...nothing like the sun

STING

Birth Name: Gordon Matthew Sumner
Born: October 2, 1951
Genres: Rock, Pop, New Wave, Reggae, Jazz, Classical

Member of: Last Exit, Newcastle Big Band, The Police, The Radio Actors, Strontium 90

basic information

release date 1987 Oct
country of manufacture Germany
label A&M Records
catalog no. 393 912-4 [Cass.], 39 3912-2 [CD], 393 912-1 [LP]
format Cass., CD, 2 LP
note of registration P1987 A&M Records, Inc. ©1987 A&M Records, Inc.
recording Air Studios, Montserrat
mixing Hugh Padgham and Neil Dorfsman assisted by Bob Vogt and Mark McKenna
mastering Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York
production Neil Dorfsman, Sting
credits Special thanks to Danny Quatrochi for his help (creative, logistical, technical and personal ... a Jersey dude.) Thanks to Theresa "Babe" Greene. Thanks to New England Digital, The wonderful Kellys, and Kathleen McGee. Thanks to Miles Copeland, Kim Turner and Kathryn Schenker.

musicians

Manu Katché 5) drums
Kenny Kirkland † keyboards
Mino Cinelu percusion, vocoder
Bradford Marsalis saxophone
Andy Newmark additional drums
Fareed Haque guitar
Mark Knopfler guitar
Eric Clapton guitar
Ruben Blades spanish
Dollette McDonald backing vocals
Janice Pendarvis backing vocals
Vesta Williams † backing vocals
René Gayer backing vocals
Sting 5) vocals, bass

tracks

5 they dance alone (cueca solo) (7:36)

lyrics

5

they dance alone (cueca solo)
(Sting)

Why are these women here dancing on their own?
Why is there this sadness in their eyes?
Why are the soldiers here
Their faces fixed like stone?
I can’t see what it is that they despise
They’re dancing with the missing
They’re dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They’re dancing with their fathers
They’re dancing with their sons
They’re dancing with their husbands
They dance alone They dance alone

It’s the only form of protest they’re allowed
I’ve seen their silent faces scream so loud
If they were to speak these words
they’d go missing too
Another woman on the torture table
what else can they do
They’re dancing with the missing
They’re dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They’re dancing with their fathers
They’re dancing with their sons
They’re dancing with their husbands
They dance alone They dance alone

One day we’ll dance on their graves
One day we’ll sing our freedom
One day we’ll laugh in our joy
And we’ll dance
One day we’ll dance on their graves
One day we’ll sing our freedom
One day we’ll laugh in our joy
And we’ll dance

Ellas danzan con los desaparecidos
Ellas danzan con los muertos
Ellas danzan con amores invisibles
Ellas danzan con silenciosa angistia
Danzan con sus padres
Danzan con sus hijos
Danzan con sus esposos
Ellas danzan solas
Danzan solas

Hey Mr. Pinochet
You’ve sown a bitter crop
It’s foreign money that supports you
One day the money’s going to stop
No wages for your torturers
No budget for your guns
Can you think of your own mother
Dancin’ with her invisible son
They’re dancing with the missing
They’re dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They’re dancing with their fathers
They’re dancing with their sons
They’re dancing with their husbands
They dance alone They dance alone

Magnetic Publishing Ltd.

notes

³ source: database by Wolf-Dieter Mattick

liner notes:
On the Amnesty Tour of 1986 the musicians were introduced to former political prisoners, victims of torture and imprisonment without trial, from all over the world. These meetings had a strong affect on all us. It's one thing to read about torture but to speak to a victim brings you a step closer to the reality that is so frighteningly pervasive. We were all deeply affected. Thousands of people have "disappeared" in Chile, victims of murder squads, security forces, the police, the army.
Imprisonment without trial and torture are commonplace. The "Cueca" is a traditionaö Chilean courting dance. The "Cueca Solo" or the dance alone is performed publicly by the wives, daughters and mothers of the "disappeared".
Often, they dance with photographs of their loved ones pinned to their clothes. It is a symbolic gesture of protest and grief in a country where democracy doesn't need to be 'defended' so much as exercised.

