The Dream of the Blue Turtlesby Sting
The Police never really broke up, they just topped working together -- largely because they just couldn't stand playing together anymore and partially because Sting was itching to establish himself as a serious musician/songwriter on his own terms. Anxious to shed the mantle of pop star, he camped out at Eddy Grant's studio, picked up the guitar, and raided Wynton Marsalis' band for his new combo -- thereby instantly consigning his solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, to the critical shorthand of Sting's jazz record. Which is partially true (that's probably the best name for the meandering instrumental title track), but that gives the impression that this is really risky music, when he did, after all, rely on musicians who, at that stage, were revivalists just developing their own style, and then had them jam on mock-jazz grooves -- or, in the case of Branford Marsalis, layer soprano sax lines on top of pop songs. This, however, is just the beginning of the pretensions layered throughout The Dream of the Blue Turtles. This is a serious-minded album, but it's undercut by its very approach. And that's the problem with the record: with every measure, every verse, Sting cries out for the respect of a composer, not a pop star, and it gets to be a little overwhelming when taken as a whole. As a handful of individual cuts -- "Fortress," "Consider Me Gone," "If You Love Somebody," "Children's Crusade" -- he proves that he's subtler and craftier than his peers, but only when he reins in his desire to show the class how much he's learned.
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- Polygram Uk
Performance CreditsSting Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass
Omar Hakim Drums
Kenny Kirkland Keyboards
Jane Alexander Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephanie Crewdson Vocals,Background Vocals
Vic Garbarini Vocals,Background Vocals
Eddy Grant Conductor,Conga
Darryl Jones Bass
Elliot Jones Vocals,Background Vocals
Kate & Joan Vocals
Branford Marsalis Percussion,Saxophone
Dollette McDonald Vocals,Background Vocals
Nannies Chorus Vocals
Frank Opolko Trombone
Janice Pendarvis Vocals,Background Vocals
Rosemary Purt Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Q. Vocals
Danny Quatrochi Synthesizer,Clarinet,Background Vocals,Synclavier
Michael Sumner Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Smith Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsSergey Prokofiev Composer
Jim Scott Engineer
Peter Smith Producer,Engineer
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I was first gifted with this tape in '85. Although I was never a Police fan (because of their relatively crude, unpolished style that catered to teen pop), I instantly found Sting to be a musically creative, highly intelligent, musician and composer of rare quality.
This album (I date myself when I admit I first purchased it on vinyl!) stands the test of time. I loved it in the 80's and I love it now. I recently ordered it on CD and can't wait to have it back in my car. A must have!
I originally heard these songs on a record my parents. As of now, I have been singing Children's Crusade for three days. I just can't get enough of this! The only problem I have with it is Shadows in the Rain. It's a little unexpected. Overall, excellent!
Sting has proven himself to be the master pop composer of the 20th century. Dream of the Blue Turtles is a classic album, and a wonderful fusion of Jazz, Rock and Pop. As a Jazz musician, I can assure you that Sting is a respected composer of that Genre as well.