Sting: Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
- If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
- Love is the Seventh Wave
- Children’s Crusade
- Shadows in the Rain
- We Work the Black Seam
- Consider Me Gone
- The Dream of the Blue Turtles
- Moon Over Bourbon Street
- Fortress Around Your Heart
One afternoon in 1985, my neighbor and I hopped on our bikes and headed off to the local department store. It was called Alfred’s and it was not much of a store, but they had cassettes and we could get there by bike. That day I bought my very first cassette. This was it and I wore it out, literally. I have never stopped loving this album. I may no longer have my original cassette, but I still have the LP in my collection. It was deeper and more complex than my typical music choices, both musically and socially. The Police were going through some personal troubles and Sting ventured off on his own to record an album of solo material (though he refused to call it a solo album). I had been a huge Police fan for quite awhile at this point, even though I was only ten and really wanted this tape…I was not disappointed.
Side one opens with the huge hit, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free. It is still as great now as then and extremely catchy. The second song is, Love is the Seventh Wave. It still hasn’t lost any of its charm and its message hasn’t been lost. Russians is a beautiful melancholic song pleading for peace during the Cold War. It was inspired by a theme by composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Children’s Crusade also delivers a heavy message in the guise of a beautiful song. The first side concludes with Shadows in the Rain, a re-working of The Police song of the same name off of Zenyatta Mondatta.
Side two picks up with the dirge-like We Work the Black Seam. It is both beautiful and disturbing. Next comes Consider Me Gone; a blusey number that is good, but ultimately forgettable on an album of standout songs. The title track follows, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and is a jazzy instrumental that is here solely for fun. Moon Over Bourbon Street follows and was inspired by Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. The album concludes with my favorite song on the album, Fortress Around Your Heart. It is a love song in the typical Sting vein; meaning it is pretty twisted for a love song.