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The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

11 Jun 2001

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  • Original Release Date: 27 Oct 1998
  • Release Date: 27 Oct 1998
  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 41:32
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  • ASIN: B001KU8KH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,418 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FatBaldOldBloke on 3 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, this is/was a great album, but. . . . .
The remastering is abysmal. There's very little bass, the sound staging is worse and the cymbals and sibilants nearly take your head off! Maybe OK on in-car hi-fi and MP3 players but not on anything that passes for a decent hi-fi
I have this on vinyl, and the sound is VASTLY superior, and I have other sting CDs (not remastered) of the same era that sound great.
If you like this album, try and get the non remastered version or the vinyl, or wait for the HD download, because the person responsible for remastering this should be taken out and have molten lead poured in their ears.
UPDATE
I just received an original un-digitally re-buggered-up version of this album, and the difference is staggering. The bass is there, the HF is actually listenable, and more even handed, voices are easier to follow, sound-staging better defined and three dimensional.
So I've now changed my mind about the person responsible for the remastered version - as well as his/her ears being filled molten lead, so should every other available orifice!
This is a truly appalling remaster, and should come with a health warning!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hill Walker on 6 Jun 2006
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Okay, the Police were massive but to produce this gem which appeared to owe so little to his past and packaged in such an original sound is real genius... brilliant and timeless popular music
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonny72 on 4 May 2009
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Stings first solo album is, in my opinion, something of an overlooked gem. Its rarely mentioned in the various top album countdowns you see on a regular basis but it contains some of his best songs such as 'Russians', 'If you Love Somebody Set Them Free', and the fantastic 'Moon Over Bourbon Street'. Some of the less well known songs on the album are also well worth a listen such as 'We Work The Black Seam' and 'Fortress Around Your Heart'. All in all a consistently good album throughout and well worth a listen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Mar 2008
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In his 2003 autobiography, 'Broken Music', Sting wrote, "That the band [The Police] would break up at the pinnacle of its career when our position seemed virtually unassailable, surprised everyone but me. I saw my own future very clearly outside of the band, because I wanted more freedom. ... I wanted to make music that wasn't tied to the limitations of a three-piece band, where I didn't have to compromise my own standards as a songwriter." 'The Dream of the Blue Turtles' was Sting's first attempt at achieving solo recognition in this way.

Sting's first album is an eclectic bag of decent songs with one outstanding gem. Intelligent lyrics rub shoulders with seasoned musicianship. He has an eye for pale landscapes - both internal and external - and historical atmosphere. Indeed, this album can be viewed in itself as a historic document of the 1980s with songs about the Russian threat, the coal strike, and child soldiers. It is, in my opinion, a cold album, a night album, full of shadows, but nevertheless burning intensely inside.

Four songs do not deliver on expectations - "Love is the Seventh Wave" is in calypso style, but Sting's voice is too deadpan; "Shadows in the Rain" is a bog-standard rocker; "Consider Me Gone" has a jazz-blues feel ('to look for heaven is to live here in hell'); and the album's title track is a short instrumental jazzy jam session of no relevance.

But there are five songs worthy of high praise - "If You Love Somebody Set them Free", the pop-rock hit; "Russians", a cold-war commentary to the beat of goose-stepping soldiers and sustained throughout by the sound of a ticking clock (bomb?
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Lee on 21 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
The dream of the blue turtles is Sting's debut first album, and what a debut!
Littered with catchy but intelligent pop songs, this album is a prime example of how it should be done. Sting's expertise as a musician is evident in contructing fun songs, even if none of them sound too technically difficult.
For intelligent songwriting, check this out: Russians is a song about the cold war, the concept taken from a book he had read. Children's crusade is about a childrens march across Europe that was supposed to have happened in the 1600's I believe. We work the black seam is possibly about Sting's heritage as the son of a working class family, although he was the son of a milkman and not a coal miner. Moon over Bourbon street is about vampires, taken from when he read interview with a vampire by Anne Rice.
Behind the words lies Stings unique voice. Able to reach high notes like few can, Sting is an exceptional vocal talent. Perhaps not put to best use on this album, still you really can't imagine anyone else singing these songs as fittingly.
You'll be missing out if you don't buy this album. But what do I know, I'm just another music fan...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mack Robinson on 28 Oct 2008
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There are two songwriters on this album - the Sting who writes clunking all-too-obvious political songs - the awful "Russians" (lazy unpoetic rhymes like Precedent / President, and Ideology / Biology...! The good bit - the tune - is taken from a classical composer) and "We Work the Black Seam"; and then the Sting who creates wonderful songs as "Fortress Around Your Heart" and "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (with its tune borrowed from the old jazz standard "Autumn Leaves"). The musicianship is excellent - Marsalis and Co cannot put a foot wrong and produce music you will never hear in the charts. A good start then, and Sting would go on to better things with Nothing Like the Sun and The Soul Cages - a rare English talent indeed. Just drop the sixth form politics please...
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