also available

cover year country of manufacture format label catalog no. notes of registration
1987 Australia / USA CD
A&M Records CD 6402 / DX 2163 (P) & (C) 1987 A&M Records, Inc
1991 Japan CD mobile fidelity sound lab / A&M Records UDCD 546 (C) + (P)1987 MFSL, Inc. un-der licence from A&M Records, Inc.
1997 China CD Polygram 393 912-2 (P) 1987 A&M Records Inc. (C) 1997 PolyGram Far East
2000 UK / USA CD³ A&M Records / dts entertainment 69286-01063-2-1 (P) + (C)2000 DTS, Inc.

additional releases of this album

dream of the blue turtels & ...nothing like the sun [Cassette] ¬the¬ album collection [CDBox] ¬the¬ big comeback [CDBox] ¬the¬ studio collection [LPBox]  
 
1990 2007 2012 2016  
  • cassettes
  • singles
  • promos
  • videos
  • compilations
  • sampler

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  
 

    1
    Australian edition:
    label: A&M Records • catalog no.: RMC 53343/3 • note of registration: ?

    2
    Britannic edition:
    label: A&M Records • catalog no.: AMC 6402 • note of registration: ℗ & © 1987 A&M Records Inc.

    3
    Egyptian edition:
    label: El Dawlia / A&M Records • catalog no.: 393 912-4 • note of registration: ?

    4
    Indonesian edition:
    label: ? • catalog no.: ? • note of registration: ?

    5
    Malaysian edition:
    label: A&M Records • catalog no.: CS 640 • note of registration: ?

    6
    Mexician edition:
    label: A&M Records • catalog no.: MCE 73038 • note of registration: ℗ 1987

    7
    Polish edition:
    label: Polskie Nagrina Muza / A&M Records • catalog no.: CK 781 • note of registration: ℗ 1988 Polskie Nagrania

    8
    Saudi-Arabian edition:
    label: Mega Star • catalog no.: 138801 • note of registration: ?

    9
    Yogoslavian edition:
    label: RTB • catalog no.: 5722446 • note of registration: ℗ 1987

...nothing like the sun they dance alone (cueca solo) they dance alone (cueca solo)      
       
Vinyl 12" Vinyl 7" CDs³, Cass.s      
# LPR_73038 [Mexico] # AM-1242 [U.S.] # TS 1242 [Cass.s.], CD 17613 [CDs] [U.S.]      

Compilations

D. J. copy            
           
1988            

Actually the CD Promo only comprises 14 tracks. On the backside of the CD package 15 tracks are indicated.

Sampler

best of rock³            
           
1996            

...nothing like the sun : the videos

cover year country of manufacture format label catalog no. notes of registration
1988 U.S. VHS Video
A&M Video VC 61306 (P) + (C) 1988 A&M Video

additional release of this video (LD)

¬the¬ videos part 1 = ... nothing like the sun        
       
1989        

25 years: the definitiv box set collection

release date: 2011 Nov, 27
country of manufacture: EU
label: A&M Records / Cherrytree Records / Universal
catalog no.: 6 02527 76022 3
format: CD BoxSet
note of registration: (P) (C)2011 A&M Records

1.10 they dance alone

box (21 x 27 x 5 cm) contents 5 parts: 3 CD, 1 DVD, 1 book

¬the¬ best of 25 years

release date: 2011 Oct, 21
country of manufacture: EU
label: A&M Records / Cherrytree Records / Universal
catalog no.: 060252 7839318
format: 2 CD³
note of registration: (P) + (C)2011 A&M Records

1.6 they dance alone

  • South East Asia
  • EU

  • label: A&M Records / Cherrytree Records / Universal • country of manufacture: South East Asia • catalog no.: ? • note of registration: (P) & (C)2011 A&M Records • release date: 2011
  • label: A&M Records / Cherrytree Records / Universal • country of manufacture: EU • catalog no.: 476 224-2 • note of registration: (P)2011 A&M Records (C)2015 A&M Records • release date: 2015 Nov, 6

fields of gold - the best of Sting 1984-1994

release date: 1994 Nov, 7
country of manufacture: Germany [CD]
label: A&M Records
catalog no.: 540 269-4 [Cass.], 540 321-2 [CD], 540 286 5 [DCC]
format: Cass., CD³, DCC, LP
note of registration: (P) + (C)1994 A&M Records, Inc.

