On this day in music history: October 13, 1987…

On this day in music history: October 13, 1987 – “…Nothing Like The Sun”, the second solo album by Sting is released. Produced by Sting, Hugh Padgham, Bryan Loren and Neil Dorfsman, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat from March – August 1987. Taking its title from a sonnet by William Shakespeare, many of the albums songs are inspired by Sting’s participation in the Amnesty International Conspiracy Of Hope Tour (“They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)”, and the death of his mother in 1986. The album includes most of the band featured on “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles” including Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards), Dolette McDonald and Janice Pendarvis (backing vocals), as well a number of guest musicians including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Andy Summers, Hiram Bullock (guitars), Manu Katché (drums), and Ruben Blades (vocals). It spins off three singles (five in the UK) including “We’ll Be Together” (#7 Pop) and “An Englishman In New York” (#84 Pop)“. Several months after the albums’ release, Sting releases the EP "Nada Como el Sol” which features five songs from “Sun” where the vocals are re-recorded in Spanish and Portuguese. Years after the hit version, an alternate version of “We’ll Be Together” featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, is released on the compilation album “Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994”. The version featuring Clapton was originally intended for use in a beer commercial in Japan. The hit release of “Together” is re-recorded with producer Bryan Loren. The album remixed and released as a DTS 5.1 surround sound disc by DTS Entertainment in 2000. It is also remastered and reissued as an SHM-CD by Universal Japan in 2008. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, “Sun” is remastered and reissued in the format on 180 gram LP’s in 2016.  "…Nothing Like The Sun" peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.