Sting: The Studio Collection [Box Set]
The beyond-deluxe new Sting set "The Studio Collection" does more than just bring all eight of Sting’s A&M albums back to vinyl. It also marks the vinyl debut of two of these albums—"Brand New Day" (1999) and "Sacred Love" (2003). All the artwork from the original releases has been brought back, all this vinyl is of the 180-gram variety and the new vinyl masters were cut at Abbey Road Studios. The captain of the Police signaled a jazzier direction as a solo artist right off the bat with 1985’s "The Dream of the Blue Turtles," a #2 smash LP featuring Branford Marsalis and Omar Hakim (there you’ll find the Top 10 hits "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "Fortress Around Your Heart"). Sting expanded into world music on the Top 10 LPs "Nothing Like the Sun" (’87, featuring Andy Summers, Annie Lennox, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler) and "The Soul Cages" (’91); those two albums unleashed his big hits "We’ll Be Together," "Be Still My Beating Heart" and "All This Time." Sting returned to straight-up pop perfection with 1993’s "Ten Summoner’s Tales," a #2 LP containing his hits "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold," and on 1996’s "Mercury Falling," a #5 LP which sent three more hits to the charts: "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," "You Still Touch Me" and "I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying." This box closes with the buoyant pop of "Brand New Day" (1999), the hypnotic electro beats of "Sacred Love" (his 2003 #3 album featuring Mary J. Blige and Anoushka Shankar) and 2013’s "The Last Ship," which features songs from (or originally intended for) his musical of the same name. It’s all housed in quite a handsome "drawer-style" slipcase, and is an opulent way to travel through nearly three decades of pop exploration by one of the most esteemed frontmen in rock! (NOTE: Every album in "The Studio Collection" is also available individually with the exception of "The Last Ship," which is only available here in the boxed set.) A&M.