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Sting

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 the forefront of literate, intelligent rock and his critics finding his entire body of work pompous. Either way, Sting remained one of pop's biggest superstars for the first ten years of his solo career, before his record sales began to slip.

Before the Police were officially disbanded, Sting began work on his first solo album late in 1984, rounding up a group of jazz musicians as a supporting band. Moving from bass to guitar, he recorded his solo debut, 1985's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim. The move wasn't entirely unexpected since Sting had played with jazz and progressive rock bands in his youth, but the result was considerably more mature and diverse than any Police record. The album became a hit, with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Love Is the Seventh Wave," and "Fortress Around Your Heart" reaching the American Top Ten. Sting brought the band out on an extensive tour and filmed the proceedings for a 1986 documentary called Bring on the Night, which appeared alongside a live double album of the same name. That year, Sting participated in a half-hearted Police reunion that resulted in only one new song, a re-recorded version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

Following the aborted Police reunion, Sting began working on the ambitious Nothing Like the Sun, which was dedicated to his recently deceased mother. Proceeding from a jazz foundation, and again collaborating with Marsalis, Sting worked with a number of different musicians on the album, including Gil Evans and former Police guitarist Andy Summers. The album received generally positive reviews upon its release in late 1987, and it generated hit singles with "We'll Be Together" and "They Dance Alone." Following its release, Sting began actively campaigning for Amnesty International and environmentalism, establishing the Rainforest Foundation, which was designed to raise awareness about preserving the Brazilian rainforest. An abridged Spanish version of Nothing Like the Sun, Nada Como el Sol, was released in 1988.

Sting took several years to deliver the follow-up to Nothing Like the Sun, during which time he appeared in a failed Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera in 1989. His father also died, which inspired 1991's The Soul Cages, a dense, dark, and complex album. Although the album peaked at number two and spawned the Top Ten hit "All This Time," the record was less successful than its predecessor. Two years later, he delivered Ten Summoner's Tales, a light, pop-oriented record that became a hit on the strength of two Top 20 singles, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold." At the end of 1993, "All for Love," a song he recorded with Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams for The Three Musketeers, became a number one hit. The single confirmed that Sting's audience had shifted from new wave/college rock fans to adult contemporary, and the 1994 compilation Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting played to that new fan base.

Three years after Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting released Mercury Falling in the spring of 1996. Although the album debuted highly, it quickly fell down the charts, stalling at platinum sales and failing to generate a hit single. Although the album failed, Sting remained a popular concert attraction, a feat that confirmed his immense popularity regardless of his chart status. Released in 1999, Brand New Day turned his commercial fortunes around in a big way, though, eventually going triple-platinum and earning two Grammy Awards. Issued in 2003, Sacred Love also did well, and Sting spent several years with the reunited Police before returning to his solo game for 2009's If on a Winter's Night.... One year later, he hit the road alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, who added their own symphonic arrangements to his material. Symphonicities, a companion CD, and Live in Berlin, released in conjunction with the world tour, arrived that same year.

After several years of work, Sting completed his musical The Last Ship in 2013. Initially, he introduced the piece as a solo album released in September of 2013, but the musical -- set in a struggling shipyard in the 1980s -- was scheduled to make its Broadway debut in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Songs from the Labyrinth

Composer: John Dowland
Title: Walsingham, Song Arranged For Lute, P 67
Title: Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: Flow, My Tears, Fall From Your Springs, For 2 Voices & Lute (Second Book Of Songs)
Composer: Robert (ii) Johnson
Title: Have You Seen But A White Lily Grow? For Voice & Lute
Composer: John Dowland
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: The King Of Denmark, His Galliard, For Lute, P 40
Title: The Lowest Trees Have Tops, For 4 Voices & Lute (Third Book Of Songs)
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: Fine Knacks For Ladies, For 4 Voices & Lute (Second Book Of Songs)
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: Work(s)
Title: Come, Heavy Sleep, For 4 Voices & Lute (First Book Of Songs)
Title: Forlorn Hope, Fantasie For Lute, P 2
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite, For 4 Voices & Lute (First Book Of Songs)
Title: Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me Of My Heart, For 4 Voices & Lute (First Book Of Songs)
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: Weep You No More, Sad Fountains, For 4 Voices & Lute (Third Book Of Songs)
Title: My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, For Lute, P 66
Title: Clear Or Cloudy Sweet As Aprill Showring, For 4 Voices & Lute (Second Book Of Songs)
Title: Letters (correspondence With Family And Friends)
Title: In Darkness Let Me Dwell, For Voice, Lute & Bass Viol (A Pilgrimes Solace)
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Track List: Spirits In The Material World (From The Motion Picture: Ace Ventura When Nature Calls) [CD Single]

Comments

The Symphoniciti e s are really beautiful
My god, this is pretty much Sting's best songwriting ever. real songs about real lives. Brave, thoughtful writing.
To me this song is the epitome of romance..
seabreezeasi a
It's Probably Me ....great song and we can all relate...
I like that.
A quote from the MAESTRO HIMSELF: 'I'm not one of these guys who waits around for inspiration. I don't sit in the lotus position and meditate and hopefully I'll channel some God-given message. What I actually do is I put the hours in. I work. I actually practice music.' http://www.s t i n g . c o m /
All This Time : Great song.
When We Dance

