Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Despite their legendary status, the Police only released five albums during their brief reign from 1978-1983. In addition, the trio had amassed a healthy amount of both studio and live B-sides, plus songs that only appeared on soundtracks. For the 1993 four-CD box set Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, every single song the Police ever recorded is included. All the tracks were digitally remastered for the project, sounding superior to the original CD versions of the single albums. Also included is a 68-page booklet that includes an interesting and often humorous biography, a time line, and notes from all three bandmembers regarding the rarities that appear for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Despite their legendary status, the Police only released five albums during their brief reign from 1978-1983. In addition, the trio had amassed a healthy amount of both studio and live B-sides, plus songs that only appeared on soundtracks. For the 1993 four-CD box set Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, every single song the Police ever recorded is included. All the tracks were digitally remastered for the project, sounding superior to the original CD versions of the single albums. Also included is a 68-page booklet that includes an interesting and often humorous biography, a time line, and notes from all three bandmembers regarding the rarities that appear for the first time on compact disc here. But of course, the real charm of the box set is the music -- album tracks "Hole in My Life," "It's Alright for You," "Driven to Tears", hits "Message in a Bottle," "Can't Stand Losing You," "Spirits in the Material World", and rarities "Fallout," a live version of "Next to You" are all timeless classics. While the set is highly recommended to newcomers just discovering the wonders of the Police, longtime fans should consider replacing their tinny-sounding single CDs with the definitive Message in a Box. After all, it contains a total of 24 tracks unavailable for the most part anywhere else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1993
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454015028
  • Catalog Number: 540150
  • Sales rank: 5,989

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fallout (2:03)
  2. 2 Nothing Achieving (1:56)
  3. 3 Dead End Job (3:35)
  4. 4 Next to You (2:52)
  5. 5 So Lonely (4:51)
  6. 6 Roxanne (3:14)
  7. 7 Hole in My Life (4:54)
  8. 8 Peanuts (4:01)
  9. 9 Can't Stand Losing You (3:01)
  10. 10 Truth Hits Everybody (2:54)
  11. 11 Born in the 50's (3:44)
  12. 12 Be My Girl - Sally (3:23)
  13. 13 Masoko Tanga (5:43)
  14. 14 Landlord (2:36)
  15. 15 Next to You (3:11)
  16. 16 Landlord (3:09)
  17. 17 Message in a Bottle (4:50)
  18. 18 Reggatta de Blanc (3:06)
  19. 19 It's Alright for You (3:13)
  20. 20 Bring on the Night (4:15)
  21. 21 Deathwish (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Walking on the Moon (5:02)
  2. 2 On Any Other Day (2:57)
  3. 3 The Bed's Too Big Without You (4:25)
  4. 4 Contact (2:38)
  5. 5 Does Everyone Stare (3:46)
  6. 6 No Time This Time (3:20)
  7. 7 Visions of the Night (3:05)
  8. 8 The Bed's Too Big Without You (3:29)
  9. 9 Truth Hits Everybody (2:26)
  10. 10 Friends (3:36)
  11. 11 Don't Stand So Close to Me (4:03)
  12. 12 Driven to Tears (3:20)
  13. 13 When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still (3:36)
  14. 14 Canary in a Coalmine (2:26)
  15. 15 Voices Inside My Head (3:52)
  16. 16 Bombs Away (3:06)
  17. 17 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (4:09)
  18. 18 Behind My Camel (2:54)
  19. 19 Man in a Suitcase (2:19)
  20. 20 Shadows in the Rain (5:02)
  21. 21 The Other Way of Stopping (3:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Sermon (2:32)
  2. 2 Driven to Tears (3:29)
  3. 3 Shambelle (5:00)
  4. 4 Spirits in the Material World (2:59)
  5. 5 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (4:20)
  6. 6 Invisible Sun (3:43)
  7. 7 Hungry for You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi) (2:52)
  8. 8 Demolition Man (5:57)
  9. 9 Too Much Information (3:42)
  10. 10 Rehumanize Yourself (3:10)
  11. 11 One World (Not Three) (4:46)
  12. 12 Omega Man (2:47)
  13. 13 Secret Journey (3:33)
  14. 14 Darkness (3:14)
  15. 15 Flexible Strategies (3:43)
  16. 16 Low Life (3:45)
  17. 17 How Stupid Mr. Bates (2:41)
  18. 18 A Kind of Loving (2:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Synchronicity I (3:22)
  2. 2 Walking in Your Footsteps (3:36)
  3. 3 O My God (4:02)
  4. 4 Mother (3:05)
  5. 5 Miss Gradenko (2:00)
  6. 6 Synchronicity II (5:03)
  7. 7 Every Breath You Take (4:14)
  8. 8 King of Pain (4:59)
  9. 9 Wrapped Around Your Finger (5:13)
  10. 10 Tea in the Sahara (4:13)
  11. 11 Murder by Numbers (4:36)
  12. 12 Man in a Suitcase (2:17)
  13. 13 Someone to Talk To (3:08)
  14. 14 Message in a Bottle (4:51)
  15. 15 I Burn for You (4:49)
  16. 16 Once upon a Daydream (3:31)
  17. 17 Tea in the Sahara (5:06)
  18. 18 Don't Stand So Close to Me '86 (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Police Primary Artist
Stewart Copeland Drums
Sting Bass, Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar
Henri Padovani Guitar
Technical Credits
Stewart Copeland Composer, Producer
The Police Producer, Engineer
Joe Bennett Contributor, Visual Coordinator
Nigel Gray Producer
Laurie Latham Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer
Tim Summerhayes Producer, Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
Mark Mazzetti Contributor, Mastering Consultant
Stylorouge Art Direction
John Bauldie Contributor, Material
Syd Brak Adaptation
Phil Sutcliffe Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flawless!

    All 5 Police LP's and 2 dozen B-sides, live Cuts and out-takes! Forget buying the original albums piecemeal, and just grab this and be done with it! You will NOT be sorry! Truly a desert island classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Stuff...but not really complete!

    The Police were a great, great band. Enough said. And this set (allegedly) collects EVERYTHING they ever recorded. As a result, you get it all...the hits, the classic albums tracks, and the odd little B-sides and instrumentals that reveal a lot about this trio. My one beef...the ''Don't Stand So Close To Me '86'' single included, as its B-side, a live version of ''Don't Stand So Close To Me'' from the Syncronicity tour. BUT IT'S NOT HERE! THIS SET IS NOT COMPLETE! I was crushed, but don't let this fact stop you from buying an absolutely essential collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whoa!!! Every song they ever recorded!

    Awesome collection of all Police songs - everything they ever recorded...oddities like instrumental B-sides (''Shambelle'' and ''Flexible Strategies'').....plus live versions of many songs. A great 4 CD set for any Police fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MASSIVE

    THIS IS THE BEYOND DOUBT THE BEST COLLECTION OF MUSIC THERE IS. APART FROM 'THE POLICE' BEING THE GREATEST BAND EVER TO WRITE MUSIC, THIS SET HAS EVERYTHING THE POLICE HAVE EVER DONE.IF YOUR 33 SOMETHING, GET IN A SLAB OF BEER PLUG IN YOUR HEADPHONES AND REMEMBER! IF 'SO LONELY' CAN CURE ANY YOUR ARTHRITIS AND GET YOU OUT OF YOUR ARMCHAIR GIVE ME A CALL..

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