THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES
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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.
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!
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?Read more ›
Three quarters of this album is all buzz and no fuzz as Sting belts out song after song with great lyrical content post Stings previous band albums. Here as a solo artist you can go back to time and again, picking up on his Jazz influenced history, punk heavy bass lines, mixed in with the rocker and the balladeers first piece of craftsmanship on vinyl or newbie CD. So for a first album Sting hits many a right note, riff, or over all tune, a must for any music fan, never mind the many genres of music.
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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