Sting releases his first solo album : ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ featuring ‘If You Love Somebody Set Them Free and ‘Russians’ (1985)

Sting’s ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ is his first solo album released on June 1, 1985 by A&M, excatly two years after the final Police album.

Track Listing : 1.If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Sting) – 04:14 . 2.Love Is The Seventh Wave (Sting) – 03:30 . 3.Russians (Prokofiev, Sting) – 0:57 . 4.Children’S Crusade (Sting) – 05:00 . 5.Shadows In The Rain (Sting) – 04:56 . 6.We Work The Black Seam (Sting) – 05:40 . 7.Consider Me Gone (Sting) – 04:21 . 8.The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (Sting) – 01:15 . 9.Moon Over Bourbon Street (Sting) – 03:59 . 10.Fortress Around Your Heart (Sting) – 04:39

Max Vadukul

Musicians : Sting – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Double Bass On (9) . Omar Hakim – Drums . Darryl Jones – Bass Guitar . Kenny Kirkland – Keyboards . Branford Marsalis – Saxophones, Miscellaneous Percussion . Eddy Grant – Congas On (7) . Frank Opolko – Trombone On (2) . Robert Ashworth – Guitar . Dollette Mcdonald – Backing Vocals . Janice Pendarvis – Backing Vocals . Pete Smith – Background Vocals . Danny Quatrochi – Background Vocals, Synclavier . Elliot Jones – Background Vocals . Jane Alexander – Background Vocals . Vic Garbarini – Background Vocals . The Nannies Chorus – Background Vocals . Rosemary Purt – Background Vocals . Stephanie Crewdson – Background Vocals . Joe Sumner – Background Vocals . Kate Sumner – Background Vocals . Michael Sumner – Background Vocals . Pamela Quinlan – Background Vocals

Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Production : Produced By Sting & Pete Smith Pete Smith – Engineer . Jim Scott – Engineer

Package : Max Vadukul asterisques RVM – Photography . Danny Quatrochi – Photography . Michael Ross – Art Direction . Richard Frankel – Art Direction

Recorded 1984 – 1985 At Blue Wave Studio, Saint Philip, Barbados And Le Studio, Morin-Heights, Quebec, Canada.

Released On June 1, 1985 By A&M.

Video Director(s) : Godley and Creme for “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” . Jean-Baptiste Mondino asterisques RVM for “Russians” .


Daily Vault
The end of “Love Is A Seventh Wave” even finds Sting looking back with a bitter wink and a nod by crafting some new lyrics for his only number one hit, “Every Breath You Take.” With lines like “Every cake you bake / Every leg you break,” it tells us all we need to know about how bad the band’s unfortunate breakup really was. And while Sting may have eventually gotten over it and simply moved on, it’s doubtful Police fans like myself ever will. […]

Rolling Stone
Unlike Joni Mitchell, another Big Blond Star who attempted this kind of jazzification, Sting can swing. You can hear how much fun he’s havingand how much goosing he gets from the band, in the remake of the Police’s Shadows in the Rain. […]
The later stuff sounds a lot more ‘complete’, in a way. If you like the weirder stuff off Synchronicity (like Synchronicity I and O My God), or if you enjoy Sting in general, then I’m sure there’s something about this album that you’d enjoy. […]


Sting’s ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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