First of all I wanted to make clear that the previous Sting review featured a concert from the "...Nothing Like the Sun" tour. It was his second solo effort. I didn't really address that.
The tour featured here was the "Soul Cages" tour. The "Soul Cages" album was the first album to be built "from the ground up" in QSound. I know. Sounds totally impressive, right? Long story short, this album just sounded "better".
Kind of. I guess. Seems like if you had cruddy speakers, it wouldn't really matter how the album was recorded or mastered. I had a decent enough sound system at the time, and I thought it was just OK. "QSound" certainly didn't make it sound worse.
Sting's writer's block was ended when he wrote the first song for the album called "Why Should I Cry For You?". It was always my favorite song on the album. It's a very pretty melody, paired with touching lyrics about his dad, who had regretted not being a sailor. Here's a recent rendition
These days you may occasionally see a plastic version of a "longbox" that is removed and reused when you purchase a new CD.
The Soul Cages was released in a special cardboard sleeve that folded into a box the size of a typical CD jewel box. You have to give credit to Sting for not just talking about the environment, but actually doing something different to help the cause.
Our seats were high, and near the back. The new slower songs and warm temps in the arena, made for a sleepy night. My future ex-wife actually fell asleep at one point, thanks also to her college class schedule.
It was like a splash of cold water when Sting decided to rock it up a little bit, with Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix.
One last little tidbit. It was around this time that my boss went to see Sting live in a different city (Atlanta? I don't remember). Before she left, I asked her to get me Sting's autograph. She did!
I appreciated the effort, but the fact that it's on a restaurant receipt makes it lose some of its luster. It's not like he signed MY piece of paper, you know?
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