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Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 15 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002G2R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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1. When We Dance - Sting
2. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting
3. Fields Of Gold - Sting
4. All This Time - Sting
5. Fortress Around Your Heart - Sting
6. Be Still My Beating Heart
7. They Dance Alone(Cueca Solo)
8. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
9. Fragile
10. Why Should I Cry for You
11. Englishman in New York
12. We'll Be Together
13. Russians
14. This Cowboy Song

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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

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This "Fields of Gold" collection enables us to take a glimpse at Sting's brilliant songwriting and awesome vocal performance. Every song on the CD is solid and thought-provoking.
Sting expertly mingled different genres of music, making the CD full of varieties, such as the jazzy "Englishman in NY," the rock flavored "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," and the melancholy "Fragile." The two new additions "When We "Dance" and "This Cowboy Song" are as excellent, very creative works. I certainly found enlightenment from listening to the songs.
In addition to music, the lyrics are moving and poetic. I was on the verge of tears when I read the lyrics of "Be Still My Beating Heart" and "Fields of Gold." The words of "Fragile" are probably the most genuine portrayal of human life.
The only drawback is that the collection is not complete. Some of Sting's most moving songs, such as "Mad about You" (my favorite), "Shape of My Heart" are missing. In sum, if you have not listened to lots of Sting's songs, the collection can serve as as a guide. For me, a loyal fan, it is a CD that continually reminds me of Sting's surpassing expertise in music.
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As much as I enjoyed The Police, I credit Sting with broadening his and my musical horizons at some point with his move toward jazz-inflected pop. Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting is simply a first rate collection containing enough highlights to convince anyone that the post-Police years have been nothing short of golden.
The two new tracks risked sounding left behind when you consider the rest of the program was selected from the cream of Sting's solo efforts. But they're surprisingly good, especially "This Cowboy Song." From a technical perspective, Sting doesn't have the best vocal range even among popular singers, but he long ago learned to write in a way that showcases his distinctive timbre without pushing it too far. We've all come of age with that slightly strained voice, and he sounds great.
The 'best of' tracks are hard to argue with. Even the remix of 'Fortress Around Your Heart' is nicely done, and the songs from the 1985 'Dream of the Blue Turtles' really hold their own. 'Mercury Falling', often considered a weaker album, is conspicuously absent, while the excellent 'Ten Summoner's Tales' is represented by two songs. How 'Shape of My Heart' didn't make it is beyond me, as I think the 'Ten Summoners' album and that song represent something of a high point for Sting, but it is impossible to complain much about the present album.
Whether you already own everthing Sting has recorded or are looking for an introduction, this album is a real home run. Probably one of the best popular music albums in the last 20 years, if you accept a 'Best of' as an album. Very highly recommended.
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I always endorse "Best of" CDs, since you have the chaff completely separated from the wheat. You really don't want to waste your money on a CD with one good title song, and the rest with a lot of crap on the remainder.
Sting is one of these artists with a lot of soul, whose music matches his sentiments and ideas. You get a perfect profile of the man, his music, and his morals. He has a strong stance on political issues, and several songs such as "Fragile" (which was sung at the Salt Lake City Olympics), "Russian," and "Cueca Solo" represent some of the causes Sting has adopted. He has a good name and is a superb musician, so he brings considerable weight to his projects, in and out of the studio.
This disc has his early solo hits, such as "Fields of Gold," "All this time," and "Englishman in New York," which marks how far he has evolved as an artist since his heyday in the Police. He is no long a driven and angry youth, but a mature man with wider eyes on the world and a sharper ear for music.
So man rock star self destruct when going solo, or slowly whimper away into the shadows. Sting, on the other has, has full risen phoenix-like from the ashes of the Police and is still blazing hard. I am eagerly awaiting the follow-up CD, since he is still going strong.
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I have heard it said that Sting is just too deep and intense to be one of your everyday favorite artists, in terms of the guy you think of when you get home from work and want to hear some music while cooking, before the next Seinfeld rerun comes on.
While I love Seinfeld reruns as much as the next guy, can there be a greater compliment to an artist?
Branford Marsalis and his pre-eminent brother Wynton have defined the signature, singular quality of their heores of jazz being one of sustained intensity. In other words, it wasn't just Coltrane's ability to play all those notes in a cohesive, epic poetic/lyric context, but to do it as long and as often as he did every time he put the saxophone in his mouth that made him so great. One can only think of Sting, given his nickname by British and American expatriate jazz musicians while he was playing guitar with them in a bar during his teen years (or so the apocryphal story goes; his favorite yellow striped shirt and black jeans made him look like a bee at the time), in much the same context. It is the *controlled* intensity of the man and his music that has sustained the poignancy of his lyricism, and even given a greater depth and life to his lyrics and the messages of his songs.
It is this controlled intensity of his music that has fed his career for decades now. And this CD is impressive beginning with the fact that it covers only ten years in the life of such productivity; from six-odd years after "Roxanne" and his days with THE POLICE, to almost seven years before his latest Grammy award winning CD.
But it always comes down to the music. And the music has some of my favorites songs of him.
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