August 5, 2012 – 4:37 am

The longest Sting show ever that almost got released.

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ME Sounds article/artwork     /     DAT tape     /     Ticketstub

Wiltern Theatre 1988 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, July 27, 1988. Excellent soundboard stereo. From a “new source! - major upgrade to all previous versions!” Note: The right channel is louder. Use your balance to compensate for this.

“In 1988/1989 there were serious plans to release a live album of (parts of) this show. The artist Robert Gligorov already made artwork for the album. In May 1989, the German magazine ‘ME Sounds’ published an article which contained some of the artwork by Gligorov. The article is included in this torrent! Somehow the whole project was withdrawn by the record company and the official album was never released.”  - mentioned by steerpike

There’s much to like about this show. The climax when Sting sings in German, Italian and French and throws in an American tune. Then how about the extended Hendrix-lite? Sting’s version of Little Wing merged with the Beatles’ From Me To You. He rocks steady. Mostly, this is a jazz-lite show. But expect the unexpected like a cover of Frank Zappa’s The Idiot Bastard Son.

Combined with impeccable sound (ok, not sure why the balance is off) and an inspired performance, why oh why did Sting utter four-letter words here and there? That would make this unacceptable listening if minors are in the house.

The show was in front of an audience of about 2,000. It’s a great one. This should be released.

Thanks to steerpike for sharing this at DIME. All info provided by steerpike is in the artwork that you can download.
- The Little Chicken

About This Recording:
This “new” source is a major upgrade to all previous sources! It was taken from a DAT-tape (obtained in a trade in the early ’90s).

Source: soundboard > ? > DAT (32 kHz; 3M DDS-90)
Lineage: DAT (32 kHz; 3M DDS-90) > Sony DTC-57ES > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > WAV > Trader’s Little Helper 2.4.1 (Build 160) > FLAC [level 8]
Editing steps:
Resampling 32 Khz to 44.1 Khz.
Correcting offset, removing dropsout’s, editing.
On several locations pass band- and stop band, application of 6th order Butterworthfilter.
Range +/- 1600 Hz to 1800 Hz
Gain +1.6 db.

There are a few minor distortions in this recording (which remained unedited):
- during the intro of Sister Moon (around 0.10 and 0.21)
- during the piano solo of One World (around 3.28)

DAT-tape (32 kHz; 3M DDS-90) provided by: “Shoey” (Thanks for this gem!).
Editing by: “N.M.H.” (Thanks for the 40 to 50 hours of hard work!).
Golddigging and research by: JtB.
FLAC-ed and seeded by: steerpike.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (54 min):
Track 101. Someone To Watch Over Me (5.5MB)
Track 102. Sister Moon (14.5MB)
Track 103. The Lazarus Heart (10.5MB)
Track 104. Too Much Information (3.4MB)
Track 105. Englishman In New York (8.0MB)
Track 106. Rock Steady (8.1MB)
Track 107. Straight To My Heart (6.9MB)
Track 108. Tempted (8.2MB)
Track 109. One World (11.8MB)
Track 110. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (9.9MB)

Disc 2 (58 min):
Track 201. Bring On The Night (4.9MB)
Track 202. When The World Is Running Down (13.8MB)
Track 203. Lonely House (6.3MB)
Track 204. The Idiot Bastard Son (by Frank Zappa) (3.8MB)
Track 205. I Don’t Wanna Be (performed by Dolette McDonald) (8.0MB)
Track 206. The Promise (performed by Delmar Brown) (13.4MB)

End of first set**

Track 207. Blasphemy (performed by Kenny Kirkland and Branford Marsalis) (8.1MB)
Track 208. They Dance Alone (13.8MB)
Track 209. Consider Me Gone (9.1MB)
Track 210. King Of Pain (10.7MB)

Disc 3 (60 min):
Track 301. Be Still My Beating Heart (10.3MB)
Track 302. Walking In Your Footsteps (7.8MB)
Track 303. Fragil (Portuguese version) (10.2MB)
Track 304. Little Wing/From Me To You (15.8MB)

First Encore**

Track 305. The Secret Marriage (4.4MB)
Track 306. Don’t Stand So Close To Me (band introduction) (18.1MB)

Second Encore**

Track 307. Mackie Messer/Mack The Knife (5.1MB)
Track 308. Caro Mio Ben (4.6MB)
Track 309. Ne Me Quitte Pas (6.1MB)
Track 310. Home On The Range (2.9MB)
Track 311. Every Breath You Take (10.8MB)

Total time: 172 minutes.

Sting - vocals, guitar, Synclavier
Branford Marsalis - saxophone
Kenny Kirkland - keyboards
Delmar Brown - keyboards
Jeff Lee Campbell - lead guitar
Tracy Ann Wormworth - bass guitar
Mino Cinelu - percussion
James Taylor Lewis (J.T. Lewis) - drums
Dolette McDonald - backing vocals

The probable reason Sting did not release a live album in 1989 was because Bring On The Night, also a live album, was released earlier in 1986. It was his first time out with a band of stellar jazz musicians and the material played live were from his Dream Of The Blue Turtles and Police repertoire. You can buy Bring On The Night here.

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  1. 5 Responses to “LET MY PEOPLE GO”

  2. The best period of sting i love to listen to,this man can sing everything !!!

    By easynow on Aug 5, 2012

  3. i think any sting that isnt jazz is wonderful. i saw his first ever solo show in feb 85. he did 3 nites. i went to 2 of them. it was before it had moved locations to where studio 54 was uptown. i always loved the police. i remember seeing them at the bottom line cbgbs and other locations around nyc. at one show there were only 12 ppl in the audience. at madison square garden there were over 20000 just 3 yrs later. and then shea stadium a year after that..omg! 70000!!!

    if anyone is a huge sting / police fan and collector i urge u to search out the strontium90 demo tapes. there are so many wonderful and fun things to collect with regards to sting and the police. rarities and such. and if u really are a completist i suggest looking for all u can get on copeland cuz the klark kent material is wonderful and his soundtracks are great too and he worked with curved air (theres a bbc session from 76 u can find on youtube in fact). and andy’s work with the new animals and tons of other stuff u should search out. ok ill stop now. sorry.

    By darth on Aug 6, 2012

  4. Excellent sound, especially of the piano.What a pleasure to hear this concert!

    By Hartmut on Aug 7, 2012

  5. I`d rather listen to the hum of a dental drill than any music by Sting.
    such unimaginative dreck is right up there with U2.

    By funkstahunk on Aug 8, 2012

  6. “unimaginative dreck” - hardly. Over the years, the guy has had the nerve and imagination to meld and incorporate numerous musical styles into his own unique brand of pop music. I can maybe only think of a few other artists who have been so fervently diverse over a long duration of time: Joe Jackson, David Sylvian, Elvis Costello, perhaps a few others I can’t think of right now.
    And listen to these musicians…Jazz giants like Marsalis and Kirkland, percussionist Mino Cinelu - who was a member of Weather Report. Delmar Brown - a member of Gil Evans Orchestra. Then you have the funky rhythm section of Tracy Anne Wormworth (from the new wave group Waitresses) and JT Lewis (from Bill Laswell’s Material).
    The shame is that Sting’s voice gives out badly during Bring On The Night / When The World Is Running Down and I don’t think it fully came back until 1993. :)

    By erskine bowles on Aug 8, 2012

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