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Greatest Hits Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Roxanne
  2. Can't Stand Losing You
  3. So Lonely
  4. Message in a Bottle
  5. Walking on the Moon
  6. The Bed's Too Big Without You
  7. Don't Stand So Close to Me
  8. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  9. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  10. Invisible Sun
  11. Spirits in the Material World
  12. Synchronicity II
  13. Every Breath You Take
  14. King of Pain
  15. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  16. Tea in the Sahara


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M Records / PolyGram Discos
  • ASIN: B000A2GREQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tom Benton on June 21, 2006
There have been three collections of the "best" of The Police. The first, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE: THE SINGLES, was released in 1986. More recently, we were given the U.S. release EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE: THE CLASSICS, which contains the biggest Police titles as well as "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" and a remixed version of "Message in a Bottle". What most people don't know about is this lovely little set, titled simply GREATEST HITS.

It contains all your basic Police tracks - "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic", "Every Breath You Take", etc. But it also adds some - the essential "So Lonely" from OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR, "The Bed's Too Big Without You" from REGGATTA DE BLANC, and "Synchronicity II" and the essential "Tea in the Sahara" from SYNCHRONICITY. Though The Police only released five albums (not including 1995's LIVE!), they were such a magnificent band that they had many outstanding songs - so many that it would be impossible to collect them all on a single-disc set. If you could, however, make a set of The Police's greatest songs with only a disc to spare, GREATEST HITS does it. Every song here is brilliant, even if the set doesn't contain every great song The Police ever recorded.

When compared to the other two compilations - THE SINGLES and THE CLASSICS - GREATEST HITS is far superior. If you're looking for a good introduction to The Police or to get a taste of what their music was like, I would highly recommend GREATEST HITS.

TRACK HIGHLIGHTS: "Roxanne", "Can't Stand Losing You", "So Lonely", "Message in a Bottle", "Walking on the Moon", "The Bed's Too Big Without You", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic", "Invisible Sun", "Spirits in the Material World", "Synchronicity II", "Every Breath You Take", "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "Tea in the Sahara"
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For a band that were at the height of their fame, It seemed a shock to hear that 'The Police' were to disband. (Due to tensions between 'Sting', and the rest of the band, "Andy Summers (Guitar)" & "Stewart Copeland (Drums)". But what they did leave behind, was a collection of incredibly well-crafted, slick, literate & lively songs that touched upon Jazz (a particular favourite of Sting's, and one he would explore on his solo albums), Album rock, Pop/Rock ("Message in a Bottle", was the perfect encapsulation of intelligent Pop music, for a more discerning listener). New Wave (The spookily infectious anthem, "Don't Stand so Close to me" was one of the most successful new Wave-oriented tracks to climb the singles chart). Alternative Pop (The angst-ridden swagger of "Roxanne", was as reflectively beautiful enough for it to become one of their most requested/Covered songs, of their career). Songs with a slight reggae-ting to them ("Cant stand Losing you", toyed with elements of reggae instrumentation to marvellous effect). Alternative Rock/Post-Punk (The spaced out freeform guitar on "Walking on the Moon", perfectly summoned weird images of life on another planet), Cerebral Pop (The unforgettable catchiness of the mildly melancholic "Message in Bottle" will arguably remain one of their best known songs). Singer/Songwriter tracks (the Haunting "Every Breath you Take", is all the more disturbing, when you realise the song is about a 'Stalker' watching his victim, read the lyrics for the song again, and it'll start to make sense).

And, so it's fairly safe to say that the most popular /classic tracks are included in this comprehensive complition of the work of The Police.
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I could never really get my self into any of the Police's albums. They were the kind of album you'd borrow off someone else, and tape the few good tracks. Through their career, the police released about four variations of best ofs and greatest hits. They did release a greatest hits in 1986 that featured a remix of "don't stand so close", but missed out on many of the popular hits. Out of all their material they have produced, this compilation is IT!
This one has all their hits from their reggae roots in the mid seventies through to their new romantic sound in the mid eighties. All my favourites are on here including "every little thing she does is magic", "Roxanne", "Can't stand loosing you", "message in a bottle" and and and at long last, the original version of "don't stand so close". I hated that remix that was done in the late eighties. Other hits on this set include "every breath you take", "spirits in the material world", "wrapped around your finger", "de do do do, de da da da" and "synchronicity". This CD covers all their great hits with 16 selections. If you like the police in any way, you can't go wrong with this disc.
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Truth be known, if I was buying a "Police" collection for the first time, I'd easily drop a few more bucks to get this one. It includes everything "The Classics" does, 4 excellent tracks it doesn't, and it drops the repeated songs. It's nearly perfect. All the obvious songs are here, but it also has "So Lonely", "Synchronicity II", and "Tea In The Sahara". Those 3 are a huge plus. Otherwise you know the story, they were the biggest band in the world, before they passed the torch to "U2", and split up.
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