The Police ‎– Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)

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Fallout 2:03
Nothing Achieving 1:56
Dead End Job 3:35
Next To You 2:52
So Lonely 4:51
Roxanne 3:14
Hole In My Life 4:54
Peanuts 4:01
Can't Stand Losing You 3:01
Truth Hits Everybody 2:54
Born In The 50's 3:44
Be My Girl - Sally 3:23
Masoko Tanga 5:43
Landlord (Live) 2:36
Next To You (Live) 3:11
Landlord 3:09
Message In A Bottle 4:50
Reggatta De Blanc 3:06
It's Alright For You 3:13
Bring On The Night 4:15
Deathwish 4:11
Walking On The Moon 5:02
On Any Other Day 2:57
The Bed's Too Big Without You 4:25
Contact 2:38
Does Everyone Stare 3:46
No Time This Time 3:20
Visions Of The Night 3:05
The Bed's Too Big Without You (Mono) 3:29
Truth Hits Everybody (Live) 2:26
Friends 3:36
Don't Stand So Close To Me 4:03
Driven To Tears 3:20
When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around 3:36
Canary In A Coalmine 2:26
Voices Inside My Head 3:52
Bombs Away 3:06
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 4:09
Behind My Camel 2:54
Man In A Suitcase 2:19
Shadows In The Rain 5:02
The Other Way Of Stopping 3:23
A Sermon 2:32
Driven To Tears (Live) 3:29
Shambelle 5:00
Spirits In The Material World 2:59
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 4:20
Invisible Sun 3:43
Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) 2:52
Demolition Man 5:57
Too Much Information 3:42
Rehumanize Yourself 3:10
One World (Not Three) 4:46
Omegaman 2:47
Secret Journey 3:33
Darkness 3:14
Flexible Strategies 3:43
Low Life 3:45
How Stupid Mr. Bates 2:41
A Kind Of Loving 2:03
Synchronicity I 3:22
Walking In Your Footsteps 3:36
O My God 4:02
Mother 3:05
Miss Gradenko 2:00
Synchronicity II 5:03
Every Breath You Take 4:14
King Of Pain 4:59
Wrapped Around Your Finger 5:13
Tea In The Sahara 4:13
Murder By Numbers 4:36
Man In A Suitcase (Live) 2:17
Someone To Talk To 3:08
Message In A Bottle (Live) 4:51
I Burn For You 4:49
Once Upon A Daydream 3:31
Tea In The Sahara (Live) 5:06
Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 4:51

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
31454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM) A&M Records 31454 0150 2 US 1993 Sell This Version
31454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp + Box, Club) A&M Records 31454 0150 2 US 1993 Sell This Version
91454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RM) A&M Records 91454 0150 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, Num, Dig) A&M Records 540 150-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
31454 0150 4 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCass, Comp + Box) A&M Records 31454 0150 4 US 1993 Sell This Version
none The Police Message In A Box (4xCass, Comp, Promo) A&M Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
06024 9841216 9 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp + Box, RE) EarBooks, A&M Records, Universal Music Catalogue 06024 9841216 9 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RE, RM + Box, Ltd, Num) A&M Records 540 150-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RE, RM + Box, Ltd, Num) A&M Records 540 150-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
POCM-9501/4, 540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RE, RM + Box, Ltd, Num) A&M Records, A&M Records POCM-9501/4, 540 150-2 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, Num, RE) A&M Records 540 150-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
540 150-2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(4xCD, Comp, RM, RP + Box, Ltd, Num) A&M Records 540 150-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
31454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(Box + 4xCD, Comp, Club, RM, RP, DAD) A&M Records 31454 0150 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
31454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, RP) A&M Records 31454 0150 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
31454 0150 2 The Police Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings)(Box, Comp, RP + 4xCD, Comp, RM) A&M Records 31454 0150 2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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REENO

REENO

February 26, 2021
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2
Great mastering, but really hated that the albums were broken up onto multiple discs. Nice to have all the b sides/bonus tracks of course.
UCrazyKid

UCrazyKid

February 13, 2021
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2
A great sounding box set. I purchased this when it came out in 1993. I brought it over to my parents house, loaded it into the CD changer and let it play. During the same period of time my sister was home from college and brought her roommate along. When I came to retrieve my CD’s I could not find the case, only the discs were still in the player. After much searching I reached out to my sister and after some investigation it was revealed that somehow “the box set case just happened to fall into her roommates suitcase”. Little thief. Well 27 years later and I still have the CDs but not the nifty folder or the 68 page booklet with the biography. Bummer.
ManWithGoodTaste

ManWithGoodTaste

December 17, 2020
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), 4xCD, Comp + Box, RE, 06024 9841216 9
Still the best sounding versions of the albums and the b-sides, the most musical. The 2018 Flexible Strategies remaster is no better, and dare I remind this was also a digital remaster in 1993. And no, we did not "have inferior technology in the Stone Age of the 90s", we knew how to mix stereo CDs in the 80s. Don't be brainwashed into buying remasters "cause we have modern technology to make it sound better" (except for the one-off chance when a new remaster IS better, which happens on a blue Moon). Anyway, get Message in a Box for the best sounding Police. The only track missing is the 1983 Truth Hits Everybody, but that might have been a Sting demo, so......
wfeltovic

wfeltovic

September 17, 2020
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), 4xCD, Comp, RM, 91454 0150 2
Is that the true color of the cover? Or is that "gold" simply a bad photograph? My copy matches this in every way, except the natural color of the set is medium blue with silver text and logo.
Lunddra

Lunddra

November 3, 2019
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), 4xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, Num, RE, 540 150-2
What makes the difference between the original and the re-issue versions ? I possess 2 items and ‘d like to know what they really are. Thanx a million
PatronSaintofScratch

PatronSaintofScratch

May 22, 2019
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2
Walking On the Moon There Has to be an Invisible Sun:

A glossy boxset with nice booklet... love the chapter "Jung at Heart"! Full discography and rare pics included. The package is replete with hits, album tracks, and rarities! From their early post punk days thru their reggae infused rock to their erudite epics, this has it all!!

Yes, it has everything... even "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86". I never liked this slowed down watery version of the awesome original. But it's here to make things feel "complete". However, if the Alien Magnet People came and erased this one track, I would not miss it!

That being said, it is well worth searching out! A nice addition to any collection.
And the name "Message in a Box" is a clever one!!!
.......................................……………………….Much better than "This Box is too Big Without You"!
zoan06

zoan06

January 5, 2018
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2
Always puzzled me that they never updated this with the most recent remastering (2002). Ah well...
LeonardoA

LeonardoA

January 29, 2017
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), 4xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, Num, RE, 540 150-2
Message In A Box collects the complete works of The Police. Not only the five studio albums but also rare b-sides and live tracks are in this box. In addition, Message In A Box a discography and unpublished photographs of the band.
LeonardoA

LeonardoA

December 22, 2016
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2
Message In A Box collects the complete works of The Police. Not only the five studio albums but also rare b-sides and live tracks are in this box. In addition, Message In A Box a discography and unpublished photographs of the band.
Spatzo

Spatzo

October 4, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings), Box + 4xCD, Comp, RM, 31454 0150 2

I'm surprised no one has commented on the sound quality of this box set. I always thought it had an off sound to it. Kind of plastic/tinty sound. I really noticed it the most when I ripped it to MP3 about 14 years ago. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic collection, but something went wrong during remastering. Glad I still have all my vinyl to fall back on!