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Fields Of Gold - The Best Of Sting 1984 - 1994

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  • Released on 1/01/1994 by A&M
  • Main artist: Sting
  • Genre: Pop
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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
When We Dance
00:06:00

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Edit)
00:04:15

Branford Marsalis, Percussion, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Kirkland, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Smith, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - JIM SCOTT, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dolette McDonald, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Jones, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Quatrochi, Synclavier, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Fields Of Gold (Album Version)
00:03:38

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
All This Time (Album Version)
00:04:55

Branford Marsalis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Kirkland, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Kathryn Tickell, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Summers, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Sancious, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Munyungo Jackson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Scheuble, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Keen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Stone, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Simon Osborne, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vinx, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Efren Herrera, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yves Jajaget, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Cowieson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Willing, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paola Paparelle, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Skip Burney, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Vacca, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Englishman In New York (Album Version)
00:04:28

Branford Marsalis, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hugh Padgham, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mino Cinelu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Mad About You
00:03:53

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
It's Probably Me (Soundtrack 5:01 Version)
00:05:02

Sting, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Michael Kamen, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen McLaughlin, Producer

℗ 1992 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo)
00:07:14

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hugh Padgham, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You (Album Version)
00:04:29

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Fragile
00:03:54

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hugh Padgham, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
We'll Be Together (Fields Of Gold Version)
00:03:51

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Hugh Padgham, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Moon Over Bourbon Street
00:04:01

Pete Smith, Producer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1985 A&M Records

13
Love Is The Seventh Wave
00:03:31

Pete Smith, Producer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1985 A&M Records

14
Russians (Album Version)
00:03:57

Branford Marsalis, Percussion, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Kirkland, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Smith, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sergei Prokofiev, ComposerLyricist - OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JIM SCOTT, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dolette McDonald, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Jones, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Quatrochi, Synclavier, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1985 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc

15
Why Should I Cry For You? (Fields Of Gold Remix)
00:04:51

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Mazzetti, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1994 A&M Records

16
This Cowboy Song
00:05:00

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer

℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Fragil (Portuguese Version)
00:03:51

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Bob Blank, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Liluca, Translator

℗ 1988 A&M Records

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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