Karel Van Isacker from Greece
1- Name - Surname - Nickname - age - city - country
My name is Karel Van Isacker aka LBB, I am from the blessed year of 1974, and am currently living in Athens, Greece but originating from Belgium's northern provice West Flanders.
2- What did you do for living?
I am at the moment project manager for a Greek company that is active all over Europe in the field of telecommunication, internet and intranet applications. I therefore travel a lot and get the opportunity as such to meet fellow Sting fans in Europe.
3- Sting or Police?
The Police, because they have that dynamism that I currently lack with Sting.
4- When did you start to collect Sting items and why?
In 1988 , I bought Nothing Like The Sun ... in HMV, London and from then on, I bought just everything I could find. I did however already sing Roxanne at the age of 5 ... my mum still recalls it. My twinbrother Bernard was the one that started collecting live recordings on CD for me, he once came back from a trip with as present dozens of live CDs from Sting and The Police.
5- What did you collect (everything, just CD, vinyl…)?
Starting with tapes and vinyl, I quickly evolved to CD, MD and now DVD and DTS. I do not collect every version of an album and do not bother about different artwork, etc., but I do want to have every song The Police, Sting or Andy Summers made. So far my collection contains about 600 different CDs apart from some hundred CD-singles.
6- What is the item your are the proudest to have?
That must be ... the live recording of Sting's Lille concert of 2000 which I attended, not because it is rare but simply because this coincided with a great evening with great fans from all over the world and still brings back the taste of "moules et frites"... and at the end of that evening an almost flying Englishman in the window of a restaurant ... Many thanks again to Jer, Andrea, Fred, ...
7- What is the item your definitely want top have?
What I definitely do not want to have are the Mercury Falling demos, all the other demos are very welcome :p.
8- What is your best remember about Sting and/or collecting?
The nice meetings (and good friendships that resulted from that) at the beginning and at the end of concerts with people like Martin, Jeremy, Rudiger, Volker, Magda, Markus, Fiona, ...
9- How many time did you see sting/Police live?
Unfortunately I only saw Sting 10 times ...
10- Your 5 favourites songs /your order of preference of the album?
1. Sting The Soul Cages / Straight to my heart
2. Sting Chilren's Crusade
3. The Police I burn for you (and also the live version Sting did in 1990 in Montevideo, Uruguay)
4. The Police Shadows in the rain (especially the live versions)
5. The Police The bed's too big without you (mono version)
11- list the 7 Sting studio album (or police ones if you prefer police) in order of preference
12- what other sting recording is a MUST for you (unplugged, acoustic concert, non album songs...) ?
the Montreux 1991 full gig recording, and the full gig recording of Perugia Jazz Festival (including message in a bottle)
13- what is your favourite tour and why?
Soul Cages, great songs, strong setlist and Kenny all over it ...
14- what is your favourite album or single cover ?
The soul cages
15- if it was not Sting, who would it be?