Message In A Box-Complete Recordings CD (1993)

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Specifications

Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60079263
UPC 731454015028
UPC 14 00731454015028
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/1993
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Author Police
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Compilation Appearance A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Compilation Appearance Cbgb (ost)
Compilation Appearance Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Associated Artist/Work Dido
Technical Info
CatalogID 5401502
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 09/21/1993
Original Release 1993
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Length 285m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00731454015028
Album Notes and Credits
MESSAGE IN A BOX contains tracks from the group's five studio albums, rare B-sides, and live tracks. It also includes a 64-page booklet with extensive liner notes, a discography, the band's commentary on the b-sides and other obscure tracks, rare photographs and a Police time-line.
The Police: Sting (vocals, saxophone, keyboards, acoustic & electric bass); Andy Summers (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Stewart Copeland (keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals).
Producers include: The Police, Stewart Copeland, Nigel Gray, Tim Summerhayes, Hugh Padgham.
Compilation producer: Stewart Whitmore.
Engineers: The Police, Tim Summerhayes.
Includes liner notes by Phil Sutcliffe.
Digitally remastered by David Collins (A&M Mastering Studios).
Adapter: Syd Brak.
Personnel: Sting (vocals); Henri Padovani, Andy Summers (guitar); Stewart Copeland (drums).
Audio Mixers: The Police; Tim Summerhayes.
Liner Note Author: Phil Sutcliffe.
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Duane Michals; Chris Craske; James Wedge; Adrian Boot; Watalu Asanuma; Danny Quatrochi; Miles Copeland; Paul Cox; Jill Furmanovsky; Janette Beckman; Simon Fowler .
Unknown Contributor Roles: John Bauldie; Mark Mazzetti; Joe Bennett.
Although the Police lasted for less than a decade, they recorded enough material to fill out the four CDs that make up MESSAGE IN A BOX. In addition to everything on their five studio albums, this box set contains soundtrack material, singles and demos featuring the contributions of guitarist Andy Summers' predecessor Henri Padovani (on the band's first single "Fallout" b/w "Nothing Achieving"). The Police's most consistent quality was their anomalousness.
Their path started in the punk environs of mid-'70s London despite the fact that all three were older and had considerably better chops (due to varying jazz backgrounds) than their rebellious contemporaries. Despite these differences, the Police combined biting lyrical imagery with a musical fusion of reggae, punk and pop that resulted in material as mainstream as "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "King Of Pain" and as wonderfully quirky as "Be My Girl-Sally" and "On Any Other Day." Along the way, the Police released songs about generational differences ("Born in the '50s"), Irish politics ("Invisible Sun") and the ultimate ode to manipulation and their only number one hit ("Every Breath You Take").
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/11/93, p.77) - "...hearing the growth between OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR and ZENYATTA MONDATTA only underscores how innovative [The Police's] best work was..."
Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Musician (1/94, p.94) - "...MESSAGE IN A BOX appeals directly to the completist...a rapturous chronicle..."
Artist Bio
From the first time they set foot on American soil, The Police were hailed as a "must-see" band--a group that alchemized an already impressive studio sound into something utterly otherworldly when they hit the stage. Masters of controlled energy and insidiously evocative melodies, Stewart Copeland, Sting and Andy Summers played with the improvisational instincts of a jazz trio and the raw energy of a punk-rock band--a combination that made them one of the definitive rock groups of the'70s and'80s. The Police were indisputably the most adventurous ambassadors of the genre then known as new wave. They quickly outgrew that--and all other--pigeonholes. Although The Police existed for just over six years (and released only five albums while extant), the band's contribution to the lexicon of rock was immense. They were the first band to fully integrate the no-nonsense approach of punk rock and the spirit-moving positive energy of reggae, a combination that imbued such classic songs as "Roxanne" (the band's first stateside hit) and "Walking on the Moon." The Police moved at a startling pace over the next few years: albums like the Grammy-winning Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta (which spawned hits like "Don't Stand So Close to Me," which itself won a Grammy as 1981's Best Rock Performance). After a year-long sabbatical, the members reunited to record Synchronicity, an album that would prove to be their studio swansong. The most successful Police album yet, it produced one of the most-remembered rock ballads of the '80s ("Every Breath You Take") and led the band to embark on a wildly successful tour that would complete their journey from sweaty clubs to stadiums. In fact, the Police ranked the #1 most played band on U.S. radio in the '80s. The Police had phenomenal chart success and won a multitude of accolades both public and critical, but they never allowed such peripherals to overshadow their commitment to the music itself, as is evidenced in their 4-CD collection Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings.
