The Police LIVE
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Let us now give props where props are due. Props 1: my understanding is, these are both full sets, not pieced together as the best takes from multiple nights. That gives each concert an element of cohesion and groundedness that a lot of supposedly flaw-free live releases lack. So what if Andy Summers misses a note or Sting's voice cracks on a high pitch? It just adds to the charm.
Props 2: they are both excellent for what they are. Disc 1 is raw, hard-edged, imperfect and gritty. For lovers of the early Police and their energetic performances, it's exactly what you want. Disc 2 is a pop masterpiece. With the tempo turned up on basically everything, the songs lead seamlessly into another with an extremely high-pitched, exuberant audience cheering every step of the way. After hearing this, the Synchronicity studio tracks seem kinda boring by comparison, which is saying something.
Anyway, most of this has all been said before. Reason I'm writing this review, then, is that for some reason, the '83 show gets a lot of hate among reviewers and fans alike, and I don't really understand why. Perhaps it's a bit of "they've sold out" bitterness, but if so, it's undeniable that few bands in history "sold out" with more flair than the Police did.
In short, get this record, whether you go in for just one of the shows or both. It's terrific.
"The Police - Live!" is a very unique live collection. It consists of two concerts - one from 1979 and one from 1983. Each concert is on a separate disc. The concerts show a great reflection of the Police's career. The November, 1979 concert, recorded in Boston at the Orpheum Theater and broadcast on WBCN radio showcases the Police's early Punk Rock and Reggae roots.Read more ›
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Great album but is missing one of my favorite songs invisible sun. Still it's great.Published 4 months ago by Fran
CD recordings of radio broadcasts. Feels pushy, falsely exciting. probably better to buy the Certifiable set. Maybe I will.Published 5 months ago by D. Rohrdanz
Classic songs! Listening to disc 1 and then disc 2, the musical growth this band went through in Such a short time is astounding. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MONTE M.
If you love The Police, this a great CD of live music that really book ends their career. Disc 1 is an early gig..when they were touring for Reggatta De Blanc. Read morePublished 11 months ago by the33rpm
great purchase. All transactions should be like this.....
High energy set from the Police from two different time periods of their career. Highly recommended!Published 13 months ago by tvsmusicmas69
I saw the Police twice on their "Ghost in the Machine" tour, which was between the two tours recorded on this CD. I bought this in order to relive that time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Terrence Auchstetter