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The Police - Greatest Hits

The Police, Greatest Hits

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

THE Police have released a 30-track greatest hits collection to mark 30 years since they released their first single Fall Out in 1977.

The album spans the band’s prolific career, with five studio albums released over six years. It also sets things up for their world tour, which openedd in Vancouver on May 28 and is due to arrive in the UK with a sold out show at Birmingham’s NIA on September 4.

The band’s first double disc Greatest Hits collection, The Police is comprised of hits and fan favourites, including their first single Fall Out and enduring hits Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, Message In A Bottle, Roxanne and, of course, Every Breath You Take.

The Police – comprised of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers – topped both charts and radio airwaves in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

They notched five No.1 albums and a succession of top 10 singles, becoming one of the world’s most famous bands and receiving six Grammy Awards and two Brits.

Their music was notable for the way it was radio friendly, yet influenced by both reggae and punk.

Watch and listen to The Police

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Here’s 10 things you might not know about some of The Police’s biggest hits…

1) Sting wrote Roxanne after being inspired by the prostitutes he saw near the band’s seedy hotel while in Paris, France in October 1977.

2) Message In A Bottle was The Police’s first number one hit in the UK, but only reached number 74 in the US.

3) Invisible Sun reflected the tensions in Northern Ireland. Hence, U2’s Bono sometimes performed duets of it with Sting when the two bands appeared at the same concerts.

4) Sting claims De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da is about the attraction that people have to simple songs. If so, it works…

5) Sting has admitted that he used Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry as the basis for hit single So Lonely.

6) The original single release of Can’t Stand Losing You was banned by the BBC because of the controversial cover of the 7”, which featured an individual (Stewart Copeland as it happens) who has hung himself standing on a large ice cube, waiting for it to melt.

7) Walking On The Moon was The Police’s second number one hit single in the UK.

8) King Of Pain is The Police’s most successful US single. It has since been covered by Alanis Morissette.

9) Every Breath You Take was written during the collapse of Sting’s marriage to Frances Tomelty. The lyrics are the words of a sinister, controlling character, who is watching “every breath you take / every move you make”.

10) Every Breath You Take became one of the biggest hits of 1983, topping the UK charts for four weeks and the Billboard Music Charts for eight. Sting also won Song of the Year at the Grammys in 1984.

Track listing:
Disc 1:

  1. Fall Out
  2. Can’t Stand Losing You
  3. Next To You
  4. Roxanne
  5. Truth Hits Everybody
  6. Hole In My Life
  7. So Lonely
  8. Message In A Bottle
  9. Reggatta De Blanc
  10. Bring On The Night
  11. Walking On The Moon
  12. The Bed’s Too Big Without You
  13. Don’t Stand So Close To Me
  14. Driven To Tears
  15. Canary In A Coalmine

Disc Two:

  1. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  2. Voices Inside My Head
  3. Invisible Sun
  4. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  5. Spirits In The Material World
  6. Demolition Man
  7. Re-Humanise Yourself
  8. Every Breath You Take
  9. Synchronicity I
  10. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  11. Walking In Your Footsteps
  12. Synchronicity II
  13. King Of Pain
  14. Murder By Numbers
  15. Tea In The Sahara