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Symphonicities [VINYL]

Sting Vinyl
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 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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  • Vinyl (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003TOS8V2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Next To You
2. Englishman In New York
3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
4. I Hung My Head
5. You Will Be My Ain True Love
6. Roxanne
Disc: 2
1. When We Dance
2. The End Of The Game
3. I Burn For You
4. We Work The Black Seam
5. She's Too Good For Me
6. The Pirate's Bride
7. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to write new material 22 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is pretty average though it's not quirky as If on a Winter's night or Song's from the Labrynth. Some of it's quite good with tracks like I Burn for you really stand out. My personal view is Sting has writers block and hopefully this will pass and he'll write some new songs that inspire as in days past. I don't think he's past his sell by date just stuck in a rut. Loyal fans are tired of rearrangements and look for something new. It's a little bit disappointing though not a failure. The songs are best heard in their original style as this collection doesn't quite work and leaves you feeling really in state of uncertainty as to what this is really about but give it a listen to be sure for yourself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity...? 4 Aug 2010
By ricardo
Format:Audio CD
From the moment I heard that Sting was putting together an album of orchestral covers of his own material, I was very much looking forward to full scale re-interpretations of some of his finest tunes, especially following the disappointment of his recent 'If On A Winters Night' album. However, despite a couple of real gems, Roxanne and I Burn For You (one of my all time favorite Sting penned songs) and The Pirate's Bride...I feel that many of the chosen tracks just don't work as well with the orchestral arrangements, and come across sounding like they are essentially the same track with an orchestral backing, which I'm sure wasn't Sting's intention here. Some are just downright wrong, 'I Hung My Head' for example, a country ballad tale just doesn't suit this type of manipulation and sits uncomfortably amongst the play list when so many other more appropriate tracks would have been much more appreciated...Walking on the Moon or Message in a Bottle, If You Love Somebody...or any of the Soul Cages tracks would have worked well and sounded great with a full orchestra arrangement in my opinion.
As a long time fan of The Police and Sting's solo work, I feel that this album is again a missed opportunity for the reinvention of some of his most loved songs and could have breathed new life into them. As he so often says himself, he loves to experiment and push the boundaries, I just wish he had this time when he had the opportunity. I only hope that his live performances are not so restrained...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The years are short and the days long 21 July 2010
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Format:Audio CD
Now 30 years ago I would have said Sting would have gone down kicking and screaming and the musical results would be spectacular. After all his edgy view of youth was and still is a memorable experience with lyrics and music that lingers long in the mind.
Unfortunately it seems he has decided to zip up his cardie, leave his beard to do it's thing and wander into a studio with an orchestra to produce an album of fragmented and at times pretty uninspired covers.
First up let me say that the orchestration is fine and of a good standard. But then you'd expect that wouldn't you? What I didn't expect was for the style to be so incohesive. The covers here are well chosen for variety but boy does this album reduce them to boring tears at times.
The cover of Johnny Cash's 'I hung my head' see's the sad and regretful lyrics droned in a monotone and a really flat musical background.
' My ain true' love with Alison Krauss is really rather beautiful and has the same ethereal style that made it work so well for 'Cold Mountain' and is definitely a highlight. A cold and body strewn American civil war battlefield is easily pictured.
'We work the black seam' has a jarring brass theme that repeats endlessly and that simply does nothing to lift what could have been so much more than a dirge.
In fact it's with his own well known work that Sting really misses the mark. Surely 'An Englishman in New York' was ripe for re-interpretation? 'Roxanne' flops horribly as some cheesy restaurant background tune with all edge removed and meaning lost. It's from here on in that the one word to keep re-appearing is 'Safe'. Little innovation , risk free and nothing to think about becomes the order of the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
From the advert on TV showcasing Sting's new CD, I couldn't wait to order this CD. There are a few good tracks but I think he's trying to be too clever and I was disappointed - only played it a couple of times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Symphonicity saga 1 Aug 2010
By Jem
Format:Audio CD
A bit dissappointing, a mixture of songs I know and have never heard before.
The marketing people probably want to release more back catalogue songs on Symphonicities 2 & 3 etc...
Watch this space!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars why? 7 Oct 2010
By nedley
Format:Audio CD
at least when joni mitchell did orchestral versions of her own back catalogue they really sounded fresh and new, but putting rehashed versions of your stuff on a classical label (deutsche grammophon) is a very cheap effort

sting has done better revisited versions of his back catalogue on the live album "all this time", recorded on the evening of sept 11 2001 in italy - listen to the silence at the end of the first track and understand the emotion of the evening; as another reviewer states of this cd: "stripped down, reassembled and still sounding superb"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a little dull 28 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
as a huge Sting fan I expected this to be his usual great quality, but is just a rehash (and not very startling versions at that) of some old stuff.

Shame, had potential.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to drive down the motorway to.
Loved playing this on holiday. Some re-working of some old favourites.
Published 13 days ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting twist
I loved this. Familiar tunes with nice twists provided by this orchestral arrangement that excite the ear every so often. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. W. Dowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Symphonicities soars!
Symphonicities was released on 13th July 2010 and features some of Stings greatest hits from throughout his career with symphonic arrangement, backed by The Royal Philharmonic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matt182
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is awesome
I love the mix of Sting and an orchestra. Fun times. They all sound so good. I enjoy listening to this whilst cooking.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Marriott
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
Well, after reading some of the more negative reviews here i decided not to fork out 11 for the Cd when it came out but waited a bit and bought it when the price dropped to 2. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars You knew it was coming
Not that surprising because in the 80s the London Symphony Orchestra cut an album of Police music called ARRESTED which starred on a few tracks Kim Goody. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting half ...
We visited the live show in Perth, Australia. A wonderful evening under the stars with fabulous songs and performers. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by colinlokko
5.0 out of 5 stars Stingtastic!
Have loved Sting and much of his music for years, he is a brilliant musician. I was wary of this but bought it prior to going and seeing the show live, just so I would be prepared. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Patrizio
4.0 out of 5 stars You Have To See It To Appreciate It
I agree with other reviewers that some of the versions on this album are a bit bland, given the possibilities of the London Philharmonic. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by S. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the Concert, Bought the CD - both magical
I wouldn't say I'm a Sting fan - I did dance around as a teenager in my 80s gear to the Police but never owned one of his albums. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by MM
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