Sting releasing The Complete Studio Collection

StingSting releasing The Complete Studio Collection

Vinyl box set offers complete solo catalogue

By David Sands
May 16, 2017

Those who want to take in the whole of Sting’s solo career in one fell swoop will soon be able to do so.  And on vinyl, as luck would have it.

The celebrated artist, who first grabbed the world’s as the lead singer and bassist for The Police, will be releasing a vinyl anthology of his entire solo studio album catalogue, spanning from his 1985 debut album The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to the his most recent, 57th & 9th. The Complete Studio Collection comes out June 9th through the collaboration of A&M, Interscope Records and Deutsche Grammophon.

The Complete Studio Collection highlights the incredible full range of Sting’s seminal songwriting, inimitable storytelling, and awe-inspiring arrangements through a myriad of musical styles,” reads a statement on the collection. “From the jazz-infused politically-charged The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to the deft pop songcraft of …Nothing Like The Sun, the globetrotting Brand New Day to the evocative electronica of Sacred Love, through to the exploration of complex classical forms in Songs From The Labyrinth, expanding in magnitude and concept on If On A Winter’s Night…, and further developing into the genre-melding orchestral expanse Symphonicities, before finally culminating in the triumphant return to pop/rock on 57th & 9th.”

The Complete Studio Collection marks the first time all 12 of Sting’s studio albums have been offered together. It offers four new post-Police albums that weren’t featured in his original studio collection,  which came out last year. Fans who bought the original will be able to buy a separate bundle called The Studio Collection: Volume II that features the additional albums.

“There were a couple of albums that I really like that weren’t included [in the first collection],’” says Sting. “And  I could see the logic behind it, because these albums were slightly left of field. So on the next version of it [I asked:] ‘Could we put those albums in?’…I thought they were all worthy of being included.”

All the album sleeves feature careful reproductions of original artwork. The LPs are made of 180 gram heavyweight vinyl created from vinyl masters cut at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Sting is currently touring the world in support of his newest album, 57th & 9th with special guests The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner (SEE TOUR DATES BELOW).

THE COMPLETE STUDIO COLLECTION – TRACKLISTING:

THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES (Original Release: 1985)
Side A:
1.      If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
2.      Love Is The Seventh Wave
3.      Russians
4.      Children’s Crusade
5.      Shadows In The Rain

Side B:
6.      We Work The Black Seam
7.      Consider Me Gone
8.      The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
9.      Moon Over Bourbon Street
10.   Fortress Around Your Heart

…NOTHING LIKE THE SUN (Original Release: 1987)
Side A:
1.      The Lazarus Heart
2.      Be Still My Beating Heart
3.      Englishman In New York

Side B:
4.      History Will Teach Us Nothing
5.      They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)
6.      Fragile

Side C:
7.      We’ll Be Together
8.      Straight To My Heart
9.      Rock Steady

Side D:
10.   Sister Moon
11.   Little Wing
12.   The Secret Marriage

THE SOUL CAGES (Original Release: 1991)
Side A:
1.      Island Of Souls
2.      All This Time
3.      Mad About You
4.      Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
5.      Why Should I Cry For You?

Side B:
6.      Saint Agnes And The Burning Train
7.      The Wild Wild Sea
8.      The Soul Cages
9.      When The Angels Fall

TEN SUMMONER’S TALES (Original Release: 1993)
Side A:
1.      If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
2.      Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
3.      Fields Of Gold
4.      Heavy Cloud No Rain
5.      She’s Too Good For Me
6.      Seven Days

Side B:
7.      Saint Augustine In Hell
8.      It’s Probably Me
9.      Shape Of My Heart
10.   Something The Boy Said
11.   Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me)

MERCURY FALLING (Original Release: 1996)
Side A:
1.      The Hounds Of Winter
2.      I Hung My Head
3.      Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
4.      I Was Brought To My Senses
5.      You Still Touch Me

Side B:
6.      I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying
7.      All Four Seasons
8.      Twenty Five To Midnight
9.      La Belle Dame Sans Regrets
10.   Valparaiso
11.   Lithium Sunset

BRAND NEW DAY (Original Release: 1999)
Side A:
1. A Thousand Years
2.      Desert Rose (feat. Cheb Mami)
3.      Big Lie Small World

Side B:
4.      After The Rain Has Fallen
5.      Perfect Love…Gone Wrong

Side C:
6.      Tomorrow We’ll See
7.      Prelude To The End Of The Game
8.      Fill Her Up

Side D:
9.      Ghost Story
10.   Brand New Day

SACRED LOVE (Original Release: 2003)
Side A:
1.      Inside
2.      Send Your Love (feat. Vicente Amigo)
3.      Whenever I Say Your Name (feat. Mary J. Blige)

