Sting - The Last Ship (CD)

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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Folk
  3. British Folk
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
The Last Ship [Digipak]
Media
CD
BarCode
602537443208
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Naxos
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
Audio CD
Barcode
602537443208
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] The Last Ship
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dead Man's Boots
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] And Yet
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] August Winds
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Language Of Birds
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Practical Arrangement
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Ballad Of The Great Eastern
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] What Have We Got? - Ft. Jimmy Nail
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] So To Speak - Ft. Becky Unthank
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] The Last Ship - Reprise
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Last Ship, The - (featuring The Wilson Family/Mike Davis/Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Bob Carlisle/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dead Man's Boots - (featuring Mike Davis/Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Bob Carlisle/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] And Yet
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] August Winds
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Language of Birds
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Practical Arrangement
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance, The
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Ballad of the Great Eastern - (featuring The Wilson Family)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] What Have We Got? - (featuring The Wilson Family/Rachel Unthank/Jimmy Nail)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] So to Speak
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Last Ship, The (Reprise) - (featuring The Wilson Family/Mike Davis/Jeff Kievit/Richard Harris/Bob Carlisle/Tony Kadleck/Chris Komer/Marcus Rojas)
Genre
Pop / Rock
Duration
45m 24s
Country
USA
Notes

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, Kathryn Tickell, Gaby Lester, Steve Morris, Thomas Bowes, Boguslaw Kostecki, Rita Manning, Cathy Thompson, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Andy Parker , Peter Lale, 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

Date Released
2013-09-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
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Performer
Sting
Producer
Rob Mathes; Sting
Artists
  1. Sting
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Engineer
Alex Venguer; Donal Hodgson; Lars Fox
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