I love Sting. His voice isn’t among the finest, but his skills in writing lyrics and composing music are. Even so, I did only have two of his albums before he released all his old ones digitally remastered. This is the first in a series of reviews of these digitally remastered Sting albums. And if I’m able to rob enough little old ladies, I might buy and review all the The Police albums, too…
"Bring on the Night" is a kick butt live album recorded in Paris, Rome and Arnheim in 1985. Since this was Sting’s first tour after releasing his first solo album (at least to my knowledge), "Bring on the Night" features both good old The Police tracks like "I burn for you" and, at that time, new material from the fabulous solo album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles"
The best thing with this live album is probably that the exteremly talented crew he used on "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" are also with him on the tour: Darryl Jones (bass), Branford Marsalis (sax), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards) and Omar Hakim, the best drummer I’ve ever heard. These guys are freackin’ extreme.
Another thing that it might wise to point out about these new digitally remastered albums is that they all feature a data track with one of Sting’s music videos. "Bring on the Night" features a rather low quality version of "Love is the seventh wave", not much to jump around for, but it’s a nice bonus.
When it comes down to the question of ‘to buy or not to buy’, the answer simple: Buy.