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The Police - Live! (Remastered)

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Album Review

1995 finally saw the release of the Police's long-rumored first official live album, the two-CD Live!. The first CD was recorded back in 1979 in Boston, for an FM broadcast during the tour for their second album, Reggatta de Blanc, while the second disc is from their final tour in 1983 during a tour stop in Atlanta. While the first disc is excellent — it captures the Police at their most frantic and energetic — the second disc is pretty darn uninspired (Sting's vocals in particular), as evidenced by the unnecessary and annoying backup singers that are detected throughout. Highlights abound on disc one, including early faves like "Next to You," "So Lonely," "Bring on the Night," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "Roxanne," "Walking on the Moon," and "Can't Stand Losing You." And while disc two contains a few standouts ("Tea in the Sahara," "Every Breath You Take"), those dastardly backup singers make most of the songs sound like blah lounge versions ("King of Pain," "Synchronicity I," "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"). Still, the first disc of Live! makes it a recommended purchase to the serious Police fan.

Customer Reviews

Beginning and End

This 2-disc set captures The Police towards the beginning of their career, and at the very end. Disc 1 is raw and urgent, the sound of a band outgrowing their club shows. Disc 2 is slicker (backup singers, keyboards) but the first time I heard Synchronicity I go right into Synchronicity II, I got chills.

How could you give theese bad ratings?

The Police is a great band, better yet, a great live CD! They Perform great and sound way better live then on record!

Good CD, Wrong iTunes Summary

Just FYI, the iTunes review under the album art is for the compilation album The Police, not the live one (this one). Otherwise, this album is pretty good, sounding just as good as if it were recorded in a studio. The songs are faster too.

Biography

Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '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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