Top Artists – The Police

The Police – Reggatta de Blanc


Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2018

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  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this copy took top honors in our recent shootout
  • Only the second White Hot copy to hit the site in years but we think you’ll agree that this superb pressing was worth the wait
  • Sting’s pulsing bass lines and the massive assault of Copeland’s kick really come to life on this pressing
  • “Reggatta de Blanc stands the test of time as one of the greatest albums of the post-punk and new wave era, improving in almost every way upon The Police’s debut album.”

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This A&M LP has PUNCHY LOW-END that really drives this rhythmically charged music! Sting’s pulsing bass lines and the massive assault of Stewart Copeland’s kick drum really come to life on this Hot Stamper pressing.

Though it lacks some of the high end extension and midrange “prettiness” of the half-speed, we feel that this copy presents the music much more correctly. This is Reggae-Rock; it needs good tight bass to drive the music and keep up the pace, and half-speed mastered records almost never get the bass to sound deep, solid and punchy the way full-speed-mastered records do.  (more…)

The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta


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  • A MONSTER of a copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The overall sound is incredibly big and bold with a HUGE bottom end and tons of energy
  • Fairly quiet vinyl throughout — Mint Minus to Mint Minus MInus
  • 5 Stars: “Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”… Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time.”

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Finally, a killer copy of Zenyatta Mondatta worthy of the White Hot Stamper designation! It is brutally difficult to find great copies of this album, which explains why only a handful have gone up since 2006. And given our expanded resources and refined shootout process, not to mention the expertise we’ve gained in the thousands of hours of listening we’ve done since that time, I have to believe that this is one of the best sounding copies we’ve ever found. Police fans, this is the ONE.

This copy did everything we wanted and then some. It’s big, bold and lively with the kind of powerful bottom end that brings out the best in The Police. The vocals are present, the bass is well-defined, the guitar has harmonic texture and the drums are punchy and lively. I don’t think you could find a better sounding version of this album no matter how hard you tried.

As for the music, the album is an absolute classic — it leads off with Don’t Stand So Close To Me and never lets up. (more…)

Listening in Depth to The Police – Synchronicity

More Synchronicity

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Listening in Depth

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The choruses get LOUD and are so POWERFUL on the best copies they make a mockery of most of the pressings out there. This is a Big Speaker Record if ever there was one.

In-Depth Track Commentary

Side One

Synchronicity I

One of the two title tracks on this record (huh?), it’s also one of the quickest ways to hear what is happening sonically on this side. It’s a high energy, take-no-prisoners rock track that usually ends up sounding bloated and brittle on the typical pressing. However, when it’s cut right it’s amazing! The bass guitar and kick should be driving the track, not making you want to skip to the next one. Also, when you can hear the separation and detail in the multitrack army of Stings during the chorus, you’re in good shape.

Walking in Your Footsteps

Is that a pan flute I hear? More than likely it’s a synth, but if you can hear the “air” going through it and all of the ambience surrounding it, you’re not off to a bad start. Also, the percussion should actually sound like a drum and not like a stack of textbooks getting smacked. (more…)