Greatest Hits (2x LP)

The Police

Polydor, 2023

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


Originally released in 1992, this second compilation album from The Police—and undoubtedly one of the best and commercially successful Greatest Hits releases ever—is back in print again as a double-LP set on black vinyl.

The 16-track package opens with smash hit “Roxanne,” where the unorthodox love story and tango setting reminds us of all the things we love about the legendary trio, and the reggae rock of “Can't Stand Losing You” follows with the trio's dynamic formula front and center. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Deeper into the first LP, the New Wave tendencies of “Message In A Bottle” are always appreciated, while Stewart Copeland's superb drumming and Andy Summers' inimitable guitar playing populate the luminous “The Bed's Too Big Without You.” “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” exits the first half of the listen, and it's the band’s “simple song” that employs reverb and echo in all the right places.

The back half of the listen starts with “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” which exemplifies the power-pop spirit of The Police, and “Spirits In The Material World” brings us Sting’s maiden voyage into the world of synthesizers.

“Every Breath You Take” arrives closer to the end, and there's a reason why it’s one of the most played tunes in radio history thanks to Summers’ guitar and the often misinterpreted lyrical matter. “Tea In The Sahara” finishes out the collection, and recruits some ambience that includes Sting playing the oboe.

There were plenty of bands rising out of the British New Wave scene in the late ’70s, but The Police’s mix of punk, reggae, jazz and rock quickly made them a globally recognizable name. All of the songs present here are decades old, but they all still sound great. The vinyl copies of this reissue in 1992 were limited, so fans—or first-time listeners—are lucky to see this format available again.

Rating: A

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