UPDATE (9/26/2019): Just short of a year after this vinyl box set was issued, A&M/UMe will issue a CD version with the same contents on November 8. Amazon links are below!
ORIGINAL POST (11/12/2018): Over the course of just five albums released between 1978 and 1983, The Police synthesized pop, rock, New Wave, and world music sounds including, most notably, reggae into a style all their own. Incorporating influences of punk and jazz into the mix, their sound still reverberates today. Vocalist-bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland called it a day before 1986 was out, reuniting in 2007-2008 for a phenomenally successful tour before going their separate ways yet again. Their small but significant catalogue has been remastered a couple of times previously – once in 1995, and again in 2003. Now, it’s returning to vinyl in a new box set due on November 16 from A&M/UMe. Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings is a 6-disc vinyl collection featuring the five studio albums plus a bonus LP of rarities entitled Flexible Strategies.
Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings features remastered editions of Outlandos d’Amour (1978), Reggatta de Blanc (1979), Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), Ghost In The Machine (1981) and Synchronicity (1983). (You can read TSD founder Mike Duquette’s comprehensive, album-by-album analysis of The Police’s discography here!) All have been remastered at half-speed and cut onto heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl by engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. The sixth and final LP, Flexible Strategies, offers twelve selections, all of which were originally released as single B-sides to such favorite songs as “Walking on the Moon,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take.”
Note that this set doesn’t claim to be complete, and isn’t; it lacks a number of the tracks included on the 1993 CD set Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings such as the band’s debut single “Fallout” b/w “Nothing Achieving,” the re-recorded “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86,” and the Brimstone and Treacle soundtrack material. However, the new vinyl box does have one track not on Message: the remix/re-recording of “Truth Hits Everybody” from the “Every Breath You Take” double 7-inch single. Additionally, an intro mysteriously left off of instrumental B-side “Shambelle” on Message In a Box has been restored here.
The vinyl collection, housed in a hardcover box with a lift-off lid, boasts a new, 24-page, 12 x 12″ photo booklet containing rare and previously unpublished images from the band’s archive. Look for Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings on November 16! You’ll find the complete, annotated track listing and pre-order links below!
LP 1: Outlandos d’Amour (A&M AMLH 68502 (U.K.)/SP-4753 (U.S.), 1978)
LP 2: Reggatta de Blanc (A&M AMLH 64792 (U.K.)/SP-3713 (U.S.), 1979)
LP 3: Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M AMLH 64831 (U.K.)/SP-4831 (U.S.), 1980)
LP 4: Ghost In The Machine (A&M AMLK 63730 (U.K.)/SP-3730 (U.S.), 1981)
LP 5: Synchronicity (A&M AMLX 63735 (U.K.)/SP-3735 (U.S.), 1983)
LP 6: Flexible Strategies (bonus disc)
- Dead End Job (B-side to “Can’t Stand Losing You” – A&M AMS 7381, 1978)
- Landlord (B-side to “Message In a Bottle” – A&M AMS 7474, 1979)
- Visions Of The Night (B-side to “Walking On The Moon” – A&M AMS 7494, 1979)
- Friends (B-side to “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” – A&M AMS 7564, 1980)
- A Sermon (B-side to “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” – A&M AMS 7578, 1980)
- Shambelle (B-side to “Invisible Sun” – A&M AMS 8164, 1981)
- Flexible Strategies (B-side to “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” – A&M AMS 8174, 1981)
- Low Life (B-side to “Spirits In The Material World” – A&M AMS 8194, 1981)
- Murder By Numbers (B-side to “Every Breath You Take” – A&M AM 117, 1983. Also CD bonus track on Synchronicity)
- Truth Hits Everybody (Remix) (B-side to “Every Breath You Take” double 7″ single – A&M AM*01, 1983)
- Someone To Talk To (B-side to “Wrapped Around Your Finger” – A&M AM 127, 1983)
- Once Upon a Daydream (B-side to “Synchronicity II” – A&M AM 153, 1983)