It’s been pretty quiet on the policing front since the British trio shamelessly cashed in on their heritage with sky-high ticket costs on a reunion jaunt in 2007-08. Now they’re looking in the rearview mirror again with a re-release of the 1982 documentary “The Police: Around the World,” first appearing on DVD and Blu-ray with a host of extras.
Dubbed “The Police: Around the World Restored & Expanded”, the film chronicles the band’s first world tour, which saw them travel across six continents in 1979 and 1980. Capturing behind-the-scenes footage and candid personal moments as the band were exploring new ground, it’s a snapshot of the start of their meteoric rise to global fame where the police became one of the biggest outfits of the decade.
Slated for a May 20 release, “Around the World” mixes live police footage with intimate footage of vocalist and bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland discovering Japan, Hong Kong, Australia , India, Egypt, Greece, France, South America and the United States The band have been filmed on and off stage as they visit local landmarks, munch on foreign cuisines and grow their fanbase world.
At the same time, The Police were experiencing their first chart success in the UK with “Roxanne” and “Message in A Bottle”. They were young, hungry, ready to break big and not charging an arm and a leg for tickets.
“Like Napoleon, we wanted the world,” says Summers in the liner notes. “In the disorderly and fervent atmosphere of London at that time, we had the idea to go around the world and film the whole adventure. As far as we know, no rock band, at least, n “had ever done that. We had about enough popularity to be booked around the world. Plans were made.”
A few documentaries have been released about the group in recent years, including a reconfigured 2019 edition of Copeland’s intimate collection of home movies titled “Everyone’s Watching: The Inside Out Police” originally released in 2006. Summers released his own, if somewhat mediocre, documentary in 2012 called “I Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police.”
“The Police: Around the World Restored & Expanded” will be available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD and DVD+LP, pressed on silver vinyl – although early press images show it in blue. The DVD and Blu-ray contain restored image and remastered audio, as well as full performances of four bonus songs featured in the documentary. Additionally, the doc includes previously unreleased live audio on CD and LP.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s a fan-favorite from one of the region’s most popular bands making their first appearance on the format.
DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES: CONCERN
Legendary Philadelphia duo Daryl Hall and John Oates have reissued “Marigold Sky”, their 15th studio album and the first to be released as independent artists in 1997. To celebrate the LP’s 25th anniversary, it is being made available for the first time on double LP, as well as an expanded CD format which includes three bonus tracks previously unavailable on the original album release. Moreover, it has also been added to all major streaming platforms, also for the first time.
Considered a fan favorite, “Marigold” is an exquisite, irresistibly sweet collection of soul-pop that lays bare the duo’s mastery of the classic songwriting bits that were instrumental in their inscription on the Rock. and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Including the singles “Promise Ain’t Enough”, “Romeo Is Bleeding” and “The Sky Is Falling”, it was Hall & Oates’ first album of original material at the time. seven years.
“I consider ‘Marigold Sky’ to be Hall and Oates’ lost album,” Hall said in a statement. “Fans have been asking me for years about this. I’m really proud of these songs and happy to see them getting a worldwide re-release.
“I’m so thrilled that ‘Marigold Sky’ is finally available worldwide,” Oates added. “It’s a very unique and cool album, and I hope old and new fans will really enjoy it.”
‘Marigold’ is available on black vinyl and can be found online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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