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Format: CD
Sku: 60079263
UPC: 731454015028
UPC 14: 00731454015028
Release Date: 9/28/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fallout ~ The Police
2. Nothing Achieved ~ The Police
3. Dead End Job ~ The Police
4. Next To You ~ The Police
5. So Lonely ~ The Police
6. Roxanne ~ The Police
7. Hole In My Life ~ The Police
8. Peanuts ~ The Police
9. Can't Stand Losing You ~ The Police
10. Truth Hits Everybody ~ The Police
11. Born In The 50's ~ The Police
12. Be My Girl-Sally ~ The Police
13. Masoko Tanga ~ The Police
14. Landlord - (live) ~ The Police
15. Next To You - (live) ~ The Police
16. Landlord ~ The Police
17. Message In A Bottle ~ The Police
18. Reggatta De Blanc ~ The Police
19. It's Alright For You ~ The Police
20. Bring On The Night ~ The Police
21. Deathwish ~ The Police
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Walking On The Moon ~ The Police
2. On Any Other Day ~ The Police
3. Bed's Too Big Without You, The ~ The Police
4. Contact ~ The Police
5. Does Everyone Stare ~ The Police
6. No Time This Time ~ The Police
7. Visions Of The Night ~ The Police
8. Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (mono) ~ The Police
9. Truth Hits Everybody - (live) ~ The Police
10. Friends ~ The Police
11. Don't Stand So Close To Me ~ The Police
12. Driven To Tears ~ The Police
13. When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around ~ The Police
14. Canary In A Coalmine ~ The Police
15. Voices Inside My Head ~ The Police
16. Bombs Away ~ The Police
17. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da ~ The Police
18. Behind My Camel ~ The Police
19. Man In A Suitcase ~ The Police
20. Shadows In The Rain ~ The Police
21. Other Way Of Stopping, The ~ The Police
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Sermon, A ~ The Police
2. Driven To Tears - (live) ~ The Police
3. Shambelle ~ The Police
4. Spirits In The Material World ~ The Police
5. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic ~ The Police
6. Invisible Sun ~ The Police
7. Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) ~ The Police
8. Demolition Man ~ The Police
9. Too Much Information ~ The Police
10. Rehumanize Yourself ~ The Police
11. One World (Not Three) ~ The Police
12. Omegaman ~ The Police
13. Secret Journey ~ The Police
14. Darkness ~ The Police
15. Flexible Strategies ~ The Police
16. Low Life ~ The Police
17. How Stupid Mr Bates ~ The Police
18. Kind Of Loving, A ~ The Police
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Synchronicity I ~ The Police
2. Walking In Your Footsteps ~ The Police
3. O My God ~ The Police
4. Mother ~ The Police
5. Miss Gradenko ~ The Police
6. Synchronicity II ~ The Police
7. Every Breath You Take ~ The Police
8. King Of Pain ~ The Police
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger ~ The Police
10. Tea In The Sahara ~ The Police
11. Murder By Numbers ~ The Police
12. Man In A Suitcase - (live) ~ The Police
13. Someone To Talk To ~ The Police
14. Message In A Bottle - (live) ~ The Police
15. I Burn For You ~ The Police
16. Once Upon A Daydream ~ The Police
17. Tea In The Sahara - (live) ~ The Police
18. Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 ~ The Police

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote The Police: Sting (vocals, saxophone, keyboards, acoustic & electric bass); Andy Summers (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Stewart Copeland (keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: The Police, Stewart Copeland, Nigel Gray, Tim Summerhayes, Hugh Padgham.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Stewart Whitmore.
Muze PNote Engineers: The Police, Tim Summerhayes.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Phil Sutcliffe.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by David Collins (A&M Mastering Studios).
Muze PNote Adapter: Syd Brak.
Muze PNote Personnel: Sting (vocals); Henri Padovani, Andy Summers (guitar); Stewart Copeland (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: The Police; Tim Summerhayes.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Phil Sutcliffe.
Muze PNote 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 .
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: John Bauldie; Mark Mazzetti; Joe Bennett.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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").

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations National Lampoon's Lemmings
Muze Music Compilations Pure 80's:number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music: 80's
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1980'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Muze Music Compilations Cbgb (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998

Associated Artists and Works

The Very Best of Sting & the Police [Remaster] ~ Sting
Sting & The Police

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/21/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1993
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5401502
Music Label Name Label : A&M (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731454015028

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..." 6 of 10
...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... - Ian Cranna


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.

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