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The Very Best of Sting & the Police

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949325220
  • Catalog Number: 493252
  • Sales rank: 16,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Message in a Bottle (4:50)
  2. 2 Can't Stand Losing You (3:00)
  3. 3 Englishman in New York - Sting (4:28)
  4. 4 Every Breath You Take (4:12)
  5. 5 Seven Days - Sting (4:39)
  6. 6 Walking on the Moon (5:03)
  7. 7 Fields of Gold - Sting (3:40)
  8. 8 Fragile - Sting (3:54)
  9. 9 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (4:21)
  10. 10 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (4:08)
  11. 11 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting (4:15)
  12. 12 Brand New Day - Sting (6:22)
  13. 13 Desert Rose - Sting (4:47)
  14. 14 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting (4:30)
  15. 15 When We Dance - Sting (4:18)
  16. 16 Don't Stand So Close to Me (4:00)
  17. 17 Roxanne (3:10)
  18. 18 So Lonely (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Police Primary Artist, Track Performer
Full Force Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Police Arranger, Producer
Sting Arranger, Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer, Remixing
Neil Dorfsman Producer
Nigel Gray Producer, Engineer
Kipper Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Jim Scott Engineer
Peter Smith Producer, Engineer
Simon Osborne Producer, Engineer
Chris Gray Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering, Remastering
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Stevie J. Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Engineer
J. Dub Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Best of Sting & the Police

    This a great album full of hits and a few of my favorite songs. They have a style all their own. Some of the songs are very haunting and unforgettable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not one bad song on this cd!

    Well I am a HUGE fan of Sting,and have actually had the privelege of seeing him perform in concert!Fantastic!This cd really sums up a ton of Sting's and The Police's most popular songs.Any fan of either won't be dissappointed with this cd.I think it would also make a great present for any occasion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

       I initially reviewed this on July 5, 2008. This was the first

       I initially reviewed this on July 5, 2008. This was the first album that I purchased that was by Sting and I am so glad that I acted on my hunch to get this cd. I love how he magically melds very creative songwriting lyrics with his very unique voice. There are quite a few good tracks on this album. Some of my favorites are "every little thing she does is magic", "if you love somebody set them free". "if I ever lose my faith in you", "fields of gold", "brand new day" and "desert rose". I grew up listening to his music on the radio and finally decided to buy one of his cd's last year. I also love how confident his voice sounds in the songs. If you like 80's music, classic soft rock and/or pop and you want to hear a mix of 80's and 90's I would definitely recommend this selection of “The Very Best of Sting& the Police” cd.

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