Regatta De Blanc
1 x LP
+ bonus download
2019 EU repressing on 180g LP=the second album including Message In A Bottle and Walking On The Moon;
Release date: 17-11-2019 (Original released in 1979)
2019 EU repressing on 180g LP -the second album including "Message In A Bottle" and "Walking On The Moon"
A1 Message In A Bottle
A2 Regatta De Blanc
A3 It's Alright For You
A4 Bring On The Night
B1 Walking On The Moon
B2 On Any Other Day
B3 The Bed's Too Big Without You
B5 Does Everyone Stare
B6 No Time This Time
A brief three months after their debut album Outlandos d'Amour was released, The Police were back in Surrey Sound Studios recording tracks for their second album. This time there was a distinct air of confidence about the sessions. Whereas the debut was recorded piecemeal over six months or so, Reggatta de Blanc came together very quickly, with the band actually cancelling two weeks of studio time that they did not require.
Stewart Copeland recalled, "This time the material wasn't rehearsed but the band was. We knew each other's styles because we'd been playing together constantly for eight months, which we hadn't been doing when we recorded the first album. 'Reggatta' took us three weeks to record. We just went into the studio and said 'right, who's got the first song!" Sting was equally positive about the recording, "That was where it all clicked. There was so much happening in my writing and singing, Stewart's and Andy's playing, and suddenly it all meshed together. We had reggae influences in our vocabulary and they became synthesised into our infrastructure until it was utterly part of our sound and you couldn't really call it reggae anymore. It was just the way we played. I think 'Reggatta' was that moment for us."
Reggatta De Blanc was released in early October and certainly lived up to the expectations raised by the release of "Message In A Bottle" a month previously, and stayed at the number one spot for four weeks. Police fever had officially struck, and they were THE band of 1979. Apart from a further classics like "Walking On The Moon" and "The Bed's Too Big Without You," the album also featured several other strong tracks such as "Bring On The Night" and "Deathwish."
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus download
Label: Universal= A&M
Originally released: 1980
This release: 2019