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The definitive 4-disc collection of Police recordings from 1978 to 1983 including Every Breath You Take; Roxanne; Wrapped Around Your Finger; Murder By Numbers; King of Pain; I Burn for You; Invisible Sun; Driven to Tears (live), and more. 78 tracks total.

"This is it: Everything the Police released," boasts the notes in the 66-page booklet included with this box set. Obsessive fans have already written to rock magazines indignantly pointing out the omission of this or that obscurity. But everyone else will find that these four discs include all the Police they'd ever want to own. The first two discs include all of Outlandos d'Amour, Reggatta de Blanc, and Zenyatta Mondatta in their original order, interspersed with live rarities and singles B-sides. Discs 3 and 4 are more satisfying, including the band's well-crafted studio high points, Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity, plus more outtakes and live tunes. The set ends with "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86," a dismal remake of the early favorite. By this point, the musician's egos were running rampant and they were barely speaking. If anyone wonders why the group called it quits so abruptly, this tune makes it clear that the split was smart and timely. --Jim DeRogatis

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listen  3. Dead End Job 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Next To You (Live "Message In A Box Version") 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Don't Stand So Close To Me (Original) 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Driven To Tears 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Canary In A Coalmine 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. Bombs Away 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  2. Driven To Tears (Live "Message In A Box Version") 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Shambelle 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Spirits In The Material World 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. How Stupid Mr. Bates 2:41$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen18. A Kind Of Loving 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  6. Synchronicity 2 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Every Breath You Take 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. King Of Pain 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wrapped Around Your Finger 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tea In The Sahara 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Murder By Numbers 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Man In A Suitcase (Live "Message In A Box Version") 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Someone To Talk To 3:08$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Message In A Bottle (Live "Message In A Box Version") 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Burn For You 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Once Upon A Daydream 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tea In The Sahara (Live In Atlanta Version) 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 (Dance Mix) 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G23
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By tcbnyc on November 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Police were the closest thing the late 70s/early 80s had to the Beatles: smart songs with pop hooks and commercial appeal and plenty of juicy licks by great instrumentalists. And they were photogenic. A little something for everyone. And by and large, all of their music is worth hearing. Unlike Led Zeppelin, whose great box set is a little all over the place, the Police were smart enough to keep it more or less in chronological order. It works especially well for them since their albums have distinct feels to them. And there are a bunch of tasty treats to boot, such as the spooky "I Burn for You." People who think of Sting as a pompous blowhard should listen to tracks like "Demolition Man" or "Canary in a Coalmine" and realize that there was a time when his priority was rocking out, not yoga or 7/8 time signatures. At the same time, the band had an extraordinary sense of space and never felt the need to fill every possible bar with their prodigious instrumental abilities. See "Walking on the Moon" or "Voices inside my Head" for examples. And Stewart Copeland is one of rock's all-time premier drummers. His crisp, fluent attack brings the music to an exaltant level, a level which is rarely reached in Sting's often pretentiously self-aware solo work.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tom Benton on May 18, 2006
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The Police, founded in 1977 by drummer Stewart Copeland, was a rock band like no other. Though much of their early work is clearly punk rock-inspired, the band is most popular due to a style of music which they invented: reggae rock. From the release of their first single in 1977 to their official disbandment in 1986, The Police garnered legions of fans, thanks to their creativity and unique style and sound. Sting led the band with his prominent bass lines, vocals which fluctuated from furious to calm and dreamy, and intelligent lyrics. Andy Summers' atmospheric guitar work was always flawless; as was Stewart Copeland's fast, inventive and often unpredictable drumming. To me, one of the greatest parts of the band is that each member seemed equal. Though Sting is obviously the most famous of the bunch, he seems equal with the other members of the band when you listen to their music. All in all, The Police were most definitely a force to be reckoned with.

MESSAGE IN A BOX: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS collects every studio recording The Police ever made, as well as some live recordings. It consists of 78 tracks spread over four discs. Along with the songs found on the band's albums, MESSAGE IN A BOX also contains rare B-sides as well as compositions from the BRIMSTONE & TREACLE soundtrack. To top it all off, there's a huge booklet filled with all sorts of juicy info about the band, including interviews and a Police timeline. Also, every song in the set has been digitally remastered. It's an offer no Police fan can refuse.

Disc one opens with three songs previously unavailable on CD. Two of these, "Fall Out" and "Nothing Achieving", are from the band's first single; the third is "Dead End Job".
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jack Fitzgerald VINE VOICE on January 6, 2003
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The Police Box Set is one of the few definitive collections that includes nearly everything put out by a recording artist. The listener gets to enjoy the transition from would-be punks evolving to seminal New Wave bleached blonds, and then to arena rockers. I still enjoy their distinctive "white reggae" sound as well as fine instrumental performance.
The disks include Outlandos d'Amour, with great cuts "Roxanne," "Can't Stand Losing You," "So Lonely" and other early nuggets. Regatta de Blance includes "Message in a Bottle," "Walking on the Moon," and sleeper gems such as "Bring on the Night," "The Bed's too Big Without You," and "Does Everyone Stare." These three guys could really rock. Stewart Copeland is one of the finest drummers of his generation. Andy Summers has always been an underrated guitarist. Before going adult contemporary, Sting could really churn some grooves on the bass.
Halfway through disk 2 we get Zenyatta Mondatta, with "Don't Stand So Close to Me," "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," "Driven to Tears," and some great instrumental jams.
Disk 3 features the excellent Spirits in the Material World, with the title song, "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic," "Demolition Man," and a personal favorite by Stewart Copeland called "Darkness."
Disk 4 covers the Synchronity period, with their biggest hits and the swansong of this great band. It was sad to see the ego battles dissolve the group, but at least these guys went out on top. Well, not counting "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86."
Interspersed are some live cuts and b-side studio outtakes.
My only regret is that the disks do not preserve the original song sequences of the individually released disks, but I can understand from an economic point of view. Still, this is a great set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on November 22, 2001
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This box set is truly a must-have: it has every track from all 5 Police studio albums, plus a collection of b-sides, live tracks and rarities. I can finally toss my worn-out 45 singles, which had such b-side gems like "Shamble," the jazzy "Flexible Strategies" and "Someone to Talk to" which features Andy Summers on vocals. Thanks to this collection, I can now hear these rarities in a remastered sound that's fuller and richer than the vinyl editions ever were. Plus, there's a booklet which nicely summarizes the Police's discography. So my advice is simple: get it. Even if you own all of their studio work, it's still worth the investment to buy this package, which has every song in one collection.
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Is this remastered like the individual releases?
It was Remastered as of its release in 1993, while the individual albums have been last released and remastered from 2003-2004 ("Outlandos" has a '03 Release Date, my copy of "Synchonicity" has 2004). I haven't listened to the tracks back-to-back to compare, but just being... Read More
Sep 12, 2011 by Ian M. Perge |  See all 2 posts
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