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The Police LIVE

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The Police Live

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1995
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Run Time: 144.0 minutes
  • ASIN: B000CQ2UGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Joseph Geni on October 29, 2005
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Yeah, so to clarify, Disc 1 is an early show of theirs, from about '79 or so, so it's pretty much got stuff from the first two albums. And the second show is a gig from the high-tech, mega-popular Synchronicity tour.

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.
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By A Customer on July 15, 2003
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I am a huge Police fan and have many of their shows on bootlegs and I have to say that these two shows are ok, not bad but certainly not great. The Boston show is the better of the two in my opinion. The Atlanta show from '83 is a very standard show from the Syncronicity tour. The Boston show seems to have more energy and the songs are extended a bit (like Bed's too Big without you, So Lonely and Roxanne) to show the band's amazing playing abilities. Since these are the only live Police discs I would get it if you are a fan of the band but try and get a few other live shows if you can. A couple that I higly recommend that are not too hard to find are the July 31, 1982 show from Sting's hometown in Newcastle. This is a great show from the Ghost in the Machine tour and they play everything and the energy from the band is great. The other show to try and get is the February 1979 show from Hatfield, UK. This is a great show and was the first significant live performance that showcased the band's talents. Try EBAY for these shows, they have them listed pretty frequently. Also get the Police Live on VHS as songs from these two shows are on that tape.
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It is hard to believe that a band can become a Hall of Fame band with just five studio albums to their name, but the Police are such a band. This is an honor that the Police are most worthy of. The Police were sort of an off-shoot of the Punk Rock movement of the late 1970s. The band would eventually encompass other influences - namely Classic Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Dance, and even Folk. For the most part, it is fair to say there was a Punk Rock and Reggae influence on the band for their first two albums" - "Outlandos D'Amour" and "Regatta de Blanc". Both of these albums were terrific efforts - mostly because The Police used applied their unique style to a formula that worked. The Police would soon transform their sound to a more Classic Rock sound. With each successive album ("Zenyatta Mondatta", "Ghost in the Machine", and "Synchronicity"), the Police would continue to grow as a band and incorporate a variety of genres into their sound. When the Police would disband in 1986, they did not have a live album in their portfolio - despite the fact they had emerged as one of the great live bands of all-time. It would be nearly a decade later when the Police would release their first live collection - 1995's "The Police - Live!". Despite some negative criticism, this collection is worthy of the Police's Hall of Fame career as well as prove to be worth the long wait.

"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.
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Apparently, there must be simply SO many 'new' releases put out at any given time,one obviously cannot keep track of EVERY one. As a result, I've only recently become aware of this live Police archive 2-CD title. Sound quality here could be a bit better, but it'll do. Disc one is from a 1979 live radio broadcast direct from the Orpheum Theater in Boston. I remember hearing this on a special late night radio show, don't believe that I taped it, or other wise, I wouldn't be so thrilled to finally land a copy of this disc. Better tunes are "So Lonely", the well written "Walking On The Moon", "Message In A Bottle", their very first smash hit "Roxanne", "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Born In The 50's". Disc two comes from a major gig in Atlanta in 1983 off their 'Synchronicity' tour. Most memorable cuts here are the awesome "Synchronicity II", "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", Sting's signature song "King Of Pain", "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Every Breath You Take". A must-have for most Police fans. I was fortunate enough to catch The Police on the second leg of their 'Synchronicity' tour, as I never thought it would be their last. I've spoken with a couple of HUGE old school Police fans and they tell me they want NOTHING to do with this 2-CD release, that they're simply tired of seeing Sting out on solo tours and they feel somewhat betrayed that The Police will likely never reunite. Have to wonder how many others feel the same way.
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