CD 6405 The Soul Cages
Produced by Hugh Padgham/Sting
Released on January 22, 1991
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #2 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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K M 4.0: SEXTANT DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL. A sailor’s tale of Shakespearean scale, with Sting in the role of a boy searching for his father. To borrow from the bard himself, it’s golden poop and purple sails for fifty minutes, highlighted by the hit single “All This Time.” The Soul Cages is Sting’s first concept album, although “Mad About You” and “Jeremiah Blues” would seem out of place. Like his earlier albums, the music is immaculately conceived, atmospheric, intellectual yet romantic, drier than old parchment sometimes. Make no mistake: every page of parchment is gilded by genius. In fact, the opening two tracks make plain that this is to be no ordinary album of self-inflated jazz. You’re immersed, invested, even incarcerated after “Island of Souls,” and it’s not until “The Soul Cages” that Sting slips you the key. His most poetic work, The Soul Cages is also his most personal. It comes after a difficult two-year period during which Sting’s father passed away and a panned performance in The Threepenny Opera was punctuated by the death of the director (John Dexter) and co-star (Ethyl Eichelberger). If a palpable gloom permeates The Soul Cages, there was always a rolling mist in Sting’s solo music, and the adventurer within remains undaunted, determined to find an answer. That the answer only leads to another question (“Perhaps the dream is dreaming us”) is the eternal enigma of man, which is to say that we’re all in the same boat. It’s the philosophical nature of this music, as well as the gilded artistry behind it, that make this his most intereSting journey to date. From bones, roses; from loss, personal enrichment; from Soul Cages, filial freedom.

CD 6405 back sleeve
CD 6405 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. ISLAND OF SOULS    6:41
  2. ALL THIS TIME    4:54
  3. MAD ABOUT YOU    3:53
  4. JEREMIAH BLUES (PART 1)    4:55
  5. WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU?    4:45
  6. SAINT AGNES AND THE BURNING TRAIN    2:43
  7. THE WILD WILD SEA    6:40
  8. THE SOUL CAGES    5:51
  9. WHEN THE ANGELS FALL    7:48

    Italian CD bonus track
  10. MUOIO PER TE

    All songs written and arranged by Sting

CREDITS

STING -- vocals, bass, Synclavier, mandolin
MANU KATCHÉ -- drums
KENNY KIRKLAND -- keyboards
BRANFORD MARSALIS -- saxophone
DOMINIC MILLER -- guitars
Skip Burney -- percussion
Ray Cooper -- percussion
Munyungo Jackson -- percussion
Paola Paparelle -- oboe
David Sancious -- keyboards
Bill Summers -- percussion
Kathryn Tickell -- Northumbrian pipes
Tony Vacca -- percussion
Vinx -- percussion
Hugh Padgham -- engineer, mixing
Richard Frankel and Len Peltier -- package design
Steven Campbell -- paintings
Guzman -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/BRA/GER January 22, 1991 A&M LP/CD/CS 396405-1/2/4  
US January 22, 1991 A&M LP/CS/CD 6405-1/4/CD 6405  
COL 1991 A&M/Philips LP 396405-1  
ITA 1991 A&M CDX 397150-2 w. bonus track
JPN 1991 A&M CD PCCY-10168  
MEX 1991 A&M LP/CD LPE/CDEPR-1026  
JPN 2008 Universal CD UICY-91242 SHMCD remaster

 

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