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Live at The Olympia Paris [Blu-ray]

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Sting’s 57th & 9th World Tour celebrates his first rock/pop album in more than a decade.  This concert, filmed at the Olympia Paris in April 2017, reflects the impulsive energy of the 57th & 9th album recording sessions.

Blistering performances of new songs including the infectious, guitar driven “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, and the anthemic “50,000”, alongside classics from The Police as well as Sting’s illustrious solo career, showcase the full range of his musical styles and songwriting influences.

Sting is joined by a 4-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar) and Percy Cardona (accordion) with backing vocals from Joe Sumner plus Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros.


Blu-ray Track Listing
1. Synchronicity II
2. Spirits in the Material World
3. Englishman in New York
4. I Can't Stop Thinking About You
5. One Fine Day
6. She's Too Good for Me
7. I Hung My Head
8. Fields of Gold
9. Petrol Head
10. Down, Down, Down
11. Shape of My Heart
12. Pretty Young Soldier
13. Message in a Bottle
14. Ashes to Ashes
15. 50,000
16. Walking on the Moon
17. So Lonely
18. Desert Rose
19. Roxanne / Ain t No Sunshine
20. Next to You
21. Every Breath You Take
22. Fragile

Bonus Features

STING & JOE SUMNER
1. Heading South On The Great North Road
JOE SUMNER
2. Looking For Me, Looking For You
3. Don't Change The Love
4. Jellybean
THE LAST BANDOLEROS
5. Maria
6. River Man
7. Take Me To It
8. I Don’t Want To Know
9. Where Do You Go?


Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall (Blu-ray)

Review Now available for pre-order, 57th & 9th represents a wide range of Sting s musical and songwriting styles, from the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of Petrol Head, to the anthemic, 50,000 and the raucous, guitar-driven first single, I Can t Stop Thinking About You. The album was recorded with Sting s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Riding a wave of inspiration, 57th & 9th came together impulsively, with sessions completed in just a few weeks.
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust (2 CD/1 Blu-Ray)

Review 2 CD Bundle Very Good Condition The Best of Sting 1984 1994, The Best of David Sanborn, Cameo Machismo. Complete, Disc, Cover, and Case.
Jeff Beck - Live at The Hollywood Bowl (Blu-ray/2CD)

Review A good overview of Sting's radio hits and popular album tracks with only one major omission ("Mad About You"), Fields of Gold also offers three previously-unreleased songs. "This Cowboy Song" and "When We Dance" appear on no other album, while "We'll Be Together" is an alternate version. The import version of this collection offers a substantially different (and expanded) track listing, dropping "Fortress Around Your Heart," "Be Still My Beating Heart," and "Why Should I Cry for You"; and adding "Mad About You," "Nothing 'Bout Me," "Seven Days," "It's Probably Me," "Love is the Seventh Wave," and "Demolition Man." --Gavin McNett
Live At Pompeii [Blu-ray]

Review Cherrytree/A&M Records/Universal Music Group is pleased to announce Sting: The Best Of 25 Years, slated for release on October 18, 2011. Featuring 12 remastered tracks, including several remixes and newly unearthed live recordings, selections for this compilation represent a diverse cross section of Sting's enduring solo career.

Highlights include the No. 1 hits "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "All This Time," as well as Grammy winners "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" and "Whenever I Say Your Name" featuring Mary J. Blige. The CD also includes a new mix of "Never Coming Home" as well as previously unreleased live versions of "Message In A Bottle," "Demolition Man" and "Heavy Cloud No Rain."


Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two [Blu-ray]

Review 2009 release from the multi-million selling singer, songwriter, musician and former leader of The Police. This release is dedicated to Sting's favorite season, Winter: a season which has inspired countless songwriters over the centuries and produced a wealth of music exploring all of its many guises. If On a Winter's Night... presents an arc of songs that conjures the season of spirits, resulting in a haunting, spiritual and reflective musical journey. ''The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material,'' comments Sting; ''by filtering all of these disparate styles into one album, I hope we have created something refreshing and new.''
Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague [Blu-ray]

Review 12 Tracks
Songs Of Experience [Deluxe Edition]

Review Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved on from jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's not using Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll Be Together" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some other subtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the former schoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the three songs that originally made up the second side of a double LP are a bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk
Black Sabbath: The End - Blu-ray/CD (PA)

Review Sting ~ Dream Of The Blue Turtles
Culture Club - Live At Wembley [Blu-ray/DVD/CD]

Review From one spin of The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting's first solo release, it's obvious that for him there would be life beyond the Police. Teamed with a band of top jazz players, he presents his musical visions that had gone unrealized while he was still constrained by his former ensemble. In style and subject matter, it's a decidedly diverse collection of songs and the playing is excellent throughout. The love songs are mostly focused on endings or escapes, and it's quite possible to interpret much of the imagery in reference to the bitter breakup of the Police. Sting's concern with history and politics is in evidence: he makes a father's plea for sanity and restraint in the nuclear age, takes up for the U.K.'s much-abused coal miners, and relates the savage stupidity of World War I to the destructive effects of adolescent heroin addiction. Songs that seem elaborately constructed and recorded contrast with others that are presented as one-take jams. Seen as a whole, The Dream of the Blue Turtles is eclectic, ambitious--sometimes pretentious--but altogether worth owning. --Al Massa
The Purple Tour (Live)

