Sting is one of those timeless artists whose songs are always in the radio rotations and pop up in movies and TV series. Starting his career as the bassist and lead vocalist for the English rock band The Police, he has gone on a successful solo career and has even reunited with The Police for a 2007 world tour.
To appreciate the musical genius that is Sting, make sure to check out these vinyl records to add to your collection:
One of Sting's latest works is his 2018 collaboration with the Jamaican musician Shaggy. "44/876" refers to their respective countries' calling codes, with Sting's UK (44) and Shaggy's Jamaica (876). Start chillin' starting with the title track, which also featured Morgan Heritage and Aidonia.
It's a generally feel-good album with a cool album cover featuring both artists on motorcycles against a colorful background. Experience Shaggy's Jamaican reggae mix so well with Sting's soulful vocals, as evident in its tracks "Morning Is Coming," "Don't Make Me Wait," and "Sad Trombone."
In celebration of his solo career's 25th year anniversary, Sting released his compilation album "The Best of 25 Years" in 2011. The double-vinyl album contains remastered versions of his hits and includes remixed versions and live recordings.
Go on a time travel across Sting's catalog from his 1987 "Englishman in New York" to his 2003 collaboration with American artist Mary J. Blige "Whenever I Say Your Name ." Also, get to check the 2011 live performance of "Message in a Bottle" and "Demolition Man."
His second album after departing from The Police is a perfect example of Sting's passion and talent for crossing genres such as pop rock, jazz, reggae, world music, and even funk. The 1987 "...Nothing Like The Sun" also features the best guitarists of the time, including his former bandmate Andy Summers, as well as Eric Clapton and Hiram Bullock, among others.
From "We'll Be Together," "Fragile," to "Be Still My Beating Heart," this album is perhaps the best album to start your Sting collection as it spawned some of his most enduring hits as well as being favored by most critics in the industry.
"My Songs" is Sting's second studio album featuring an updated recording of his previous works, the same with his 2010 "Symphonicities." The fifteen-track album draws his works from both his solo career as well as his stay with The Police.
From classics such as "Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take," to "Synchronicity" and "Message in a Bottle," these reconstructions and refittings of Sting's earlier hits are perfect for younger generations looking to get acquainted with his music.
For fans looking for a tad lighter theme but with messages and introspections on important questions of life, Sting's 1993 album is a perfect fit. "Ten Summoner's Tales" hops around easy listening genres like pop, soft, and jazz rock subgenres.
This album spawned the hits "Fields of Gold" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" in the 180-gram vinyl fitted inside the original 1993 cover art.