September 12, 1995
Digital Sound
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, New Wave, Album Rock, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

By deleting the 1986 hits collection Every Breath You Take: The Singles and replacing it nearly ten years later with Every Breath You Take: The Classics, A&M improved the original set -- but only slightly. Instead of finally adding the missing hits that were mysteriously absent the first time around ("Synchronicity II," "Demolition Man," "So Lonely," etc.), there are only two additional tracks -- the original version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and a "New Classic Rock Mix" of "Message in a Bottle." Again, the included hits speak for themselves -- "Roxanne," "Walking on the Moon," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "Wrapped Around Your Finger," -- but ultimately, The Classics misses the mark. Why would a Police fan who already owns The Singles want to replace it with a modestly different repackaging? A&M should have added some of the missing classics instead of just rehashing what many fans already own.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Roxanne
  2. Can't Stand Losing You
  3. Message in a Bottle
  4. Walking on the Moon
  5. Don't Stand So Close to Me
  6. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  7. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  8. Invisible Sun
  9. Spirits in the Material World
  10. Every Breath You Take
  11. King of Pain
  12. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  13. Don't Stand So Close to Me '86
  14. Message in a Bottle [New Classic Rock Mix]