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The Very Best of Sting & The Police

The Very Best of...

Sting & The Police
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Greatest hits album by
Released November 17, 1997
Genre New wave, rock
Length 63:03
Label A&M
Producer Hugh Padgham, Sean "Puffy" Combs
Sting chronology
Mercury Falling

(1996)
The Very Best of... Sting & The Police

(1997)
Brand New Day

(1999)
The Police chronology
Live!

(1995)
The Very Best of... Sting & The Police

(1997)
The Police

(2007)
Re-release
The Very Best of.... Sting & The Police (2002)
The Very Best of.... Sting & The Police (2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

The Very Best of... Sting & The Police is a compilation album issued by Sting, and released by A&M Records in November 17, 1997.[3] Conceived at the time when Sting had just released his fifth solo effort, Mercury Falling (hence equalling his personal tally with the one of The Police), the album mixes a selection of Sting's Police-era songs with later hits recorded under his own name. It originally featured one new track, a remix of the 1978 song "Roxanne" by rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs. The album was reissued in 1998 by PolyGram International[4] with "Russians" removed and 3 additional tracks, "Seven Days", "Fragile", and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", being added.

In 2002 it was again re-released by Universal[5] with several track changes: the songs "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot", "Russians", and "Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix)" are omitted, with the songs "Brand New Day", "Desert Rose", and "So Lonely" in their place.

Track listing [ edit ]

A&M (1997) [ edit ]

  1. "Message in a Bottle" – 4:49 from Reggatta de Blanc
  2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 2:58 from Outlandos d'Amour
  3. "Englishman in New York" – 4:25 from ...Nothing Like the Sun
  4. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13 from Synchronicity
  5. "Walking on the Moon" – 4:59 from Reggatta de Blanc
  6. "Fields of Gold" – 3:40 from Ten Summoner's Tales
  7. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:20 from Ghost in the Machine
  8. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:14 from The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  9. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (Edit)" – 4:29 from Mercury Falling
  10. "Russians" – 3:57 from The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  11. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:29 from Ten Summoner's Tales
  12. "When We Dance (Edit)" – 4:17 from Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
  13. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:03 from Zenyatta Mondatta
  14. "Roxanne" – 3:12 from Outlandos d'Amour
  15. "Roxanne '97" (Puff Daddy Remix) – 4:33 Previously unreleased

PolyGram International (1998) [ edit ]

  1. "Message in a Bottle" – 4:49 from Reggatta de Blanc
  2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 2:58 from Outlandos d'Amour
  3. "Englishman in New York" – 4:25 from ...Nothing Like the Sun
  4. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13 from Synchronicity
  5. "Seven Days" – 4:39 from Ten Summoner's Tales
  6. "Walking on the Moon" – 4:59 from Reggatta de Blanc
  7. "Fields of Gold" – 3:40 from Ten Summoner's Tales
  8. "Fragile" – 3:54 from ...Nothing Like the Sun
  9. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:20 from Ghost in the Machine
  10. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" – 4:09 from Zenyatta Mondatta
  11. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:14 from The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  12. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (Edit)" from Mercury Falling
  13. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:29 from Ten Summoner's Tales
  14. "When We Dance (Edit)" – 4:17 from Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994
  15. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:03 from Zenyatta Mondatta
  16. "Roxanne" – 3:12 from Outlandos d'Amour
  17. "Roxanne '97" (Puff Daddy Remix) – 4:33 Previously unreleased

Japanese Version Bonus Single

  1. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (Japanese Version)"

Universal (2002) [ edit ]

1. "Message in a Bottle" – 4:50

2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 3:00

3. "Englishman in New York" – 4:28

4. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:12

5. "Seven Days" – 4:39

6. "Walking on the Moon" – 5:03

7. "Fields of Gold" – 3:40

8. "Fragile" – 3:54

9. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:21

10. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" – 4:08

11. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:15

12. "Brand New Day" – 6:22

13. "Desert Rose" Feat Cheb Mami – 4:47

14. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:30

15. "When We Dance" – 4:18

16. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:00

17. "Roxanne" – 3:10

18. "So Lonely" – 4:47

Personnel [ edit ]

Production [ edit ]

Charts [ edit ]

Chart (1997) Peak

position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 22
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 18
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 26
Chart (1998) Peak

position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 14
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 17
Chart (2002) Peak

position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[16] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 1
US Billboard 200[20] 46
Chart (2008) Peak

position
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[21] 60

Certifications [ edit ]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[24] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[26] 2× Gold 383,800 [25]*
Germany (BVMI)[27] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[28] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[30] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ The Very Best of Sting & The Police at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berger, Arion (22 October 2002). "The Very Best of Sting & The Police (2002)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ 1997/A&M version on AllMusic
  4. ^ 1998/PolyGram International version on AllMusic
  5. ^ 2002/Universal version on AllMusic
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  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
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  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
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  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 38 / 2002". Tracklisten. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 9, 2002". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  19. ^ March 2002/7502/ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  20. ^ "Sting – Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  21. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  23. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Sting & The Police – Very Best Of" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  24. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2002". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  25. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=900
  26. ^ "French compilation certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting & The Police" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  27. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sting & The Police; 'The Very Best of Sting & The Police')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  28. ^ "Italian album certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting & The Police" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 11 December 2018. Select "2013" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "The Very Best of Sting & The Police" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  29. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting & The Police". Recorded Music NZ.
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Sting & Police; 'Very Best of')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting and The Police". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Very Best of Sting and The Police in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Sting and The Police – The Very Best of Sting and The Police". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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