May 13, 2017 Every Award You Take

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The Police, Synchronicity, A&M SP-3735, 1983

In 1983, Thriller hit the #1 position four times and spent 22 weeks on top of the charts.  It’s hard to imagine any record coming close to that in one year, but this album did.  Synchronicity spent 17 weeks at #1 and spawned the biggest selling single of the year.   It beat out (!) Thriller for album of the year at the 1983 Grammy Awards (Thriller won it in 1984 after spending the first 15 weeks of ’84 at #1 as well).  That kind of performance guarantees this album’s place on all of the usual “best of all time” lists, even though a mint condition copy of it sells for a few dollars.

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It could be that virtually every city in the world has a radio station that plays Every Breath You Take several times a day.  I would imagine that it will soon among the most ever played songs of all time, as fewer and fewer people feel the need to hear The Beatles’ Yesterday.  But the rest of the album hasn’t aged as gracefully.

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Because of it’s accolades and one of the biggest singles of the decade, I would call this an essential album.  The Police broke up just after it came out, so this was it as far as the very innovative band ever went.  But it’s usually just something that tends to sit on a shelf for year after year not being played.  Listening to the whole album for this post was a bit of an ordeal for me making me believe that Sting really was the King Of Pain.

Today’s Summary:
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