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Synchronicity [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

The Police Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00009P57O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Synchronicity I
2. Walking In Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King Of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea In The Sahara
11. Murder By Numbers
12. Every Breath You Take

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BBC Review

By 1983 Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland were trapped in a loveless marriage. Sure, the guys still cared about each other, but 4 years of teenage adulation and non-stop touring had highlighted the difficulties of having three such large egos within one tight-knit trio. Previous album, Ghosts In The Machine had ended up with a bland red on black cover because the members couldn't even agree on a design, such was the festering rancour. So it was that Synchronicity was to be their Abbey Road. A final masterpiece born out of tears and break-ups.

Following a lengthy gestation, the album came with all the hype and trappings due to such an event in the early 80s. With 36 different sleeves featuring pictures taken by the band themselves (well, it saved on those disagreements), attendant Godley and Creme directed videos and state of the art sonics co-produced by Hugh Padgham, it's a wonder that Synchronicity didn't sink bebeath the weight of its own publicity. But quality wins every time, and luckily Sting and co were still capable of delivering the goods.

Alongside the so-classic-you-don't-even-hear-it-anymore track; creepy, stalker-related "Every Breath You Take", Synchronicity does the usual Police trick of balancing pretention with pop. While its predecessor had name-checked Arthur Koestler, this one referenced the same AND Carl Jung. "Walking In Your Footsteps" made some kind of analogy between mankind's folly and the extinction of the dinosaurs (but hold on...dinosaurs didn't produce pollution and war did they? Oh well.); "Synchronicity II" took its inspiration from Yeats' The Second Coming; "Tea In The Sahara" was based on Paul Bowles' novel, The Sheltering Sky. never let it be said that Sting's work wasn't educuational. A whole generation read Lolita due to him as well.

Drummer Copeland's contribution, "Miss Gradenko" displayed his family's legacy of political globalism matched with Russian stereotypes while Andy Summers' "Mother", which seemed mere silly filler at the time, now sounds wildly funny and honest all at once. It certainly keeps the listener awake.

Of course Sting's major works here revolve around his own private life taking a downturn. "Every Breath You Take" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" paint a desperate portrait of a marriage in shreds, while "Murder By Numbers" is taken from the point of view of a serial killer.

If the album suffers at all, it's from over-production. This band were never better than as a punchy reggae-lite trio and this was about as far as they could ever come without sounding pompous. It still has at its heart, however, a nugget of purest pop, and that makes it timeless enough. --Chris Jones

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CD Digitally Remastered + Video "Every Breath You Take"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mellow masterpiece 29 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
To hardcore Police fans of yesteryear, this album could have been construed as a disappointment. Who cares? The fact that this album was a monumental best seller that appealed to millions of people is a testament to its finely crafted pop tunes.

Sure, there are a couple of dogs on this album, namely the excrutiating Mother, the less than overwhelming Murder by Numbers, and the pointless Miss Gradenko. However, these tracks are more than made up for by the searing intensity of Synchronicity II, the brilliant Wrapped Around Your Finger, and galactico uber hit Every Breath You Take.

Here we have a three piece band at the very height of their song writing and musical powers - the perfect time to call it a day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album along with "Regatta De Blanc" 6 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Bearing in mind that the band broke up a year or so after recording this album, its not difficult to think that this sounds almost like a sting solo album in places. It's certainly unlike anything The Police had recorded previously, much of the reggae influence is absent here(but not totally), and in its place a more straight ahead rock sound (check "Synchronicity II"). There isn't a single dud track on here, it's also probably their most diverse album to date as well. There is so much more on this to enjoy than "Every Breath You Take". Fave tracks include "Synchronicity I", "Mother", "Wrapped around your finger" and the brooding "Tea in the sahara". If you don't own any Police records, get this and "Regatta de Blanc" first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh my precious Synchronicity 5 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although all their albums are perfetly structured and worth a listen nothing ever sounded quite like Synchronicity. From start to finish the album grabs your attention with key songs like the title track, Walking in Your Footsteps and O My God! Side Two however is where the gems are and is worth the buying price alone. King of Pain, Every Breath you Take and my personal favourite Police track ever Wrapped Around Your Finger are beautiful songs with well written melodies and as always fantastic drumming and production. A perfect note for the police to finish on, and album with all but one filler (The for some unlistenable Mother). Apart from this minor glitch a great final album, if you were only going to get one Police album, get this one, even just for side 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying but rather dark album ... 6 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this album soon after it came out so many years ago, and was impressed. Having lost the CD a long time ago, I bought it again this week and listened to it twice this evening. It still impresses, but I couldn't help thinking how lacking in joy this album's songs come across in listening. The internal strains of the Police as a band and with personal difficulties to face in their lives could not but influence the kind of music they would produce for this their last album. That said, it's a very accomplished work, both musically and verbally.

