Sting - The Soul Cages

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The Soul Cages is the third solo studio album by British musician Sting, originally released in January 1991 via A&M Records.

The Soul Cages is a concept album focused on the death of Sting's father. Sting was able to overcome a song-writing block after the death of his father by dealing with the issue through music.

"Why Should I Cry for You” was the first song written for album, after which the others flowed quite quickly. Most of the songs have references related to sailing or the seas; Sting wrote in his autobiography, Broken Music, that his father had always regretted not becoming a sailor.

There are also references to Newcastle, the part of England where Sting grew up. Album opener "Island of Souls" tells the story of Billy, the first son in a family line of riveters. As he watches the ships his father helped create set sail, Billy dreams of taking his father along with him to escape by sea; his dreams become more prevalent as his father is injured and given three weeks to live.

"All This Time" chronicles Billy's desire to bury his father at sea. The middle section of the record focuses mainly on the town Billy lives in and its people, before the highly introspective "Why Should I Cry for You". Musically, a mournful Northumbrian Pipe motif at the end of "Island of Souls" returns to open "The Wild Wild Sea", where Billy loses his way in a tempest only to find himself steered to safety by the spirit of his father.

The album ends with the moody, slightly-enigmatic "When the Angels Fall", which serves as a final thesis on the Catholicism which so heavily influenced Sting's upbringing; particularly regarding his father's spiritual beliefs. Musically, the song acts as a full stop for both the album's content and Sting's own personal torment, with the song's fluctuating tonality finally resolving to a firm and secure G major, marking a return to “home” (in this case, the home key of the earlier, conceptually significant, track "All This Time”) and providing an overwhelming sense of acceptance, redemption and subtle-nostalgia; beautifully realised in the album's closing “lullaby” motif. The character of Billy is referred to in the third person for the first three songs and in the first person for the last three songs.

The album cover artwork painting was a commissioned work by the Scottish artist Steven Campbell.

Four singles were released from the album:  "All This Time", "Mad About You", "Why Should I Cry for You" and "The Soul Cages".

The title track won Sting the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1992.

Check out the tracks:  "All This Time", "Mad About You", "Why Should I Cry for You" and "The Soul Cages".

This limited edition LP record is a “Back to Black Sting” series 2016 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with remastered audio, replicated artwork and digital download code, pressed in Germany.

(082839640510)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Island Of Souls

6:41

A2

All This Time

4:54

A3

Mad About You

3:53

A4

Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)

4:55

A5

Why Should I Cry For You

4:45

B1

Saint Agnes And The Burning Train

2:43

B2

The Wild Wild Sea

6:40

B3

The Soul Cages

5:51

B4

When The Angels Fall

7:48

SKU 082839640510
Record Label A&M Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0082839640510
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 September 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 22 January 1991
Barcode # 082839640510
Shipping Weight 0.2650kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Replicated Original Artwork, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Digital Download Code, New Vinyl Master Cut at Abbey Road Studios
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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