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The Very Best Of Sting And The Police

Sting, The Police

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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Message In A Bottle
The Police
00:04:49

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Gray, Producer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Can't Stand Losing You
The Police
00:02:58

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Englishman In New York (Album Version)
Sting
00:04:26

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.

4
Every Breath You Take
The Police
00:04:11

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc

5
Seven Days (Album Version)
Sting
00:04:38

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

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Walking On The Moon
The Police
00:05:01

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Gray, Producer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 A&M Records Limited

7
Fields Of Gold (Album Version)
Sting
00:03:38

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

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Fragile
Sting
00:03:53

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

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police
00:04:20

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1981 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
The Police
00:04:06

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Gray, Producer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Edit)
Sting
00:04:14

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.

12
Brand New Day (Album Version)
Sting
00:06:20

Kipper, Producer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Blackman, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Tookes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Collins, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Stevie Wonder, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vaneese Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Saunders, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Althea Rodgers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Desert Rose (Album Version)
Sting
00:04:46

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Sitar, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Cheb Mami, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mino Cinelu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Farhat Bouallagui, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Sameh Catalan, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Moulay Ahmed, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Kouider Berkan, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Salem Bnouni, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Ettamri Mustapha, Sitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You (Album Version)
Sting
00:04:29

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

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
When We Dance (Edit)
Sting
00:04:16

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

℗ 1994 A&M Records

16
Don't Stand So Close To Me
The Police
00:03:59

Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Gray, Producer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

17
Roxanne
The Police
00:03:08

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

18
So Lonely
The Police
00:04:47

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Sumner, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Police, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stewart Copeland, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Summers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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