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  • Vinyl (April 14, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B000091P9F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Message in a Bottle
2. Reggatta de Blanc
3. It's Alright for You
4. Bring on the Night
5. Deathwish
6. Walking on the Moon
7. On Any Other Day
8. The Bed's Too Big Without You
9. Contact
10. Does Everyone Stare
11. No Time This Time

Editorial Reviews

Limited 2008 UK 180gm vinyl pressing of this classic album, released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the long-playing record. This is an exact replica of the original packaging and contains a voucher enabling the purchaser to download MP3 versions of the songs within. Happy Birthday, my dear vinyl LP! Universal.

Customer Reviews

Their 2nd album, _Regatta de Blanc_ is my favorite Police album.
Kevin Caffrey
I'm really glad that CD got crushed because now I can appreciate this band more fully.
J. Sutherland
Energy, genius, groove, a wonderful mix of rock punk and reggae.
Roberto Valle

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The second side of Ghost is genius, and all of their records are four stars at least, but Regatta created the template for everything that followed. Reggae grooves mixed with rock energy, incredible open-throated singing from Sting, fabulous pop songs mixed with dialogues of internal turmoil, Copeland's tremendous drumming, Summers' brilliant rhythm concepts and use of heavy compression, delay, and chorusing; no other band ever got this funky and yet uniquely poppy on a massive scale.

When Walking On The Moon came out, it was the best single for years, and is still one of the great pop songs. Simple and yet so full of character.

Every song on this record is good, even the non-Sting tunes (SC and AS are not great songwriters, as evidenced by their solo careers). Bring On The Night and Bed's Too Big are among the all-time classics.

I'm listening to a live tape of their 11.24.80 Toronto show, right when Zenyatta came out, and as good as it is, you can tell that they're already plateaued. But to plateau at the very top of your game and stay there for four years is no shame! I saw them a few times at this point and on the next few tours, and they always made audiences very happy indeed, creating a huge sound for a three-piece band by using space wisely.

Sting's politics are often right on, but when he kept his lyrics pointed at interpersonal politics, as on here, he was at his very best.

Ignoring all of the above, this album rocks and bops and is full of catchy melodies...that's enough reason to love it forever.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on October 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although The Police's second album, Reggatta De Blanc, doesn't receive the recognition of their other albums, it is a very underrated release and their best album next to Zenyatta Mondatta. Sting's tenor and bass playing were in fine form, Stewart Copeland's drumming continued to be very creative, and Andy Summers' distinctive guitar work was more upfront than on their future releases. Even though none of the songs hit the U.S. Top 40, the melodic "Message in a Bottle" and the sparse "Walking on the Moon" have now become timeless classics and continue to receive steady rotation on classic rock radio. While these songs are top notch, several tracks like the power-pop of "It's Alright for You", the solemn piano-driven "Does Everyone Stare", and the driving instrumental title track are just as good. In fact, the best track on the album is the seldom played melancholy love song "The Bed's Too Big Without You." Other strong tracks include the reggae tracks "Deathwish" and "Bring on the Night", the frantic rocker "No Time This Time", and the humorous "On Any Other Day", which is the only Police track to feature a lead vocal from Copeland. All told, Reggatta De Blanc is a great album that would pave the way for the Police to become international superstars. Highly recommended.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on February 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This digipak version of this great album is a real treat because they did a great job remastering this. The sound quality is very good and seems to have given the whole album a whole new lease of life; it's almost as if I'm listening to this for the first time.

Although many people like "Synchronicity" and probably first started being Police fans after that album, I was a fan from the early days when I first heard "Don't Stand So Close To Me" from the "Zenyatta Mondatta" album. The sounds I heard just blew me away; the uniqueness of the music and the fact that the band, almost zen-like, used like the Eastern artists do, no sound or silence as an important part of their music.

If you look at Eastern, Chinese or Japanese art, the space that is not painted on is just as important as the part that is painted. One could "over-paint" and destroy what would have been a great piece of art. Similarly in the music of the Police, you'll notice that the space or the parts without any music allows the tracks to breathe and the "spaci-ness" actually is a Police trademark and works very well for them; too many notes and it just wouldn't work.

Perfect examples of this are on "Walking On the Moon" and "The Bed's Too Big Without You." Contrast this with the more "busy" tracks like "Message In a Bottle" and "No Time This Time" and you'll see what I mean about like fine wine, letting the music breathe to attain maximum aural effect and The Police were masters at doing this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Caffrey on July 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Their 2nd album, _Regatta de Blanc_ is my favorite Police album. In addition to containing the landmark "Message in a Bottle" (Sting's favorite song from the group, as well as Andy Summers' fav) and "Walking on the Moon", the album also features the extraordinary "Bring on the Night." The production on this song is amazing - a crisp, melodic bassline lays beneath Sting's vocal delivery of lines such as "The afternoon has gently passed me by/the evening spreads itself against the sky." Songs like "Bring on the Night" indicate where Sting was headed with The Police as well as his own solo career. The 'punk' aspects of The Police's early work is evident on the Dylan-esque vocal delivery of "It's Alright For You" and one of the most aggressive Police songs, "No Time This Time." The Stewart Copeland-written tracks, "Does Everyone Stare" and "On Any Other Day" are fun and melodic, if not as memorable and riveting as the Sting-penned tunes. Another highlight on the album is the reggae-tinged "The Bed's Too Big Without You." In addition to a representation of Sting's songwriting growing stronger, _Regatta De Blanc_ is also a nice example of how great a bass player Sting is. He's far from flashy - but does anyone write better pop bass lines? This is an excellent album.
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