Coming on September 30th is Sting’s career-spanning vinyl box set, The A&M Studio Collection, marking the first time his entire solo studio catalogue has been released on vinyl. The box set includes eight albums across eleven LP’s — The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985), . . .Nothing Like The Sun (1987) (double LP), The Soul Cages (1991), Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993), Mercury Falling (1996), Brand New Day (1999) (double LP), Sacred Love (2003) (double LP) and The Last Ship (2013) — with both Brand New Day and Sacred Love marking their first appearance on vinyl.
According to the press release announcing the set, “All of the included LP’s appear in exact replicas of the original artwork presented in an exceptional slipcase package, with brand new vinyl masters cut at the legendary Abbey Road studios to ensure exceptional audio quality.” The A&M Studio Collection sells for around $180.
Sting first solo album, 1985’s The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, was released on June 1st, 1985. He told us that leaving the Police had nothing to do with ego and everything about pushing his own musical boundaries: “I think it was really about freedom. The freedom to follow my muse, to follow my curiosity about music. And a band is a very restrictive, reactionary, conservative thing — any band — ‘Oh, we gotta be the band! We have to have our little image! And we must never change, it’s what we do.’ My nature is much more of a gadfly (laughs), y’know? I’m intrigued by a lot of things. I’m also intrigued by music as a universal mystery — not just one bit of it.”
Sting will release his latest album, 57th & 9th, on November 11th.
His next U.S. show is set for November 4th in Honolulu, Hawaii at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
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