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  A&M Records -
  493 647-2
  The Police: Synchronicity

The Police
Track listing:
  1. Synchronicity I
2. Walking in Your Footsteps
3. O My God
4. Mother
5. Miss Gradenko
6. Synchronicity II
7. Every Breath You Take
8. King of Pain
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Tea in the Sahara
11. Murder by Numbers
  Single Layer
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Produced by Hugh Padgham and the Police
Recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat and at Le Studio, Quebec
Engineered by Hugh Padgham
Reissue supervised by Bill Levinson
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine, December 2002

Tape research:
Jane Hitchin, David Lascelles and Zoe Roberts at Universal Tape Library, London
Randy Aronson, Brendan Morris and David Foster at Universal Tape Library, Los Angeles
  Hybrid in Europe.

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Review by JW July 18, 2003 (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Synchronicity starts of alright with The Police's familiar, intelligent and catchy pop-rock, sprinkled with a little jazz. But after the first song it goes downhill for me, culminating in the horrible, atonal primal screams of 'Mother'. I'd hate to ask the group what on earth happened that day...I mean, what did she say ??? :-). It would make Johnny Rotten proud. Perhaps a momentary lapse of reason (yeah, yeah..I know). Anyway, what started out pretty reasonable was immediately lost once I reached that song. With 'Miss Gradenko' they more or less recover somewhat but it's still fairly mediocre.

And then...kaboom! The contrast could not be greater. From track 6 onwards it's classic after classic, with 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' as a highlight in my view. One of the strongest Police tracks period. The others need no introduction except 'Murder By Numbers' perhaps. The latter is a good song with some nice guitar/bass cooperation and strong singing by Sting.

One more word on the sound quality. I totally get what Mark says about it in his write-up. The sound quality is reasonably good, but the recording still is a little hard on the treble. Now this is not a jazz combo recorded with tube equipment. My guess is that the mastertape already displays some of this treble hardness. I have also heard better hi-hat and cymbal reproduction. A nicely packaged SACD, but not one of the best sounding SACD's around (2-3 stars).

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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Review by progboy January 8, 2013 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Well i have owned Synchonicity a few times in my life.......RBCD......vinyl.......even remastered RBCD version from a few years ago, but this SACD mix sounds cleaner and has a deeper warmer feeling than all the previous versions. One of the immediate things is that I hear a another layer of percussion on some songs..... like "walking in your footsteps" and "tea in the Sahara" that i never heard before or the sax punches on "O My God" that make this song feel like i really never heard it before.

Synchronicity II is still one of finest rock songs of the Police (and arguably of the 80's!) and sounds excellent on this disc with nice deep mid range sounds.

I think hilight of the sacd is "wrapped around your finger" as this song just sounds amazing on sacd.....nice and full with a depth that i have honestly never heard of the police.

The overall mix is well balanced and everything seems to be in the right proportions with drums, bass, guitar, synths and vocals all being well and evenly balanced.

If you are a fan of this album then u owe it to yourself to find a copy of this SACD!

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Review by gregs1104 January 30, 2010 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The thing to realize about this one is that the sound quality varies a lot from track to track. Some songs sound as dull/weird as they always have on CD. But there are a couple where this SACD version really sounds impressive. "Wrapped Around My Finger" is the best example; the percussive "pop" effect on that is so well captured that I bought a second copy of the disc and use it to compare how well different SACD players reproduce that sound. Getting a fuller, better defined version of the soothing bassline on "Tea in the Sahara" is nice too.

Not a great SACD overall, and many bad moments, but I nudge it up a lot because the parts where it does sound good are really interesting from a sonics perspective.

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