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The Best-Selling Greatest Hits Album From The Police, Every Breath You Take: The Classics. Digitally Remastered From The Original Master Tapes. Features All Of Their Classics Including 'Roxanne,''Message In A Bottle,' 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,''Every Breath You Take,' 'King Of Pain' and 'Wrapped Around Your Finger'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B0006VXMDU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As is the point, this is a great collection for the casual fan. Basically this is just the old "Singles" album updated. The difference here is the inclusion of two versions of "Message In A Bottle" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me", neither of which I care about. I think any fan would much rather have two of many missing songs instead. A big plus to this collection is the remastering, and it's truly nice to hear. The biggest complaint would be that this is really just 12 songs, and again what we don't get. Truth be known, if I was getting my first or only Police disc, I'd get the "Greatest Hits" import. It has every track this does, plus "So Lonely", "Bed's Too Big Without You", "Synchronicity II", and "Tea In The Sahara". I guess it's just a matter of how big a Police fan you are.
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NOBODY has written a comparison of these two multichannel releases, so let me be the first. I A/B'd the DTS 5.1 CD and this new SACD 5.1. I have two Pioneer DV-47Ai machines hooked up for this review and here is what I found: accoding to my SPL meter, the SACD is about 2-3db higher than the DTS CD. I can compensate for this via programming my Yamaha receiver to play the DTS version at the exact level. WHAT DID I FIND??? I will go out on a limb here, but the same surround mix was used on BOTH CDs. The edge goes to the SACD for better resolution of the cymbals and a very slightly more solid bass. A better way to describe it is that there is more air around the performers. The DTS feels a like the performers are closer together which sometimes gives the impression that Sting's solo vocals are clearer and steered a little more to the right of center stage on the earlier recorded tracks. However there is a presence on the SACD that is more immediate and less laid back. The DTS CD was one of the very best and would have been hard to beat under any circumstances. However eight years and more technology have produced an SACD that betters it ever so slightly. I guess my recommendation is for the SACD since it is a hybrid and has two additional tracks that were not available on the DTS version.
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Well, after getting my copy of this album in the mail today, I just spent the afternoon comparing the original CD with this DTS album.
On the good side...
The fidelity of sound achieved by moving to the higher 24bit/48-96KHz that DTS provides, compared to the 16bit/44.1KHz that CD is limited to, is remarkable (although, as an aside, the notes say that this album was first mixed in 20bits, making me wondering if a) it was left at that resolution or b) it was 'upsampled' to 24bits for DTS. I'd bet on the latter).
The net result is much more analog sounding that the previous album, and when I say 'analog', I'm referring to the kind of source fidelity one usually only gets with a mega-kilobuck turntable coupled with an equally expensive cartridge and tone-arm (the kind of system I don't own, but have been lucky enough to hear). While the older CD was hardly the worst CD out there, it definitely suffered from 'digitis', notable in particular when Sting would hit high falsetto notes. One need only compare the high-pitched wails in 'Roxanne' to hear the difference. On the original CD, Sting's voice voice would exhibit a strange brittleness that would quickly cause listening fatigue, unless listened to very softly.
In comparison, the new DTS sounds much more natural. While the Sting's voice, at times, still screeches just as high as it should, gone are the nasty high-frequency artifacts that make the old album such a (literal) pain to listen to.
At the same time, the dynamic range has been expanded. Whether this is due to the lowered noise floor, as the increased number of bits would allow, or simply more skillful mastering, is hard to know.
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The Police were one of the key bands of the late '70s and early '80s. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland made some of the best music of the time, and almost all of their songs and records have acheived great success over the years.

'Every Breath You Take - The Classics,' is an interesting compilation. It gathers 12 songs, plus a remix and a remake, making this an interesting listen. And, for the casual fan, it's got the bare bone hits. 'Every Breath You Take,' 'Roxanne,' 'Don't Stand So Close To Me,' 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and my personal favorite 'Walking On The Moon.'

For the casual fan, this is perfect.

But, there are several very obvious and quite annoying omissions. 'So Lonely' is the biggest. How can you have a collection and call it 'The Classics' and omit that song? 'So Lonely' was one of their biggest hits, and yet, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. Same for 'Synchronicity II.' A huge hit, probably one of their biggest, and yet, missing in action.

For the more serious casual fan, I strongly suggest the new two CD set 'Anthology,' which has just about everything the casual fan will need. And for the casual fan who wants a single disc, shell out a couple of bucks and buy the import 'Greatest Hits' album.

'Every Breath You Take - The Classics' is a fairly cheap excuse for a compilation. It's interesting, and the remix of 'Message In A Bottle' and the 1986 remake of 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' are interesting, but it can't really save this disc from mediocrity.

Take my advice, people. You'll be glad you did. 'Anthology' and 'Greatest Hits' are the way to go for The Police fans that just want to have a good collection of their hits.
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