The Police – Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (4CD Box Set) (1993) [FLAC]

The Police – Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (4CD Box Set) (1993) [FLAC]
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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

# Source: Audio CD
# Original Release Date: September 28, 1993
# Number of Discs: 4
# Label: A&M Records
# Catalog: #540150
# ASIN: B000002G23

Disc: 1

1. Fallout
2. Nothing Achieving
3. Dead End Job
4. Next to You
5. So Lonely
6. Roxanne
7. Hole in My Life
8. Peanuts
9. Can’t Stand Losing You
10. Truth Hits Everybody
11. Born in the 50′s
12. Be My Girl – Sally
13. Masoko Tanga
14. Landlord [Live]
15. Next to You [Live]
16. Landlord
17. Message in a Bottle
18. Reggatta de Blanc
19. It’s Alright for You
20. Bring on the Night
21. Deathwish

Disc: 2

1. Walking on the Moon
2. On Any Other Day
3. Bed’s Too Big Without You
4. Contact
5. Does Everyone Stare
6. No Time This Time
7. Visions of the Night
8. Bed’s Too Big Without You [Mono Version]
9. Truth Hits Everybody [Live]
10. Friends
11. Don’t Stand So Close to Me
12. Driven to Tears
13. When the World Is Running Down….
14. Canary in a Coalmine
15. Voices Inside My Head
16. Bombs Away
17. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
18. Behind My Camel
19. Man in a Suitcase
20. Shadows in the Rain
21. Other Way of Stopping

Disc: 3

1. Sermon
2. Driven to Tears [Live]
3. Shambelle
4. Spirits in the Material World
5. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
6. Invisible Sun
7. Hungry for You (J’Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)
8. Demolition Man
9. Too Much Information
10. Rehumanize Yourself
11. One World (Not Three)
12. Omegaman
13. Secret Journey
14. Darkness
15. Flexible Strategies
16. Low Life
17. How Stupid Mr. Bates
18. Kind of Loving

Disc: 4

1. Synchronicity I
2. Walking in Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea in the Sahara
11. Murder by Numbers
12. Man in a Suitcase [Live]
13. Someone to Talk To
14. Message in a Bottle [Live]
15. I Burn for You
16. Once upon a Daydream
17. Tea in the Sahara [Live]
18. Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86

All of the album artwork is included as well. Enjoy!