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The PoliceGhost In The Machine

Label:A&M Records – SP-3730
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Art Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Rock


A1Spirits In The Material World2:58
A2Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
KeyboardsJean Roussel
A3Invisible Sun3:43
A4Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi)2:52
A5Demolition Man5:54
B1Too Much Information3:10
B2Rehumanize Yourself
Lyrics BySting
Music ByCopeland*
B3One World (Not Three)4:45
B5Secret Journey3:32

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Recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat.
Track A2 recorded at Le Studio, Quebec.

℗ 1981 A&M Records, Inc.
© 1981 A&M Records, Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): AM SP 03730-A RE-I ES1 II
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): AM SP 03730-B RE-I ES1 V

Other Versions (5 of 251)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Ghost In The Machine (LP, Album)A&M RecordsAMLK 63730Europe1981
Ghost In The Machine (LP, Album)A&M Records, A&M RecordsRML 53011, SP-3730Australia1981
Ghost In The Machine (LP, Album)A&M RecordsSP-3730Canada1981
Ghost In The Machine (LP, Album, Reissue)A&M Records, Nautilus RecordingsNR 40US1981
Ghost In The Machine (Cassette, Album)A&M RecordsCS 3730US1981


delljetset's profile picture
Amazing sound!!! A great addition to my collection. I love the police after hearing the live on vinyl I had to buy this and it was a great buy.
SamCollects's profile picture
One of my favourite records in my collection, played it so much it skips a little. Will need to get another copy in future!
ballptpentheif's profile picture
This is really just a comparison of this pressing's mastering compared to the 2003' digital remaster. The 2003 remaster is more like a pop radio mastering with more punch and focus placed onto Sting's vocals and the lead keyboard. The overall effect is a more jangly recording that goes along with the tone set by Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.

By comparison, the original vinyl mastering is much darker. On the LP, Sting's vocals, the keyboards, and the guitars are all thinly compressed in the mix in a light wash of sound. It's a pretty humbling mix as Sting's vocals are not at the forefront and even slightly tucked back in the mix.

What we get in exchange though is a deep bass heavy soundstage where the synth, bass, and drum really have elbow room and take up most of the soundstage. The bass tones swell and play up the rhythmic combination of the band with the percussion being the primary focus.

It's honestly a lot like hearing these songs for the first time again. I was lucky to find a mint copy for $10 at my local store with a still amazingly quiet noise floor. I've heard these songs a thousand times on CD, radio, and digital but hearing them on vinyl revealed a much more sinister tone to the album that fell in line with many of the lyrical themes expressed on the album.

Overall a great record store find.

Spatzo's profile picture
Great quality copy bought in high school (1981). The cover is somewhat beat, but the vinyl itself is in great shape. Hadn't played it in over 30 years and was blown away. Did some comparing with my sacd copy. I'm thinking I like the vinyl better. The sacd is cleaner, but the vinyl has this full/large sound that just grabs you.
zedmano's profile picture
AMLK 83730 Sound quality is superb on this version
great album stand out track "invisible sun"
Thermospore's profile picture
Edited 5 years ago
Not a big fan of A5-B3. The rest of the record is very enjoyable though

Edit: Omegaman is the bomb

Edit 2: A5-B3 have started to grow on me a bit, so I will up the rating to four stars. The first four tracks are still definitely the highlight of the record though.
stretch35's profile picture
anyone ever see the disc that lights up when set on turntable?