11.23.11 ''Sting has truly given the gift of music'' reports the Associated Press reviewing Sting 25 Years...


Sting's three-CD box set offers an intriguing portrait of the artist in his quarter-century quest to marry the many flavors of music. Bundling his early and later work together presents an excellent chance to really get a clear reading of how he has tweaked pop music and expanded its core.

His early solo compositions after leaving the Police veered largely toward jazz and world beats, and his first CD, "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" featured an impressive roster of jazz players: Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim and Darryl Jones. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" from that seminal 1985 album showcases Sting's flirtations for both jazz and rhythm and blues, while he revives the reggae that also influenced the Police in "Love Is the Seventh Wave," with its infectious refrain: "There is a deeper wave than this, rising in the land/There is a deeper wave than this, listen to me, girl."

World beats and jazz, of course, are offered up again and again over the years - "Desert Rose," for example, from 1999's "Brand New Day," where Sting's vocals with Cheb Mami, share Middle Eastern inflections. "I Was Brought to My Senses," from 1996's "Mercury Falling," reflects just a taste of the Scottish Highland in its opening before floating to smooth jazz riffs.

Sting's musical explorations became even more interesting in 2003 with his "Sacred Love" album where Bach influenced "Whenever I Say Your Name," a song that had Mary J. Blige on vocals. And there are tunes from his recent works, "Symphonicities," from 2010 and "If on a Winter's Night..."

The boxed set comes with a nicely packaged book of writings and photos, and a DVD, and lyrics to each tune. Sting is an intelligent lyricist, which for some fans can be a turn-off. But like it or not, Sting's very complexities elevate his music, from the peppiness of "Brand New Day" to the edgy narrative "I Hung My Head" to the sweetness of "When We Dance."

Sting has truly given the gift of music.

(c) Associated Press by Dolores Barclay
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Rolling Stone magazine have just published their Rock & Roll Gift Guide featuring the best audio tech, gadgets, box sets and books for the ultimate music fan. One of the Box Sets featured is Sting 25 which they describe as follows: "Over a comprehensive three-CD set presented in a thick picture book filled with vanity shots and handwritten lyrics, this retrospective of Sting's solo career covers his post-Police exploration into jazz ("Englishman in New York"), remixed club-thumpers ("Send Your Love") and his endless supply of love songs for wife Trudie. The bonus live DVD of a 2005 Irving Plaza concert contains the only hint of Police-era youth ("Message in a Bottle," "Roxanne"), but his voice and songwriting have never lost their luster." Read more at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/rock-roll-gift-guide...

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Live Nation is pleased to announce that four concerts in South Africa have been added to Sting's Back to Bass tour, including two performances in Johannesburg on March 24 and 25, as well as two in Cape Town on March 27 and 28. Fan Club presales will begin at 9AM (local time) today, Tuesday, November 22. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presale followed by a presale to all members beginning at 10AM (local time). Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, November 25 at 9AM (local time)...

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Live Nation is pleased to announce that following the immediate sell-out of Sting’s Back to Bass concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, a second show has been added for on March 20. In addition, a concert in Munich on February 28 has also been added to Sting's Back to Bass tour. Fan Club presales will begin at 10AM (local time) tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presale followed by a presale to all members beginning at 11AM (local time). Tickets for the London concert will go on sale to the public at 8AM (local time) on Friday, November 25 and for the Munich performance at 9AM (local time) on Friday, November 25...
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Live Nation is pleased to announce that a concert in Luxembourg at the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg has been added on March 12 to Sting's Back to Bass Tour! Fan Club presales will begin at 10am (local time) on Wednesday, November 23. Legacy Fan Club members will be given a one hour advance window at the start of the presales followed by a presale to all members beginning at 11am (local time). Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10am (local time) on Saturday, November 26...