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Sting Live In Berlin
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Deluxe CD/DVD Edition. 2010 live album from the former Police man and solo superstar. Culled from Sting's critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this live CD/DVD compilation features many of his greatest hits, including "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King Of Pain," "Fields Of Gold," and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity! Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London's Royal Albert Hall, among others.
"If you have the chance to hear Sting's greatest hits performed with a symphony orchestra, it is one that you don't want to miss." -- Diena (Tallinn)
"Pairing Sting with the orchestra is brilliant synchronicity on multiple levels. He's a consummate showman and a willful storyteller." -- The Denver Post
"Sting proves that he is one of the greatest living musicians." -- Die Welt (Berlin)
"The real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see." -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"This is one of the must-see concerts of the year." -- The New York Post
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The version of "Roxanne" on this concert is quite different from the usual way Sting does the song, but it's still very good. "Russians" is another highlight. It was interesting to hear Sting's explanation of the inspiration for the song. The orchestral arrangement was very good, especially the intro, which made the song, though a little dated, even more powerful. Sting introduced the "cowboy" song "I Hung My Head" by saying he was a fan of American westerns such as Gunsmoke, and "everyone's favorite" Bonanza. Being from Manchester and "not looking good" in a cowboy hat, he felt vindicated when Johnny Cash recorded that song.
I wasn't impressed as much by the next few songs. I suppose I like hearing Stings more familiar songs from his Police years, and his first few solo albums, more so than his later works. I'm sure I will come to enjoy them more with each listen.
The concert ends with some of my favorite songs, beginning with "King of Pain", and including another highlight, one of my favorite Sting songs,"Fragile".
This is a great concert dvd. I've already listened to portions of it several times. Stings voice sounds great, and the orchestra and musicians, including Sting's longtime band members guitarist Dominic Miller and percussionist Rhani Krija, give an excellent performance. Vocalist Jo Lawry adds a nice touch with her backup vocals. The audio and video quality of the dvd are also excellent.
The companion cd doesn't include all the songs on the dvd, but does include three songs* not heard on the dvd.
track listing for the cd only;
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You*
Englishman In New York
Fields Of Gold*
Why Should I Cry For You?
All Would Envy
Tomorrow We'll See
The End Of The Game
Whenever I Say Your Name
Shape Of My Heart*
Moon Over Bourbon Street
Mad About You
King Of Pain
If you like quality music, this set is a great choice.