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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]

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Love Sting. Russians is my favorite song. They guy just doesn't miss. Loved The Police in high school in the 80's. Good times Good music
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Sorry...rock s not ricks��
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Sting ricks the soul!!!
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Henry the eighth,I luv an englshman
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If I built the fortress, saw them early on ,their songs still fill my head
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Sting is a true artist. When We Dance lyrics are transcendent , romantic.
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Fields Of Gold..
Beautiful.!
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kfitzgerald6 9 1
Man this guy sounds exactly like the lead singer of the police
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Be Still My Beating Heart; THIS is my Maestro. I ABSOLUTELY love Sting's music. No one can ever take his place.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works
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Your music is simply beautiful and brings me
So much pleasure. Thank you for the many
Happy memories and beautiful music.
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Who's better than Sting?!
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Can't rate this high enough.
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Love Sting....all of his songs transport me back to a time and place of great memories.
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Sting was something my parents had tape tracks for on the way to Priest Lake ID. It brings back memories for me of my family. I feel like I'm in the boat on the water enjoying life as a kid. Hes voice is so calming!
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such a soothing voice
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he was great with Mark Knopfler
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I think Sting was one of the greatest bass players in a 3-man band
he sings ok I guess
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Still fantastic. Even though taken from Hendrix, Sting is able to make it great again. Well done.
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My favorite of all time, something About his music that is always different since he become the police, I still got the first records he ever made, I love this guy
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What's up babies?
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myld2343
Amazing and more, as I listen and can't say why I am lost in the sounds,souls , and lyrics, soundings from my soul, for decades.
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mrs.marandah
Just pure amazing. Can't get enough
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I love this song and I really enjoyed the duet he sang with Josh Groban (The Shape of My Heart)!!!!!!
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roseanna.bat t i s t a
Thank God for Sting. That's all I can say.
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Shape of My Heart: Only one word respectfully describes this gentleman... . M A E S T R O .
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Fffggd
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Simply, a Master of his craft. Amazing poetry, imagery and swift however, strong transformati o n s through music and with music of different types and genres. Again, simply a Master.
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stellrchef
Brilliant man and he doesn't sing down to his audience. He extends the courtesy of believing his listeners are intelligent. But, after all...he was a teacher first :-j
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One of my all time favorite artist from the release of The Dream of the blue Turtles to his current work simply amazing..... A must see in concert not to be missed.
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Sting is probably one of the most important musicians of this age
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so ignorant, heaven forbid to grow as a musician and make references that his police fans may not get... that makes him pompous
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lmaragon
I LOVED The Police. Sting not so much. The critics were right when they said his entire body of work was pompous.
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is deserved and I believe that Sting commands respect as the true maestro that he is. Thank you very much. :-)
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Fields of Gold: This one is for my College. Metropolitan Community South Omaha Campus, which sits with Fields of Gold around it, in a garden setting, but still it appears as though it is Fields of Gold Barley. This is such a beautiful song, and is always best played live. Thank you Maestro. This gentleman right here is very, how do you say, romantic but not romantic, it's a very sexy style of music art. Very captivating. THAT is music art from a TRUE maestro. Respect needs to be given where it i
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Fragile: Now THIS is a MAESTRO. IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. I only like Barry White's music because it's sexy love making music. That's a WHOLE different MAESTRO. :-)
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Desert Rose: It's sexy HOT. Yes, definitely could be intoxicating . Very nice. :-)
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He's got amazing songs & voice...
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On the day I called it was only after the fall and though this wall was far from my home it is the place I remember holding for so long with the ground rushing to reach my life now gone the present strikes my being like a silent persistent gong echoing threw time casting memories of my mind hoping for a chance to change the course before landing in these fields I mined to keep those I found so blind from taking my heart to places my soul could not confide
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This song ��. It just brings back memories of driving early in the morning and watching the sun rise ��
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I absolutely love him!!!
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I like Sting's "Fields of Gold".
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He has created some beautifully haunting memories. What a life!
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Great singer
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Sister Moon: Great goodnight, sweet dreams, sleep with the angels song.
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Hi Maestro :-)
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So very beautiful. My favorite.
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When We Dance..
Late night on the coach listening to this album..
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dragonlady60 8 8
Amazing artist
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I like sting very popular group beautiful song more people even listen to it
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