Sting - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl LP + Digital Download

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The Dream Of The Blue Turtles is the debut solo album by English musician Sting, originally released in June 1985 via A&M Records.

The Police never really broke up, they just stopped working together - largely because they just couldn't stand playing together anymore and partially because Sting was itching to establish himself as a serious musician/songwriter on his own terms.

Anxious to shed the mantle of pop star, he camped out at Eddy Grant's studio, picked up the guitar, and raided Wynton Marsalis' band for his new combo - thereby instantly consigning his solo debut, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, to the critical shorthand of Sting's jazz record.

But that gives the impression that this is really risky music, when he did, after all, rely on musicians who, at that stage, were revivalists just developing their own style, and then had them jam on mock-jazz grooves - or, in the case of Branford Marsalis, layer soprano sax lines on top of pop songs.

This, however, is just the beginning of the pretensions layered throughout The Dream Of The Blue Turtles. Only twice does he delve into straightforward love songs - the lovely measured "Consider Me Gone" and the mournful closer, "Fortress Around Your Heart" - preferring to consider love in the abstract ("If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", one of his greatest solo singles, and the childish, faux-reggae singalong "Love Is the Seventh Wave"), write about children in war and in coal mines, revive a Police tune about heroin, ponder whether "Russians love their children too," and wander the streets of New Orleans as the vampire Lestat.

This is a serious-minded album, but it's undercut by its very approach - the glossy fusion that coats the entire album, the occasional grabs at worldbeat, and studious lyrics seem less pretentious largely because they're overshadowed by such bewilderingly showy moves as adapting Prokofiev for "Russians" and calling upon Anne Rice for inspiration. Sting proved here that he was subtler and craftier than his peers. 

Check out the tracks: “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”; “Love Is The Seventh Wave” and “Russians”. 

This Limited Edition LP with remastered audio, reproduced original artwork, printed inner sleeve and digital download code, is pressed in Europe on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

(082839375016)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

4:14

A2

Love Is The Seventh Wave

3:30

A3

Russians

3:57

A4

Children’s Crusade

5:00

A5

Shadows In The Rain

4:56

B1

We Work The Black Seam

5:40

B2

Consider Me Gone

4:21

B3

The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

1:15

B4

Moon Over Bourbon Street

3:59

B5

Fortress Around Your Heart

4:39

SKU 082839375016
Record Label A&M Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0082839375016
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 13 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 June 1985
Barcode # 082839375016
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Replicated Original Artwork, Remastered Audio, Reissue, Digital Download Code, New Vinyl Master Cut at Abbey Road Studios
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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