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Ghost in Machine [CASSETTE] [Import]

The Police Audio Cassette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GF5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spirits in the Material World
2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
3. Invisible Sun
4. Hungry for You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toil)
5. Demolition Man
6. Too Much Information
7. Rehumanize Yourself
8. One World (Not Three)
9. Omega Man
10. Secret Journey
11. Darkness

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You will see light in the darkness 16 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Police's fourth studio album saw them expand their sound from previous albums with the inclusion of brass sections and an increase in the use of keyboards rather than the more traditional three piece sound of the first three albums (bass, guitar and drums). Luckily for The Police this evolution did not prevent them from scoring a massive hit with "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" (throwaway pop IMO!) whereas the other two singles (Invisible Sun (referencing "the troubles") and Spirits In The Material World) are rather more thoughtful songs as seems to be most of the album. In terms of the other tracks, it ranges from the brilliant "Secret Journey" ("you will see light in the darkness") and "One World" to the rather laboured "Demolition Man". Sting's songwriting is generally very good on this album and as previously mentioned above he could still write a great pop song. I would add an honourable mention goes to Andy Summers's "Omegaman" while Stewart Copeland's "Darkness" is possibly not the best song he wrote for the band.
In conclusion, this is one of my favourite Police albums as it attempts to change the (winning) formula of the first three albums although in reality probably sowed the seeds for Sting's future solo career...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back With A Vengeance! 18 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
The two-year gap between this album and the previous Zenyatta Mondatta, allowed the band to craft some really excellent songs, and change musical direction once again. The fast pop / reggae crossover of previous albums briefly appears with Rehumanise Yourself, but the rest of the album (with the obvious exception of Every Little Thing...!) is musically a lot more substantial. There is extensive use of synthesiser and saxaphone, which Sting learned to play in a few months, prompting Copeland to (only half) jokingly label him as a "crummy little creep"! The relational cracks between those two, which ultimately broke up the band, were obviously well-known by this stage, but they seemed to have spurred them on to greater things in this album. Sprits In The Material World is a great opener, followed by the brilliant Invisible Sun (ridiculously banned, because a certain broadcaster viewed it as pro-IRA!). Whilst Sting could obviously still write great pop songs (Every Little Thing...), this was altogether more serious stuff. Other great songs include Omegaman, Secret Journey and Darkness, but the rest of the album doesn't quite hit the spot, hence only 4 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong case for the format! 9 Dec 2003
By Web'
Format:Audio CD
The Police were an excellent band and this is an excellent Police album.
Ghost in the Machine marked a change in the way they wrote music; it’s a ‘darker’ album than the previous three and certainly more adventurous musically and lyrically. I can’t think of one bad song, even the token tracks by Stewart Copeland & Andy Summers are good. Definitely one of the best albums of the eighties, and although Synchronicity was hailed as their greatest achievement I think that Ghost is in many ways superior. Thoroughly Recommended!
The SACD version is sublime, definitely a strong case for the format.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everylittle thing they did 14 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
supuerb, what can you say the agnostic and dynamic relationship between Sting and Copeland is fully exhibited in this grand jesture. They were the best band in the world and although this is all to forgotten nowadays the bass lines especially on "Hungry for you" and "Secret Journey" speak volumes
if you haven't got it get it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best 26 Dec 2012
By psop
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this has got to be the police at their best . i like every song on this album, and some , like invisible sun are better than their biggest hits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spirits 9 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not up to the simple creativity of their first 2 and final releases and probably on a par with Zenyatta... . It starts superbly with the peerless 'Spirits in the Material World'. I remember this as being one of my few first experiences of pop songs. This and the opening to 'Invisible Sun' still have a haunting quality for me, as a gateway to a time of my life that is slowly becoming cloudier. It is not purely because of this personal connection that I rate the first 3 tracks so highly; they are simply excellent songs. And 'Every Little Thing...' is almost a template for perfect pop song writing. Tingly.

After this however the quality subsides rather than disappears altogether. 'Hungry For You' is a good, mid-paced 80s dance track. It's gor rhythm and funk but not much in the way of tune or melody. 'Demolition Man' is similar. It builds on a repeated riff, adding reggae to pop as opposed to the other way round which arguably works better. It's an ok song that feels more of a jam. 'Too Much Information' and 'Rehumanize Yourself' follow this pattern although they are not as long. They sound fun and upbeat but also sound like a band wanting to be classified as World Music instead of the pop act they had become. 'One World' is the LiveAid track insomuch as it sounds perfect for an elongated jam infront of thousands of people trying to bring down apartheid but not so special as part of an album.

Luckily it ends as it started - with a few crackers. 'Omegaman' is a great song with an excellent chorus and 'Secret Journey' is slowly becoming one of my favourite Police tracks that non-fans don't know. 'Darkness' is a suitably lack-lustre closer, in tone not quality. It's a grower but delivers eventually.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much Filler
I would say this is a improvement on Zenyatta. However I do feel that is it a poor album. The song writing is a lot more random and it is less direct that on earlier albums It... Read more
Published 5 months ago by H.E.Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars VERY STINGY
I LOVE the police,but cannot bear to listen to stings solo stuff,so for me this sounded like Sting trying to change what was such a great sound, into this album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Event2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
Its a great police's work .for me its so good as the two firts works .i like all musics .
Published 17 months ago by luis benzinho
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding album.
I was not always into the music from 'The Police', but this was one time I thought they sounded particularly good, and my favourite single from this album was 'Spirits In The... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
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