Last Ship CD (2013)

Artist: Sting

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 254164432
UPC 602537443208
UPC 14 00602537443208
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2013
Author Sting
Associated Artist/Work Adams, Bryan
Associated Artist/Work Aswad
Associated Artist/Work Banton, Pato
Associated Artist/Work Belden, Bob
Associated Artist/Work Dire Straits
Associated Artist/Work Evans, Gil
Associated Artist/Work Jenkins, Leroy
Associated Artist/Work London Symphony Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pavarotti, Luciano
Associated Artist/Work Quality Singers
Associated Artist/Work Quality Singers (The)
Associated Artist/Work Radio Actors
Associated Artist/Work Stewart, Rod
Associated Artist/Work Sting & The Police
Technical Info
Engineer Alex Venguer; Donal Hodgson; Lars Fox
Producer Rob Mathes; Sting
CatalogID 3744320
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 09/23/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602537443208
Musical Guests
The Wilson Family
Mike Davis
Jeff Kievit
Richard Harris
Tony Kadleck
Chris Komer
Marcus Rojas
Bob Carlisle
Rachel Unthank
Jimmy Nail
Becky Unthank
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: Donal Hodgson.
Liner Note Author: Sting.
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London; Downtown Studios, New York, NY; MSR Studios, New York, NY; Steerpike Studios, UK; The Beach, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Editor: Lars Fox.
Photographers: Frank Ockenfels; S.W. Rawlings.
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
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."
Disc 1
1 Last Ship, The
2 Dead Man's Boots
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
9 What Have We Got?
10 I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
11 So to Speak
12 Last Ship, The (Reprise)
Product Attributes
Artist STING
Label Universal Music Group

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