Tag: Sting

Wednesday 11/9/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Sting – …Nothing Like The Sun (1987)

…Nothing Like the Sun is the second solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Sting. The album was originally released on October 5, 1987 on A&M (worldwide). The album explores the genres of pop rock, soft rock, jazz, reggae, world, acoustic rock, dance-rock, and funk rock. The songs were recorded during March–August in 1987 in sessions that took place at Air Studios, in Montserrat, assisted by record producers Hugh Padgham, Bryan Loren, and Neil Dorfsman. It features a number of high-profile guest guitarists, including former Police member Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Hiram Bullock, and is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Sting’s early work.

On release, the album was received favorably by the majority of music critics and in 1989, the album was ranked #90 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Best Albums of the Eighties”. “We’ll Be Together”, “Be Still My Beating Heart”, “Englishman in New York”, “Fragile”, and “They Dance Alone” were all released as singles.

It won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards. In 1989 the album received three Grammy nominations including Album of the Year while the album’s second single (“Be Still My Beating Heart”) was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

  1. “The Lazarus Heart” 4:34
  2. “Be Still My Beating Heart” 5:32
  3. “Englishman in New York” 4:25
  4. “History Will Teach Us Nothing” 4:58
  5. “They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)” 7:16
  6. “Fragile” 3:54
  7. “We’ll Be Together” 4:52
  8. “Straight to My Heart” 3:55
  9. “Rock Steady” 4:27
  10. “Sister Moon” 3:46
  11. “Little Wing” 5:04
  12. “The Secret Marriage” 2:03

Sting – vocals, arrangements, bass guitar (1-9, 12), Spanish guitar (4), acoustic guitar (6) double bass (10)
Kenny Kirkland – keyboards
Gil Evans – keyboards (11)
Gil Evans and His Orchestra – orchestra (11)
Ken Helman – acoustic piano (12)
Andy Summers – guitars (1, 2)
Eric Clapton – guitar (5)
Fareed Haque – guitar (5)
Mark Knopfler – guitar (5)
Hiram Bullock – guitars (11)
Mark Egan – bass guitar (11)
Manu Katché – drums (1-10, 12)
Kenwood Dennard – drums (11)
Andy Newmark – additional drums
Mino Cinelu – percussion, vocoder
Branford Marsalis – saxophones
Renée Geyer – backing vocals
Dolette McDonald – backing vocals
Janice Pendarvis – backing vocals
Pamela Quinlan – backing vocals
Rubén Blades – Spanish vocals (5)
Annie Lennox – backing vocals (7)
Vesta Williams – backing vocals (7)

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

Friday 11/19/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Sting – The Bridge (2021)

The Bridge is the fifteenth studio album (and first rock album in five years since 57th & 9th in 2016) by British singer-songwriter Sting, released on November 19, 2021 through A&M Records.

  1. “Rushing Water” 3:17
  2. “If It’s Love” 3:12
  3. “The Book of Numbers” 3:18
  4. “Loving You” 4:24
  5. “Harmony Road” 3:18
  6. “For Her Love” 3:45
  7. “The Hills on the Border” 4:16
  8. “Captain Bateman” 4:14
  9. “The Bells of St. Thomas” 4:08
  10. “The Bridge” 2:33
  11. “Waters of Tyne” 2:10
  12. “Captain Bateman’s Basement” 3:41
  13. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” 2:54

Sunday 11/14/21 1pm ET: Feature LP: Sting – Duets (2021)

Duets is a compilation album by English musician Sting. It was released on March 19, 2021 through A&M Records.

  1. “Little Something” (with Melody Gardot)
  2. “It’s Probably Me” (with Eric Clapton)
  3. “Stolen Car” (with Mylène Farmer)
  4. “Desert Rose” (with Cheb Mami)
  5. “Rise & Fall” (with Craig David)
  6. “Whenever I Say Your Name” (with Mary J. Blige)
  7. “Don’t Make Me Wait” (with Shaggy)
  8. “Reste” (with Gims)
  9. “We’ll Be Together” (featuring Annie Lennox)
  10. “L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour” (with Charles Aznavour)
  11. “My Funny Valentine” (with Herbie Hancock)
  12. “Fragile” (with Julio Iglesias)
  13. “Mama” (with Gashi)
  14. “September” (with Zucchero)
  15. “Practical Arrangement” (with Jo Lawry)
  16. “None of Us Are Free” (with Sam Moore)
  17. “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” (with Chris Botti)

Friday 9/3/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Various Artists – Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is a 1991 tribute album consisting of interpretations of sixteen songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Released October 22, 1991. The title refers to a song on John’s album 21 at 33, “Two Rooms at the End of the World”, and to the duo’s unusual collaborative style; it is also the title of a 1991 film documenting their collaboration.

