The Dream Of The Blue Turtles is Sting’s first solo album, his first after moving on from his band The Police. His initial fears of leaving ‘arguably the biggest band in the world’, and following his instincts were put to rest when the album hit #2 in the US and #3 in the UK, and also spawned 4 top 20 hits in the US. The same songs all reached the top 50 in the UK.
Sting recruited jazz musicians from Miles Davis’s band, Art Blakey’s band, and Weather Report and made the album at Eddie Grant’s Barbados studio.
The album title came to Sting in a dream he had his first night in Barbados.
At the time, he called The Dream Of The Blue Turtles “the most refined piece of work I’ve done.”