The Dream of the Blue Turtles was Sting’s first solo album after the disbanding of The Police and whilst it never achieved the commercial success of the Police albums it did climb to #3 in the UK charts.
It is a classic album by any measure of that term with tracks such as Russians, We Work the Black Seam Together and If You Love Somebody Set Them Free. But as good as all of those tracks are the stand out track on the album in my opinion is There’s a Moon Over Bourbon Street Tonight.
The song is said to be inspired by Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire which was given to Sting by fellow Police band member Andy Summers.
Sting’s unique vocal performance lends the song a dark moody quality befitting of the subject matter and evokes the swirling damp mists of the Louisiana night. For anyone familiar with the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles the song, its styling and its moody delivery by the sublime Mr Sumner brings the books and their backdrop to dark brooding and menacing life (or should that be un-life?)
Sting’s classic 1985 album The Dream of the Blue Turtles and There’s a Moon Over Bourbon Street Tonight are true classics and are Seriously Cool!