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25 Years [3CD + DVD] [Box set]

StingAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B005D51JQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
2. Love Is The Seventh Wave
3. Consider Me Gone
4. Moon Over Bourbon Street
5. Fortress Around Your Heart
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. All This Time
2. Mad About You
3. Why Should I Cry For You?
4. The Soul Cages
5. When The Angels Fall
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. A Thousand Years
2. Desert Rose
3. Ghost Story
4. Brand New Day
5. Send Your Love
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Disc: 4
1. Message In A Bottle (Live) [DVD]
2. Demolition Man (Live) [DVD]
3. Synchronicity II (Live) [DVD]
4. Driven To Tears (Live) [DVD]
5. Heavy Cloud, No Rain (Live) [DVD]
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Editorial Reviews

Cherrytree/A&M Records/Universal Music Group is pleased to announce Sting: 25 Years, the definitive box set collection slated for release on September 27, 2011. Featuring three CDs comprised of 45 remastered tracks personally curated by Sting, a previously unreleased live concert DVD and a comprehensive hardcover book, this retrospective captures for the first time both the highlights and rarities of Sting's enduring solo career.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of a masterful career October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sting has been writing tunes at his peak for longer than almost anyone else around. From the flaming hot Outlandos D'amour all the way through Soul Cages, Summoner's Tales, and If On a Winter's Night, he puts out disc after disc of sophisticated, tuneful music with some of the catchiest riffs around, all without losing focus. He has expanded sideways into reinterpretation of renaissance music, and also reinterpreted some of his own music in a symphonic context. It is a lot of ground to cover in one disc, but Best of 25 years does a good job from a number of perspectives. First, the songs. Of course, since this is a "best of" disc, most everything is familiar to fans. There are so many good songs in his catalog that choosing the songs to include must have been difficult. "If you love somebody set them free", "We'll be together", and "fragile" are all obvious choices from his seminal "Nothing like the Sun" album. The remixes are nice, but honestly don't add a ton to what you have already heard. The magnificent and spare "Soul Cages" album is represented by only one cut, but is a great one--"All this time". Other tracks like "Fields of Gold" and "Desert Rose" are certainly high points as well, but the real joy for me was hearing the live cuts that end this compilation. "Heavy Cloud, No Rain" is such a fantastic song with a thrumming baseline, a steady beat and an interesting structure. It gets a great bluesy treatment live, and I liked it a lot. "Demolition Man", a song that I have always liked but never loved gets a really great rocking live version with the guitars up front, ringing and screaming. It sounds meatier than the studio cut, and Sting's voice is much more mature than for the studio version, and I think it sounds better. This is now my preferred version of the song. Read more ›
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96 of 117 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's the Point of This...Other than $$$$ September 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
First, I am a huge Sting fan from the 70's. I saw the Police when I was a teenager and the band left an indelible impression on me, mostly because Sting was just so amazing. Second, I have seen him more times than I can count--having followed him to NYC and to San Francisco to see him play live. Third, I think he's one of the true greats when it comes to song writing. BUT...I think I've reached my limit. To repackage all his solo work and then charge a premium for it is simply ridiculous. Three CDS and a DVD for more than $100? I'm shocked. But not as shocked as I was when I went to buy tickets for Sting's show in support of this work--$300 for two tickets! All of this just got me thinking that this is an exercise in commerce as opposed to art. Or, the man has finally lost it. It's been years since he's released a relevant set of tunes. His dabblings in Celtic folk music were simply dirge-lilke and dull and beyond seeing Sting sing with a live orchestra, that Symphonicities CD is the LAST thing I would put on when wanting to hear Sting sing the hits. So I'm confused by this boxed set. There's really nothing new here for the ears to listen to, other than a simple remastering of the tracks, which--face it--really doesn't sound all that different. Maybe Sting should have just charged $60 for this set since that is now his age. I just think that since he did the Police reunion tour that Sting has simply run out of creative gas and we've been handed nothing but dribbles of artistic energy as opposed to the gorgeousness and lush songs that he was capable of a decade ago. I still love the man and I'll forever cherish him for his contributions, but the heavy price tag for this set and the show accompanying just smells of capitalism infringing upon the artist's soul. Who knows, maybe this is all his label's doing or he's overstepped his donations to the rain forest. But whatever the reason, I don't feel stung in the least by what's being offered.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How Much??? September 30, 2011
By SMG
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep it simple since other reviews here have captured the details. Bottom-line: 1)beautiful packaging, 2) great songs but, 3) WAY overpriced. Very dissapointing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a rarities collection instead! November 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ok, this package is very nice and is indeed the utlimate hits collection. The remastering is subtle and overall a great package - if you don't have his albums/CD's. But I wonder how many people are out there that would shell out this money that wouldn't have bothered by his regular CD's! I've been a long time Sting/Police fan and I can tell you - what really would have been awesome would have been a comprehensive collection of Sting's rarities. He has over 40 B-sides and contributions to tribute CD's and soundtracks - and there are some spectacular tracks in the group. One of his cool early B-Sides - "Another Day" has never appeared on CD (other than a live version). I think a collection of this nature would have had some great potential and hopefully will be considered some day.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stung October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is no question that when it has came down to Sting, he has been one of the most driven and soulful influental singer-songwriters of all time. His music has never lost its luster over the past 35 years, on his own & with The Police. But when he branched out on his own, he made better music and a much more impacted sound to his voice, reflected with Jazz and Pop influences that have stood the test of time. 2011 has so far been a celebrated year for his solo work. Not only just recently celbrated his 60th birthday as well, but with the recent boxed set 25 Years, which reflects his solo work brilliantly. Now another hits album of Sting's solo work has come to light. But is this sampler of his legendary career worth the money, or will it make you feel like you've been stung?

