SP-3750 The Dream of the Blue Turtles
Produced by Sting and Pete Smith
Released on June 1, 1985
UK CHART POSITION #3 . . . US CHART POSITION #2 . . . 3x PLATINUM RECORD
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T he guitarist was making avant-garde fuzz records with Robert Fripp, the singer was acting, the drummer was scoring Francis Ford Coppola movies. Has any pop band ever held a greater conceit of itself than The Police? Even in this, Sting outdid his bandmates with The Dream of the Blue Turtles. It didn’t rock by any measure because rock had become unbecoming to a man of Sting’s measure. He had evolved into the jazz sophisticate, a joni mitchell renaissance man who had forsaken the beastly bass for its high-strung superior and surrounded himself with “legitimate” jazz players (most notably Branford Marsalis). Worse, Sting had fashioned a cross for himself as a social crusader, which led to the tiresome lectures of “Russians,” “Children’s Crusade” and “We Work the Black Seam.” Top it off with a beret and it’s no wonder a lot of people wanted to punch Sting in the nose. But, but, but, the man IS enormously talented. Any question that Sting is the source behind The Police’s greatest music is answered with “Fortress Around Your Heart,” the best song The Police never recorded. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” and “Love Is The Seventh Wave,” while wordier than some might have liked, are also remarkably well done. In many ways, this reminds me of Pete Townshend’s Empty Glass, an album that lacked some of the energy but none of the intelligence of the bandiwork before it. The Dream of the Blue Turtles established Sting as a serious solo artist even as it turned off rock fans who felt the singer was acting mature beyond his years. Critics like their renaissance men and pin-up boys in different piles, and Sting had asserted himself into the forbidden pile without their benediction. Playing jazz music, walking in the shadow of Kurt Weill, teaching literate history lessons in the lyrics, those aren’t open avenues to the beautiful people. The Dream of the Blue Turtles is fair warning that Sting intends to take a higher road than the beat he walked with The Police, to avoid his pigeonholing as a pretty boy and soar with the eagles. It was a risk, one that paid off--how else?--handsomely.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE    4:14
  2. LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE    3:30
  3. RUSSIANS    3:57
  4. CHILDREN'S CRUSADE    5:00
  5. SHADOWS IN THE RAIN    4:56
  6. WE WORK THE BLACK SEAM    5:40
  7. CONSIDER ME GONE    4:21
  8. THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES    1:15
  9. MOON OVER BOURBON STREET    3:59
  10. FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART    4:48

    All songs written by Sting

CREDITS

STING -- vocals, guitar
OMAR HAKIM -- drums
DARRY JONES -- bass
KENNY KIRKLAND -- keyboards
BRANFORD MARSALIS -- saxophones, miscellaneous percussion
Jane Alexander, Stephanie Crewdson, Vic Garbarini, Joe, Elliot Jones, Kate, The Nannies Choir, Rosemary Purt, Michael Sumner -- backing vocals
Eddy Grant -- congas (7)
Dolette McDonald -- backing vocals
Dominic Muldowney -- arranger (9)
Frank Opolko -- trombone (2)
Janice Pendarvis -- backing vocals
Danny Quatrochi -- Synclavier assistance, backing vocals, photography
Jim Scott -- engineer
Pete Smith -- engineer, backing vocals
Max Vadukul -- photography
Michael Ross and Richard Frankel -- artwork, design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 1985 A&M LP/CS DREAM/DREMC-1 lyric insert, picture sleeve
US/CAN June 1, 1985 A&M LP/CD/CS SP/CD/CS-3750 lyric insert, picture sleeve
AUSL/NZ 1985 A&M LP/CS RML/RMC-53134 lyric inser, picture sleeve
AUSL 1985 A&M LPBLU RML-53134 blue vinyl
BRA 1985 A&M LP 170094  
GER 1985 A&M LP/CD 393 750-1/2 lyric insert, picture sleeve
JPN 1985 A&M LP AMP-28125  
VEN 1985 A&M LP 500.048-L lyric insert
YUG 1985 RTB LP 2223031  
AUSL   A&M CD 393 750-2 gold edition

 

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