Review 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.
57TH & 9TH [Deluxe Edition]

Review Sting ~ Ten Summoner's Tales
The Last Ship [Amazon Exclusive Super Deluxe Edition]

Review The former jazzman-turned-punk is now more middle-of-the-road than a yellow stripe. But Ten Summoner's Tales is by far the most engaging of his solo records. The singles "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold" prove the man can lighten up long enough to go deep. "She's Too Good For Me" would have been a good Police single if it weren't for the pseudo-classical midsection that takes its joke far too seriously. Still, you wish he would loosen up and enjoy the rock once in a while. --Robert Wilonsky
The Best Of 25 Years

Review Deluxe CD/DVD Edition. 2010 live album from the former Police man and solo superstar. Culled from Sting's critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this live CD/DVD compilation features many of his greatest hits, including "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King Of Pain," "Fields Of Gold," and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity! Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London's Royal Albert Hall, among others.
If On A Winter's Night...

Review

Sting’s 57th & 9th World Tour celebrates his first rock/pop album in more than a decade.  This concert, filmed at the Olympia Paris in April 2017, reflects the impulsive energy of the 57th & 9th album recording sessions.

Blistering performances of new songs including the infectious, guitar driven “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, and the anthemic “50,000”, alongside classics from The Police as well as Sting’s illustrious solo career, showcase the full range of his musical styles and songwriting influences.

Sting is joined by a 4-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar) and Percy Cardona (accordion) with backing vocals from Joe Sumner plus Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros.


Blu-ray Track Listing
1. Synchronicity II
2. Spirits in the Material World
3. Englishman in New York
4. I Can't Stop Thinking About You
5. One Fine Day
6. She's Too Good for Me
7. I Hung My Head
8. Fields of Gold
9. Petrol Head
10. Down, Down, Down
11. Shape of My Heart
12. Pretty Young Soldier
13. Message in a Bottle
14. Ashes to Ashes
15. 50,000
16. Walking on the Moon
17. So Lonely
18. Desert Rose
19. Roxanne / Ain t No Sunshine
20. Next to You
21. Every Breath You Take
22. Fragile

Bonus Features

STING & JOE SUMNER
1. Heading South On The Great North Road
JOE SUMNER
2. Looking For Me, Looking For You
3. Don't Change The Love
4. Jellybean
THE LAST BANDOLEROS
5. Maria
6. River Man
7. Take Me To It
8. I Don’t Want To Know
9. Where Do You Go?


The Last Bandoleros EP

Review Now available for pre-order, 57th & 9th represents a wide range of Sting s musical and songwriting styles, from the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of Petrol Head, to the anthemic, 50,000 and the raucous, guitar-driven first single, I Can t Stop Thinking About You. The album was recorded with Sting s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and includes contributions from drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Riding a wave of inspiration, 57th & 9th came together impulsively, with sessions completed in just a few weeks.
Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994

Review 2 CD Bundle Very Good Condition The Best of Sting 1984 1994, The Best of David Sanborn, Cameo Machismo. Complete, Disc, Cover, and Case.
Sting Live In Berlin [CD / DVD Combo]

Review A good overview of Sting's radio hits and popular album tracks with only one major omission ("Mad About You"), Fields of Gold also offers three previously-unreleased songs. "This Cowboy Song" and "When We Dance" appear on no other album, while "We'll Be Together" is an alternate version. The import version of this collection offers a substantially different (and expanded) track listing, dropping "Fortress Around Your Heart," "Be Still My Beating Heart," and "Why Should I Cry for You"; and adding "Mad About You," "Nothing 'Bout Me," "Seven Days," "It's Probably Me," "Love is the Seventh Wave," and "Demolition Man." --Gavin McNett
Stranger To Stranger [Deluxe Edition]

Review Cherrytree/A&M Records/Universal Music Group is pleased to announce Sting: The Best Of 25 Years, slated for release on October 18, 2011. Featuring 12 remastered tracks, including several remixes and newly unearthed live recordings, selections for this compilation represent a diverse cross section of Sting's enduring solo career.

Highlights include the No. 1 hits "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "All This Time," as well as Grammy winners "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" and "Whenever I Say Your Name" featuring Mary J. Blige. The CD also includes a new mix of "Never Coming Home" as well as previously unreleased live versions of "Message In A Bottle," "Demolition Man" and "Heavy Cloud No Rain."


The Very Best of... Sting & the Police

Review 2009 release from the multi-million selling singer, songwriter, musician and former leader of The Police. This release is dedicated to Sting's favorite season, Winter: a season which has inspired countless songwriters over the centuries and produced a wealth of music exploring all of its many guises. If On a Winter's Night... presents an arc of songs that conjures the season of spirits, resulting in a haunting, spiritual and reflective musical journey. ''The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material,'' comments Sting; ''by filtering all of these disparate styles into one album, I hope we have created something refreshing and new.''

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