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Message In A Box

Album: Message In A Box
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Fall Out More Info... 2:03
2)    Nothing Achieving More Info... 1:56
3)    Dead End Job More Info... 3:35
4)    Next To You More Info... 2:52
5)    So Lonely More Info... 4:52
6)    Roxanne More Info... 3:15
7)    Hole In My Life More Info... 4:54
8)    Peanuts More Info... 4:02
9)    Can't Stand Losing You More Info... 3:01
10)    Truth Hits Everybody More Info... 2:54
11)    Born In The 50's More Info... 3:44
12)    Be My Girl - Sally More Info... 3:23
13)    Masoko Tanga More Info... 5:44
14)    Landlord Live "Message In A Box Version" More Info... 2:37
15)    Next To You Live "Message In A Box Version" More Info... 3:11
16)    Landlord More Info... 3:10
17)    Message In A Bottle More Info... 4:51
18)    Reggatta De Blanc More Info... 3:06
19)    It's Alright For You More Info... 3:13
20)    Bring On The Night More Info... 4:16
21)    Deathwish More Info... 4:12
  Disc 2
1)    Walking On The Moon More Info... 5:02
2)    On Any Other Day More Info... 2:58
3)    The Bed's Too Big Without You More Info... 4:26
4)    Contact More Info... 2:38
5)    Does Everyone Stare More Info... 3:46
6)    No Time This Time More Info... 3:20
7)    Visions Of The Night More Info... 3:05
8)    The Bed's Too Big Without You Mono Version More Info... 3:30
9)    Truth Hits Everybody Live In Boston Version More Info... 2:27
10)    Friends More Info... 3:37
11)    Don't Stand So Close To Me More Info... 4:03
12)    Driven To Tears More Info... 3:20
13)    When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around More Info... 3:37
14)    Canary In A Coalmine More Info... 2:27
15)    Voices Inside My Head More Info... 3:53
16)    Bombs Away More Info... 3:06
17)    De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da More Info... 4:09
18)    Behind My Camel More Info... 2:54
19)    Man In A Suitcase More Info... 2:19
20)    Shadows In The Rain More Info... 5:02
21)    The Other Way Of Stopping More Info... 3:23
  Disc 3
1)    A Sermon More Info... 2:33
2)    Driven To Tears Live "Message In A Box Version" More Info... 3:29
3)    Shambelle More Info... 5:01
4)    Spirits In The Material World More Info... 2:59
5)    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic More Info... 4:21
6)    Invisible Sun More Info... 3:44
7)    Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) More Info... 2:53
8)    Demolition Man More Info... 5:58
9)    Too Much Information More Info... 3:43
10)    Rehumanize Yourself More Info... 3:10
11)    One World (Not Three) More Info... 4:47
12)    Omegaman More Info... 2:48
13)    Secret Journey More Info... 3:34
14)    Darkness More Info... 3:15
15)    Flexible Strategies More Info... 3:44
16)    Low Life More Info... 3:45
17)    How Stupid Mr. Bates More Info... 2:42
18)    A Kind Of Loving Album Version More Info... 2:03
  Disc 4
1)    Synchronicity I More Info... 3:23
2)    Walking In Your Footsteps More Info... 3:37
3)    O My God More Info... 4:02
4)    Mother More Info... 3:06
5)    Miss Gradenko More Info... 2:00
6)    Synchronicity II More Info... 5:03
7)    Every Breath You Take More Info... 4:14
8)    King Of Pain More Info... 4:59
9)    Wrapped Around Your Finger More Info... 5:14
10)    Tea In The Sahara More Info... 4:14
11)    Murder By Numbers More Info... 4:37
12)    Man In A Suitcase Live "Message In A Box Version" More Info... 2:17
13)    Someone To Talk To More Info... 3:08
14)    Message In A Bottle Live "Message In A Box Version" More Info... 4:52
15)    I Burn For You More Info... 4:50
16)    Once Upon A Daydream More Info... 3:31
17)    Tea In The Sahara Live In Atlanta Version More Info... 5:06
18)    Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 Dance Mix More Info... 4:51
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • MESSAGE IN A BOX contains tracks from the group's five studio albums, rare B-sides, and live tracks. It also includes a 64-page booklet with extensive liner notes, a discography, the band's commentary on the b-sides and other obscure tracks, rare photographs and a Police time-line.
  • The Police: Sting (vocals, saxophone, keyboards, acoustic & electric bass); Andy Summers (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Stewart Copeland (keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals).
  • Producers include: The Police, Stewart Copeland, Nigel Gray, Tim Summerhayes, Hugh Padgham.
  • Compilation producer: Stewart Whitmore.
  • Engineers: The Police, Tim Summerhayes.
  • Includes liner notes by Phil Sutcliffe.
  • Digitally remastered by David Collins (A&M Mastering Studios).
  • Adapter: Syd Brak.
  • Personnel: Sting (vocals); Henri Padovani, Andy Summers (guitar); Stewart Copeland (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: The Police; Tim Summerhayes.
  • Liner Note Author: Phil Sutcliffe.
  • Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Duane Michals; Chris Craske; James Wedge; Adrian Boot; Watalu Asanuma; Danny Quatrochi; Miles Copeland; Paul Cox; Jill Furmanovsky; Janette Beckman; Simon Fowler .
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: John Bauldie; Mark Mazzetti; Joe Bennett.
  • Although the Police lasted for less than a decade, they recorded enough material to fill out the four CDs that make up MESSAGE IN A BOX. In addition to everything on their five studio albums, this box set contains soundtrack material, singles and demos featuring the contributions of guitarist Andy Summers' predecessor Henri Padovani (on the band's first single "Fallout" b/w "Nothing Achieving"). The Police's most consistent quality was their anomalousness.
  • Their path started in the punk environs of mid-'70s London despite the fact that all three were older and had considerably better chops (due to varying jazz backgrounds) than their rebellious contemporaries. Despite these differences, the Police combined biting lyrical imagery with a musical fusion of reggae, punk and pop that resulted in material as mainstream as "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "King Of Pain" and as wonderfully quirky as "Be My Girl-Sally" and "On Any Other Day." Along the way, the Police released songs about generational differences ("Born in the '50s"), Irish politics ("Invisible Sun") and the ultimate ode to manipulation and their only number one hit ("Every Breath You Take").
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/11/93, p.77) - "...hearing the growth between OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR and ZENYATTA MONDATTA only underscores how innovative [The Police's] best work was..."

Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Musician (1/94, p.94) - "...MESSAGE IN A BOX appeals directly to the completist...a rapturous chronicle..."
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