Stand-out tracks for me are Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, Wrapped Around Your Finger, and Tea in the Sahara, all on side two. Some of the other tracks on side one are not without considerable merit, such as Synchronicity 1 and Walking in Your Footsteps, and none of the rest on both sides is bad (even if one or two tracks are quite disliked by many fans). The change in mood in the album compared to the previous ones is noticeable, and the beginning of a solo Sting career in the making is also evident, with all the best songs written and sung by him. But the combination of wonderful guitar work by Andy Summers and brilliant drumming by Stewart Copeland shouldn't be underestimated, and they, together with Sting's bass and unique vocals, made the sound of Police instantly recognisable. No wonder that the Police were regarded as an excellent band in their time, and their legacy continues in that people still want to listen to and dance to their music. Not many bands from thirty or so years ago could say that.

I don't think I can say much more about Synchronicity without repeating what many people have already said over the years, but for me it provides a worthy conclusion to their brief career. Since I now possess all five of their albums (all re-bought or bought for the first time this year), I think I have finally acquired a true measure of how great a band they were.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Side one filler battles side 2 genius 1 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
The police released this, their final record (save the clumsy and doomed reunion of 1986) in 1983, 3 years before my birth. It's a testament to the record that not only has our vinyl copy lasted 20 years, but so has the music in its grooves. A few of the opening cuts could do with the cutting room floor treatment - notably Walking In Your Footsteps, which proves that songs about dinosaurs should be killed without prejudice. But the fist side closes on a high, with the sharp and darkclassic Synchronicity II. Side 2 is wall to wall quality, from the international, ironic mega-hit Every Breath You Take to the all time classic King of Pain, and a synth-laden return to their pop-reggae roots on Wrapped Around Your Finger. Yes, ill-concieved rhymes abound (Museum/see 'um) but overall, buy it cheap and revel in its glory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly the last of the greats 8 Oct 2007
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Being a big Police fan since I was 6 years old this album to me isn't their best. Although The Police were the biggest band around with this album and it's not difficult to see why with songs such as Sychronicity I & II, Oh My God and Tea In The Sahara. But it also includes songs such as Walking In Your Footsteps, Mother and King Of Pain which to me are not some of their best. It does include one of the best songs ever written though with Every Breath You Take.
It is still a great album but not a patch on Regatta De Blanc and Ghost In The Machine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST IMAGINATIVE POLICE ALBUM
STING WAS HEAVILY INTO HIS 'INTELLECTUAL READING THING ' AND THE IDEAS COME OUT HERE !! SORRY STEWART AND ADNY YOU'RE GREAT MUSICIANS BUT NOT GREAT SONGWRITERS
Published 29 days ago by B. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
This album is great, If you love the police as I do then this is a must for your collection, some classic tracks and some more quirky ones, makes for great listening,
Published 1 month ago by A M Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Floored Masterpice.
Most bands peak then slowly released weaker and weaker albums until they decide to call it a day. The Police were the exception. They went out on a high with Synchronicity. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't heard Synchronicity until you've heard the SHM SACD...
The CD is good. The SACD is better overall, though it lacks some drive on tracks like Synchronicity II. but the SHM SACD is streets ahead of either. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Brock
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end for The Police
I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out - and it was clear then the band was losing its way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stu
3.0 out of 5 stars one track favourite
This group is not a favourite of mine, but I love 'I'll be watching you' and sing along with this track through gritted teeth while I reflect on this Goverment and the harm it is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. S. Ayling
4.0 out of 5 stars poor shipping
I receive this CD in the mail. It had obvious water damage to one end of the package, which was completely open. The CD was exposed and I am amazed it was not stolen enroute. Read more
Published on 1 July 2009 by Robert Storckman
4.0 out of 5 stars Progression
This is an interesting and preogressive Police album. You get some idea that Sting is turning into the "artist" he was to become but never-the-less worth having!
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by Toby Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Attention people : no surround!
Musically I would give it 5 stars. But as a SACD it's a ripoff. I have both the CD and the SACD and guess what: with my gear the CD sounds better! Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2009 by Joao-carlos Ventura
2.0 out of 5 stars 'Howay the Lad'
The Police (splendidly ironic name, given the crimes they regularly got away with) are guilty as charged and their last somnambulistic studio album, all gaseous protest and... Read more
Published on 11 April 2008 by Paul Ess.
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