June 13, 1995
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, New Wave, Alternative Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Post-Punk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

1995 finally saw the release of the Police's long-rumored first official live album, the two-CD Live!. The first CD was recorded back in 1979 in Boston, for an FM broadcast during the tour for their second album, Reggatta de Blanc, while the second disc is from their final tour in 1983 during a tour stop in Atlanta. While the first disc is excellent -- it captures the Police at their most frantic and energetic -- the second disc is pretty darn uninspired (Sting's vocals in particular), as evidenced by the unnecessary and annoying backup singers that are detected throughout. Highlights abound on disc one, including early faves like "Next to You," "So Lonely," "Bring on the Night," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "Roxanne," "Walking on the Moon," and "Can't Stand Losing You." And while disc two contains a few standouts ("Tea in the Sahara," "Every Breath You Take"), those dastardly backup singers make most of the songs sound like blah lounge versions ("King of Pain," "Synchronicity I," "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"). Still, the first disc of Live! makes it a recommended purchase to the serious Police fan.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Next to You
  2. So Lonely
  3. Truth Hits Everybody
  4. Walking on the Moon
  5. Hole in My Life
  6. Fall Out
  7. Bring on the Night
  8. Message in a Bottle
  9. The Bed's Too Big Without You
  10. Peanuts
  11. Roxanne
  12. Can't Stand Losing You
  13. Landlord
  14. Born in the 50's
  15. Be My Girl/Sally
  16. Synchronicity I
  17. Synchronicity II
  18. Walking in Your Footsteps
  19. Message in a Bottle
  20. O My God
  21. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  22. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  23. Tea in the Sahara
  24. Spirits in the Material World
  25. King of Pain
  26. Don't Stand So Close to Me
  27. Every Breath You Take
  28. Roxanne
  29. Can't Stand Losing You
  30. So Lonely
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