Disc 1
1 Fallout,Walking On The Moon,Sermon, A,Synchronicity I
2 Nothing Achieved,On Any Other Day,Driven To Tears - (live),Walking In Your Footsteps
3 Dead End Job,Bed's Too Big Without You, The,Shambelle,O My God
4 Next To You,Contact,Spirits In The Material World,Mother
5 So Lonely,Does Everyone Stare,Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,Miss Gradenko
6 Roxanne,No Time This Time,Invisible Sun,Synchronicity II
7 Hole In My Life,Visions Of The Night,Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi),Every Breath You Take
8 Peanuts,Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (mono),Demolition Man,King Of Pain
9 Can't Stand Losing You,Truth Hits Everybody - (live),Too Much Information,Wrapped Around Your Finger
10 Truth Hits Everybody,Friends,Rehumanize Yourself,Tea In The Sahara
11 Born In The 50's,Don't Stand So Close To Me,One World (Not Three),Murder By Numbers
12 Be My Girl-Sally,Driven To Tears,Omegaman,Man In A Suitcase - (live)
13 Masoko Tanga,When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around,Secret Journey,Someone To Talk To
14 Landlord - (live),Canary In A Coalmine,Darkness,Message In A Bottle - (live)
15 Next To You - (live),Voices Inside My Head,Flexible Strategies,I Burn For You
16 Landlord,Bombs Away,Low Life,Once Upon A Daydream
17 Message In A Bottle,De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,How Stupid Mr Bates,Tea In The Sahara - (live)
18 Reggatta De Blanc,Behind My Camel,Kind Of Loving, A,Don't Stand So Close To Me '86
19 It's Alright For You,Man In A Suitcase
20 Bring On The Night,Shadows In The Rain
21 Deathwish,Other Way Of Stopping, The
Disc 2
1 Fallout,Walking On The Moon,Sermon, A,Synchronicity I
2 Nothing Achieved,On Any Other Day,Driven To Tears - (live),Walking In Your Footsteps
3 Dead End Job,Bed's Too Big Without You, The,Shambelle,O My God
4 Next To You,Contact,Spirits In The Material World,Mother
5 So Lonely,Does Everyone Stare,Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,Miss Gradenko
6 Roxanne,No Time This Time,Invisible Sun,Synchronicity II
7 Hole In My Life,Visions Of The Night,Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi),Every Breath You Take
8 Peanuts,Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (mono),Demolition Man,King Of Pain
9 Can't Stand Losing You,Truth Hits Everybody - (live),Too Much Information,Wrapped Around Your Finger
10 Truth Hits Everybody,Friends,Rehumanize Yourself,Tea In The Sahara
11 Born In The 50's,Don't Stand So Close To Me,One World (Not Three),Murder By Numbers
12 Be My Girl-Sally,Driven To Tears,Omegaman,Man In A Suitcase - (live)
13 Masoko Tanga,When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around,Secret Journey,Someone To Talk To
14 Landlord - (live),Canary In A Coalmine,Darkness,Message In A Bottle - (live)
15 Next To You - (live),Voices Inside My Head,Flexible Strategies,I Burn For You
16 Landlord,Bombs Away,Low Life,Once Upon A Daydream
17 Message In A Bottle,De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,How Stupid Mr Bates,Tea In The Sahara - (live)
18 Reggatta De Blanc,Behind My Camel,Kind Of Loving, A,Don't Stand So Close To Me '86
19 It's Alright For You,Man In A Suitcase
20 Bring On The Night,Shadows In The Rain
21 Deathwish,Other Way Of Stopping, The
Disc 3
1 Fallout,Walking On The Moon,Sermon, A,Synchronicity I
2 Nothing Achieved,On Any Other Day,Driven To Tears - (live),Walking In Your Footsteps
