POLICE - LIVE[RMST]
Format: Compact Disc
By the time The Police broke up in 1984, they'd already traveled the world and played before millions of people in hundreds of countries. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland had come a long way from their first American visit, when they drove across the continent piled into a van and played in any dive that would have them.
LIVE chronicles The Police at opposite ends of their career. Disc 1 was originally recorded for Boston's WBCN-FM in November of 1979; REGGATA DE BLANC had come out months before and the band was still raw, a full year away from cracking the American Top 10. The stripped down sound The Police displayed shows a group not far removed from the evolving new wave movement, which dominated the charts in their native England at the time. The versions of "Walking On The Moon" and "The Bed's Too Big Without You" point to the heavy reggae undertones--whether in the dub-like dynamics of Summers' guitar playing, or the rhythmic interplay that Sting and Copeland tease each other with--that made the band's sound so unique. Rare versions of the band's first two independent singles, "Fallout" and "Landlord", are part of a set that was as close to punk rock as The Police ever got.
Disc 2 is from The Omni, a hockey rink in Atlanta, recorded four years to the month from when the WBCN show took place. By now The Police were huge, having graduated from clubs and theatres to arenas and stadiums; "Every Breath You Take" and SYNCHRONICITY, their first and only chart-toppers, ruled the airwaves. Any remnants of the first tour's gritty feel was gone in favour of a pristine sound, and a trio of back-up singers doubled the number of musicians on stage. Predictably, newer songs like "Tea In The Sahara" and "King Of Pain" dominated the set list, alongside older standards like "Roxanne". The upside of all this time spent playing together was that the unit could incorporate different textures into their music, attracting new fans without alienating die-hards.
LIVE shows The Police as a band able to leap the chasm separating the studio and the stage, with a brand of genre-hopping music that spawned imitators while defying categorisation.
|1)||Next To You|
|3)||Truth Hits Everybody|
|4)||Walking On The Moon|
|5)||Hole In My Life|
|7)||Bring On The Night|
|8)||Message In A Bottle|
|9)||Bed's Too Big Without You|
|12)||Can't Stand Losing You|
|14)||Born In The 50's|
|15)||Be My Girl Sally|
|3)||Walking In Your Footsteps|
|4)||Message In A Bottle (1)|
|5)||O My God|
|6)||De Do Do Do De Da Da Da|
|7)||Wrapped Around Your Finger|
|8)||Tea In The Sahara|
|9)||Spirits In The Material World|
|10)||King Of Pain|
|11)||Don't Stand So Close To Me|
|12)||Every Breath You Take|
|14)||Can't Stand Losing You (1)|