The Police's "I Burn for You" was a song Sting had presented for inclusion in the band's third album Zenyatta Mondatta two years earlier but it was deemed unsuitable for the musical direction the band was taking and rejected. Stewart Copeland's roadie Jeff Seitz played drums on "Only You" while the voice of actress Suzanna Hamilton can be heard on The Police's "A Kind of Loving". Words from the original play by Dennis Potter form the lyrics of "Narration".
Sting's cover of "Spread a Little Happiness" was released as a single and it reached number 16 in the UK charts. The title track was also awarded the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, making Sting a three-times winner in this particular category, The Police being recipients of the award in 1980 and 1981. Sting would later go on to perform "I Burn for You" live during his The Dream of the Blue Turtles tour in 1985.