All This Time

All This Time

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by Sting
     
 

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When he decided to record his first live album in 15 years at his villa in Tuscany, Sting knew that the proposed date of September 11, 2001, would be memorable. Of course he didn't know just how memorable until news of the terrorist attacks against the United States reached Italy. While Sting initially thought about canceling and sending the select audience home, the… See more details below

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When he decided to record his first live album in 15 years at his villa in Tuscany, Sting knew that the proposed date of September 11, 2001, would be memorable. Of course he didn't know just how memorable until news of the terrorist attacks against the United States reached Italy. While Sting initially thought about canceling and sending the select audience home, the former Police frontman decided to go ahead and dedicated the night to those who had lost their lives. The result is a singular concert experience. With a flamenco guitar intro and Sting's breathy crooning of lines like "If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one" (from "Fragile"), the intimate yet highly charged evening is underway. Sting and his new band conjure an eclectic mix of jazz and world-beat instrumentation that sounds miles away from the Police, even as they revisit hits such as "Roxanne" (reworked here from a contemplative torch song into a big-band number) and carry through to the title track of his recent Grammy-winning album, Brand New Day. The day's shattering events pump up the import of the performance, and even an unassuming pop ditty like "All This Time" is transformed into a gospel-powered testimonial. "Fields of Glory" receives a gorgeous acoustic reading, and the formerly spooky love ballad "Every Breath You Take" achieves a cathartic, triumphant velocity. The backing, including that of jazz bassist Christian McBride and Brazilian cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, is inspired, as the band rises to the occasion, summoning the strength to carry on. As testimony to music's gifts of comfort and inspiration, even under the most awful of circumstances, All This Time is truly timeless.

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Barnes & Noble
Weathering numerous changes in style over more than 20 years in the fickle kingdom of rock 'n' roll -- and even engineering a few of those changes himself -- Sting still reigns as a maker of classy, vital music. With ...All This Time he has released his definitive live statement. Recorded in Tuscany, Italy, at a special, intimate concert by Sting and a band of international virtuosos -- including reknowned bass master Christian McBride -- the album captures a reflective, revelatory rendering of the man's music. The centerpiece of the DVD companion to ...All This Time is the performance itself, which features innovative arrangements of such Police and solo-era classics as "Don't Stand So Close to Me," "(If You Love Them) Set Them Free," "Roxanne," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," and "Every Breath You Take." Bonuses include a making-of documentary, rehearsal footage, and additional songs not heard on the album. Tracks are as follows:
  • Fragile
  • 1000 Years
  • Perfect Love Gone Wrong
  • All This Time
  • Hounds of Winter
  • Mad About You
  • Don't Stand So Close to Me
  • When We Dance
  • Dienda
  • Roxanne
  • (If You Love Someone) Set Them Free
  • Brand New Day
  • Fields of Gold
  • Moon over Bourbon Street
  • If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
  • Every Breath You Take
  • All Music Guide
    On the day that the second live album of Sting's illustrious solo career (and third if you count the Police's 1995 Live! set) was to be recorded in Tuscany, Italy, the widely respected singer/songwriter/bassist was beset with one of the world's worst horrors of all time. The show was to be recorded and broadcast live on the Web on September 11, 2001, the day of the World Trade Center tragedy. Instead of canceling it altogether, Sting went on with the recording (although the Web broadcast was scrapped except for a single song), resulting in the release of the 15-song All This Time, just two short months later. Featured are a trio of Police-era classics inventively rearranged ("Roxanne," "Don't Stand So Close to Me," and "Every Breath You Take") and renditions of many solo selections: an expansive "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Brand New Day," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," and the poignant folk-like ballad "Fields of Gold."

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    Product Details

    Release Date:
    11/20/2001
    Label:
    A&M
    UPC:
    0606949316921
    catalogNumber:
    493169
    Rank:
    30264

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    Album Credits

    Performance Credits

    Sting   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
    Jason Rebello   Piano
    Katreese Barnes   Background Vocals
    Chris Botti   Trumpet
    B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
    Clark Gayton   Trombone
    Manu Katché   Drums
    Kipper   Keyboards
    Christian McBride   Acoustic Bass
    Dominic Miller   Guitar
    Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello
    Janice Pendarvis   Background Vocals
    Marcos Suzano   Percussion
    Haoua Abdel Nasser   Darbouka
    Jeff Scott Young   Organ,Background Vocals

    Technical Credits

    Sting   Producer
    Kipper   Programming,Producer
    Donal Hodgson   Engineer,Digital Editing
    Simon Osborne   Engineer
    Stefano Marchioni   Engineer

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