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The Police- Synchronicity 35th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland

You could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978’s Outlandos d’Amour,  the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc,  their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta,  and Ghost in the Machine  were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but this fact is certain: the 1983 Police album  Synchronicity  guaranteed it. Synchronicity was so massively appealing that millions purchased it as well as the preceding four Police albums in numbers great enough to place all five on the 1983 sales chart simultaneously at year’s end!

Drummer Stewart Copeland, the sole American, literally was the Police commissioner in London in 1977, forming the band at the height of the Punk Rock scene but like guitarist Andy Summers, the veteran of the force, and chief of Police singer/ bass player/ songwriter Sting, none of them were actually spawned by that minimalist scene. In the long tradition of white musicians copping authentic black music, the reggae influences so prominent on those first two Police albums had been homogenized by the time of Synchronicity’s  June 1983 release so that the band was not handcuffed by the musical conventions of either punk or reggae on mega-hits “Every Breath You Take”,”King of Pain”,”Wrapped Around Your Finger”, and the title song. Cops of Rock Stewart Copeland and  Sting open this Police inquiry with me  In the Studio  for the blockbuster thirty-fifth anniversary of  Synchronicity. – Redbeard

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