SP-3735 Synchronicity
Produced by Hugh Padgham and The Police
Released on June 1, 1983
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 8x PLATINUM RECORD
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SP-3735 cover
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K ronomyth 5.0: JUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Okay, so Sting the Beautiful holding a book by Carl Jung is the very definition of pretentious. I’ll give you that. But c’mon, critics: How can you give Synchronicity—an album that sold 8 million copies in the US alone—three out of five stars? (You’d think they were pootin’ those stars out of their own stingy hiney holes.) Synchronicity is a great album by a great band that I admire greatly. And “Synchronicity II” is a great song. I even like the contributions from Summers (“Mother,” which would have felt at home on Fripp’s Exposure) and Copeland (“Miss Gradenko,” best thing he’s done since Klark Kent). It’s the second side of the album, the Sting “solo” side if you will, that usually gets all the attention. At the time, I didn’t much appreciate being bombarded with “Every Breath You Take” every ten minutes, but these days even I have to admit it’s a brilliant ballad. “King of Pain” and “Wrapped Around Your Finger” are also terrific, the latter ushering in the literate, romantic age of Sting (“Fortress Around Your Heart” et al). Although many critics will tell you the first side is uneven, I think the second side is too even. Not a lot of agitation, just gauzy guitar textures (apparently, Andy Summers was still under Fripp’s hypnotic spell) plus some unremarkable drumwork from the normally fiendish Copeland. And for all the talk of filler, only “O My God” and “Tea In The Sahara” are dispensable in my book. I see Synchronicity as a mature, complex album that might be the smartest record seven out of those eight million Americans ever bought. I can’t think of the last time a band broke up on such a high note; maybe Squeeze, but that’s stretching it.

TRACK LISTING

  1. SYNCHRONICITY I    3:23
  2. WALKING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS    3:35
  3. O MY GOD    4:00
  4. MOTHER    (Andy Summers)    3:03
  5. MISS GRADENKO    (Stewart Copeland)    2:00
  6. SYNCHRONICITY II    5:04
  7. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE    4:13
  8. KING OF PAIN    4:59
  9. WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER    5:12
  10. TEA IN THE SAHARA    4:11

    CD reissue bonus track
  11. MURDER BY NUMBERS

    CD re-reissue bonus video track
  12. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (VIDEO)

    All songs written by Sting unless noted

CREDITS

STEWART COPELAND --
STING --
ANDY SUMMERS --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET June 1983 A&M LP/CS AMLX/CXM-63735 lyric sleeve
US June 1, 1983 A&M LP/CD/CS SP/CD/CS-3735  
AUSL 1983 A&M LP/CS RML/RMC-53102 picture sleeve
AUSL/NZ 1983 A&M LP RML-53102 color vinyl variations w. poster
ISR 1983 A&M LP AMLH-63735  
JPN 1983 A&M LP AMP-28075  
MEX 1983 A&M LP LPR-73017  
JPN 1986 A&M LP C28Y-3031  
US 1992 Mobile Fidelity CDX UDCD-511 gold disc w. bonus track
UK 2003 A&M CDX 493647 SACD remaster w. bonus track
US 2003 A&M CDX 069493606 SACD remaster w. bonus track
JPN 2007 Universal LPX UIJY-9029 200g vinyl w. bonus track
JPN 2007 Universal CDX UICY-93193 w. bonus tracks
UK 2008 A&M LP 0082839373517 180g vinyl
JPN 2008 Universal CDX UICY-93838 SHMCD remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2009 Universal CDX UICY-91410 SHMCD remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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