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  The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta
  "Zenyatta Mondatta"

The Police
Track listing:
  1. Don't Stand So Close to Me
2. Driven to Tears
3. When the World Is Running Down
4. Canary in a Coalmine
5. Voices Inside My Head
6. Bombs Away
7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
8. Behind My Camel
9. Man in a Suitcase
10. Shadows in the Rain
11. The Other Way of Stopping
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Review by Beck June 15, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I think this is the Police's best album. Certainly it features one of the greatest album sides of all time. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I think that the sonically the SACD adds a little to the CD release. Some of the percussion and background effects (eg During De Doo Doo Doo 'when their eloquence escapes you' you can hear the quiet shredding of a guitar in the background much more distinctly)

Still, I think the whole Police catalogue is worth it on SACD...

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Review by progboy October 8, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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A few months back I was surprised to have found this gem from the 80's re-released and available on SACD format at a low low price .......i was bummed out that I missed this one the first time around ! I should mention that I am still a big fan of The Police albums. Zenyatta is one of my favourite of the Police albums with some of my fav tracks...Canary In A Coalmine....Driven To Tears...and Bombs away.

This was a total High School album for me and I must have listened to this album countless times having owned this on vinyl, CD and Remastered CD.

I really had no big expectation on the sound of this one and read a few of the other reviews here on this site and really had just an average expectation when I ordered it.

Although there are a few wrinkles on this recording there are also a few highlites...

First the down side....I find some of the guitar parts kind of hidden and less accentuated as I would have liked.....almost a dull finish on Andy Summer's guitar on some tracks...and lost a bit in the mix at times. Perhaps this is the way it was recorded and now I finally get to hear the "real mix" ...I am not sure but my Remastered RBCD has a better guitar presence IMHO.

On the plus side I love the bass placement and speaker separation and also find the drumming very clearly differentiated and pulled from the sound with nice clarity (clearly Stuart Copeland was a great drummer!). Sting's bass is very well differentiated as well in this SACD layer and sounds pretty punchy and deep....just the way you like it kids !!!!

I do like this SACD overall and think it may be the best single presentation of Zenyatta Mondatta that I have ever heard.

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Review by tentimestwenty February 3, 2004 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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As with other reviews, I should point out that I have not heard the SACD layer, just the CD layer. I'm waiting for a mid-priced music-only SACD player.

This disc comes close to the original vinyl. It definitely sounds more compressed and harsh, but overall it is an improvement on the previous RBCD version. My only complaint is that the treble, specifically on the hi-hat of Canary in a Coalmine is obviously muted. The original LP doesn't have this and I hope the SACD layer doesn't either. It's so noticeable I found myself running for the LP the very first time I heard it.

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