Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 [Australian Bonus Tracks]

Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 [Australian Bonus Tracks]

by StingSting

CD(Dutch Import)

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Early in his solo career, Sting defined himself as a man of taste, choosing to work with jazz musicians instead of rockers. Inevitably, this meant he walked the thin line between sophisticated pop and adult contemporary, but he did it with grace from 1985's Dream of the Blue Turtles to 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales. Unfortunately, Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting doesn't illustrate what a deft trick he pulled off with that quartet of albums. Naturally, Fields of Gold concentrates on his hit singles, just like any other greatest-hits collection, but Sting's material sounds surprisingly tame in this context. Sure, there is a number of great songs here -- enough to state his case as a fine songwriter or to satisfy his casual fans. Still, these songs are safe choices and all share a similarly tranquil quality, which means the collection itself becomes a little monotonous. Nevertheless, Fields of Gold performs the necessary service of rounding up all of the big hits -- "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "All This Time," "Fortress Around Your Heart," "They Dance Alone," "If Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fragile," and an alternate version of "We'll Be Together" -- and offering them on one disc, which is reason enough to make it worthwhile, even with its flaws. [The Australian edition boasts several more tracks than the standard edition.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/29/2000
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0731454028622
catalogNumber: 540286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sergey Prokofiev   Composer
Sting   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Producer
Stephen McLaughlin   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Remixing
Peter Smith   Producer
Stoker   drum programming
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Mark Mazzetti   Remixing
Richard Frankel   Art Direction
Pat Sullivan   Digital Transfer Assistant
Dave Abraham   Assistant Project Coordinator,Master Tape Research

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