Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 Import
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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"Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994" is a compilation of ten years of brilliant songwriting by Sting. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
This once punk "policeman" just keeps getting more mellow with age. But that's ok. I like his newer stuff too, even if some of it does approach "Phil Collins"... Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by H3@+h
Sting is a musical genius. His eclectic sound and soothing rhythms appeal to me in a way no other artist does. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Michael A. Magliulo
I remember the reason I bought this album back in the summer of '94 was because I used to listen to most of those songs on the radio, then I found myself recording them on cassette... Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by nora jones
You can never truly capture such a versatile artist in one compilation disc. However, if like me, you want a nice set to some of Sting's signature tunes, then pick up this... Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by cinephile
Dignified compilation of ten years Sting. The bass player and singer of the Police has also solo quite something to offer. This CD invites to relaxed listening pleasure. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003 by Oswald Muerner
This CD is an excellant overview of Sting's commercial hits, and is sure to please with "When We Dance", "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You", "Fields Of... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Neal Reynolds
For a single disc collection of STING's works, FIELDS OF GOLD is pretty darn solid. I don't care for two tracks, otherwise it's all good. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2002 by Andy Williamson
Sting writes the best songs! And what a great voice. THis is an exellent way for young people to get to know one of the best songwriters ever.Published on Oct. 4 2002 by Deann