RELEASE
September 28, 1993
LABEL
Polydor
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Punk/New Wave, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, New Wave

Album Review

Despite their legendary status, the Police only released five albums during their brief reign from 1978-1983. In addition, the trio had amassed a healthy amount of both studio and live B-sides, plus songs that only appeared on soundtracks. For the 1993 four-CD box set Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, every single song the Police ever recorded is included. All the tracks were digitally remastered for the project, sounding superior to the original CD versions of the single albums. Also included is a 68-page booklet that includes an interesting (and often humorous) biography, a time line, and notes from all three bandmembers regarding the rarities that appear for the first time on compact disc here. But of course, the real charm of the box set is the music -- album tracks ("Hole in My Life," "It's Alright for You," "Driven to Tears"), hits ("Message in a Bottle," "Can't Stand Losing You," "Spirits in the Material World"), and rarities ("Fallout," a live version of "Next to You") are all timeless classics. While the set is highly recommended to newcomers just discovering the wonders of the Police, longtime fans should consider replacing their tinny-sounding single CDs with the definitive Message in a Box. After all, it contains a total of 24 tracks unavailable (for the most part) anywhere else.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Fallouthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Nothing Achievinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nothing-achieving/id316610?i=160810090&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Dead End Jobhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dead-end-job/id316610?i=160810094&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Next to Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/next-to-you/id316610?i=316608&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. So Lonelyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/so-lonely/id316610?i=316196&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Roxannehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/roxanne/id316610?i=316388&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Hole in My Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hole-in-my-life/id316610?i=316396&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Peanutshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/peanuts/id316610?i=316400&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Can't Stand Losing Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cant-stand-losing-you/id316610?i=316404&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Truth Hits Everybodyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/truth-hits-everybody/id316610?i=316408&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Born in the 50'shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/born-in-the-50s/id316610?i=316412&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Be My Girl - Sallyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/be-my-girl-sally/id316610?i=316414&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Masoko Tangahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/masoko-tanga/id316610?i=316418&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Landlord [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/id316610?i=160810102&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Next to You [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/id316610?i=27805143&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Landlordhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/landlord/id316610?i=160810107&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Message in a Bottlehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-bottle/id316610?i=316423&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Reggatta de Blanchttp://itunes.apple.com/album/reggatta-de-blanc/id316610?i=160810112&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. It's Alright for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/its-alright-for-you/id316610?i=316427&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Bring on the Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/bring-on-the-night/id316610?i=316431&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Deathwishhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/deathwish/id316610?i=316434&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Walking on the Moonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. On Any Other Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. The Bed's Too Big Without Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Contacthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Does Everyone Starehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. No Time This Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Visions of the Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. The Bed's Too Big Without You [Mono Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Truth Hits Everybody [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Friendshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Don't Stand So Close to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Driven to Tearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Stillhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Canary in a Coalminehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Voices Inside My Headhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Bombs Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Dahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Behind My Camelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Man in a Suitcasehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Shadows in the Rainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. The Other Way of Stoppinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. A Sermonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Driven to Tears [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Shambellehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Spirits in the Material Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Invisible Sunhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Hungry for You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Demolition Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. Too Much Informationhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. Rehumanize Yourselfhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. One World (Not Three)http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Omega Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Secret Journeyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. Darknesshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Flexible Strategieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. Low Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  59. How Stupid Mr. Bateshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  60. A Kind of Lovinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  61. Synchronicity Ihttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  62. Walking in Your Footstepshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  63. O My Godhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  64. Motherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  65. Miss Gradenkohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  66. Synchronicity IIhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  67. Every Breath You Takehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  68. King of Painhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  69. Wrapped Around Your Fingerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  70. Tea in the Saharahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  71. Murder by Numbershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  72. Man in a Suitcase [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  73. Someone to Talk Tohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  74. Message in a Bottle [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  75. I Burn for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  76. Once upon a Daydreamhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  77. Tea in the Sahara [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  78. Don't Stand So Close to Me '86http://itunes.apple.com/album/message-in-a-box/id316610?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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