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Last Ship (2013)

Artist: Sting
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Format: CD
Sku: 254164432
UPC: 602537443208
UPC 14: 00602537443208
Release Date: 9/24/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Last Ship, The ~ (featuring The Wilson Family/Mike Davis/Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas/Bob Carlisle)
2. Dead Man's Boots ~ (featuring Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas/Bob Carlisle)
3. And Yet
4. August Winds
5. Language of Birds
6. Practical Arrangement
7. Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance, The
8. Ballad of the Great Eastern ~ (featuring The Wilson Family)
9. What Have We Got? ~ (featuring The Wilson Family/Rachel Unthank/Jimmy Nail)
10. I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
11. So to Speak ~ (featuring Becky Unthank)
12. Last Ship, The (Reprise) ~ (featuring The Wilson Family/Mike Davis/Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas/Bob Carlisle)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Sting (vocals, acoustic guitar, cymbals); Dominic Miller (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rob Mathes (acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Peter Tickell (mandolin, violin); Warren Zielinski, Mark Berrow, Deborah Widdup, Christopher Tombling, Gabrielle Lester, Kathryn Tickell, Steve Morris , Thomas Bowes , Boguslaw Kostecki, Rita Manning, Cathy Thompson, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Peter Lale, Andrew Parker , Bruce White (viola); Jon Carnac (clarinet); Gavin McNaughton (bassoon); John Barclay, Tom Rees-Roberts, Kate Moore (trumpet); Nicholas Korth, Michael Thompson , David Pyatt , Richard Watkins (French horn); Richard Edwards (tenor trombone); Andy Wood (euphonium); Owen Slade (tuba); Julian Sutton (melodeon); Joe Bonadio (drums, percussion); Jo Lawry (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Donal Hodgson.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Sting.
Muze PNote Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London; Downtown Studios, New York, NY; MSR Studios, New York, NY; Steerpike Studios, UK; The Beach, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Muze PNote Editor: Lars Fox.
Muze PNote Photographers: Frank Ockenfels; S.W. Rawlings.
Muze PNote It's an open secret that Sting's interest in songwriting waned after 2003's Sacred Love, an undistinguished collection of mature pop that passed with barely a ripple despite winning a Grammy for its Mary J. Blige duet "Whenever I Say Your Name." Sting spent the next decade wandering -- writing classical albums for lute, recording the frostiest Christmas album in memory, rearranging his old hits for symphony, then finally, inevitably, reuniting the Police -- before finding inspiration within the confines of a musical. The Last Ship tells the tale of a British shipyard in the '80s, one laid low by changing times, so there's naturally an elegiac undertow to Sting's originals, a sensibility underscored by his decision to ground nearly all these songs in the folk of the British Isles. Dockworkers in the '80s may not have been singing folk songs, but the genre is elastic, allowing for single-spotlight soliloquies along with rousing all-cast showcases, like the boisterous "What Have We Got?" Also, by having the bones of his songs belong to folk, Sting can put together a credible album of his own, as the songs from The Last Ship feel intimate in a way he's rarely attempted in his career. He brings in a few guests -- Jimmy Nail and Becky Unthank show up on the standard edition, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, a rock & roll dockworker if there ever was one, shows up on the deluxe -- but the focus is entirely on the songwriter. Occasionally, Sting's desire to inhabit roles within the musical is a little too strong -- not long into the album he adopts either a Scottish or Irish brogue, elsewhere he affects a workingman's vernacular, all the while sounding like nobody else but the posh Gordon Sumner -- but his songs are precise and cannily crafted, bearing the work of a songwriter who is intent on sculpting every line and every melodic progression. Unlike Sacred Love, The Last Ship isn't listless; even when the album is quiet -- which it often is -- Sting is engaged, relishing the different characters that inhabit his musical and seizing the challenge of writing in the longform. It's easy to sling arrows at The Last Ship -- there is a whiff of condescension to some of the blue-collar anthems, the air is often haughty ("The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance") -- but this is Sting's tightest collection of songs in ages, and they all play off each other, adding up to a cohesive whole that is surely one of his best latter-day records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Rob Mathes; Sting

Engineer: Alex Venguer; Donal Hodgson; Lars Fox

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist The Wilson Family
Muze Guest Artist Mike Davis
Muze Guest Artist Jeff Kievit
Muze Guest Artist Richard Harris
Muze Guest Artist Tony Kadleck
Muze Guest Artist Chris Komer
Muze Guest Artist Marcus Rojas
Muze Guest Artist Bob Carlisle
Muze Guest Artist Rachel Unthank
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Nail
Muze Guest Artist Becky Unthank

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations My Life
Muze Music Compilations Dolphins
Muze Music Compilations Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms
Muze Music Compilations Monkey Business
Muze Music Compilations Thomas Crown Affair
Muze Music Compilations Wildflower
Muze Music Compilations Rogue Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
Muze Music Compilations Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba
Muze Music Compilations Breathing Under Water
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Muze Music Compilations Les Paul & Friends
Muze Music Compilations Chris Botti Live In Boston
Muze Music Compilations Chris Botti Live In Boston
Muze Music Compilations Conversations With Christian
Muze Music Compilations FORGET THE WORLD(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Chieftains
Muze Music Compilations When I Fall In Love

Associated Artists and Works

Adams, Bryan
Banton, Pato
Belden, Bob
Brothers In Arms [Remaster] ~ Dire Straits
Brothers in Arms [Digipak] ~ Dire Straits
Evans, Gil
Jenkins, Leroy
London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra Performs The Music O ~ London Symphony Orchestra
Original Soundtrack
Dolphins [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Pavarotti, Luciano
Quality Singers
Quality Singers (The)
Radio Actors
Stewart, Rod
Sting & The Police

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/23/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3744320
Music Label Name Label : A&M (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537443208

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.82)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The ballad 'I Love Her but She Loves Someone Else' evokes the erotic despair that he has always found seductive...the arrangements are spare and haunting."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   STING
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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