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The Very Best of... Sting & the Police

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UK-only release to commemorate Sting's award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the UK Music Industry' received at the 2002 Brit Awards. A&M has repackaged 'The Very Best Of Sting & The Police,' updating it with his most recent hits 'Brand New Day' and 'Desert Rose.' This release carries a new sleeve image and includes 18 hit singles, 5 of which were number one smashes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Message In A Bottle
  2. Can't Stand Losing You
  3. An Englishman In New York
  4. Every Breath You Take
  5. Seven Days
  6. Walking On The Moon
  7. Fields Of Gold
  8. Fragile
  9. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  10. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  11. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
  12. Brand New Day
  13. Desert Rose
  14. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
  15. When We Dance
  16. Don't Stand So Close To Me
  17. Roxanne


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UTV
  • ASIN: B000060KB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's a solid collection but not the very best of.The absence of

"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.
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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 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.
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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. This disc updates the collection of the same name from a few years back, adding recent Sting tracks like 'Brand New Day'(excellent) and 'Desert Rose'(overplayed and overrated). Still, like the previous set, this one is of a piece, excluding both 'King Of Pain' and 'Wrapped Around Your Finger', which I consider essential Police singles, and 'All This Time', which is simply one of Sting's best solo records. Thankfully, on the other end of the spectrum, the Puff Daddy remix of 'Roxanne' is gone. Overall, a solid overview, but the addition of the aforementioned tracks would have made it nearly complete.
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The music on this disc ranges from 3 stars to 5 stars, which would give it an average of 4.5 But I'm subtracting 1 star for false advertising and 1.5 stars for the abyssmal remix of Roxanne. There are a lot of problems with this CD.
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.
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I must admit that while I liked the music on the 1997 reissue, I thought it was just a pre-holiday cash in on the fanbase and it lacked a lot of the strongest music from both Stings former band the Police, and his solo hits.
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.
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