CD Edition Of The Police’s ‘Every Move You Make’ Box Set Due In November

The collection features the band’s entire recorded output, with a bonus disc, ‘Flexible Strategies’, containing exclusive bonus material of non-album recordings and B-sides.

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The Police Every Move You Make CD Edition

On 8 November, The Police will be reissuing re-mastered 180g heavyweight vinyl of Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity as well as a 6-CD boxset edition of 2018’s Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings that brings together all their studio albums with the addition of a bonus disc of B-sides entitled ‘Flexible Strategies’.

Reggatta de Blanc was originally released in 1979, this is the band’s second album and their first album to reach number one in the UK. It features the band’s first two chart-topping hit singles – ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon,’ while the album’s title-track received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1980. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine named it one of their 500 greatest albums of all time.

Zenyatta Mondatta, the third Police album, released in 1980, is regarded as one of the finest rock albums of all time and again reached number one in the UK album chart and features two classic hit singles – ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ and ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’. The album won two Grammy Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ and Best Rock Instrumental Performance for ‘Behind My Camel’.

Ghost in the Machine, originally released in 1981, their fourth studio album was number one in the UK album chart and a multi-platinum bestseller. It features three hit singles – ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’, ‘Invisible Sun’ and ‘Spirits in the Material World’. Their jazz influences became more pronounced, but the album had a very strong, sophisticated pop appeal. This album was also included in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time.

Synchronicity, the fifth and final studio album was released 1983 and was the band’s most commercially successful album. This album made The Police global superstars, generating no less than four classic hit singles – ‘Every Breath You Take, ‘King of Pain’, ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’, and ‘Synchronicity II’. At the 1984 Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for a total of five awards including Album of the Year and went on to be considered one of the most important albums of all-time consistently appearing in ‘Greatest Album Lists” and earning an induction into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2009.

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Following the 40th-anniversary vinyl box of the same name, Every Move You Make: The Studio Recording is a limited edition 6-CD box set, featuring all five studio albums plus a bonus 12-track disc – ‘Flexible Strategies’ – comprised of non-album B-sides (including a very rare remix of ‘Truth Hits Everybody’). All albums are full-colour gatefold CD digipak wallets housed in a lift-off lid clamshell-style box and have been remastered at Abbey Road. The Police’s studio albums include – Outlandos d’Amour (1978), Reggatta de Blanc (1979), Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), Ghost in the Machine (1981) and Synchronicity (1983).

Formed in 1977, The Police featured Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. During their existence, their contribution to the lexicon of rock was immense. The originality of their music fused elements from both punk and reggae to form a brilliant new style that can only be described as “Music of The Police.” Having sold in excess of 50 million albums worldwide, The Police had phenomenal chart success and earned a multitude of accolades both public and critical, but they never allowed such peripherals to overshadow their commitment to the music itself.

The 6CD edition of Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings is out on 8 November and can be bought here.


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  1. Mark Chance

    November 16, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I have bought the CD Box and have to say that the CDs are poor in respect of being playable on my laptop CD Drive or the external drive I use when I have issues with compatibility.

    I feel that these are either a rush job to get them out in time for the christmas present buying season or A&M are using the lowest possible quality of manufacture to max their profits from what would be a great value boxset.

    As it is, I won’t be getting rid of the non-remastered CD versions just yet!

    In summary, POOR, POOR, POOR and if Sting, Stuart and Miles read this, I hope they would be shocked at the treatment of these classic albums.

    • GILLIES Neil

      November 26, 2019 at 12:48 am

      (Christmas, Stewart). The 6 CDs look like good value at 16.99 euros ; but I only paid 20 then 10 euros for the Message In A Box 4 CDs – which had 78 songs, a book and French translation. The only new things the new box offers me are the Truth Hits Everybody re-mix (which I’ve never heard) ; the actual CDs as they came out (I already have Synchronicity, with Murder By Numbers) and in gatefold it says ; all the B sides (that weren’t LP tracks) on one disc in order (though the very first Nothing Achieving is missing) ; and the remasterisation. Of course they are my favourite group. I’ll probably by the CD version ; hoping I hear sound improvements. I remember being amazed thinking in 1985 The Police were one of the only groups NOT to have put out a compilation (or indeed a live disc) – despite 1980’s Six Pack being a mini Greatest Hits -; but now they have at least TWICE as many compilations/live albums as they have albums…

    • Gillies Neil

      November 26, 2019 at 1:19 am

      Is the CD sound better/different from Message In A Box’s CD sound ?

  2. GILLIES Neil

    November 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    …if you like their singles, Greatest Hits or The Police(2 discs) will do. But their fans will know some of their album tracks were so strong they could’ve been singles – Reggatta De Blanc, Canary In A Coalmine, Synchronicity I, Born In The 50s, Does Everyone Stare, Contact etc. – indeed the first and Behind My Camel (both instrumentals) won grammies. As for the B sides, two of their latter ones, Low Life and Once Upon A Daydream stand out ; with Murder By Numbers, Landlord and Visions Of The Night (the last 2 B sides to Message In A Bottle and Walking On The Moon) worth mentioning. Also missing here are Fall Out, The Bed’s Too Big Without You (mono), I Burn For You (one of their best), How Stupid Mr. Bates, thankfully A Kind Of Loving (their worst song), Don’t Stand So Close To Me 86 and any live track. (Message In A Box has 7). But Sting and The Police have done all this before : in 1986 Sting put out Bring On The Night with live versions of solo songs and The Police ones ; followed by The Police’s Every Breath You Take : The Singles. This year Sting put out My Songs (new studio versions of Sting and The Police songs/with live versions) ; then this. What next ? A new The Police album can’t be ruled out ; but Andy Summers’ll be 75 in December. Maybe a Best Of Live from their 3 official live albums, extra live tracks and their 6 Amnesty International tracks from 1986 (including a duo with Bono on Invisible Sun)..?

  3. GILLIES Neil

    December 11, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Once again ‘Every Move You Make -The Studio Recordings’ is not THE COMPLETE studio recordings (see above). On ‘Outlandos D’Amour”s back cover it’s ‘Be My Girl – Sally’ ; but on the disclabel it’s ‘Be My Girl/Sally’. The disclabel for ‘Synchronicity’ has the LP’s white B disclabel. On the ‘Flexible Strategies’ CD disclabel neither the song credits nor songtimes are given – nor on the gatefold cover -; though the years of the songs are

  4. GILLIES Neil

    February 2, 2020 at 3:52 am

    The ‘Synchronicity’ CD does NOT contain ‘Murder By Numbers’ – when it WAS on the original CD and cassette ; but not on the LP. This song, also the B side to ‘Every Breath You Take’, is with the other B sides on ‘Flexible Strategies’

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