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Sting's "All This Time": Opinions?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Christopher, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    What's the word? Yay or nay?
  2. I love that album. Lots of fun to play along with ("7 Days" is my favorite tune). Great, simple basslines that you can learn a LOT from. And Vinny Colaiuta on drums. Whew! :)
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I'm definitely pickin' up this new, LIVE All This Time disc on Saturday...
    So far, the only track I've heard is a revamped "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free"...funkier than the Blue Turtles' version.
    Is Chris McBride playin' bass on this new one?

    BTW, I saw Bring On The Night, the double-cd of LIVE shows with The Blue Turtles' Band, at one of our local stores last week...I thought that one was OOP; anyway, that one's worth getting!
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I picked up the disc & recorded the "Making Of All This Time/Sting Live In Tuscany" last night on A&E.
    When I plopped the cd into the car's player on the ride home, I was a little surprised by the lack of 'uptempo' tuneage.
    Then seeing & hearing the players' comments on the video made me realize...the events of Sept 11th really played on their emotions. The video shows the group & Sting discussing IF they should play at all! As a compromise, the band did make comments regarding playing ONLY "appropriate" material.

    The video also sez how Sting wanted the tunes to be re-invented & not like what the public was used to hearing...pretty cool disc(IMO).
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I saw the A&E presentation too. Sting's a bit of a wet blanket to start with, so I can imagine 9/11 brought the energy level of the event down even further than initially planned.

    I see this project as Sting's old-age artistic insurance. He probably doesn't want to turn into the next Iggy Pop or Mick Jagger, so he's turning the volume down, adding lots of acoustic instrumentation and gravitating towards the jazzer-poseur image he trots out occasionally.

    As pretentious and arrogant as he is, I like the fact that he doesn't rest on his laurels. He comes across as a know-it-all, but it's clear that he's always trying to learn from his more knowledgable peers.

    Too bad he didn't give McBride any solos.
  6. I got the disc a couple of days ago and I like it--it's just started to rain down here in Southern CA, and a lot of the songs are nice for mellow, dreary days.

    The musicians on the record are great, but one thing I'm not really into is Sting's vocal phrasing. A lot of times, it sounds like he's trying to be "jazzy," but really he just rushes a line. It seems kinda cliche to me, and it sometimes interferes with the original familiar melody of the song. I still think it was worth $14.88 though.

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