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The Dream of the Blue Turtles

StingAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From one spin of The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting's first solo release, it's obvious that for him there would be life beyond the Police. Teamed with a band of top jazz players, he presents his musical visions that had gone unrealized while he was still constrained by his former ensemble. In style and subject matter, it's a decidedly diverse collection of songs and the playing is excellent throughout. The love songs are mostly focused on endings or escapes, and it's quite possible to interpret much of the imagery in reference to the bitter breakup of the Police. Sting's concern with history and politics is in evidence: he makes a father's plea for sanity and restraint in the nuclear age, takes up for the U.K.'s much-abused coal miners, and relates the savage stupidity of World War I to the destructive effects of adolescent heroin addiction. Songs that seem elaborately constructed and recorded contrast with others that are presented as one-take jams. Seen as a whole, The Dream of the Blue Turtles is eclectic, ambitious--sometimes pretentious--but altogether worth owning. --Al Massa

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first is still the best January 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe it's been 15 years since I bought my first copy of this album on vinyl, but what doesn't surprise me is how great it is even today. Every song tried something new and started introducing jazz overtones to a 15-year old kid who was straight rock-and-roll. Not only is the music great, but this has to be far and away one of the best collections of lyrics ever written. Where else do Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Sergei Prokofiev come together with a white former punk and his all black jazz band? Anyone?
The Police were great for taking New Wave and mixing it with reggae and jazz to create something completely unique. Sting took it to the next level and, if you look closely at the lyrics and liner notes, took what was just a vacation from the Police and forged himself a solo career. I don't think he's ever been able to re-create the greatness of this album (although Nothing Like The Sun is close) simply because it wasn't intended to do anything but be fun and different. When the Police broke up, he suddenly was forced to think of himself as a solo artist and I think that hurt him in the long run. Going back and listening to Dream of the Blue Turtles is a pleasure that doesn't go away.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to ruin a great CD October 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I expected a lot from a remastered CD. This engineers version is terrible, or should I say treble. If remastered means add some reverb and boost the treble through the stratosphere then this is a work of art. After I leave here I'm ordering the original.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's first solo effort shows a new direction May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
With the release of "Dream of the Blue Turtles" in 1985, Sting embarked upon a new musical direction. This was a definite break with his style with The Police, but Sting has a way of recycling his music. In one way he was getting back to his jazz roots, but in another way he was heading toward the mainstream adult contemporary genre that he occupies today.
Sting also hired a crack band of young jazz pros, including Omar Hakim on drums, Darryl Jones on bass, Kenny Kirkland on keys and Branford Marsalis on saxophone. Sting switched from bass to guitar, but did perform the very cool double bass line on "Moon Over Bourbon Street."
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" is a Motown-style song with lyrics that transcend the usual love song, focusing more on the freedom in the relationship.
"Love is the Seventh Wave" has a world music feel and is a plea for everyone to get along.
"Russians" finds Sting getting a bit preachy, but this Cold War era tune has a haunting (borrowed) classical bent and ticking clock and well-intentioned message.
"Children's Crusade" is a sad ballad about the loss of generations of young men in WWI, first to the war and then to the addiction to morphine. Fast forward to 1984 and the image resonates as another generation is lost to heroin.
"Shadows in the Rain" is a revised Police song, with the classic intro of someone shouting 'wait, what key is it in!' and some outstanding drums. This is a great rock/jazz combination.
"We Work the Black Seam" is a complex tune the invokes the difficult life of coal miners, but also digs into the past and the future of energy and what it means to the focal character.
"Consider Me Gone" uses home metaphors about a relationship gone south, backed by a cool swing beat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an audiophile's dream (AUDIO MASTER PLUS SERIES) AM+ December 2, 2008
By insoc
Format:Audio CD
I am not going to talk about how good this album is because it is indeed VERY GOOD and you can read all the reviews here. If you are an audiophile or at least you like to hear your favorite albums with great sound quality this is a great album to have. Many audiophile recordings are praised for the quality recording but sometimes the music is boring, dull or nothing special. This album is a great example of how EXCELLENT MUSIC can be combined with EXCELLENT AUDIOPHILE quality sound. As a matter of fact I always use "Love is the Seventh Wave", "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" and "Shadows in the Rain" as one of my stereo system showings to my friends. Sting's voice sounds very crisp and clear and so do the instruments played by the Blue Turtles Band. JUST BE SURE YOU GET THE AM+ AUDIO MASTER PLUS SERIES release. That is the plain, regular and common release. Do not get the "remastered version" because like many other people agree, this remasterings of Sting's albums have not done any favor and have greatly deteriorated the sound quality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, adventurous, wonderful debut album July 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When Sting's first solo album came out in 1985, there was a lot of buildup, hype and even NERVOUSNESS!--even from fans, music critics and fellow artists. Can Sting do well on his first album away from the Police? Will it have many hits? Can he continue that momentum? I can say that he has and this debut has been responsible for a lot of his solo success the past two decades. It sold over 3 million copies, a huge seller during '85 and early '86! It's pop, but with a surprisingly jazz touch that fit quite well on mainstream radio. My favorites are If You Love Someone, Set Them Free, Russians and others. I especially love Fortress Around Your Heart and its adventurous landscapes--I actually play that more than the larger hits he had from here. As always, Sting is a dynamic songwriter and he is in top form when it comes to the lyrics of these songs. So if you have been more into Sacred Heart of 2003 and his more recent songs, please make an effort to get this stellar album that he made in 1985. One of his finest works to date!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RaJuR real deep kool on the web and YOUTUBE!!!
RaJuR real deep kool on the web and YOUTUBE!!!
Published 1 month ago by William R Holloman
1.0 out of 5 stars scratched on one song
Was supposed to be "like new" but the 7th song scratches so much it won't play.
Published 2 months ago by AFRAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great music, some mediocre music
The political and simplistic lyrics didn't age well. (Now Sting's selling Jaguars - perhaps his activism has abated? In the '70s we called that selling out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kayla Genesia
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Sting to come
A great early taste of Stings solo career with songs that lead you into his great career as a solo performer.
Published 4 months ago by john asumendi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sting's best efforts...
This an oldie, but a goodie. One of Sting's independent projects that is one of his better efforts. "Russians" is a particularly relevant song in today's world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Sting album
This was one of my favorite albums in my youth. Lots if songs that get in your head and stay there
Published 6 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
Used to listen to it, got away from it and involved in the new, but memories kept me going back to great music that never gets old.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia J Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchase OK.
Purchase was just as I'd imagined. The CD was sealed and in a perfect state. No need to complain. Nevertheless, I had to pay for the shipment and did not expect it.
Published 7 months ago by Francisco Iranzo-Marin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It's Stings best album. Ever the songs are totally Awrsome love it love it live it I'm a big fan and always will be
Published 7 months ago by Judy L Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Album of an Undercover "Police"-man
The off-duty "Police"-man never went home to rest after his last shift, and you'll thank him after listening to what he was doing after-hours. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dash Inc.
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