|Produced by Hugh Padgham and The Police|
|Released on June 1, 1983|
|UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 8x PLATINUM RECORD|
|Find it at GEMM|
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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.
STEWART COPELAND --
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/NZ||1983||A&M||LP||RML-53102||color vinyl variations w. poster|
|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|
|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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