Ghost in the Machine

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
For their fourth album, 1981's Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary '80s sound to it courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray, and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic "Spirits in the Material World" notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection and a tribute to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
For their fourth album, 1981's Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary '80s sound to it courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray, and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic "Spirits in the Material World" notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection and a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland circa the early '80s, "Invisible Sun." But the best and most renowned of the bunch is undoubtedly the blissful "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," which topped the U.K. singles chart and nearly did the same in the U.S. number three. Unlike the other Police releases, not all of the tracks are stellar "Hungry for You," "Omegaman", but the vicious jazz-rocker "Demolition Man," the barely containable "Rehumanize Yourself," and a pair of album-closing ballads "Secret Journey," "Darkness" proved otherwise. While it was not a pop masterpiece, Ghost in the Machine did serve as an important stepping stone between their more direct early work and their more ambitious latter direction, resulting in the trio's exceptional blockbuster final album, 1983's Synchronicity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949359829
  • Catalog Number: 493598
  • Sales rank: 12,245

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Police Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Stewart Copeland Drums, Vocals
Sting Bass, Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar, Vocals
Jean Roussel Keyboards
Technical Credits
The Police Producer
David Foster Tape Research
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Hugh Padgham Producer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Mick Haggerty Artwork, Art Direction
Meire Murakami Reissue Design
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
David Lascelles Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Brendan Morris Tape Research
Randy Aronson Tape Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Wave Masterpiece

    Listening to ''Ghost In The Machine'' again made me amazed that it's over twenty years old! Not many would deny that Synchronicity was a pop masterpiece, but here is an album that started to show just how unbelievably cool (for lack of a better adjective) this New Wave group could be! Listen to ''Invisible Sun'' or ''Secret Journey'' and you'll grieve over what Sting left behind.

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