Sting's Best Of 25 Years, is more like a sampler to his acclaimed boxed set 25 Years released earlier this year than a definitive greatest hits collection. Also, here you won't find any of works during his era with The Police. Only the songs from his solo career. The collection though isn't really worth the money for hard core Sting fans as well. The collection only includes his massive hits, still remastered well, but there could've been more of a variety of his works. The collection features classics like the intimate and soulful Fragile, the beautiful Fields Of Gold, and the guilty pleasure hits If I Ever Love My Faith In You and the Middle Eastern influenced dance pop of Desert Rose. It doesn't feel like it stands out for new Sting fans, as well as a miss for new Sting fans as well. Best Of 25 Years could've included more of his classics like Love Is The Seventh Wave, Russians, and the deeply moving When We Dance to just name a few.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Especially the cover picture
I missed place a couple of my Sting CD's so I purchase this one because it has all of my favorites.
Published 3 months ago by you bet
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected - better
I don't know if I was looking for the Police or what - but this album had me listening several times picking up new things, nuances if you will. Well done.
Published 3 months ago by Monty
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemo Everyday Book
A jewel everyone should have by their bedside and should read first thing in the morning. It's fresh and full of delightful wisdom. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia - numerologist -
1.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping But Not Exhaustive
The longtime fan (like me) will have all these songs already. The casual fan will not want or need something this overwhelming in one gulp.

It's not even exhaustive. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nozama
2.0 out of 5 stars I sound like a broken record, but how in the H can you call this the...
and leave off several top twenty hits? Is this his mother's or sister's or cousin's favorites? I am sick and tired of these record companies putting out greatest or ultimate or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT album no matter what others are saying
No question STING is the number one performer in the US - really love his music. Can not go wrong with this one for sure.
Published 8 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars A good compillation for the devote
I bought is as a present for a Stging devote, so as such, i think it' s a good buy
Published 8 months ago by vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sting fans, a must have!
I have almost every one of Sting albums and in my opinion this album has done a good job of showcasing some of my favorite hits of his in one production. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Debra G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting Rules Agaian!
On the same day, two new Sting recordings arrived. 'The Last Ship' and 'Best of 25 Years'. I am a northeast of Egland Brit living in Chicago, and hearing Sting's pure... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anthony Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars great mix of sting's music
This is a wonderful mix of sting's hits and I especially like that some of them are songs from live concerts.
Published 11 months ago by P. Joel
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price waaaaaayyyyyy too high....
For this price he better come and play an unplugged concert at my living room... and cook a gourmet meal... and clean the house!! This is really overpriced versus other box sets. Even more if you consider that this is mostly already released material... In fact, if it was unreleased material is... Read More
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