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The Best Of 25 Years
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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. Lastly, I have to mention the new mix of "Never Coming Home"--a great song that got overlooked a little bit, buried on "Sacred Love", which was a good album but not up to the standards of its studio predecessor, "Brand New Day". This remix is hypnotic, swirling, emotive, and wonderful. I'm glad to see this jewel reset in another setting to give it another chance to shine.

Nothing here is a giant surprise, but the remixes are solid. The live cuts are excellent, and the new version of "Never Coming Home" is probably the best find on the disc. Dyed in the wool Sting/Police fans will want this for the live cuts alone; those who are not familiar with his overall body of work will find this a great introduction, and will surely lead them to explore his back catalog. 5 stars for the song selection, 4 stars for the remixes (they are good, but don't add a ton), 5 stars for the great live cuts, and 6 stars for Never Coming Home. Check it out.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 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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98 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on September 30, 2011
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
I'm very happy with this album. I've been a Sting fan since DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES. Most of my Sting albums are on CD format but when vinyl made a comeback, I started tracking down near mint vinyl versions of his albums. So far, I've tracked down DREAM..., NOTHING LIKE THE SUN, BRING ON THE NIGHT and SOUL CAGES. TEN SUMMONERS' TALES and MERCURY FALLING continue to elude me. So when this album came out on vinyl format and it contained selections from said albums, I knew I couldn't let it pass.

I would also like to commend AMAZON for their trust and confidence in a loyal customer. When I wrote them to complain about my first purchase being too warped on one side (the other side was good), they immediately sent a replacement. THANK YOU, AMAZON. I already wrote this separately but I'm writing it again. I'm a raving AMAZON fan. May you continue to thrive.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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. Instead, Sting puts some live recordings to the mix which aren't that bad, but doesn't actually stand out to make the collection better.

Overall, Sting's Best Of 25 Years isn't really a definitive buy for hard core Sting fans, and yet more should've been here as well for newcomers to his solo wroks. If you are new to Sting's music, there are better buys to go to like Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994, that can give a deeper appreciation of what has made Sting so strong over the years. But Best Of 25 Years isn't honestly one of them to deliver for what its money had been shown for. Instead, it makes you feel like you hae been Stung, than hears the presence of a genius to what his music has brought to the world with.

Album Cover: B

Songs: C 1/2+

Price: C

Remastering: B

Overall: C+
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
As a loyal Sting fan ... I own all of his CDs. So, I already have most of these songs. I was looking for something innovative and unique. After all, it is Sting. I love the book idea. I love the DVD idea. But I believe Sting is taking advantage of those who support him most. I'm very disappointed.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
What is the deal here ? Old, albeit great, material re-mixed and repackaged for $27.50 a disc ???? Pure greed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
Format: Vinyl
This album has alot of good selections on it but unfortunately, like many of his regular albums, the songs you may be buying the album for are re-makes, not the original versions that you fell in love with on the radio. Be warned!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a great Sting collection. A few good songs were omitted such as Nothin' Bout Me and My Funny Friend And Me. But Still a solid effort. My biggest complaint is that it is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy over priced.
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