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The Very Best of Sting & The Police

Sting & The Police

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Album Review

In the summer of 1997, Puff Daddy took "I'll Be Missing You," a sappy reworking of "Every Breath You Take," to the top of the charts across the world; it became the biggest rap single in history. The success of "I'll Be Missing You" also helped to make the Police hip again among both rock and rap artists. So, what better way to celebrate the occasion — as well as the 20th anniversary of the Police's first album — than to release another compilation, this time combining highlights from the Police and Sting's solo career? The Very Best of Sting & the Police does just that, compiling 14 songs in a seemingly random chronological order. The Police cuts are generally classics, but there are several big hits left off, which should probably be expected for an integrated collection like this. There's plenty of good music on Sting's solo records, but the selection here emphasizes his MOR side instead of some of his more ambitious material. Obviously, that selection is designed to snag a mature, 30-something audience, which makes the inclusion of Puff Daddy's remix of "Roxanne" (included in both its original and remixed incarnations) a little puzzling, since that strives to appeal to a younger audience. Then again, you don't really expect coherence from a collection that simply wants to cash in at the right moment. While it's hard to ignore the fact that this disc isn't necessary, the music itself is good, and certain casual fans may find this useful. But anyone following Sting or the Police for any length of time will find The Very Best Of... superfluous.

Customer Reviews

Necessary

If you think "message in the Bottle" is a song about redemption, listen again. This is song about loneliness and how in our search for empathy, we find there are others struggling along with us. “One hundred million Castaways searching for a home.” If you think “Walking on the Moon” is some ode to Neil Armstrong, listen again, it’s a true Police love song. No fluff. If you think “Can’t Stand Losing You” is a song about a Lover’s heartbreak, listen again, it’s a song about a person with Borderline Personality Disorder! If you think “Every Breath You Take,” is a cute song about lovers that are meant to be and you had it played at your wedding as ‘your song,’ listen again, it a song about a Stalker. If you think, “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” is some meaningless ramble. Listen again, it about our society and our politics and the part we play in it. Simple lyrics, but so deep! That’s The Police.

Record of a Legend

Sting has been making quality songs since the start of his career with the Police. Many of his best were done during that time, such as the stalker-esque "Every Breath You Take" and everyone's favorite, "Roxanne". This disc highlights some lesser known cuts as well as the bigger hits like "Message in a Bottle". While his affinity for potent lyrics is a definite forté, Sting still manages to present catchy melodies, like with the tambourine-laden "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", that will have you humming it all day. Overall, this is an exceptional chronology of Sting's work and is highly recommended.

The Best Band!!!!!!!

This CD has all of the Police's best hits, it has all the necessary songs! Trust me, when you buy it, you will never get tired of the songs. Sting is at his greatest and so is the rest of the band. BUY!!!! You won't regret it!!!!! 5 best songs: 1) Roxanne 2) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 3) Message In A Bottle 4) Walking On The Moon 5) Can't Stand Losing You

Biography

Born: October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at...
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