Monday, January 18, 2021

Celebrate 30 Years Of Sting's "The Soul Cages" Album With A New Digital Expanded Edition

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Sting's third solo album "The Soul Cages," A&M and UMe have teamed up to release a digital-only expanded edition of the album, back on January 15th. The original nine-song album gets more than doubled in size with the addition of thirteen bonus tracks, over half of which have never appeared in digital format. The album topped many charts around the world in 1991 and featured the hit singles "All This Time" and "Mad About You." This is also the first solo Sting album to include his long-time guitarist Dominic Miller, along with Branford Marsalis, David Sancious and the late, great Kenny Kirkland.

The bonus tracks start off with the lovely piano instrumental "I Miss You Kate" and the previously unavailable (digitally) Elton John track "Come Down In Time." It's great to hear a younger Sting have fun performing a live version of the Squeeze hit "Tempted," I only wish that more live tracks were added as a bonus. You can hear Sting working on a melody in the studio for a song titled "Oo La La Hugh," which features some mean guitar chords from Dominic Miller. This set also features different remixes of the singles "Mad About You" and "Why Should I Cry For You," including "Mad About You" sung in Italian and "Why I Should I Cry For You" sung in Spanish, showcasing Sting's diversity with language. This new digital-only expanded version of "The Soul Cages" album is a nice gathering of available tracks from that era. Here's hoping that A&M and UMe go forward with a colored vinyl version of this release, maybe for Record Store Day 2021. To find out more about this new release, please visit sting.com.

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