Side B:
4.      Dead Man’s Rope
5.      Never Coming Home
6.      Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)

Side C:
7.      Forget About The Future
8.      This War
9.      The Book Of My Life (feat. Anoushka Shankar)

Side D:
10.   Sacred Love
11.   Send Your Love (Dave Audé Remix)

SONGS FROM THE LABYRINTH (Original Release: 2006)
Side A:
1.      Walsingham
2.      Can She Excuse My Wrongs? [First Booke of Songes, 1597 – Arr. E.H.Fellowes]
3.      “Ryght Honorable: As I Have Bin Most Bounde Unto Your Honor…”
4.      Flow My Tears
5.      Have You Seen The Bright Lily Grow
6.      “…Then In Time Passing One Mr. Johnson Died…”
7.      The Most High And Mighty Christianus The Fourth, King Of Denmark, His Galliard
8.      The Lowest Trees Have Tops
9.      “…And Accordinge As I Desired Ther Cam A Letter To Me Out Of Germany…”
10.   Fine Knacks For Ladies
11.   “…From Thence I Went To The Landgrave Of Hessen…”
12.   Fantasy

Side B:
13.   Come Heavy Sleep
14.   Forlorn Hope Fancy
15.   “…And From Thence I Had Great Desire To See Italy…”
16.   Come Again
17.   Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me
18.   “…After My Departure I Caled To Mynde Our Conference…”
19.   Weep You No More, Sad Fountains
20.   My Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home
21.   Clear Or Cloudy
22.   “…Men Say That The Kinge Of Spain Is Making Gret Preparation…”
23.   In Darkness Let Me Dwell

IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT… (Original Release: 2009)
Side A:
1.      Gabriel’s Message
2.      Soul Cake
3.      There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue
4.      The Snow It Melts The Soonest
5.      Christmas At Sea
6.      Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming
7.      Cold Song

Side B:
8.      The Burning Babe
9.      Now Winter Comes Slowly
10.   The Hounds Of Winter
11.   Balulalow
12.   Cherry Tree Carol
13.   Lullaby For An Anxious Child
14.   Hurdy Gurdy Man
15.   You Only Cross My Mind In Winter

SYMPHONICITIES (Original Release: 2010)
Side A:
1.      Next To You
2.      Englishman In New York
3.      Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Side B:
4.      I Hung My Head
5.      You Will Be My Ain True Love
6.      Roxanne

Side C:
7.      When We Dance
8.      The End Of The Game
9.      I Burn For You

Side D:
10.   We Work The Black Seam
11.   She’s Too Good For Me
12.   The Pirate’s Bride
13.   Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Bronx Street Fair Mix)

THE LAST SHIP (Original Release: 2013)
Side A:
1.      The Last Ship
2.      Dead Man’s Boots
3.      And Yet
4.      August Winds
5.      Language Of Birds
6.      Practical Arrangement

Side B:
7.      The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance
8.      Ballad Of The Great Eastern
9.      What Have We Got? (feat. Jimmy Nail)
10.   I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
11.   So To Speak (feat. Becky Unthank)
12.   The Last Ship (Reprise)

57TH & 9TH (Original Release: 2016)
Side A:
1.      I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
2.      50,000
3.      Down, Down, Down
4.      One Fine Day
5.      Pretty Young Soldier

Side B:
6.      Petrol Head
7.      Heading South On The Great North Road
8.      If You Can’t Love Me
9.      Inshallah
10.   The Empty Chair

Title: The Complete Studio Collection
Artist: Sting
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Label: A&M/Interscope/Deutsche Grammophon

Sting 57th & 9th Tour Itinerary

Thu. May 11, 2017        San Juan, PR Coliseo de Puerto Rico

Tue. May 13, 2017        Punta Cana, DR Hard Rock

Wed. May 17, 2017       Mexico City, MX National Auditorium

Thu. May 18, 2017        Mexico City, MX National Auditorium

Sat. May 20, 2017         Monterrey, MX Auditorio Banamex

Sun. May 21, 2017        Guadalajara, MX Auditorio Telmex

Sun. May 28, 2017        Singapore, SG Singapore Indoor Stadium

Wed. May 31, 2017       Seoul, KR Understage By Hyundai Card

Sat. June 03, 2017        Hong Kong, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre

Tue. Jun 06, 2017         Tokyo, JP Budokan

Wed. June 07, 2017      Tokyo, JP Budokan

Thu. June 08, 2017       Tokyo, JP Budokan

Sat. June 10, 2017        Osaka, JP Chuo Gymnasium

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