In 1988, former Police frontman Sting was touring behind the fabulous, if not his greatest ever, solo release Nothing Like the Sun. The band that toured behind him consisted of none other than the great Branford Marsalis on the sax and a cast of top-shelf musicians/singers that delivered the songs from this album with all the class, style and beauty with which they were captured on the album.
The live shows didn’t have all the glitz and glamor of your typical ’80s rock show. Instead, the music and the songs were the true showcase of these performances and Sting stepped up to the occasion. Sting also managed to show his varied influences and inspirations by covering songs by artists/composers such as George/Ira Gershwin, Jimi Hendrix, Woody Guthrie and Frank Zappa.
Sting, over the years, has become associated with a more “adult contemporary” style of music, but trust me – this show has something for music lovers of any age. The quality of this recording is off-the-charts as this show – at LA’s Wiltern Theatre – was originally recorded with the intention of having some of these songs used for a live album that never saw the light of day. Luckily, someone leaked these tracks so we all can enjoy ’em.
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