ARTIST: The Police
TITLE: Regatta de Blanc
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #25 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Message in a Bottle (#74 US, #1 UK), Walking on the Boon (#1 UK), Bring on the Night
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Bed’s Too Big Without You
LINEUP: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Shedding any punk pretense (but keeping the energy in some songs), the trio records their second album with a half-full songbook, but somehow grab enough tunes from their notebooks to make it work.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Setting out to record their second album, the Police had some new songs ready to go, but not enough. So they about three or four songs wound up being recycled from songs they had written before they were involved in the Police, and a B-side was brought in as well. (Note: they didn’t go back to their independent singles – for good reason.)
No matter the sources, most of the material is fantastic. “Message in the Bottle” is the standout cut – one of the best songs of 1979, and it’s a mystery why it never hit here in the US. Songs like “Bring on the Night”, “Walking on the Moon”, and Copeland’s “Contact” are prime examples of the musical versatility and mastery of the Police at this stage.
Even the instrumental, the title track, doesn’t sound like filler thanks to how well this band played together. (It won a Grammy, too.) Only a couple of tracks sound like they were scrambled together, but their playing papers over those flaws.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: A&M wanted them to go to a big studio. They stayed at their same studio and paid for the time themselves, thus keeping the company out of their hair.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: A couple of filler tracks, but this album solidified the Police as a force in the New Wave era.