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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To coincide with their 30th anniversary reunion tour in 2007 the Police released the anthology The Police, the first two-CD retrospective ever assembled on the group. They may not have had a double compilation to their credit, but they had single discs and box sets, which may raise the question of whether they need a set like this -- and the answer is yes, but this set falls just a bit short of being the definitive Police double disc. At only 28 tracks, this feels a little too slim. It may be twice as long as 1995's Every Breath You Take: The Classics and, in a way, that was only 12 tracks, since that contained the 1986 remake of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To coincide with their 30th anniversary reunion tour in 2007 the Police released the anthology The Police, the first two-CD retrospective ever assembled on the group. They may not have had a double compilation to their credit, but they had single discs and box sets, which may raise the question of whether they need a set like this -- and the answer is yes, but this set falls just a bit short of being the definitive Police double disc. At only 28 tracks, this feels a little too slim. It may be twice as long as 1995's Every Breath You Take: The Classics and, in a way, that was only 12 tracks, since that contained the 1986 remake of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and a classic rock mix of "Message in a Bottle," which were little more than padding, but there are a handful of Police staples that are missing, including "Born in the '50s," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "Shadows in the Rain," and "Rehumanize Yourself," and the heavy emphasis on Synchronicity all but three songs from the LP are present; yes, Andy Summers' bizarro "Mother" is one of the tunes missing in action threatens to overwhelm the second disc. That said, Synchronicity does deserve such a heavy exposure, given that it's the band's biggest album, and it's hard to argue with the rest of the selections here since it covers all the familiar hits and most, but not all, of the second-tier classics including "Truth Hits Everybody," "Bring on the Night," "Canary in a Coalmine," "Driven to Tears," and their first single, "Fallout." It may not seem like much, but if those aforementioned four tunes were here, The Police would have all the core songs from the trio and this would be truly definitive, but as it stands this collection stands as simply an excellent overview.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498495087
  • Catalog Number: 000908002
  • Sales rank: 24,824

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Police Primary Artist
Stewart Copeland Group Member
Sting Group Member
Andy Summers Group Member
Henri Padovani Guitar
Jean Roussel Keyboards
Technical Credits
Stewart Copeland Composer, Producer
Sting Composer
Andy Summers Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Hugh Padgham Producer
Derek Power Management
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Nidel Gray Producer
Kathryn Schenker Management
Gary Wishik Management
Terry O'Neill Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Police as I remeber them.

    The is no depth to the musice. In general - disappointing. Played once and put away....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific new compilation

    The Police was one of the most important bands of the 1980's and are still quite influential and popular today, so it is great to see that their label has released a generous 2 Disc collection covering all of their best music, from their earliest 1977 single "Fallout" to their "Synchronicity" swan song. I recommend this collection because it is very well selected, covering all of the best singles and album cuts from all five of their studio albums. The sound is also very good, being newly mastered by the nearly legendary Bob Ludwig. As any Police fan knows, all of their albums contained a fair amount of filler: "Mother", "Hungry for You", "Bombs Away", etc. For this reason, I think "The Police" is better than the Police box set for all except absolute die hard fans. This collection serves up only the choicest tracks and will really satisfy fans new and old.

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