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Editors’ Notes

Emerging on the pop scene in the late ‘70s as spiky, blonde punks, the Police carefully shifted their image and sound towards a grander sophistication more in line with their professional pedigree as the new decade began. (Drummer Stewart Copeland had performed with the progressive group Curved Air, while guitarist Andy Summers was a veteran who had played with progressives from Kevin Coyne to Kevin Ayers). Their third album, 1980’s Zenyatta Mondatta, used the recording studio to great effect, fleshing out the band’s skeletal attack with a variety of overdubs. The group’s expert chemistry is displayed throughout, as the supple, effortless flow of “Canary in a Coalmine,” the instrumental complexity of “Voices Inside My Head” and the magical strut of the band’s mega-hit “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” immediately establish. The band intuitively understood how to balance their textured sonic ambitions with the simple economy of the pop song. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” perfectly illustrates this easeful embrace of elliptical rhythms and the pure musical joy of nonsensical syllables. A musical education can be an entertaining endeavor after all.

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From the time I first heard this Album I was hooked.

I ended up with everything they made until the break up of the trio. Through out the years would listen to one of my many cassetts(while cruising along P.C.H. hwy) then reflect on how much fun those days were and how great the added ambiance was due to the fun and funky music playing in the back round of my life. I just purchased concert tickets through ticket master and look forward to the Dodges Statium out door show on June 23 in L.A.. Just put the CD on & take a little cruise on your down time and feel the spaces fill up with the best rythems and sounds that you can fill them with for a little while ...then back to work! LOL! Enjoy this and all the Police Albums as they were good and fun for a Sunday drive! Turn it up too! Ciao, Rachelle Rutherford

Quintesential Police

This is it-except no subsitutes, a classic album the effortlessly integrates rock, regae, jazz into on complete "rock album" The pop are catchy, the rythms are upbeat, the lyrics bordeline line genius There are not many bands that can sell out shows after over 20 years of playing in public Please allow this to be Exhibit A in proof of the case that The Police are one of Rock's greatest groups off all time. Buy The Album !

Magical Album

When they were still The Police and not yet "Sting's back-up band" or "that band Sting was in before he went solo". In many ways so much better than Sting ever was. Driven to Tears, Canary in a Cole Mine, and Man in a Suitcase, are all very poetic and deep. And of course, there's may be their greatest hit of all. And just how many generations of students will never learn the correct pronunciation of "Nabakov" because of it? Stinks that you just can't buy that song on its own, though.....

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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