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Very Best of Sting & the Police
     

The Very Best of Sting & the Police

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by The Police
 

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Yes, you've seen this title before -- slapped on a 1997 compilation of the peroxided trio's best-known material -- but this latest collection of material from Sting and the Police arrives in new and improved form. In a nod to Sting's continued dominance as a solo artist, the disc has been reconfigured to emphasize his

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Yes, you've seen this title before -- slapped on a 1997 compilation of the peroxided trio's best-known material -- but this latest collection of material from Sting and the Police arrives in new and improved form. In a nod to Sting's continued dominance as a solo artist, the disc has been reconfigured to emphasize his recent material -- most notably "Desert Rose" and "Brand New Day." The 18-song collection dips back in time to the Police's first worldwide smash, "Roxanne," and tracks the band's progress through reggae-tinged pop tunes like "Don't Stand So Close to Me" through more complex creations like "Russians" (which, despite its Cold War-era lyric, still resonates pretty strongly). In addition, the set has been retrofitted with a number of favorites left off the original issue, including "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" and "So Lonely." Given that it was initially created to commemorate Sting's Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Music Industry, the disc is peppered with highlights from his solo career, including the contemplative "Fields of Gold" and "An Englishman in New York." Full of favorites, The Very Best of Sting & the Police makes an excellent springboard into Sting and company's lasting body of work.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the summer of 1997, Puff Daddy took "I'll Be Missing You," a sappy reworking of "Every Breath You Take," to the top of the charts across the world; it became the biggest rap single in history. The success of "I'll Be Missing You" also helped to make the Police hip again among both rock and rap artists. So, what better way to celebrate the occasion -- as well as the 20th anniversary of the Police's first album -- than to release another compilation, this time combining highlights from the Police and Sting's solo career? The Very Best of Sting & the Police does just that, compiling 14 songs in a seemingly random chronological order. The Police cuts are generally classics, but there are several big hits left off, which should probably be expected for an integrated collection like this. There's plenty of good music on Sting's solo records, but the selection here emphasizes his MOR side instead of some of his more ambitious material. Obviously, that selection is designed to snag a mature, 30-something audience, which makes the inclusion of Puff Daddy's remix of "Roxanne" (included in both its original and remixed incarnations) a little puzzling, since that strives to appeal to a younger audience. Then again, you don't really expect coherence from a collection that simply wants to cash in at the right moment. While it's hard to ignore the fact that this disc isn't necessary, the music itself is good, and certain casual fans may find this useful. But anyone following Sting or the Police for any length of time will find The Very Best Of... superfluous.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0606949325220
catalogNumber:
493252
Rank:
13222

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Police   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Full Force   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Police   Arranger,Producer
Sting   Arranger,Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer,Remixing
Neil Dorfsman   Producer
Nigel Gray   Producer,Engineer
Kipper   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Peter Smith   Producer,Engineer
Simon Osborne   Producer,Engineer
Chris Gray   Engineer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Stevie J.   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
J. Dub   Producer

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The Very Best of Sting & the Police [1997] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was awesome! I loved all the songs that were on it. I was growing up when The Police came out with their first song and was still young when the band was no longer. This album brought back alot of memories for me. This album is a must have...that is if you know what good music is.