- 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 See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
|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|
|10. Why Should I Cry for You|
|11. Englishman in New York|
|12. We'll Be Together|
|14. This Cowboy Song|
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.
Without question every song is a gem, but my standouts would have to be as follows:
Fields of Gold
Be Still My Beating Heart
Fragile - Inspired by the passing of his mother.
Englishman In New York
Sting reveals passion and compassion in this wonderful collection of tunes and effectively reflects all moods in the process. A fan of Sting in sure not to be without this recording. This is a CD not to be missed, this truly shows sincerity of this amazing artist.
Obviously being a fan of his for years now, there are songs on this album which I consider great ("Shape of My Heart," for one).
If you can, however buy all of his solo CD's, they are singularly enjoyable to listen to (especially this 1984-1994) period.
It does have the weakness, of course, of most "best of" compilations in that it shows only the commercial "top 40" side of a notable artist. Those who think the only good stuff is that which is played on the radio therefore enjoy this and other "best of" collections, and will like this more than any one album.
This is a good sampler of Sting's radio hits, but if you want a deeper understanding of Sting, don't stop here, but also listen to the albums which show off the less commercial side of his talent.