- Bring on the Night/When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of
- Consider Me Gone
- Low Life
- We Work the Black Seam
- Driven to Tears
- The Dream of the Blue Turtles/Demolition Man
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Sting really got carried away with the idea that his supporting crew for Dream of the Blue Turtles was a real jazz band, and technically, he was kind of right. He did pluck them straight out of Wynton Marsalis' backing band (thereby angering Wynton and emboldening his anti-rock stance, while flaring up a sibling rivalry between the trumpeter and his saxophonist brother Branford -- a veritable hat trick, that), and since he was initially a jazz bassist, it seemed like a good fit. At the very least, it seemed like a monumental occasion because he documented the entire development of the band and the making of Dream with a documentary called Bring on the Night, releasing a double live album as its soundtrack just a year after the debut hit the stores. The live album feels like a way of showcasing Sting's jazz band and jazz chops. Most of the songs run around five minutes long and there are no less than three melodies, two of which marry an old Police number with a tune from Dream. Arriving as a second solo album, it can't help but feel a little unnecessary, although the loose, rather infectious performances show what Sting was trying to achieve with his debut. [A&M reissued the album in 2005.]
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Sting started out as a fusion bassists, so this jazz flavored live set was not as weird as it first seemed. In retrospect, his only mistake was playing guitar instead of bass and giving that slot to someone else. His playing got buried among the virtuoso musicians around him. His vocals were excellent, however. The mix of reworked Police songs and numbers from Dream Of The Blue Turtles worked well. We Work The Black Seam has always been a personal favorite. I found Bring On The Night as an expensive import double LP over 20 years ago. Upgrading to CD was actually less pricey than the original album.