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Message in a Box (Earbook Import, Box set

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD: 120 pages (2 Nov. 2006)
  • 120 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Edel
  • ASIN: 3937406867
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Doesn't quite "do exactly what it says on the tin" (the live version of Don't Stand So Close To Me from the '86 remake is missing), but that hardly matters - all the album tracks and the rest of the B-sides are here and there are live tracks too. No Puff Daddy remixes though, thankfully.
No solo material either (Klark Kent's Don't Care, Sting's Spread A Little Happiness for instance), but this is still an essential purchase, particularly when you realise you could buy the re-issued 5 CD's together for the same price and miss out on the extra tracks, and being squeezed onto 4 discs keeps the price down too!
This collection stands as a solid defence of their career (only 5 short years from nowhere to world domination). If you get this, there's nothing else TO get (unless you track down the live double CD from a few years ago) as here you get all your favourites in one fell swoop.
Maybe the Sting solo albums?
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Format: Audio CD
This set has introduced me to a lot of their early and some unreleased stuff - it came as a bit of a surprise, but I soon grew to like it.
If you've not got the lot, or you have just some crusty old tapes and scratched records, then I would recommend it.
For people who don't know what the Police were about and their background: the book makes interesting reading (without it being a long rambling biography). If you know it all already, well, look at the pictures then! :)
Only 1 problem: it won't fit in my CD rack! the CDs are mounted inside the covers of the book.
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Like most people I generally know the Police from the greatest hits, and so picked up this box set with those songs primarily in my mind. In fairness though I now find myself probably more interested in the bands more obscure tunes, back when they were a little more post-punk, less soft-rock, and prior to when Sting decided that he was a reggea singing Jamaican, and theres alot of gems to be unearthed in this collection.

Dont get me wrong, theres alot of obscurities here too, and some stuff that is downright strange and will leave you in no doubt as to why youve never heard them before. Alot of this stuff might even turn off fans of the bands more mainstream music, but for the most part I considered it a solid, enjoyable, and almost definitive collection.
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Format: Audio CD
Absolutely fantastic - amazing songs and music which will bring back so many memories of the 80's. The sound on the cd's is incredible. The booklet included comes with all kinds of stories and pictures on the songs and how they were written. My favourite songs are 'Voices' 'King of Pain' and 'Every Breath' but they are all classics and even if your not a Police fan there is something for everyone - pump up the bass and volume and chill.
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Format: Audio CD
This box set is absolutely superb in parts. Unfortunately those parts almost exclusively correspond with the five studio albums by The Police.

Additionally you get the first single (With Henry Padovani on guitar instead of Andy Summers. Padovani is simply not nearly as good), and also all of the studio single B-sides and about half of the live single B-sides (which you'll have worked out means that this box isn't definitive despite the description). You also get The Police's contribution to the soundtrack for the film Brimstone & Treacle. With one, maybe two exceptions these tracks are throwaways which are simply not worth worrying about missing. In fact they disrupt the nice flow of the original albums.

Buy the studio albums instead - I'd give them a five star rating!
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Format: Audio CD
This is a complete collection from the police, i don't need to buy the cd's, fine artwork, reamsterized sound
highly recommended!!
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Format: Audio CD
A must for all police fans, everything and more is on here - the quality albums, singles and rarities
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Disappointed, 1 disc was scratched and several tracks are not listenable.
Otherwise Police is Police. Nice to the ears!
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