The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta - !980 New Wave Reggae Pop - Canada Orig Issue LP in Shrink
The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta
A&M Records – SP 4831
Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG++ clean
Cover in original shrink ( minor cornerwear ( see pic)
New Wave, Pop Rock, Reggae-Pop
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave
A1 Don't Stand So Close To Me 4:03
A2 Driven To Tears 3:21
A3 When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Arround 3:33
A4 Canary In A Coalmine 2:24
A5 Voices Inside My Head 3:51
A6 Bombs Away 3:07
B1 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 4:09
B2 Behind My Camel 2:53
B3 Man In A Suitcase 2:15
B4 Shadows In The Rain 5:09
B5 The Other Way Of Stopping 3:21
Producer Nigel Gray, Police, The
1980 A&M Records Ltd.
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This album and especially the track "Don't Stand So Close To Me" was the one that introduced me to the Police and just blew me away! I was just so fortunate to be a teenager at the time of the New Wave movement that was sweeping the world from Britain at the time and The Police was just one of the many great bands that were riding the crest of that Wave. Having also heard all their albums since, this one stands out head and shoulders over the rest.
Firstly, it's the one coherent album in which every track flows very well and there are really no weak tracks here. Sting's brilliant lyric-writing skills also find a peak here on this album. From the first track about teacher-student romance where Sting makes references to "Lolita" in the brilliant lyric "just like the old man in that book by Nabokov" to the second track about politics and apathy keeping people poor in 3rd World nations: "too many cameras and not enough food"; brilliant, intelligent lyrics that were unheard of before then in pop/rock music.
Andy Summers also does his best work here, even winning the Grammy award that year for the Best Instrumental Performance with "Behind My Camel" but check out the great work he does on "Canary in a Coalmine" and on "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" as well. This album represents The Police at their creative best and this version which is excellently remastered represents the best sound quality that you can currently get out there.
The instrumentation of "Driven to Tears" is brilliant as the band playfully swings between edgy rock and reggae. There's the memorable hooks of "When the World is Running Down..." and "De Doo Doo Doo." And we're also treated to the sizzling reggae lilt of "Shadows in the Rain" and the soulful swing of "Voices in My Head."