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Message In A Box-Complete Recordings CD (1993)

Artist: Police

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Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60079263
UPC 731454015028
UPC 14 00731454015028
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/1993
Author Police
Featuring Sting
Featuring Andy Summers
Featuring Stewart Copeland
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.
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...
Reviewer Ian Cranna
ReviewRating 6

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