Last Ship [Bonus Disc]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's an open secret that Sting's interest in songwriting waned after 2003's Sacred Love, an undistinguished collection of mature pop that passed with barely a ripple despite winning a Grammy for its Mary J. Blige duet "Whenever I Say Your Name." Sting spent the next decade wandering -- writing classical albums for lute, recording the frostiest Christmas album in memory, rearranging his old hits for symphony, then finally, inevitably, reuniting the Police -- before finding inspiration within the confines of a musical. The Last Ship tells the tale of a British shipyard in the '80s, one laid low by changing times, so there's naturally an elegiac undertow to Sting's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's an open secret that Sting's interest in songwriting waned after 2003's Sacred Love, an undistinguished collection of mature pop that passed with barely a ripple despite winning a Grammy for its Mary J. Blige duet "Whenever I Say Your Name." Sting spent the next decade wandering -- writing classical albums for lute, recording the frostiest Christmas album in memory, rearranging his old hits for symphony, then finally, inevitably, reuniting the Police -- before finding inspiration within the confines of a musical. The Last Ship tells the tale of a British shipyard in the '80s, one laid low by changing times, so there's naturally an elegiac undertow to Sting's originals, a sensibility underscored by his decision to ground nearly all these songs in the folk of the British Isles. Dockworkers in the '80s may not have been singing folk songs, but the genre is elastic, allowing for single-spotlight soliloquies along with rousing all-cast showcases, like the boisterous "What Have We Got?" Also, by having the bones of his songs belong to folk, Sting can put together a credible album of his own, as the songs from The Last Ship feel intimate in a way he's rarely attempted in his career. He brings in a few guests -- Jimmy Nail and Becky Unthank show up on the standard edition, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, a rock & roll dockworker if there ever was one, shows up on the deluxe -- but the focus is entirely on the songwriter. Occasionally, Sting's desire to inhabit roles within the musical is a little too strong -- not long into the album he adopts either a Scottish or Irish brogue, elsewhere he affects a workingman's vernacular, all the while sounding like nobody else but the posh Gordon Sumner -- but his songs are precise and cannily crafted, bearing the work of a songwriter who is intent on sculpting every line and every melodic progression. Unlike Sacred Love, The Last Ship isn't listless; even when the album is quiet -- which it often is -- Sting is engaged, relishing the different characters that inhabit his musical and seizing the challenge of writing in the longform. It's easy to sling arrows at The Last Ship -- there is a whiff of condescension to some of the blue-collar anthems, the air is often haughty ("The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance") -- but this is Sting's tightest collection of songs in ages, and they all play off each other, adding up to a cohesive whole that is surely one of his best latter-day records. [A bonus disc version added five bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537443215
  • Catalog Number: 001872202
  • Sales rank: 20,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Last Ship - Bob Carlisle (3:50)
  2. 2 Dead Man's Boots - Bob Carlisle (3:29)
  3. 3 And Yet (3:52)
  4. 4 August Winds (3:17)
  5. 5 Language of Birds (3:30)
  6. 6 Practical Arrangement (3:19)
  7. 7 The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance (4:13)
  8. 8 Ballad of the Great Eastern - The Wilson Family (5:14)
  9. 9 What Have We Got? - Rachel Unthank (3:34)
  10. 10 I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else (3:41)
  11. 11 So to Speak - Becky Unthank (4:06)
  12. 12 The Last Ship (Reprise) - Bob Carlisle (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shipyard - Jo Lawry (6:00)
  2. 2 It's Not the Same Moon - Alan Stepansky (2:54)
  3. 3 Hadaway - The Wilson Family (3:17)
  4. 4 Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint - The Wilson Family (3:33)
  5. 5 Show Some Respect - The Wilson Family (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Cymbals, Vocals, Orchestra Bells
Kathryn Tickell Violin, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Soloist
Brian Johnson Vocals
Jimmy Nail Vocals, Background Vocals
John Barclay Trumpet
Mark Berrow Violin
Joe Bonadio Percussion, Drums
Ira Coleman Bass
Richard Edwards Tenor Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Martin Loveday Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Rob Mathes Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dominic Miller Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Soloist
Anthony Pleeth Celli
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Cathy Thompson Violin
Chris Komer French Horn
Peter Lale Viola
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Gavin McNaughton Bassoon
Richard Watkins French Horn
Deborah Widdup Violin
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
David Pyatt French Horn
Andy Wood Euphonium
Julian Sutton Melodeon
Owen Slade Tuba
Jon Carnac Clarinet
Dave Daniels Celli
Rachel Unthank Clogs
Thomas Bowes Violin, Concert Master
Kate Moore Trumpet
Becky Unthank Vocals
Jo Lawry Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Davis Tenor Trombone
Peter Tickell Mandolin, Violin, Soloist
Alan Stepansky Cello
Tom Rees-Roberts Trumpet
Nicholas Korth French Horn
Christopher Tombling Violin
Gabrielle Lester Violin
Michael Thompson French Horn
Andy Parker Viola
Richard Harris Euphonium
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Kathryn Tickell Composer
Sting Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jimmy Nail Composer
Ira Coleman Composer
Rob Mathes Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Dominic Miller Composer
Paul Pritchard Pro-Tools
Danny Quatrochi Guitar Techician
Chris Wilson Vocal Group
Donal Hodgson Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Lars Fox Engineer
Ken Wilson Vocal Group
Julian Sutton Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer
David Hage Assistant Music Preparation
Tom Wilson Vocal Group
Becky Unthank Duet
Jo Lawry Composer
Tracy Bufferd Public Relations
Peter Tickell Composer
Toby Hulbert Pro-Tools
Stephen Wilson Vocal Group
Brett Meyer Pro-Tools
Regine Moylett Public Relations
Mike Wilson Vocal Group
Rael Jones Pro-Tools
Bridin Murphy-Mitchell Public Relations
Rich Rich Pro-Tools
Drew Hodges Art Direction
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