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The Last Ship [Amazon Exclusive Super Deluxe Edition]

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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 24, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B00D6DVSAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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New Album From the 16-Time Grammy® Award Winner

Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records is pleased to announce a new album of original material from Sting, entitled "The Last Ship", scheduled for release on September 24, 2013.

The album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths – the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community – to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.

The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal)."The Last Ship" tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.

"The Last Ship" album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson.

"The Last Ship" will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations - a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com. AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Music October 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Initially, I played The Last Ship as background music to my web surfing. I only half-attended to the songs. Being short on big drums, bass, and guitar; it was easy to overlook them while distracted. Then, determined to give Sting the dedicated listen he deserves, I put aside my hobbies and just inhaled The Last Ship as the songs sailed through the air.

No doubt, Sting has become rather indulgent in his mature career as a songwriter and musician. These are not radio-friendly tunes, even as they are a part of a larger project (a play) destined for the masses. Despite his doing what he wants as he wants it done, Sting somehow manages to pull me into his schemes and carry me along into a place of his imagination and heart... and moreover, his soul.

The songs have all the elements that songs need to make them likeable, but what matters is how they make us feel. Sting is a painter of stories, using music as his paintbrush. These are beautiful, soulful paintings and The Last Ship will move you through an emotional ocean.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get On Board This Ship! September 24, 2013
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It has been ten long years since the gifted singer-songwriter Sting has released a CD with new material and I am glad to report he is in superb form. "The Last Ship" consists of songs written for a new musical set to debut on Broadway in 2014. In recent years there have been several attempts by contemporary artists to crossover to Broadway. These efforts proved disastrous for U2 with the notorious "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" and for Paul Simon with " The Capeman" (though I still love the score). But Sting's work is the finest crossover effort I have heard since Duncan Sheik's "Spring Awakening" score which won him a well-deserved Tony Award. Inspired by Sting's previous album Soul Cages, these songs illuminate the world of a dying British shipyard in the 1980's and this is clearly a labor of love for Sting who grew up in the shadows of the Newcastle shipyards.
One of Sting's gifts as an artist has always been his ability to seamlessly meld disparate musical elements into a rich unified musical tapestry. This piece draws from Celtic folk music, traditional shanties, world music and jazz.If you are open to hearing Sting bring his unique musical sensibilities to a more theatrical presentation I highly recommend this CD. Here is my take on each song:
1)The Last Ship: This haunting waltz with its poetically evocative lyric is a powerful opener, an ominous song marking the death knell of the British shipbuilding industry. Sting's singing on this piece is especially heartfelt and effectively dramatic.
2)Dead Man's Boots: What begins as a tender lullaby sung by a father to his son transforms into a rock ballad sung by the rebellious son, rejecting the traditions his father had hoped to leave him as a legacy. Builds to a powerful finish.
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109 of 129 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Last Ship September 24, 2013
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The Last Ship is the soundtrack to a forthcoming play of the same name and its origins were formed in Sting's fantastic 1991 release The Soul Cages. Given it is, in essence, a musical score, it may be unfair to simply review The Last Ship as a Sting solo album. Nonetheless, that what I am going to do, as I, and I suspect many fans, will purchase this album less as a score and more as a Sting album.

Having said that, your reception of The Last Ship is likely to be the result of your expectations - If you're expecting 80s Sting (i.e., Dream of the Blue Turtles, Nothing Like the Sun), you will certainly be disappointed. There are a few songs consistent with some 90s Sting (Brand New Day, Ten Summoner's Tales, Soul Cages, Mercury Falling), but even then, you may be left wanting. Not surprisingly, The Last Ship, is most consistent with latter day eclectic Sting.

The best tracks, such as the excellent "And Yet," "Practical Arrangement," and "I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else" could have come from nearly any point in Sting's career. Overall, however, the album is alienating, varying, as it does, between traditional English folk and shanty songs ("Language of Birds," "Ballad of the Great Eastern") and more theatrical songs (such as "The Night the Pugilist Learned to Dance;" my least favorite track, "What Have We Got;" and "So to Speak"). Sting's choice to deliver some of the songs in a Geordie accent does not help to make the songs any more accessible to fans of his older music. The bonus tracks on the Deluxe Editions are generally of the more theatrical nature, which is not surprising given the fact they were drawn from the reportedly more than 40 tunes available for the stage version of The Last Ship.
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65 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man's Life In Song September 24, 2013
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Sting's latest release, The Last Ship, is in his own words, both a memoir to his growing up in Wallsend, an English shipbuilding town, and a tribute to working class people in general. It's also the basis for a play he's developing and a very personal, emotional and stirring album depicting a way of life that's coming to an end and its affect on the community. From the romantic reminiscings of a street brawler wooing the love of his life, a man in love with a woman who doesn't love him to a son's rebellion against his father's wishes to follow in his footsteps taking up a dead end job because it's tradition- The Last Ship displays some amazing imagery and storytelling from a modern day master bard. The music is mainly traditional English folk and shanty, even a jig & reel, incorporating all the styles and instrumentation- fiddles, penny whistles, accordians, bagpipes, bodhran drums, clog dancing, etc- you'd expect, especially in today's music landscape dominated with bands like Mumford & Sons. But what's surprising is the assortment of guest appearances on the cd, including Jimmy Nail and AC/DC's Brian Johnson, of all people.

Last Ship is a beautifully rendered, absolutely poetic project full of heart and humanity. If the stage version lives up to the music, it'll really be something to see.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I've been disappointed in the last few albums Sting has released
I have nearly every Sting and The Police CDs made, so I purchased this to add to my collection. I've been disappointed in the last few albums Sting has released, and this one is no... Read more
Published 1 day ago by CassandraW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You will keep coming back. The album has staying power.
Published 1 day ago by bf07825
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived as described. Thanks! A+++++++++
Published 3 days ago by Andra Fischgrund
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful new music
I've been a Sting fan for his whole career. This is wonderful new music. I am looking forward to the show opening and will try to see it.
Published 6 days ago by A. Zagury
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,deeply thoughtful soul stuff
Bought last year and loved the words and music.Heard about forthcoming musical, watched TV production from Public Theatre New York ,then read James Berrymans Sting in the Tale and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by MRS AVRIL JACK
5.0 out of 5 stars The naysayers are listening through Nostalgia Speakers
It had been many years since Sting released an album with completely original material, and when I first came across an article on "The Last Ship" excited is probably an... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Joe Como
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD -- Great Show
I've loved Sting's music for years so automatically bought the CD last year shortly after it came out. Read more
Published 15 days ago by dondod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
After seeing him perform this on Great Performances on PBS and then see the play in Chicago I certainly appreciate the music more than I would have just listening too the CD. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mark Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting is a genius
Captivating melodies and interesting lyrics in this masterful album. The songs are at times expansive and at other times very intimate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EtsySweaterTherapy
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T PAY FOR A POETRY READING!
If I could give this zero stars, I would. The music was faint and without zest. The words of these ballads could have been read by anyone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rose
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