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The Police 6/5/2007

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Fall Out The Police 2:1
  3. 2 Can't Stand Losing You The Police 2:57
  4. 3 Next to You The Police 2:49
  5. 4 Roxanne The Police 3:9
  6. 5 Truth Hits Everybody The Police 2:53
  7. 6 Hole in My Life The Police 4:47
  8. 7 So Lonely The Police 4:45
  9. 8 Message in a Bottle The Police 4:47
  10. 9 Reggatta de Blanc The Police 3:1
  11. 10 Bring on the Night The Police 4:12
  12. 11 Walking on the Moon The Police 4:58
  13. 12 Don't Stand So Close to Me The Police 3:59
  14. 13 Driven to Tears The Police 3:20
  15. 14 Canary in a Coalmine The Police 2:22
  16. 1 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police 4:5
  17. 2 Voices Inside My Head The Police 3:49
  18. 3 Invisible Sun The Police 3:41
  19. 4 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police 4:19
  20. 5 Spirits in the Material World The Police 2:56
  21. 6 Demolition Man The Police 5:53
  22. 7 Every Breath You Take The Police 4:9
  23. 8 Synchronicity, Pt. 1 The Police 3:21
  24. 9 Wrapped Around Your Finger The Police 5:11
  25. 10 Walking in Your Footsteps The Police 3:35
  26. 11 Synchronicity, Pt. 2 The Police 4:57
  27. 12 King of Pain The Police 4:55
  28. 13 Murder by Numbers The Police 4:32
  29. 14 Tea in the Sahara The Police 4:6

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