  • Brasil
  • China
  • Columbia
  • EU
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine

  • label: A&M Records / PolyGram • country of manufacture: Brazil • catalog no.: 540 286-2 • note of registration: (P) 1994 + (C) 1994 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: 2002
  • label: A&M Records / CRSC • country of manufacture: China • catalog no.: 540 572-2 / SCD-237 • note of registration: ? • release date: ?
  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: Columbia • catalog no.: 540 314-2 • note of registration: (P) + (C) 1999 Universal Music S.A. (P) 1997 Polygram Columbia S.A. (C) 1990 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: ?
  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: EU • catalog no.: 540 321-2 • note of registration: (P) 1994 + (C) 2007 Universal Music International / (P) + (C) 1994 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: ?
  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: Germany • catalog no.: 540 321-2 • note of regististration: (C) 1994, 2000 + (P) 1994 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: 2002³
  • label: A&M Records / Universal • country of manufacture: Russia • catalog no.: 540 286-9 • note of regististration: (P) 1994 + (C) 1998 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: 1998
  • label: A&M Records / Universal • country of manufacture: Taiwan • catalog no.: 540 286-2 • note of registration: (P) + (C) 1995 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: 2000
  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: Ukraine • catalog no.: 540 286-9 • note of registration: (P) 1994 + (C) 1998 A&M Records, Inc. • release date: ?

cassettes

  • Bolivia
  • German

  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: Bolivia • catalog no.: USA/AMC 65-22 • note of registration: ?
  • label: A&M Records • country of manufacture: German • catalog no.: 540 269-4 • note of registration: (C) + (P) 1994 A&M Video

videos

  • VHS Video
  • VCD
  • LD England
  • LD Japan

  • VHS Video • label: A&M Video / PolyGram Video • country of manufacture: n/a • catalog no.: 633 314-3 • note of registration: (C) + (P) 1994 A&M Video
  • VCD • label: A&M Video / PolyGram Video • country of manufacture: Germany • catalog no.: 633 314-2 • note of registration: (C) + (P) 1994 A&M Video³
  • LD (12") • label: A&M Video • country of manufacture: U.S. • catalog no.: 0 44008-9623 1 • note of registration: (C) + (P) 1994 A&M Video
  • LD (12") • label: A&M Video • country of manufacture: Japan • catalog no.: POLM-1012 • note of registration: (C) + (P) 1994 A&M Video

songs of love

release date: 2003 Nov, 19
country of manufacture: U.S.
label: A&M Records
catalog no.: BOOO1074-02
format: CD
note of registration: (C) + (P)2003 A&M Records

4 they dance alone (cueca solo) (7:12)

¬the¬ videos

release date: 1988 Feb, 1
country of manufacture: n/a
label: A&M Video / PMV Polygram Music Video
catalog no.: 089 862-3
format: VHS Video
note of registration: (P) 1988 A&M Records Ltd. (C) 1988 A&M Records, Inc.

[10] they dance alone (cueca solo)

  • Japan

  • LD (12") • label: A&M Video • country of manufacture: Japan • catalog no.: VALA-3536 • note of registration: ℗ & © 1988 A&M Records Ltd.
  • LD (12") • label: A&M Video / PMV Polygram Music Video • country of manufacture: England • catalog no.: 089 841-1 • note of registration: ℗ & © 1988 A&M Records Ltd.

best of rock³          
         
1996          

The sampler best of rock additionally comprises the track(s) 'money for nothing' from the album(s): 'Dire Straits: brothers in arms'.

revised
02.09.2018