  1. “Border Song” Eric Clapton 4:21
  2. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” Kate Bush 4:57
  3. “Come Down in Time” Sting 3:38
  4. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” The Who 4:32
  5. “Crocodile Rock” The Beach Boys 4:21
  6. “Daniel” Wilson Phillips 4:03
  7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” Joe Cocker 3:57
  8. “Levon” Jon Bon Jovi 5:27
  9. “The Bitch is Back” Tina Turner 3:38
  10. “Philadelphia Freedom” Hall & Oates 5:12
  11. “Your Song” Rod Stewart 4:49
  12. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” Oleta Adams 6:02
  13. “Madman Across the Water” Bruce Hornsby 6:10
  14. “Sacrifice” Sinéad O’Connor 5:12
  15. “Burn Down the Mission” Phil Collins 6:11
  16. “Tonight” George Michael 7:23

Monday 4/19/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Sting – Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 (1994)

Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 is the first compilation issued by Sting. It features hit singles from his first four studio albums The Dream of the Blue Turtles, …Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, and Ten Summoner’s Tales. A companion music video compilation was released on LaserDisc and VHS. Released November 8, 1994.

  1. When We Dance – 5:59
  2. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free – 4:15
  3. Fields of Gold – 3:39
  4. All This Time – 4:55
  5. Englishman in New York – 4:27
  6. Mad About You – 3:54
  7. It’s Probably Me – 5:10
  8. They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) – 7:10
  9. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – 4:31
  10. Fragile – 3:53
  11. We’ll Be Together – 3:51
  12. Moon Over Bourbon Street – 4:00
  13. Love Is the Seventh Wave – 3:32
  14. Russians – 3:58
  15. Why Should I Cry for You – 4:50
  16. This Cowboy Song – 5:00
  17. Fragilidad – 3:51

Thursday 10/1/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Sting

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 the 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.[5] 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.

With the Police, Sting became one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Solo and with the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1’s 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine’s 100 greatest musical stars of the 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians on songs such as “Money for Nothing” with Dire Straits, “Rise & Fall” with Craig David, “All for Love” with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, “You Will Be My Ain True Love” with Alison Krauss, and introduced the North African music genre to Western audiences through the hit song “Desert Rose” with Cheb Mami. In 2018, he released the album 44/876, a collaboration with Jamaican musician Shaggy, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2019.


Saturday 9/12/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Sting – Brand New Day (1999)

Brand New Day is the sixth solo studio album by British singer-songwriter Sting, released by A&M Records on 27 September 1999. Fueled heavily by the success of the second single, “Desert Rose” (which prominently features popular Algerian Raï singer Cheb Mami), the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and sold over 3.5 million copies in the United States. Upon its release, Brand New Day was a critical and commercial success, and hailed as the triumphant return for Sting.

The album earned Sting a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and his third Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the title track.

1. “A Thousand Years” Kipper, Sting 5:58
2. “Desert Rose” (feat. Cheb Mami) 4:45
3. “Big Lie, Small World” (feat. David Hartley) 5:05
4. “After the Rain Has Fallen” 5:03
5. “Perfect Love…Gone Wrong” (feat. Sté Strausz) 5:24
6. “Tomorrow We’ll See” (feat. David Hartley) 4:47
7. “Prelude to the End of the Game” 0:20
8. “Fill Her Up” (feat. James Taylor) 5:39
9. “Ghost Story” 5:29
10. “Brand New Day” 6:19

Sting – vocals, bass guitar, VG-8 guitar synthesizer
Kipper – programming, keyboards
Dominic Miller – guitar
Manu Katché, Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
Jason Rebello – piano, clavinet
Chris Botti – trumpet
Stevie Wonder – harmonica (track 10)
James Taylor – vocals, acoustic guitar (track 8)
Cheb Mami – vocals (track 2)
Branford Marsalis – clarinet
Mino Cinelu – percussion
David Hartley – string arrangement and conducting (tracks 3 and 6), Hammond organ
B. J. Cole – pedal steel guitar
Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian pipes, fiddle
Don Blackman – Hammond organ
Sté – French rap (track 5)
Gavyn Wright – string leader (tracks 3 and 6)
Joe Mendez – background vocals
Janice Pendarvis – background vocals
Althea Rodgers – background vocals
Marlon Saunders – background vocals
Veneese Thomas – background vocals
Darryl Tookes – background vocals
Ken Williams – background vocals
Pamela Quinlan – background vocals
Tawatha Agee – background vocals
Dennis Collins – background vocals
Ettamri Mustapha – darbouka
Farhat Bouallagui – string arrangement (track 2), conductor and leader
Moulay Ahmed – strings
Kouider Berkan – strings
Salem Bnouni – strings
Sameh Catalan – strings

Artist Countdown: The Police Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the vast majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz.

Their 1983 album, Synchronicity, was number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and sold over 8 million copies in the US. The group disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour lasting until August 2008. The band has won a number of music awards throughout their career, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and were the world’s highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Every Breath You Take
2 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
3 Don’t Stand So Close to Me
4 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
5 Wrapped Around Your Finger
6 Message in a Bottle
7 Walking on the Moon
8 Spirits in the Material World
9 Roxanne
10 King of Pain
11 Can’t Stand Losing You
12 Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86
13 Invisible Sun
14 So Lonely
15 Synchronicity II
16 Roxanne ’97 (featuring Pras)
17 The Bed’s Too Big Without You
18 Secret Journey
19 Fall Out
20 Bring on the Night
21 Canary In A Coalmine
22 Driven To Tears
23 Miss Grandenko
24 Mother
25 Voices Inside My Head