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Sting — The Last Ship (2013)

 Sting — The Last Ship (2013)

Sting — The Last Ship
♥  His first full-length LP of original material since 2003's album Sacred Love.
Birth name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Also known as: Sting
Born: 2 October 1951, Wallsend, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Location: Wallsend, in the Northeast of England
Album release: September 23, 2013
Record Label: Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records
Duration:     45:28
Tracks:
01. The Last Ship      (3:50)
02. Dead Man's Boots      (3:30)
03. And Yet      (3:53)
04. August Winds      (3:18)
05. Language Of Birds      (3:30)
06. Practical Arrangement      (3:16)
07. The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance      (4:13)
08. Ballad Of The Great Eastern      (5:15)
09. What Have We Got? (Feat. Jimmy Nail)      (3:35)
10. I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else      (3:42)
11. So To Speak (Feat. Becky Unthank)      (4:07)
12. The Last Ship (Reprise)      (3:19)
Deluxe version bonus disc:
01. "Shipyard" (featuring Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson and Jo Lawry)
02. "It's Not the Same Moon"   
03. "Hadaway"   
04. "Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint" (featuring Brian Johnson) 
05. "Show Some Respect"
Super deluxe package bonus disc (exclusively at Amazon):
01. "Shipyard" (featuring Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson and Jo Lawry)
02. "It's Not the Same Moon"   
03. "Hadaway"   
04. "Jock the Singing Welder"   
05. "Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint" (featuring Brian Johnson) 
06. "Peggy's Song" (featuring Rachel Unthank) 
07. "Show Some Respect"   
08. "Practical Arrangement" (Full original duet, featuring Jo Lawry) © Budapest 2011. 

Producer: Rob Mathes
Website: http://www.sting.com/
Editorial Reviews
≡  New Album From the 16-Time Grammy® Award Winner
≡  Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records is pleased to announce a new album of original material from Sting, entitled "The Last Ship", scheduled for release on September 24, 2013.
≡  The album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths — the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community — to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.
≡  The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal)."The Last Ship" tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.
≡  "The Last Ship" album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson.
≡  "The Last Ship" will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations - a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com. AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.
In french:
≡  "Sting s'affaire à nouveau: dix ans après son dernier album original, Sacred Love (2003), il revient avec The Last Ship, dont la sortie est prévue pour le 24 septembre. Il déploie une promotion courte mais intense, en occupant la minuscule salle (260 places) du Anspacher Theatre de New York, du 25 septembre au 9 octobre. Les bénéfices de ces dix concerts, réunis sous l'appelation An Evening with Sting («Une Soirée avec Sting»), seront reversés au Public Theatre de la ville. Le chanteur a prévenu: ce sera l'unique occasion de le voir interpréter ces nouvelles chansons, car elles seront ensuite reprises dans une comédie musicale du même nom.
≡  The Last Ship («Le Dernier Bateau») s'inspire de la communauté des ouvriers de construction navale de la ville d'origine de Sting, Wallsend, près de Newcastle, dans le Nord-Est de l'Angleterre. L'époque se situe à la chute de cette industrie, pendant les années 80. Un petit groupe d'individus explorant les thèmes du retour en terre natale, de la découverte de soi et de l'esprit de communauté, se trouvent au coeur de l'intrigue."
≡  Un opus plein de nostalgie, à découvrir. A noter que d'autres versions de cet album, avec plus de titres sont prévues...
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STING (Composer, Singer, Actor, Activist); THE BLOG
≡  Posted: 06/05/2013 10:00 am
≡  For nearly three years, I've been working on a new musical play called The Last Ship.
≡  The inspiration for it really stemmed from my album The Soul Cages that I wrote in 1990, which depicted the landscape of my hometown, Wallsend, in the Northeast of England. My early memories are of the Swan Hunters shipyard at the end of the street, where some of the largest ships ever built were constructed; the imposing presence of ships, towering over the roofs of the terraced houses we lived in, represented a very potent symbolism for me. I watched thousands of men walk down our street every day on their way to work on these mighty ships. My great-great-grandfather was a master mariner, one of my grandfathers was a North Sea pilot, another was a shipwright, and my father served his time as an engineer. So my family over the generations has always been connected to the sea and ships.
≡  Eventually, the economic downturn and lack of orders for new ships led to the closure of the yard in Wallsend. While writing for The Soul Cages, which coincided with the death of my father, I used the demise of the shipyards where I was born and raised as a metaphor for mortality. Using this material as a starting point, I began to wonder if there was a story to be told, with characters and a plot, set against the surreal industrial environment of my hometown.
≡  Before I began writing for this project, I hadn't written anything in about eight years. I'd lost the urge to create — the urge that had driven me most of my life. But once I decided to turn these memories of my childhood into a narrative, and began to think of writing for other people — for other characters, from other viewpoints apart from my own — the songs came very quickly. I wasn't in the way anymore. I really felt, for the first time in a long time, that I was free to tell a story that was important to me. ≡  The floodgates seemed to open, and every time I sat down, the songs would pour out.
What to do with 25 to 30 songs? You can't use them all in a musical theatre production — it doesn't need it. I think if these songs would have had no life beyond the play, then I'd feel badly about it. What I wanted to do was make an album myself with these songs.
≡  The play for The Last Ship will not debut on Broadway until 2014, though my hope is that people find this material interesting, as a document of the process, rather than the finished product. The album may stand alone, regardless of the play, but I feel it also will give people an idea of the story I have been so inspired to tell.
Fortaken: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
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Notable instruments: Fender Telecaster Bass, Steinberger L-2 Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, Ibanez Musician Bass, Spector NS-2
Discography solo:
≡  The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
≡  ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
≡  The Soul Cages (1991)
≡  Ten Summoner's Tales (1993)
≡  Mercury Falling (1996)
≡  Brand New Day (1999)
≡  Sacred Love (2003)
≡  Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)
≡  If on a Winter's Night... (2009)
≡  Symphonicities (2010)
≡  The Last Ship (2013)
•   When asked about his religious beliefs in a 2011 interview with Time, Sting stated: "I'm essentially agnostic. I don't have a problem with God. I have a problem with religion. I've chosen to live my life without the certainties of religious faith. I think they're dangerous. Music is something that gives my life value and spiritual solace."
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Sting — The Last Ship (2013)

 

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