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Sting - 1985 Dream Of The Blue Turtles

ALBUM: Dream Of The Blue Turtles
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Sting - lead vocals, guitar, double bass * Omar Hakim - drums * Darryl Jones - bass * Kenny Kirkland - keyboards * Brandford Marsalis - soprano and tenor saxophones, miscellaneous percussion * Dollette McDonald, Janice Pendravis - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 If You Love Somebody (Set Them Free) * 02 Love Is The Seventh Wave * 03 Russians * 04 Childrens Crusade * 05 Shadows In The Rain * 06 We Work The Black Seam * 07 Consider Me Gone * 08 The Dream Of The Blue Turtles * 09 Moon Over Bourbon Street * 10 Fortress Around Your Heart


The Police never officially broke up, but bass wielding front-man Sting was always larger than life and I'm sure attempting to hold him back from a solo career was like trying to herd cats - impossible. His solo debut 'The Dream Of The Blue Turtles' released a year after Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland went their separate ways and was a big-seller on both sides of the ocean; including four hit singles in the U.S. and a superstar was born.

The Songs
Leaving the hi-tech sounds of the last Police studio release 'Synchronicity' behind him, this album is much more organic, full of jazz colours, Caribbean rhythms and even chamber music making for a varied but well-executed set. The energetic R&B of 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' was the record's first single pick and it did extremely well on both radio and MTV. 'Love In The Seventh Wave' reverts back to his 'Zenyatta Mondatta' days and since reggae has never been my thing we'll move on to the more palatable 'Russians'. Recorded at the height of the cold war with a familiar Russian melody, it's a haunting track without sounding preachy although the lyrics are rather dated and charming now considering how much the world threat has changed and evolved since 1985. Carrying the same theme, 'Children's Crusade' goes further back to the World War from a British point of view with a novel fast forward to the 80's and how little had really changed. A bit of jazz fusion on 'Shadows In The Rain' and the title track and while both are nice, they are not Weather Report. Much better is the smoky 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' and the up-tempo 'Fortress Around Your Heart' which smacks of The Police and is easily the best song on this overall excellent disc.

In Summary
Sting continued to put out great work including 1987's 'Nothing Like The Sun', 1991's sublime 'The Soul Cages', 'Ten Summoner's Tales' from 1993, the brooding 'Mercury Falling' in 1996 and the more upbeat 'Brand New Day' released in 1999. All are worthy of inclusion in any thoughtful pop collection although in the years since he's seemed to have lost his way with lackluster conceptual albums that don't hold up although considering his early ties to space rockers Gong, he may have come full circle.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 28 2015 12:42:29
Pretty good album. Hot damn!
#2 | code4 on October 30 2015 04:00:12
I agree with most said in this review though to me every time i listen to this album i can't help but feel that sting left the police one album too early and this is karma returning the deed. Consider Me Gone is quite good. Love is the Seventh Wave was good but most of this i find bad sounding after trying often to like it for way over ten years. On the other hand i am not more than an amateur musician so it's difficult to criticize, especially with such jazz legends all over it but despite being well produced i cannot get into this myself (taste is a unique thing irregardless of whether you play music yourself). It sounds sterile and like most the people are laughing at sting and awaiting a cheque ( sounds being the key word as i'm sure that was not the case). I have had every weather report album for over ten years now also and have thoroughly enjoyed and got into most (though some took a lot of time). This i cannot. But i love his next two solo albums. Have to be in a minority here as this album is extremely loved if the critical, commercial reviews of the time along with the amazon reviews that stand today are anything to go on. Nice review eric. Enjoyed
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