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  The Police: Reggatta de Blanc
  "Reggatta de Blanc"

The Police
Track listing:
  1. Message in a Bottle
2. Reggatta de Blanc
3. It's Alright for You
4. Bring on the Night
5. Deathwish
6. Walking on the Moon
7. On Any Other Day
8. Bed's Too Big Without You
9. Contact
10. Does Everyone Stare
11. No Time This Time
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Review by depeche76 January 5, 2010 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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First of all, i would like to say, i have the seven The Police SACD´s (Outlandos d'amour, Reggatta De Blanc, Ghost in the machine, Zenyatta Mondatta, Synchronicity, Live¡ and The Hits "Every breath you take". I dont have rat or superhuman ears, or consider myself an expert in sonics, recording, audio dynamics, but consider myself a decent SACD collector (i have a collection of 154 SACD´s and 105 DVD-A´s and a lot more surround stuff) and can appreciate good recordings, also, i´m very familiar with The Police catalogue in Vynil, Cassette and CD.

IMHO, nobody has given credit to these titles, so i would like to give them justice.

Is true they are only SACD stereo, not multichannel (with the exception of Greatest Hits "Message in the bottle"), but i would like to make clear all the SACD have great sound, maybe the sonics aren´t as good as Roxy Music "Avalon" or Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" or Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" or maybe Beck "Sea Change", but believe me, (for me) these are definitive versions of all the Police catalogue.

i think the problem with these SACD's has been they need to be played on a system capable of handling LFE (bass). When i heard them first time (3 years ago) through analogue connections, i was very disapointed with the sound (lack of bass, very bright sounds, vocals extremely high, etc.), but a year ago (2008) i connected my oppo player (981H) through HDMI, and the soundstage was completely different from what i heard before (lot of bass, extremely low bass, clear sounds of cymbals and crash´s, perfect voice, excellent dynamics, etc.).

Guess is a lot of audiophiles (purists) don´t want to mess with HDMI connections and just want to connect their equipment with analogue connections, but there´s the problem, these discs really needs LFE handling and an analogue connection is not going to help (i had the same problem with some titles, for example with elvis #1´s in DVD-A).

These SACD´s are in heavy rotation in my system, because of the great sound they deliver, and because The Police is a great band, great tunes and rythms.

Just for the record, my top ten SACD titles are: Pink Floyd "Dark side of the moon", Roxy Music "Avalon", Brian Ferry "Boys and Girls", Miles Davis "Kind of Blue", Dave Brubeck Quartet "time out", Billy Joel "The Stranger", Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms", David Elias "Crossing", and LAGQ "Guitar Heros". (i would like to add some other favourites: Peter Gabriel "Up", Propaganda "Secret wish", Eric Clapton "Slowhand" and Joe Satriani "Strange Beautiful Music").

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Review by Noonions March 31, 2004 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The Police's second album is a near-masterpiece,containing such Sting-penned classics "Message In A Bottle","Walking On The Moon","Bring On The Night" and "The Bed's Too Big Without You".The 2-channel SACD is exceptional,a bit bright in spots,but also full,punchy and round,definatly an improvement over the sound quality on the 1993 "Message In A Bottle" box set that's for sure!A worthy purchase for both Police and Sting fans.

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Review by JW July 18, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Regatta de Blanc gave the world the 'heads-up' that The Police were indeed the supergroup with global appeal and that their initial release (Outlandos d'Amour) was not a one-off. Apart from the hit singles this album has some lesser known songs of great quality. 'Deathwish' is one of those, as is the somewhat threatening sounding 'Contact'. "The other ones are complete bullshit...", well not really but this is how Stewart Copeland starts his track called "On Any Other Day". Hillarious lyrics.

I really like this album for its variety from the tuneful 'Bring On The Night' to the mysterious 'Contact' and the angry uptempo rocker 'No Time This Time' with some nice guitar work.

Soundwise this album is in the top 2 (out of my five), equal to Zenyatta Mondatta. Overall the sonic merits of this series are questionable, measured against the high standard SACD is capable of. They may be better than the previously released RBCD, but have they received the best possible treatment to let them shine on SACD? I think that a similar result could have been achieved on RBCD 'done right' and from there stems my slight disappointment in this series. None of them merit a higher than 3 star rating in my view. Having said all that, I have to note that perhaps the mastertapes did not allow for a better transfer. I cannot judge that. Check out my other reviews of The Police remasters to compare notes and see what you think. After repreated listening I would rank them as follows:

1 Zenyatta Mondatta: good bass, balanced sound with extended treble
2 Regatta de Blanc: sound equal to ZM
3 Ghost In The Machine: richer and darker sound than others with good bass
4 Synchronicity: better than Outlandos but a little veiled
5 Outlandos d'Amour: metallic treble that at times sounds congested, somewhat flat


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