Like one of the other reviewers, I got this album for Christmas in the year it came out, but, unlike the other reviewer, I had asked for it, and when the turkey and trimmings were out of the way, I dissapeared to my bedroom to listen to it on my portable record player, you know, one of those that you could stack eight LPs on at once and they were supposed to drop down one at a time, but it never seemed to work like that. Anyway, I digress. I emerged about five hours later with a huge smile on my face because I knew that I had a masterpiece in my possession. Those were the days. Years later, I leant the album to a friend, who leant it to her brother who took it to university with him and I never saw it again. Until February 2007, when I bought the CD with 'Synchronicity'. Two very different Police albums, but while I expected the latter to still sound good, I was surprised at how well 'Reggatta de Blanc' had stood the test of time. It sounds as fresh and full of energy as I remember. OK one or two of the tracks have dated a bit but the singles and other recognised songs like 'Bring on the Night' and 'Bed's too big..' haven't lost their power. Before I go, a word in defence of Stewart Copeland's songwriting. Yes, some of his songs were at best 'jokey' and at worst 'ropey', but 'Does everyone Stare' is a little gem and quite the best thing he ever penned. The lyrics are witty, sad and sinister all at the same time. I had forgotten all about this one but when I heard it again, I was surprised to find I still remembered all the words which means I must have listened to it over and over again, all those years ago.