The Very Best of Sting & The Police

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The Very Best of... Sting & The Police
Greatest hits album by Sting, The Police
Released November 1997
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 63:03
Label A&M
Producer Hugh Padgham, Sean "Puffy" Combs
Sting, The Police chronology
Mercury Falling
(1996)
The Very Best of... Sting & The Police
(1997)
Brand New Day
(1999)
Re-release
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.[3] The album 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 3 additional tracks: "Seven Days", "Fragile", and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da".

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
  2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 2:58
  3. "Englishman in New York" – 4:25
  4. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13
  5. "Walking on the Moon" – 4:59
  6. "Fields of Gold" – 3:40
  7. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:20
  8. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:14
  9. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (Edit)" – 4:29
  10. "Russians" – 3:57
  11. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:29
  12. "When We Dance (Edit)" – 4:17
  13. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:03
  14. "Roxanne" – 3:12
  15. "Roxanne '97" (Puff Daddy Remix) – 4:33

PolyGram International (1998)[edit]

  1. "Message in a Bottle" – 4:49
  2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 2:58
  3. "Englishman in New York" – 4:25
  4. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13
  5. "Seven Days" – 4:39
  6. "Walking on the Moon" – 4:59
  7. "Fields of Gold" – 3:40
  8. "Fragile" – 3:54
  9. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:20
  10. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" – 4:09
  11. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" – 4:14
  12. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (Edit)" – 4:29
  13. "Russians" – 3:57
  14. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" – 4:29
  15. "When We Dance (Edit)" – 4:17
  16. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:03
  17. "Roxanne" – 3:12
  18. "Roxanne '97" (Puff Daddy Remix) – 4:33

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 (Edit)" – 4:18
  16. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – 4:00
  17. "Roxanne" – 3:10
  18. "So Lonely" – 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 8
German Albums (Official Top 100)[10] 18
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[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 Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Gold 25,000x
France (SNEP)[24] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified 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
  6. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Sting & the Police: The Very Best Of" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Sting & the Police - The Very Best Of" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 38 / 2002 - Hitlisten". Hitlisten.nu. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  19. ^ March 2002 "2 March 2002 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  20. ^ "Sting – Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sting & the Police – The Very Best Of". Spanishcharts.com. 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.  Enter Sting & The Police in the field Interpret. Enter Very Best Of in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  24. ^ "French compilation certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting & The Police" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sting & The Police; 'The Very Best of Sting & The Police')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  26. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting & The Police". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  27. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Sting & Police; 'Very Best of')". Hung Medien. 
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Sting & The Police – The Very Best of Sting and The Police". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Very Best of Sting and The Police in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  29. ^ "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
Preceded by
Escape by Enrique Iglesias
UK number one album
2 March 2002 – 15 March 2002
Succeeded by
The Essential Barbra Streisand
by Barbra Streisand