3 Dead End Job,Bed's Too Big Without You, The,Shambelle,O My God
4 Next To You,Contact,Spirits In The Material World,Mother
5 So Lonely,Does Everyone Stare,Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,Miss Gradenko
6 Roxanne,No Time This Time,Invisible Sun,Synchronicity II
7 Hole In My Life,Visions Of The Night,Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi),Every Breath You Take
8 Peanuts,Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (mono),Demolition Man,King Of Pain
9 Can't Stand Losing You,Truth Hits Everybody - (live),Too Much Information,Wrapped Around Your Finger
10 Truth Hits Everybody,Friends,Rehumanize Yourself,Tea In The Sahara
11 Born In The 50's,Don't Stand So Close To Me,One World (Not Three),Murder By Numbers
12 Be My Girl-Sally,Driven To Tears,Omegaman,Man In A Suitcase - (live)
13 Masoko Tanga,When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around,Secret Journey,Someone To Talk To
14 Landlord - (live),Canary In A Coalmine,Darkness,Message In A Bottle - (live)
15 Next To You - (live),Voices Inside My Head,Flexible Strategies,I Burn For You
16 Landlord,Bombs Away,Low Life,Once Upon A Daydream
17 Message In A Bottle,De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,How Stupid Mr Bates,Tea In The Sahara - (live)
18 Reggatta De Blanc,Behind My Camel,Kind Of Loving, A,Don't Stand So Close To Me '86
19 It's Alright For You,Man In A Suitcase
20 Bring On The Night,Shadows In The Rain
21 Deathwish,Other Way Of Stopping, The
Disc 4
1 Fallout,Walking On The Moon,Sermon, A,Synchronicity I
2 Nothing Achieved,On Any Other Day,Driven To Tears - (live),Walking In Your Footsteps
3 Dead End Job,Bed's Too Big Without You, The,Shambelle,O My God
4 Next To You,Contact,Spirits In The Material World,Mother
5 So Lonely,Does Everyone Stare,Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,Miss Gradenko
6 Roxanne,No Time This Time,Invisible Sun,Synchronicity II
7 Hole In My Life,Visions Of The Night,Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi),Every Breath You Take
8 Peanuts,Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (mono),Demolition Man,King Of Pain
9 Can't Stand Losing You,Truth Hits Everybody - (live),Too Much Information,Wrapped Around Your Finger
10 Truth Hits Everybody,Friends,Rehumanize Yourself,Tea In The Sahara
11 Born In The 50's,Don't Stand So Close To Me,One World (Not Three),Murder By Numbers
12 Be My Girl-Sally,Driven To Tears,Omegaman,Man In A Suitcase - (live)
13 Masoko Tanga,When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around,Secret Journey,Someone To Talk To
14 Landlord - (live),Canary In A Coalmine,Darkness,Message In A Bottle - (live)
15 Next To You - (live),Voices Inside My Head,Flexible Strategies,I Burn For You
16 Landlord,Bombs Away,Low Life,Once Upon A Daydream
17 Message In A Bottle,De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,How Stupid Mr Bates,Tea In The Sahara - (live)
18 Reggatta De Blanc,Behind My Camel,Kind Of Loving, A,Don't Stand So Close To Me '86
19 It's Alright For You,Man In A Suitcase
20 Bring On The Night,Shadows In The Rain
21 Deathwish,Other Way Of Stopping, The
Reviews
ReviewSource q4music.com
Review ...If you're considering investing in a set of CDs of the Police albums (and they remain pretty patchy) then you might as well get the trimmings too...
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