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The punk-new wave movement of the late ‘70s had an interesting effect on seasoned musicians and the UK’s Police are perhaps the finest example. Drummer Stewart Copeland, guitarist Andy Summers and bassist Sting were all accomplished instrumentalists with a working knowledge of many genres and a studio savvy beyond their contemporaries. Yet, in order to cash in their chips, they smartly aligned themselves with the style of the times and stripped their approach down to its essentials, releasing with Outlandos d’Amour (Outlaws of Love), a smart, compact debut album that features sharp staccato guitars and tight, whiplash rhythms and remains one of the highlights of the era. Opening with the feral charge of “Next to You” and expanding outward with nods to reggae (“So Lonely,” “Hole In My Life”) and exquisite power pop (“Roxanne,” “Can’t Stand Losing You”), Outlandos only hints at the artistic scope the group had in its sights (though one can hear Summers leaking a dexterous guitar solo during “Peanuts”). Ironically, the disciplining and limiting rules of the punk genre enabled the Police to define themselves as one of the era’s most important and influential groups.

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When this album was first released it fitted straight into the punk genre. It was aggressive; 'Next to you', controversial; 'Roxanne' and it had attitude, with a simple production and a reggae guitar sound that fitted with other 'punk' bands such as the Clash (this album came out in April 1979, The Clash's London’s Calling in December 1979). 'Peanuts' could be off a Clash or Buzzcocks album. The band also got some unintended publicity when the lyric 'So lonely' was misheard as 'Sue Lawley', a news reader of the time and so they appeared on the news! In the end it meant that one of the best bands of the time got the break they deserved and we got their music. Once that was achieved there was no need to stick with the punk formula and the distinctive sound of the Police could emerge.

Essential listening for the music connoisseur

What more can be said about The Police that hasn't been said already?
I have enjoyed their music over the years and The Police have firmly become part of the soundtrack to my life.

I still listen to their stuff now, to see it has been remastered is a great way to introduce it to the younger generations. If you listen to many new, up and coming groups, they may exhibit the subtle tones of The Police. They've been an inspiration and I shall always be grateful for their influence.

Start with their Greatest Hits and work back from there, then go forward to the more eclectic range that decorates Sting's solo career. It's time well spent.
Enjoy! : )

A Great Debut Album

And it is just that, a great debut album. Right from the first track it punches above its weight and captures the mood of the late 70's. Copelands drumming is outstanding. The high hat jumps out of the speakers followed by the snare drum which is as sharp as a butchers knife. Summers leads the charge with a mix of reggae and more traditional guitar playing. All this is pulled together by sting with solid bass playing and a voice which is distinctive, hard, and timeless. If this is your first Police album: enjoy.

Biography

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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