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Sting at his best...
on December 23, 2012
This is a true classic early rockumentary (or I suppose jazz-rockumentary). Younger kids of today may think everything was always shot in "reality" style, but it was not. That said, it is quite amazing how pretentious it is compared to something you'd expect to see today. Sting came up from a humble background to create a persona that developed into that of a modern day self made Prince or Lord of sorts and self proclaimed Champion of Worthy Causes. So why not have a vanity piece for your new project shot in a French chateau? Thankfully, his musical brilliance made this precious behavior tolerable and this video covers his arguably best solo album (his first), which was a very bold and brave departure from his starring role in the biggest band in the world just before this (The Police). It is fun to watch the powerhouse band develop songs during practice jams and the self importance of the between segment chatter (including Miles Copeland's frenetic rants, themselves worthy of a Spinal Tap style parody) is all forgiven as soon as Sting hits the stage and belts out fantastic versions of his songs in concert.
Any Sting fan must have this! I find the audio and video quality of the DVD to be excellent, and from looking at the reviews here, it doesn't seem like the Bluray version represents much of an improvement, so I am content. This is Sting at the height of his creativity and in a great period of discovery, something fans will watch again many times over the years.