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