If he loved you
Like I love you
I would walk away in shame
I'd move town
I'd change my name

When he watches you
When he counts to buy your soul
On your hand his golden rings
Like he owns a bird that sings
When We Dance : This has got to be the most romantic song. I LOVE this song. Great goodnight, sweet dreams, sleep with the angels song. Great to sleep by.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Fragile: one of the best, healing songs in the world. Great for world peace. Sting's voice lends itself well to this poetry.
Like
Great poetry!
Sting. What can I say, awesome. One of the best of all time.
marsack39
oh wish I was ph724!!!!
ph724
Met Gordon in Berlin. He was such a great guy !! He was telling us about the time he took Ecstasy in the 80s . It was hilarious. He said Annie Lennox tried to get with him but thought she was a Drag Queen and didn't want to hit it. Funny !
Handsome with a beard
Phenomenal Talent!
Sting awesome !!!!!!!!!!
God I love sting!
1kiss your hand
2say your crush's name
3 pick your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss you
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I love how his songs make me dream a lot , how they relax me . Like the song every breath you take , fields of gold etc!! Those seem to make .me seem to dream the most!!! Sting ur the best!! Don't stop what ur doing!!!
jaycpearce
By far my favorite artist. "Moon over Bourbon Street"... " Shape of my Heart" two of my favorites! But all in all each song has qualities that strike chords in my heart that only quality music can reach. Certainly one of the greats!
I love this man ❤️��
Hands down one of the most creative contemporary writers/perf o r m e r s around. His genius also lies in his uncanny ability to adapt to change so he's not stuck with a definable style.
mmaiella
Went to the Bring On the Night tour back in '85 cuz a friend had an extra ticket. The talented musicians he put together on that tour BLEW me away, and I've been a fan ever since. Seen him twice more since then, and he and his talented bands still amaze me. He always chooses the best musicians for each instrument, and it pays off in spades!
oh Sting, your music is such a pleasant turn-on, to hear this one on a Friday morning is like being on a beach listening to the waters clashing against the rocks
I Was Brought To My Senses This is very beautiful Maestro
Many moons ago,think late 80s/early 90s,great still weather.lous y date who did not appreciate his talent.saw him in Nassau with police on a trip with a bud ,got back stage pass .he was courgel, but focused.true maestro.
Grandmother is not capitalized, nor is DAD. But, I do this because of my love and respect for my Father and Grandmother.
It's Grammer in England. Not Grammar. :-)
My Professor is teaching me good, proper Grammar. Hopefully I get it eventually. LOL!
I tried it in the microwave in a cup and it comes out stronger and much more with a full body if you microwave a bag in a cup of water. It is much more flavorful this way. I have to get a teapot. Man, this is nice. I will have to order my PG's from England since they do not carry it here in the US.
My British English Professor just brought me some good PG Tips tea yesterday and I had some today. It brings back such good memories with my DAD and Grandmother. I miss good English tea. I never realized how much I missed it until today.
I have not had good PG Tips since I was about 13 or 14 before my DAD passed, who came from England. My Grandmother and DAD used to drink it with me and we used to have Scones and Jams. That is the way my DAD liked it.
Seen him several times,wonder f u l live artist.memor a b l e concert alpine vally
Fragile. know I want to go outside and play in the sun, but I can't because I have FINALS. Priority is priority. I LOVE THIS SONG. I LOVE THE MAESTRO'S MUSIC. I'm in love with the Maestro's music. :-) It brings pleasure to my spirit.
how fragile we are,how fragile we are
Hansom dog....
nice pic.
STING IS A HERO TO ME!!! Any of us can yap & yowl & be noisy/negati v e , but this man has put his money/time/m o u t h / h e a r t where it means something!!! This earth's ALL WE GOT, y'all. I LUV his music, but it's what he's doing for the environment that moves me to be a better caretaker of it, in my smaller way.
GOD BLESS ALL US TREE~HUGGIN` "NUTS"!!!!!! ! ! ! :-D :-D :-D
Sting is the greatest love him. The way he sings and the words he uses ...:-) just wonderful
Oh man, Sting this sounds so good!!!
The lyrics to When We Dance just get me. I hope this kind of true love and pursuit still exists. This is what women want.
Beautiful song
Peaceful music very lelaxing for me oh yes.
Recently saw The Last Ship performed on PBS - WOW - mesmerized & in love!
jtny786
The bio here on Sting just misses the point in so many ways. Sting was good, then very good, then one of the great ones. If his record sales began to slip, it means nothing to his true fans and will mean nothing when the musicologist s start sorting out of the greats of this era.
allen92
How does a bio of Sting not mention Fragile, one of the most recorded pieces ever, one of the best pieces of jazz/rock in the 20th century?
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