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Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

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Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles

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Side one

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

Side two

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"   4:39


"Another Day" – 3:54

"Gabriel's Message" – 2:15

Sting – vocals, guitar, keyboard, double bass on "Moon Over Bourbon Street"

Kenny Kirkland – keyboards

Branford Marsalis – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion

Darryl Jones – bass guitar

Omar Hakim – drums

Dolette McDonald – backing vocals

Janice Pendarvis – backing vocals

Robert Ashworth – additional guitar

Danny Quatrochi – Synclavier, additional backing vocals

Eddy Grant – congas (7)

Frank Opolko – trombone (2)

Pete Smith – backing vocals

Elliot Jones – backing vocals

Jane Alexander – backing vocals

Vic Garbarini – backing vocals

Pamela Quinlan – backing vocals

The Nannies Chorus – backing vocals

Rosemary Purt – backing vocals

Stephanie Crewdson – backing vocals

Joe Sumner – backing vocals

Kate Sumner – backing vocals

Michael Sumner – backing vocals

Pete Smith – engineer, producer

Sting – producer

Jim Scott – engineer

Bob Ludwig – mastering at Masterdisk (New York, NY).

Max Vadukul – photography

Danny Quatrochi – photography

Michael Ross – art direction and design

Richard Frankel – art direction and design

The Dream of the Blue Turtles is the 1st solo album by English musician Sting, released in the United States on 1 June 1985. The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the US Billboard 200.

In the US the album spawned four singles, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Fortress Around Your Heart", "Russians" and "Love Is the Seventh Wave". The album earned Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered Recording.

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music.

As a solo musician and a member of the Police, Sting has received 17 Grammy Awards: he won Song of the Year for "Every Breath You Take", three Brit Awards, including Best British Male Artist in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2019, he received a BMI Award for "Every Breath You Take" becoming the most-played song in radio history. In 2002, Sting received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014, and was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2017.

Sting Discography Full - Studio Albums

The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

...Nothing Like the Sun (1987)

The Soul Cages (1991)

Ten Summoner's Tales (1993)

Mercury Falling (1996)

Brand New Day (1999)

Sacred Love (2003)

Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)

If on a Winter's Night... (2009)

Symphonicities (2010)

The Last Ship (2013)

57th & 9th (2016)

44/876 with Shaggy (2018)

My Songs (2019)

Duets (2021)

Sting Filmography

As actor

Quadrophenia (1979) – The Ace Face, the King of the Mods, a.k.a. the Bell Boy in the film adaptation of the Who album

Radio On (1979) – Just Like Eddie

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) – Leader of the Blow Waves. The footage was cut but it later reappeared in the DVD version and in the documentary The Filth and the Fury (2000)

Artemis 81 (1981) – The angel Helith (BBC TV film)

Brimstone and Treacle (1982) – Martin Taylor, a drifter

Dune (1984) – Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen

Titus Groan (1984) – Steerpike (BBC Radio 4 broadcast based on the Mervyn Peake novel)

Gormenghast (1984) – Steerpike (BBC Radio 4 broadcast based on the Mervyn Peake novel)

Plenty (1985) – Mick, a black-marketeer

The Bride (1985) – Baron Frankenstein

Walking to New Orleans (1985) – Busker, singing Moon Over Bourbon Street.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) – a "heroic officer"

Stormy Monday (1988) – Finney, a nightclub owner

Julia and Julia (1988) – Daniel, a British gentleman

Saturday Night Live (1991) – host, various

The Grotesque (1995), a/k/a Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets and Grave Indiscretion – Fledge

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – J.D., Eddie's father and owner of a bar

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