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The PoliceAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Synchronicity
2. Walking In Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King Of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea In The Sahara
11. Murder By Numbers

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Product Description

Track Listings 1. Synchronicity 2. Walking In Your Footsteps 3. O My God 4. Mother 5. Miss Gradenko 6. Synchronicity II 7. Every Breath You Take 8. King Of Pain 9. Wrapped Around Your Finger 10. Tea In The Sahara 11. Murder By Numbers

With the release of 1983's Synchronicity, their fifth and final studio album, the Police were briefly the biggest rock band in the world. As such, it's a suitably overblown representation of their stature. Gone are previous albums' love ditties set to danceable Caribbean pop and new wave; in their place are the pretentious conceptualism of the title, the grand strokes of chart-friendly drama, and rock-star brooding found in the record's three top-ten hits, "Wrapped Around Your Finger," "King of Pain," and the undeniable classic, "Every Breath You Take." The newfound seriousness spurred multiplatinum sales, convincing Sting it was time to go solo. --Roni Sarig

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Through Your Psyche. February 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
How do I rate Synchronicity? I'd have to put it in perspective with the other 1,999 cds I've collected over the years. I have all 5 Police cds as combined on their Message in a Box set. I have all 6 Sting solo cds. It's Synchronicity that I keep coming back to. It's 17 years old now and I was just 10 1/2 when it came out. At the time I hated "Every Breath You Take" and "King of Pain", but what does a ten year old know! As I matured, I began to understand what Sting was saying. This is one of those rare albums where music and lyric combine and compliment each other. Psychologically this album never becomes dated or out of touch. It's as tough a disc as Peter Gabriel's 1992 cd "Us" or Jane Siberry's 1993 cd "When I Was a Boy." All 11 tracks on Synchronicity deal with the theme of love and relationships. The metaphorical take on nuclear war in "Walking in Your Footsteps", the mother-son emotional damage playing itself out in future relationships in "Mother", the stress of working and having a family leading to emtional turmoil on "Synchronicity II", the obsessiveness of stalking a loved one on "Every Breath You Take", the isolation and pain of being in a relationship on "King of Pain" and the psychological/emotional damage of the games we play in relationships on "Wrapped Around Your Finger." Few popular albums have ever achieved such depth in lyric and richness in sound as the Police did on Synchronicity. It's digitally remastered too to bring forth all the best elements of this disc. To be fair, all Police albums are at least good. Synchronicity avoids the repetitiveness of their first 3 discs and takes a step further than Ghost in the Machine. Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums ever recorded September 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Bias - Synchronicity was the first rock album I ever received (alongside of VH 1984) and it blew me away then, as it still does now.
The biggest thing that hit me - after purchasing the CD years after I lost the tape - is how well the production fits the music. Everything is so lush, its like stepping into infinite sonic space while bumping into pieces of sound floating all around you. The depth of this album is amazing. It, like Peter Gabriel's _Security_, was made for CD.
The songs - To me the only throwaway is "Murder by Numbers" - the definitive version of that song was done by Zappa on the "Broadway the Hard Way" (with Sting at the helm, of course). I think Summers is too clean and sloppy for this song to work. I love the arpeggiated riffing by Summers on "Miss Gradenko", and I must be the one person that loves the swirling, arabesque "Mother" - primarily because when you break down the music, its turns out to be a very cleverly disguised 12-bar blues riff! Such is the majesty of this album.
The best songs for your hi-fi have to be "Walking in Your Footsteps" and "Synchronicity II". The former sparkles and tantalizes with strange percussive synth noises (why does everything on this album sound so different from every synth-pop band of the same time frame? Its still modern after almost 15 years). The latter, a grungy, daring escape into pure musical darkness, is the best performance of the Police's - and especially Andy Summers' - careers. The feedback "guitar solo" and the ripping 16-th note solo that fades in at the end of this track are utterly gripping.
The best part about this album though, if you are a gloomy gus like me, is the lyrical work by Sting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of "Mother"... March 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thirty years later, Synchronicity still holds up as a high-water mark in the world of pop-rock. Though not my fave Police album (that honor would go to Zenyatta Mondatta), I have many fond memories of June of '83...I had just finished 6th grade, summer vacation was beginning, and Synchronicity would not leave my turntable.
We all know the hits..."Every Breath You Take", "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Synchronicity II"...and also the great album tracks like "O My God" and "Tea in the Sahara". But I see a lot of people on this site talking smack about "Mother". Sure, it's, um..."not conventional." Yeah, it's in an "odd time signature." No, Andy Summers doesn't exactly have a "golden throat." But for me, the song works. In fact, it ought to work for anyone whose mom has ever driven him/her nutso. We are made to feel the effects of Andy's smothering mother through the over-the-top performance. Besides, my mom HATED the song, so that was understandably good enough for me.
My one gripe about this new CD reissue (and ones that have come before) is that it keeps "Murder By Numbers" as the final track. Those of us old enough to know what a turntable is remember that "Murder" was NOT a part of the original LP. By tacking it onto the end of the CD, the desolate, reflective mood created by "Tea in the Sahara" is ruined. "Murder by Numbers", originally the B-side of "Every Breath You Take" and a great track in its own right, clearly does not fit the mood of Synchronicity.
Otherwise, this new 2003 reissue is great, with big, punchy sound. A vast improvement over disc 4 of Message in a Box.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is great but I need to skip two or three songs ...
The Police were a mainstay throughout the 80's. This album is great but I need to skip two or three songs that recieve too much radio time and overcommercialize this album.
Published 11 days ago by Jeffrey M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. Love all the music of the Police
Great CD. Love all the music of the Police.
Published 1 month ago by JennyChaco
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great CD, but I hate the cheap Digipak packaging.
Published 2 months ago by stchman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sounds great
Published 3 months ago by Brandon J. O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
great! love the police & this contains many classics. an oldie but a goodie. glad to have it digitally as my old cassette finally died.
Published 4 months ago by Steph DeFerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipient Loved It
I haven't listened to this CD as I bought it for a family member. But they loved it, so I'm pleased with my purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Dagny
3.0 out of 5 stars Want more hits
I forgot this album only had three songs on it I liked. The tunes that I do like are fantastic, though. Got any greatest hit albums of the police?
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Police
I consider this the best Police album. Many hits and other great songs that did not get airplay. Must download for any fans of Sting and the Police
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to find this item.
I'm glad that I found this. I was in search of it for a present. I was hoping not to pay as much as I did but it was well worth it for the look on her face when she received it.
Published 10 months ago by QueenB98
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
The cream of the 80's music....The period when we came out of the haze of disco....A new sound came into focus...Regatta de blanc....White reggae.... Read more
Published 10 months ago by reviewman
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