The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

Release date
12 Jul 1985
Running length
10 tracks
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1 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free 4:57 131,836
2 Love Is The Seventh Wave 3:32 69,907
3 Russians 3:59 146,824
4 Children's Crusade 5:02 35,862
5 Shadows In The Rain 4:50 29,207
6 We Work The Black Seam 7:19 50,148
7 Consider Me Gone 4:21 36,218
8 The Dream Of The Blue Turtles 1:18 26,852
9 Moon Over Bourbon Street 2:55 142,074
10 Fortress Around Your Heart 4:37 63,884

About this album

The Dream of the Blue Turtles is the first solo album released by Sting. It includes ten tracks and was released in 1985, only a year after The Police had unofficially broken up. This album showcases Sting’s abilities as a musician in the jazz and classical genres. There are also hints of Sting wanting fans to view him as more than just a member of The Police, as evidenced by the intentional and sudden contrast of musical style from his former band. The album features some of Sting’s strongest political songs, including “Russians” (about Cold War nuclear anxieties, which had peaked in the 1980s); “Children’s Crusade” (comparing the destruction of the younger generation in World War I to the devastation brought about by heroin addiction in modern-day London); and “We Work the Black Seam” (about the recent U.K. Miners’ Strike).

It also includes Sting’s first hit after The Police, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”; a jazzed-up reworking of The Police song “Shadows in the Rain”; and a song inspired by Anne Rice’s book Interview with the Vampire, “Moon over Bourbon Street”.

Some songs contain vocal phrases from the Sting’s work with The Police, such as the lines “Every breath you take/Every move you make” heard at the end of “Love Is The Seventh Wave”

The movie Bring on the Night documents some of the recording work that produced this album, as well as the subsequent tour.

LABEL: A&M 393 750
TIME: 41’40
PRODUCER: Sting & Peter Smith

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  • Akayz7

    forgot this was actually good.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • zooroopa

    I prefer 'The Soul Cages' but I love this album too *.* Mmm, Russians...

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    Consider Me gone........

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • marcoslhc

    I love Moon over Bourbon Street

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Konijn22

    This is great. It's so musical.

    16 Sep 2010 Reply
  • creepingdeathv2

    you wanna know genius is... this is goddammit

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • scott_sea

    Sting's best solo album. Nothing Like the Sun is #2 (imo).

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
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    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • WichitaQ

    In your library (432 plays). Indeed. Probably one of the best albums in the world.

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • imanelectrician

    with synchronicity and dire straits' brothers in arms, this masterpiece forms the best album trio of the eighties... the consistency of invention, confluence, and focus is simply astonishing... lennox/stewart eat your heart out!!!

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • JRoar

    just rediscovered my old copy of this album :)

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BADbigaudio

    possibly one of the greatest albums of all time.

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • A_Friend_

    One of my absolute favorite songs of Sting's~ Great album ~ sooo many memories~

    1 Jun 2008 Reply
  • underscorner

    memorable album

    18 Nov 2007 Reply

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