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Album Review

Certifiable, the title of the 2008 DVD set by the Police, echoes the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over, another reunion concert sold in video and audio formats. Just as the Eagles' Don Henley once said his band would not re-form "until Hell freezes over," the Police's Sting is quoted at the outset of the video as saying that he would have to be certified insane to join a Police reunion. Yet he did, for reasons never quite spelled out. (In the 51-minute tour documentary "Better Than Therapy" included as the second DVD in the package, he says he likes to be unpredictable, after bandmate Stewart Copeland has said the reunion was a "no-brainer" for him but wondered himself why Sting was interested.) The result was a world tour, and the December 1 & 2, 2007, dates at a giant stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, provide the footage for the 19-song, 109-minute show that takes up the DVD here. (The concert is repeated on two CDs — or three LPs with a one-time digital download — also included, such that the set, initially retailing for about $20, contains more than four and a half hours of audio and video content.) That show finds the three members of the Police, after 23 years apart (not counting a couple of one-off special appearances), looking not too much the worse for wear and doing pretty much exactly what they were doing when they broke up at their popular peak in 1984. The set list consists entirely of old Police favorites, rendered in the familiar arrangements, with only a few moments of improvisation here and there. Despite the awesome setting before a gigantic crowd, with gigantic video screens behind them, the Police remain just those three men, holding the stage largely through their music. Sting appears not to change bass guitars for the entire show, sticking with a worn-looking instrument; Andy Summers doesn't seem to use more than a couple of guitars, also looking much-used; and Copeland, although he takes a couple of trips up into a percussion setup, mostly stays on his drum chair turning out the music's propulsive rhythms. This is a no-nonsense account of the musical highlights of the Police's career, and even though the scale is enormous, the show is a surprisingly no-frills affair, and all the better for that.

Customer Reviews

Perfect performance from perfect band!!!!

Lets get one thing clear, for me The Police are the greatest of them all. If like me you thought you had heard the best of them 30 years ago think again. The band have completly re-energised all of their songs, gone are much of the eighties sounds replaced by crisp and clear rock scores. Dont get me wrong the reege influences are still clearly present but this alburm has literally reinvented the sound of your favorite Police song!! For me every song here is a must but highlights are Synchronicity 11, Message, the remarkable version of every little thing and Wrapped around your finger. The best way to describe this is its like the Police warped and re invigorated!! the power and the noise here is like nothing ive heard from the band before. This alburm for me fatures THE BEST VERSIONS of many of their songs....proof that great works improve with age. PERFECT 10

For the fams

I remember clearly the first time I heard the cry of Rooooooxanne back in the seventies as if it was yestreday. Much water has passed under the bridge and music and musical tastes have moved on. However this especially, for those who went to the gigs is great fun. As with nearly all the Police work its not perfect, but that is part of the appeal. Their sound has always been if not unique, very close to being so, with Andy Summers guitar, makinfg the difference from other bands. If you are a fan of the band buy this, and you wont be disapointed, otherwise stear clear. I LOVE IT!


Companion piece to the excellent DVD of the same name. If you want polished stadium filled rock from 3 excellent musicians then buy this and enjoy. If you yearn for 3 blond punks in the backroom of a pub, forget it. A perfect audio keepsake of the last tour - basically greatest hits live. How can 3 men make this much noise?


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

Nominally, the Police were punk rock, but that's only in the loosest sense of the term. The trio's nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky, but it wasn't necessarily punk. All three members were considerably more technically proficient than the average punk or new wave band. Andy Summers had a precise guitar attack that created dense, interlocking waves of sounds and effects. Stewart Copeland could play polyrhythms effortlessly. And Sting, with his high, keening voice, was capable of constructing...
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