"This is one group I wish was still together. Sting is good as a solo artist, but his songs tend to be very redunant. Every Police song was unique.
I do wish there were more songs on this CD--like "Driven To Tears" "Syncronicity, Part 2" and the original "Don't Stand So Close To Me", but still, I think this album is endlessly listenable, and I highly recommend it."
Vehicle for "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"
Dennis G. Voss Jr. | Lexington, KY USA | 07/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Police started out, strangely enough, as a punk band made up of older musicians with jazz and reggae sensibilities. When The Police managed to find the right balance, this odd fusion -- jazz complexity and a punk edge hidden under chirpy pop or reggae -- resulted in some of the most interesting hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The "Every Breath You Take" compilation draws songs from each of their albums and exhibits the wide variety of styles through which they could maneuver.
Problem is, that volatile mix produced musical and personal tensions that came to a boil after the "Synchronicity" album (which quickly went multi-platinum). The band members took a break to work on other musical projects, but relations did not improve and when they regrouped in the studio all they could manage was a drippy remake of the song "Don't Stand So Close to Me" that showed where the singer's new pretensions would be moving him.
This hits package was the vehicle for releasing that swan song, and everything about it (from the album name to the packaging to the song selection) shows that they were aiming for pop fans picked up by the last album. Their attempt succeeded; the compilation shot to Platinum and eventually achieved Multi-Platinum RIAA certification. A subsequent release under a new subtitle, "The Classics," added the original DSSCTM and a new mix of "Message in a Bottle," but there are so many copies of the older compilation floating a around that it still serves as an effective and cheap way to sample the band."
Great songs - bad production
Laurence I. Bank | Coral Springs, FL United States | 05/04/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I very much like the Police's music and the selection of songs on this album contains many great ones. The only problem is that this is the worst produced album I have ever heard. The songs sound like they're played through an AM radio with a 3-inch speaker. I have all of Sting's solo albums and the production is excellent. Not sure why this one is such a lemon."
Excellent--with one glaring exception
David Bonesteel | Fresno, CA United States | 01/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, if you love the Police, you've got to like this album. During their years together, the trio recorded five terrific albums that yielded many great singles, most of which are included here. There is one inexplicable omission that is glaring enough to lose a star from me-the awful 1986 remake of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" is included instead of the original. Why didn't they put the original in with the remake as a bonus track? Why bother with the remake at all, really, but apparently someone thought it was important. Some record company people were probably hoping for one more hit single. A very disappointing choice on an otherwise excellent disc. "