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If On A Winter's Night (Deluxe Edition) [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition]

Sting Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B002I9K2JA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gabriel's Message
2. Soul Cake
3. There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue
4. The Snow It Melts The Soonest
5. Christmas At Sea
6. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
7. Cold Song
8. The Burning Babe
9. Now Winter Comes Slowly
10. The Hounds Of Winter
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mystery And Storytelling
2. A Primal Memory
3. Shaping The Repertoire
4. Inviting Chaos
5. Outside Their Comfort Zone
6. Slowly Coalescing

Product Description

Product Description

The ninth studio album from the British Grammy Award winning musician and the follow up to 2007's live album 'The Journey and the Labyrinth'.

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185 of 188 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The first thing I will say is that this is the first Sting album I have ever brought (or owned, copied, let in the house...). So I don't come to it with any baggage of claiming to be a fan. I think some previous reviews here suffer from assuming that this is a straight pop album. Its not. The Deutche Gramophon label should be your guide.

I was intrigued enough to buy it as an intrest in folk and classical music puts this right up my street. I have also had a strong intrest in winter / Christmas too. By which I don't mean Wizzard / Slade. Anyway.

There is much to intrigue here. At 50 minutes running time, the album covers a lot of ground, and repeat listens will reveal lots of subtle parts you may miss first time round. There is old English folk songs, poems sung and set to music. Sting covers five centuries of music, but blends it all together beautifully. If you want a winter album to soundtrack the party season, forget it. If you don't want to try something new, learn about something outside the usual pop/rock mainstream, or widen your horizons, move on. But if you do appreciate musicians playing really well as individuals and together, an education and entertainment, this is for you. If you want something to soundtrack dark nights and reflection on the passing year as you sit by the fire with your favorite tipple as the lights flicker across the walls, take a chance and invest in this. I suspect as winter rolls around year on year, this will make repeat appearences on the stereo. It certainly has me researching further some of the origianal inspirations for the tracks. Which is what great music should do. Lead you on to even more...It's not an easy listen at times. Not all the tracks have a hummable melody or toe-tapping rhythm. Most are slow and take time to unfurl. You will need to pay attention, but its a grower. Its rewarding. Good things come to those who wait.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By D. Dunn
Format:Audio CD
Weaving through all the songs on Sting's latest album "If On A Winter's Night..." are the themes of winter, ghosts and spirits, religion and the pull of home back to loved and missed ones. The musicians and singers complement the songs impeccably - the Northumbrian pipes of Kathryn Tickell are so evocative of the the northeast and are an instant reminder to older fans of his classic 1991 album "The Soul Cages", an album that drew heavily on his roots. Stand out tracks include "Christmas At Sea", a poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson that is combined with the Gaelic song "Thograinn Thograinn" and provides one of the most evocative songs that Sting has recorded. "Soul Cake" is a very catchy song that is guaranteed to etch its way into your subconscious after the first listen and is the most immediate track on the album; "The Snow It Melts The Soonest" is a hauntingly beautiful Northumbrian track; "The Burning Babe" contrasts a macabre tale with a jolly tune to great effect, and Sting combines his own lyrics to a piece of Bach on the melancholic "You Only Cross My Mind In Winter". Taken with traditional Christmas songs such as "Gabriel's Message" and the "Cherry Tree Carol", some reworkings of older songs such as "The Hounds of Winter" and "Lullaby To An Anxious Child", and more obscure pieces from centuries past such as "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming" and "Now Winter Comes Slowly" means that Sting delivers a thoughtful and beautifully judged seasonally themed album without once having to mention reindeer, snowmen or Santa Claus.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sting in these tales 3 Nov 2009
By EuroBee
Format:Audio CD
I don't know about you but, for me, one of the problems with a lot of music these days is the obsession with churning out more or less the same album time after time after time. For a vast majority of acts today, you know exactly what their next album will sound like. In the good old days, by contrast, one of the great joys of following a particular band or singer was not knowing exactly what they would come up with next. Sometimes it would work - sometimes it wouldn't. But it would always be enthralling to watch their 'journey'.

So I'm delighted that Sting has come from left-field again with "If On A Winter's Night...". Even better than that, he's produced what is (to my ears) a convincing, successful album of folky, wintertide tales and tunes that work extremely well as a collective, yet also furnish him with enough latitude to experiment with different vocal styles, introduce unfamiliar melodies (as on this version of the seasonal 'standard' "Gabriel's Message") and interweave a range of musical approaches (as on the excellent, jazz-tinged "The Burning Babe"). Sting's always been a master of musical fusion and this album is no different. And as a Warlock/Schubert fan, I'm delighted to see examples of their work slotting neatly into this superbly reflective, understated, bitter-sweet collection.

Stand-outs for me include "The Hurdy-Gurdy Man", "Soul Cake", "The Hounds of Winter" and "The Snow It Melts The Soonest". But the truth is that Sting puts his indelible stamp on all the songs.

So what next, Sting? Wait - don't tell me! Surprise me. Again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time. 27 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
As so many others have said, this record is a bit of a slow burner. When you first put it on, you may find yourself baulking at the Christmassy references lurking in the songs. Why (you may ask) was Sting so irritable with the record company for suggesting that he record a 'Christmas Album'? Hasn't he partly done just that?

You may also get a trifle irritated at the warbled 'serious singing voice' Sting has adopted on one or two of the tracks. You may even wonder to yourself whether they have bright Christmas lights, warming Glühwein, skating rinks, central heating and Yule logs in any place Sting happens to spend the festive season. It can't all be deep gloom in Winter, can it?

But a few listens will put you right. The Christmas references are in there because most of us have inevitably absorbed such things into our bloodstream even if we don't believe the whole account the carols and writings offer; they're part of our cultural landscape, if not our religious or spiritual one. And they are accompanied by the kind of reflective, unshowy music which suits precisely the period during which I write this: between Christmas and New Year.

I suspect the record will get a lot of plays in January and February too, as it is not a Christmas bauble. Suffice to say that this CD is something of a surprise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christmas season music
The quality is excellent, but then it always is with Sting. This album is packed with beautiful Christmas songs - old traditional songs but most you will never have heard before,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Roche
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but heavy
Three stars is supposed to mean "It's OK" but here it means that I'm pulled in two directions. The album certainly evokes a cold winter's evening as the candles flicker. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dave kitchen
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
The recipient asked for this specifically, but hated it. I'm not sure why.

I've not listened to it myself so can't offer a personal view.
Published 7 months ago by SJJones
5.0 out of 5 stars great supplier
I order lots of cd,s from this supplier and can recommend them. the cd was very good also as I like to listen to stings stuff
Published 7 months ago by Pl Amison
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!
Must admit I've never written a review about anything before but had to about this!

I'm not a Sting or folk music fan & discovered this album by accident after hearing a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dizzy Lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting has always been a .....
mystery to me. Seen the Police around the time of Roxanne, never really got the Police/Sting. Sure, I appreciate his catalogue of work over all these years but not a fan, never... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wayno
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Sting album
A very unique album of early music. A very able group of 'early music' musicians support Sting in performing a range of songs from the 'past'; including Bach, Warlock, Purcell,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jdb
5.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of Christmas
I heard "Soul Cake" at a Church concert, and had to own an album featuring this haunting track. Sting's is perfect.
Published 17 months ago by Iolanthelancs
4.0 out of 5 stars He's still got it!
A more reflective album from Sting but musically and lyrically as good as anything he's done before. Definately worth a listen.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. M. Kranz
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not one of Sting's better albums
Soal Cake is probably my favourite song on the album, which is good, but a little mournful sounding at times. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andy
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