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Live Vol.1 and Live Vol 2. This special vinyl remaster of the band’s posthumous 1995 live offering – originally offering both shows in the same package on CD – is a chance to hear The Police at two arguable artistic/career peaks. Whether you like the tight trio that shot out tuneful rockers at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre (that version of “Can’t Stand Losing You” is a favorite) or love the world-conquering ambience of their stadium gig on the Synchronicity tour (complete with even bigger chart hits like “Every Breath You Take” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”), it’s hard to lose with one of the best rock bands of their generation.

Vol 1 on blue coloured vinyl and  Live Vol.2 on red coloured vinyl

First time on vinyl for the first official live album collection, originally released on a 2CD set in 1995, from The Police.

Two separate double LPs showcase the band in two stages:

Volume 1

Recorded in 1979 – shows a trio on the rise performing at its rawest, propelled by bassist and lead singer Sting, followed by drummer extraordinaire Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers, whose guitar textures are present throughout the show.

The live gig took place at the Orpheum in Boston during the tour for their second album, “Reggatta de Blanc“, and was broadcast on local radio station WBCN at the time. It captures The Police at their most frantic and energetic.

Highlights include early hits and classics such as “Next to You”, “So Lonely”, “Bring on the Night, “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”, “Roxanne”, “Walking on the Moon” and “Can’t Stand Losing You“.

Volume 2

Recorded on the American leg of their “Synchronicity” tour in 1983 during a stop in Georgia, at a show at The Omni in Atlanta.

The show highlights a band at its peak, their already sophisticated sound being complemented by three background vocalists – Dollette Mc Donald, Tessa Niles and Michelle Cobb.

Highlights include “Tea in the Sahara”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Synchronicity I” and “Synchronicity II” as well as huge hits – “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” and “Don’t Stand So Close To Me“.

Remastered in 2020 at Abbey Road exclusively for this release

Pressed on heavyweight coloured vinyl

Released for Record Store Day 2021 released through UMC Records

Supergrass recently released a cover of The Police’s “Next To You” (the lead track on Outlandos d’Amour) and now here’s Juliana Hatfield covering the same song. It’s like when we got two asteroid/meteor movies in 1998! In Juliana’s case, it’s part of her upcoming Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police tribute album that’s out November 15th. “Their recording of it is so perfect in its imperfection,” Juliana tells Billboard. “It’s unpolished and raw. That whole album sounds like three guys bashing out a song in a room together. So I didn’t even want to attempt to do a rocking version of it like that. I don’t want it to be compared to the original. There’s no way I could come close. So I just went in a completely different direction and slowed down to half time

Nearly a year and a half after Juliana Hatfield released an album of Olivia Newton-John covers, she’s back with a set dedicated to another act that inspired her — Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police, whose vibey cover of “Next to You” is premiering exclusively below “I still don’t know exactly what I’m mining with (the covers albums) — I’m sort of going back and exploring my formative years, I guess,” says Hatfield . “The Police and Olivia Newton-John were things that I loved when I was an adolescent and coming into myself and discovering music, and my own music. So I’m just exploring my past, I think, as I come more and more into myself — but it’s hard to answer why.”

The Blake Babies and Lemonheads alum did release an album of original songs, Weird, earlier this year, and she says the covers sets provide a bit of valuable creative respite. “Whenever I make an album of my own songs, at the end I feel so depleted,” Hatfield explains. “I feel like I’ve said everything I have to say and will never write another song. But I don’t want to stop making music. That’s when I go and start looking at other people’s stuff…so I can keep working. Recording covers is like a working vacation. It’s fun, and it also informs my own stuff afterwards.”

The Police, Hatfield says, were an adolescent fixation, attracting her with their blend of pop, punk and jazzy touches and helping introduce her to reggae. Choosing a dozen tracks to interpret was no easy feat; In fact, Hatfield says she could probably manage a second volume of Police material along the way. But for Sings the Police, due out November. 15th, she “just chose stuff that pleased me the most,” included hits and deeper cuts such as “Hungry For You,” “Canary in a Coal Mine,” “Hole in My Life,” “Murder by Numbers” and “Landlord.” “I went with stuff I thought sounded cool or that seemed relevant,” Hatfield explains. “Something like ‘Rehumanize Yourself’ seems very modern and current in its subject matter. ‘Canary in a Coalmine’ is so fun to sing and play. I was really just indulging my whims.

“Obviously I wanted to put my own stamp on them,” she continues, “but the structures and foundations are so solid that it’s fun and kind of easy to get inside them and mess around and remold them. Even if you dig into them and break them apart, they’re not gonna break. They bend real easy.”

“Next to You,” the first track from the Police’s 1978 debut album Outlandos d’Amour, presented a challenge for Hatfield, however. “It really was an intuitive reworking of that,” says Hatfield, who abandoned “an awful ’80s metal ballad” version of the song before settling on this version. “Their recording of it is so perfect in its imperfection. It’s unpolished and raw; That whole album sounds like three guys bashing out a song in a room together. So I didn’t even want to attempt to do a rocking version of it like that. I don’t want it to be compared to the original. There’s no way I could come close. So I just went in a completely different direction and slowed down to half time.”


Hatfield has had no feedback on the album yet from the Police camp (Newton-John full endorsed her album last year) and plans to continue the cover sets as a series between original albums. She’s currently on break from touring, which she’s using as an opportunity to do some songwriting before going back on the road in January. “When that tour is over I’ll start to think about recording something,” she says. “The Olivia Newton-John album definitely had an impact, so I’ll be interested to see what (the Police) album brings out of me now.”

Royal Blood cover The Police’s “Roxanne” in the Live Lounge for Fearne Cotton Radio Show and BBC Radio 1,

Royal Blood are purveyors of a frills-free, unequivocally boisterous hybrid of garage and modern rock. It’s a mighty sound that in many ways is an antithesis of The Police, who presented a more nuanced amalgamation of reggae, new wave, and jazz. Yet for whatever reason, the Brighton-based duo chose to pay tribute to their fellow countrymen by covering Sting and co.’s 1978 smash single “Roxanne”. Recorded during a recent Live Lounge session for BBC Radio 1, the resulting rendition eschews the lusty island vibes for pulverizing drums, snarling riffs, and all-out metal intensity.