Thursday 9/22/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Sting – The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

The Dream of the Blue Turtles is the first solo album by English musician Sting, released June 17, 1985. The album reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the US Billboard 200.

Five singles were released from the album: “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Fortress Around Your Heart,” “Russians,” “Moon Over Bourbon Street,” 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.

  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
  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

Sting – vocals, guitars, double bass on (9), arrangements
Darryl Jones – bass guitar
Kenny Kirkland – keyboards
Branford Marsalis – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, percussion
Dominic Muldowney – additional arrangements (10)
Dolette McDonald – backing vocals
Janice Pendarvis – backing vocals
Omar Hakim – drums
Danny Quatrochi – Synclavier, backing vocals
Robert Ashworth – guitars
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

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