1/ Desert Rose (Sting) 4.44 (Melodic Club Mix Radio Edit) 2/ Brand New Day (Sting) 5.25 (Cornelius Mix) 3/ After The Rain Has Fallen (Sting) 5.08 (Tin Tin Out Mix) 4/ A Thousand Years (Sting) 12.26 (Bill Laswell Mix) 5/ Brand New Day (Sting) 5.05 (Murlyn Mix) 6/ Desert Rose (Sting) 9.21 (Melodic Club Mix) 7/ Perfect Love Gone Wrong (Sting) 5.25 (Lisa M-Flo Mix) 8/ After The Rain Has Fallen (Sting) 4.16 (Tin Rin Out Radio Edit) 9/ Desert Rose (Sting) 5.20 (Filter Dub) Original tracks recorded at Il Palagio, Italy and Mega Studios, Paris Overdubs recorded at Right Track and Avatar, New York Strings recorded at Air Studios and Lyndhurst Hall, London Original tracks mixed at Mega Studios, Paris Recorded and mixed by Simon Osborne New York overdub recording engineer: Neil Dorfsman String session recording engineer: Geoff Foster Assistant engineers at Mega: Etienne Colin, Nico Duport, Stephane Levy-B and Aya Takemura Assistant engineers at Right Track: Andrew Fellus and Brian Garten Assistant engineers at Il Palagio: Ben Kape and Hopps Assistant engineer at Air Studios: Ricky Original tracks produced by Sting and Kipper Original tracks co-produced by Simon Osborne Production coordination: Joe Maddern and Clark Pardee Tracks 1,6 and 9 remix and additional production by Victor Calderone Track 2 remixed by Cornelius at Shortlist Analogue Tracks 3 and 8 additional production and mix by Tin Tin Out at Sam West, London England Track 4 mix translation and additional production by Bill Laswell at Orange Sound Studios, West Orange, New Jersey Track 5 remix and additional production by Bag and Arnthor Track 7 rap produced by Verbal Additional engineering (remix) on tracks 1,6 and 9 by Mac Quayle Engineer on track 2 (remix): Toru Takayama Engineer on track 4 (remix): Bob Musso Mastered by Dave Collins at Electric Mayhem Mastering Studios, Hollywood, California Mastering engineer: Chris Blair Track 4 remix mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studio, NYC Track 5 remix mastered by Aaron Chakraverty at 777 ProductionsSting: vocals, bass, guitar; Kipper: drum programming (except 4), keyboards; Moulay Ahmed (1,6,9): string player; Kouider Berkan (1,6,9): string player; Salem Bnouni (1,6,9): string player; Farhat Bouallagui (1,6,9): string arranger, conductor, leader; Sameh Catala (1,6,9): string player; Mino Cinelu (1,6,9): percussion; Dave Hartley: sitar (1,6,9), string arranger (4), conductor (4); Manu Katche (1,4,6,9): drums; Cheb Mami (1,6,9): vocal; Dominic Miller: guitars; Ettamri Mustapha (1,3,6,8,9): darbouka; Don Blackman (2,5): Hammond; Stevie Wonder (2,5): harmonica; Tawatha Agee (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Dennis Collins (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Janice Pendarvis (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Althea Rodgers (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Marlon Saunders (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Vaneese Thomas (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Darryl Tookes (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Ken Williams (2,3,5,7,8): backing vocal; Vinny Colaiuta (2,3,5,8): drums; Keigo Oyamada (2): instruments (remix); Toyoaki Mishima (2): protools (remix); Preston Heyman (3,8): percussion (remix); Mark Johns (3,8): guitar (remix); Gavyn Wright (4): string leader; Graham Haynes (4): flugelhorn (remix); Karsh Kale (4): drums and tabla (remix); Bill Laswell (4): bass (remix); Mats Berntoft (5): guitars (remix); Goran Kajfes (5): horns (remix); Per "Rusktrask" Johansson (5): horns (remix); Chris Botti (7): trumpet; Ste (7): rap; Jason Robello (7): pinao, vibes, clav; Lisa (7): rap (remix).
Orchestral contractor in London: Isobel Griffiths
Vocal contractor in New York: Jessica Pendarvis
2000 - A & M (Japan), POCM-1300 (CD)
Things get much better with the Murlyn Mix of Brand New Day which retains the spirit of the original, and is actually a very good alternative mix, but sadly, unlike the Murlyn Radio Mix of the song (not included here), it does not include the extra chorus lines that were omitted off the single and album versions. A sad oversight, given that the Radio Mix clocks in at over a minute less and still manages that.
Let's not dwell on the three Desert Rose remixes - they are by now familiar to everyone, and you either think they aren't a patch on the original album version, or you have a soft spot for them. Our soft spot is actually for the Filter Dub mix, which is fast, percussion (and Cheb) heavy, and sounds excellent at high volume. Similarly, the two After The Rain Has Has Fallen remixes are pretty well known now, having had single releases in the UK. It may be a form of heresy, but we are quite fond of these.
Perfect Love...Gone Wrong includes a Japanese rap by Lisa from M-flo, and... well it might grow on us, but it just sounds so strange, even though patches of it are in English. It was hard enough to get your head around the original French rap, but other than the rap, there sounds little different between this mix and the original - indeed both clock in at the same time - and the different language doesn't seem to add anything in particular to the track.
The standout track is undoubtedly the epic Bill Laswell mix of A Thousand Years, which clocks in at an amazing 12:26. Dave Hartley's orchestral, string heavy arrangement gives way to Kipper's noodlings and a Flügelhorn, and a different vocal by Sting in which at one point he acknowledges "All messages have been received". The strings and horn really do add to this already atmospheric track, and around 4:30 in the track becomes really bass heavy (sadly Bill Laswell is credited with bass, so you can't be sure whether we're talking about Sting or Laswell being responsible for this work). The track is also notable for the inclusion of eldest son Joe on backing vocals, and Karsh Kale's drums and tabla work.
So, a mixed bag. Some really good stuff (which is really good) - and a nice collection of mixes - apart from the odd clunker. Worth buying, and will probably work out cheaper, even at import prices, than snapping up all of the singles and promo items needed to get most of the material.
D & W (courtesy of the Stingchronicity website)