...Nothing Like the Sun
|...Nothing Like the Sun|
|Studio album by Sting|
|Released||13 October 1987|
Air Studios, Montserrat
|Genre||Soft rock, jazz, new wave|
|Producer||Sting, Hugh Padgham, Bryan Loren, Neil Dorfsman|
|Los Angeles Times|||
|Robert Christgau||(B) |
…Nothing Like the Sun is a 1987 album by Sting. The title comes from Shakespeare's Sonnet #130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"), which Sting used in the song "Sister Moon". He added that his inspiration for this was a close encounter with a drunk, in which Sting quoted the sonnet in response to the drunk's importunate query, "How beautiful is the moon?"
The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.
The album was influenced by two events in Sting's life: first, the death in late 1986 of his mother, which contributed to the sombre tone of several songs; and second, his participation in the Conspiracy of Hope Tour on behalf of Amnesty International, which brought Sting to parts of Latin America that had been ravaged by civil wars, and introduced him to victims of government oppression. "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)" was inspired by his witnessing of public demonstrations of grief by the wives and daughters of men missing in Chile, tortured and murdered by the military dictatorship of the time, who danced the Cueca (the traditional dance of Chile) by themselves, with photos of their loved ones pinned to their clothes. "Be Still My Beating Heart" and "The Lazarus Heart" approach the subjects of life, love and death and also featured The Police guitarist Andy Summers. Elsewhere on the album, "Englishman in New York", in honour of Quentin Crisp, continues the jazz-influenced music more commonly found on Sting's previous album, as does "Sister Moon".
The album's first single and biggest hit, "We'll Be Together" (reportedly not one of Sting's favorites), sported a prominent dance beat and funk overtones; it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in late 1987 and even crossed over to the R&B charts. Overall, the album's sales now stand at over 2 million, making it one of Sting's best-sellers.
The album also inspired a Spanish/Portuguese counterpart, the 1988 mini-album Nada Como el Sol. It featured four of the songs from the album sung in either Spanish or Portuguese and in the case of "Fragile", both languages.
Three years after its initial release on both the album and in single form, "Englishman in New York" was remixed in mid-1990 by Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, apparently to increase Sting's commercial viability after a two-year absence from the charts. Providing a stronger dance beat, as well as an extended introduction, the song was a hit in clubs and reached number 15 in the UK pop charts. The maxi-single also included a dance remix of "We'll Be Together" as a B-side.
...Nothing Like the Sun was one of the first fully digital audio recordings (DDD) to achieve multi-platinum status. It is also Sting's biggest-selling album yet, with worldwide sales of 11 million copies as of 1997.
- "We'll Be Together" – 4:52
- "Straight to My Heart" – 3:54
- "Rock Steady" – 4:27
- "Sister Moon" – 3:46
- "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:04
- "The Secret Marriage" (Hanns Eisler, Sting) – 2:03
- "Ghost In The Strand" ("Englishman In New York" 7"/ Maxi Single)
- "Ellas Danzan Solas" ("They Dance Alone" Maxi Single)
- "If You There" ("They Dance Alone" 7")
- "Conversation With A Dog" ("We'll Be Together" 7"/ Maxi Single)
- "Someone to Watch Over Me" ("Englishman in New York" 3-inch CD single)
- "Up from the Skies" (Jimi Hendrix cover with Gil Evans and His Orchestra, "Englishman in New York" 3-inch CD single)
- 1987 – "We'll Be Together" #7 US
- 1988 – "Be Still My Beating Heart" #15 US
- 1988 – "Englishman in New York" #84 US #51 UK
- 1988 – "Fragile" #70 UK
- 1988 – "They Dance Alone" #94 UK
- 1990 – "Englishman in New York" (Remix) #15 UK
- Sting – Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar on "History Will Teach Us Nothing" and "Fragile"
- Renée Geyer – Background Vocals
- Dollette McDonald – Background Vocals
- Janice Pendarvis – Background Vocals
- Vesta Williams – Background Vocals
- Kenwood Dennard – Drums on "Little Wing"
- Manu Katché – Drums
- Andy Newmark – Drums
- Gil Evans & His Orchestra (on "Little Wing")
- Mino Cinelu – Percussion, Vocoder
- Rubén Blades – Spoken word (on "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)")
- Mark Egan – Bass Guitar on "Little Wing"
- Hiram Bullock – Guitar on "Little Wing"
- Eric Clapton – Guitar on "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)"
- Fareed Haque – Guitar on "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)"
- Mark Knopfler – Guitar (on "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)")
- Andy Summers – Guitar on "The Lazarus Heart" and "Be Still My Beating Heart"
- Kenny Kirkland – Keyboards
- Ken Helman – Piano on "The Secret Marriage"
- Branford Marsalis – Saxophone
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|France (SNEP)||2× Platinum||689,200|
|Japan (Oricon Charts)||221,000|
|Netherlands (NVPI)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||2× Platinum||100,000x|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|Austrian Albums Chart||19|
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- Liner notes to the album.
Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen
|UK number one album
24–30 October 1987
Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac
Birds by Hideaki Tokunaga
|Japanese Oricon Weekly number-one album
26 October 1987
Naturally by Naoyuki Fujii