12. 12 Fragile (3:54)
  13. 13 We'll Be Together (4:46)
  14. 14 Sister Moon (3:48)
  15. 15 Secret Marriage (2:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All This Time (4:55)
  2. 2 Mad About You (3:54)
  3. 3 Why Should I Cry for You? (4:46)
  4. 4 The Soul Cages (5:52)
  5. 5 When the Angels Fall (7:49)
  6. 6 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (4:28)
  7. 7 Fields of Gold (3:39)
  8. 8 Seven Days (4:38)
  9. 9 It's Probably Me (5:04)
  10. 10 Shape of My Heart (4:36)
  11. 11 When We Dance (5:59)
  12. 12 I Hung My Head - The Memphis Horns (4:42)
  13. 13 I Was Brought to My Senses (5:49)
  14. 14 You Still Touch Me - The Memphis Horns (3:48)
  15. 15 I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying (3:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Thousand Years (5:58)
  2. 2 Desert Rose (4:51)
  3. 3 Ghost Story (5:29)
  4. 4 Brand New Day (6:20)
  5. 5 Send Your Love (3:16)
  6. 6 Whenever I Say Your Name (5:25)
  7. 7 Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (3:57)
  8. 8 Soul Cake (3:27)
  9. 9 The Hounds of Winter (5:50)
  10. 10 Next to You - New York Chamber Consort (2:32)
  11. 11 We Work the Black Seam (7:20)
  12. 12 The Pirate's Bride - New York Chamber Consort (5:03)
  13. 13 Never Coming Home (5:20)
  14. 14 Russians - Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (4:53)
  15. 15 The End of the Game - Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (6:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Message in a Bottle
  2. 2 Demolition Man
  3. 3 Synchronicity II
  4. 4 Driven to Tears
  5. 5 Heavy Cloud, No Rain
  6. 6 A Day in the Life
  7. 7 Voices Inside My Head/When the World Is Running Down
  8. 8 Roxanne
  9. 9 Next to You
  10. 10 Lithium Sunset
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synclavier, Turkish Clarinet, Guitar (Nylon String), Roland VG8
Kathryn Tickell Fiddle, Violin, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Cheb Mami Vocals
David Peel Horn
Andy Summers Guitar
Vesta Williams Background Vocals
Omar Hakim Drums
Kenny Kirkland Keyboards
Jason Rebello Clavinet
Larry Adler Chromatic Harmonica
David Sancious Organ, Keyboards
Lance Ellington Vocals, Background Vocals
Renee Geyer Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
John Clark Horn
Shirley Lewis Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Guy Barker Trumpet
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Don Blackman Hammond Organ
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Joe Bonadio Percussion
Mino Cinelu Percussion, Vocoder
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Ira Coleman Bass
David Finck Acoustic Bass
Shane Fontayne Guitar
Josh Freese Drums
Chris Gekker Trumpet
Eddy Grant Conga
Gerald Gregory Concert Master
Jerry Grossman Cello
Joyce Hammann Violin
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Birch Johnson Trombone
Darryl Jones Bass
Manu Katché Drums
Kipper Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Maria Kitsopoulos Cello
Andrew Love Saxophone
David Mansfield Mandolin
Branford Marsalis Percussion, Saxophone, Spoken Word
Rob Mathes Piano, Conductor
Dominic Miller Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kathleen Nester Flute
Andy Newmark Drums
Frank Opolko Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Dean Parks Guitar, Mandolin
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Laura Seaton Violin
Tony Walters Vocals
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Shelley Woodworth Oboe, Soloist
Lisa Fisher Vocals
Jim Hynes Trumpet
Ken Helman Piano
Donna Gardier Background Vocals
David Hartley Hammond Organ
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Sameh Catalan Strings
Vincent Segal Cello
Rob Shaw Violin
Steven Mercurio Conductor
The East London Gospel Choir Vocals
Larry Di Bello Horn
Chris Dudley Trombone
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Daniel Panner Viola
Monica Reid-Price Vocals
Bijan Chemirani Percussion
Farhat Bouallagui Conductor
Lisa Kim Concert Master
David Cossin Percussion
Julian Sutton Melodeon
Joy Rose Background Vocals
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Moulay Ahmed Strings
Dick Clark Trombone
Vivek Kamath Viola
Joe Sumner Background Vocals
Salem Bnouni Strings
Kouider Berkan Strings
Rhani Krija Percussion
James DeLa Garza Trumpet
Sein Ryu Violin
Webb Sisters Background Vocals
Jeanine Wynton Violin
Eva Burmeister Violin
Becky Young Viola
Jo Lawry Vocals, Background Vocals
Annaliesa Place Violin
Leslie Neish Tuba
Peter Tickell Violin
Alan Stepansky Cello
Jeremy Turner Cello
Jeff Nelson Bass Trombone
Diva Goodfriend-Koven Flute
Liz Lim-Dutton Violin
Tom Carney Violin
Althea Rodgers Background Vocals
Barbara Allen Harp
John Ellis Bass Clarinet
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Dolette McDonald Background Vocals
Marlon Saunders Background Vocals
Theo Primus Horn
Dylan Schwab Trumpet
Chad Yarborough Horn
Peter Bahng Violin
Hyunju Lee Violin
Joe Mendex Background Vocals
Brent Madsen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Hanns Eisler Composer
Cheb Mami Composer
Sting Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Michael Kamen Composer
Bryan Loren Producer
Peter Brandt Engineer
Ed Cherney Vocal Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Neil Dorfsman Producer
Steve Fitzmaurice Remixing
Clark Germain Engineer
Efren Herrera Engineer
Kipper Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Rob Mathes Arranger, Producer
Dominic Miller Composer
Dominic Muldowney Arranger
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Gerd Rautenbach Engineer
Robert Sadin Producer, String Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Jim Scott Engineer
Al Stone Engineer
Noel Paul Stookey Composer
Kim Turner Producer, Engineer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Donal Hodgson Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Simon Osborne Engineer
Scott Hull Remastering
David Hartley Choir Arrangement, Piano Arrangement
Pete Lewis Engineer
Dave Audé Remixing, Additional Production
Steve Genewick Vocal Engineer
Farhat Bouallagui String Arrangements
Robert Orton Remixing
Tracy Batteast Composer
Elena Mezzetti Composer
Jonathan Allen Engineer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Pete Smith Producer, Engineer
Kathryn Schenker Executive Producer
Tracy Bufferd Publicity
Tim Mitchell Engineer
Gordon Sumner Composer
Bruce Keene Engineer
Andrew Bradfield Engineer
Yves Jajaget Engineer
Yves Jajager Engineer
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