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"Fortress around your heart" by Sting as a solo performer is a shame."King of Pain" and "Wrapped around your finger" are also
missing somehow on this collection.If you want the very best of
both worlds here,you will have to purchase the greatest hits of
both individually,and then you will have the very best of both in my opinion.
Saw Sting in concert a few weeks back (surprisingly strong set with LOTS of Police-nuggets such as Bed's Too Big Without You etc.) and that lead me to revisit this album. This was rushed out in 1997 as a result of P.Diddy's monster hit "Missing You", sampling "Every Breath You Take".
"The Very Best of Sting and the Police" (18 tracks, 78 min.) is "politically correct" in that it brings an equal number of Police hits and Sting solo-hits (9 each). It has a lot of things going for it: first and foremost, much of the music is outstanding. Best of all is the inclusion of "So Lonely", a major hit which somehow was omitted from The Police's "Every Breath You Take: The Classics". This can directly be attributed to using the full extent of a single CD capacity. The sound quality is surprisingly good as well. What is very unfortunate is that all 18 songs are mixed and matched without any apparent rhyme or reason. Thus we go from the Police's "Can't Stand Losing You" directly into Sting's "An Englishman in New York. Say what? Or we go from Sting's "Seven Days" into the Police's "Walking on the Moon"! Why couldn't they simply present the songs in chronological order? That said, there IS a lot of great music on this CD. It's simply up to you to play it in an order that makes more sense and pleases the ear more.
For starters, some of the best songs, like "King of Pain", aren't even on it. And this isn't MY personal opinion. "King of Pain" was a chart-topping grammy-nominated tune. In fact, it sold more copies and got more airplay than most of the other singles on this disc. Wouldn't that make it a "best of" hit?
And why are there NO tracks from "The Soul Cages"? "All This Time" sold a whole lot more records than "Desert Rose" or "Russians".
So clearly, this is not "The Very Best Of"
Why else might you buy it?
Well, if you're a fan, you'd want to be completist and get it for the Roxanne remix. Don't bother, it is TERRIBLE. It is really really really bad. Really. I now want to invent a time machine to go back to a point before I ever heard it.
Why else might you buy it?
If you're not a fan, you might want an intro to the band and it's music. Well then please indulge me in a little quick education so you'll understand why this is not the disc for you.
Sting and The Police are two seperate entities. The Police was a Rock Band infused with punk and reggae stylings. Sting is a singer/songwriter.
While Sting may have written most of The Police's songs (and all of their hits), the idea for the band came from Stewart Copeland and the sound of the band owes much more to the atmosphereric arrangements and keyboard work of Andy Summers. The Police are certainly one of the greatest bands of the 80s and had a great influence on the 90s.Read more ›
The updated version takes 13 of the 15 tracks off the 1997 collection "The Very Best of Sting & The Police" and has five others to replace the two ones that were not pulled off the original. This 2002 re-issue has the beautiful "Fragile", and the great "Seven Days".
It's not suprising that "Every Breath You Take" and "If You Love Somebody, Set them Free" is included because they are among the very best material they've ever made but why didn't they include "King of Pain" or "We'll be Together" on here? However at least they didn't include the disasterous P. Diddy version of Roxanne because it's just drab boring hip-hop fluff aimed at the TRL masses.
Even still though, this 2002 version while much improved, is still a relatively muddled up collection of material from Sting as a solo artist and from The Police. You're best bet is to buy Every Breath You Take: The Classics or Fields Of Gold: Best Of Sting 1984-1994 even though the latter came a bit early in Stings solo career. This CD is not necessarily one to leave alone but it's not exactly the place to start your Sting or Police collection. The newbie fanbase should definately get this one as an introduction to them.
The ultimate choice though is to buy all of Stings solo albums and The Polices albums.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My musical palate is stuck in a 60s time warp. Nevertheless, three of these songs satisfy my tastes, but the remainder... Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Sideman
One of the most popular groups of the eighties, the Police disbanded at the peak of their popularity so that frontman Sting could begin a solo career. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emilia and Alena Westlund
Music: 4.5 stars; Compilation: 3.5 stars.
Saw Sting in concert a few weeks back (surprisingly strong set with LOTS of Police-nuggets such as Bed's Too Big Without You... Read more
It's a stunning collection of songs of The Police! I am a long time admirer of the singer Sting. His husky voice is quite rich in various intonations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Griffin Garcon