What does it sound like?:
From the press release: ” ‘Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings’ is a six vinyl LP box set which brings together The Police’s entire recorded studio albums, as well as a 12-track sixth disc entitled ‘Flexible Strategies’ which contains exclusive bonus material of non-album recordings and B-sides.
Re-mastered and cut onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, the world’s leading exponent of half-speed mastering, this limited-edition set celebrates the 40th anniversary of the multi-million selling band’s first album, ‘Outlandos d’Amour’. It also contains a special 24 page, 12”x12” photo book featuring rare and unseen images from the band’s personal archives housed in deluxe packaging of a hardcover box with lift-off lid.”
Now, much as I hate to be pedantic, the above statement isn’t quite true. The 12 tracks on the bonus LP are all previously-released B-sides. Both sides of debut single ‘Fall Out’ are missing, ‘Murder By Numbers’ is included but was a bonus track on CD and MC of the Synchronicity album so is well known, and two live B-sides from the last album’s singles are missing. They were all on 1993’s complete Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings CD set.
Having listened to review MP3s of the Flexible Strategies, I don’t feel the need to listen to it again.
I actually bought the previous half-speed remastered 180g LP of Ghost In The Machine. It definitely sounds better than the original pressing. Stewart Copeland’s lead drums (I always think his drums were the lead instrument in the band) jump out of the speakers, Stingo’s bass goes deeper, Andy Summers’ fluid guitar lines cut through cleaner. GITM is the album which suffers most from 80s production stodge, though, and is few people’s favourite.
A brief summary of the studio albums:
Outlandos d’Amour (1978): punky self-produced debut
Reggatta de Blanc (1979): more reggae influenced, the creative peak
Zenyatta Mondatta (1980): rushed, includes the truly awful De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Ghost in the Machine (1981): treacly production
Synchronicity (1983): victory snatched from the jaws of defeat (as they could no longer stand the sight of each other).
What does it all *mean*?
If my LP copy of Ghost In The Machine is anything to go by, these will sound immense.
Goes well with…
People with deep pockets and expensive turntables (6 LPs for £110, one of which you’ll only play once)
Might suit people who like…
high-end vinyl, lead drums, white reggae, a singer who is seemingly always constipated