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For other uses, please see Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) Ghost in the Machine is a concept in philosophy which was borrowed for several titles in popular culture: Philosophy Ghost in the machine is a (sometimes derogatory) philosophical term for Cartesian dualism, introduced by Gilbert Ryle in his 1949 book, The Concept of Mind. ...

Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine cover
Album by The Police
Released October 1981
Recorded ???
Genre New Wave
Length 41:8
Label A&M
Producer(s) The Police,
Hugh Padgham
Professional reviews
The Police chronology
Zenyatta Mondatta
(1980)
Ghost in the Machine
(1981)
Synchronicity
(1983)

Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). Much of the material in this album was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine, which also donated the title. The cover art for Ghost in the Machine features an LED graphic that depicts the heads of the three band members each with a distinctive hair style (from left to right, Andy Summers, Sting with spiky hair, and Stewart Copeland with a bang); the band was unable to decide on a photograph to use for the cover. Image File history File links The Police - Ghost in the Machine This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ... The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in American, Australian, British, Canadian and European popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in producing, manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and sometimes video recordings (especially music videos), on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... Hugh Padgham is a record producer and audio engineer, and, although he makes no claims to having any musical talent, has become one of the worlds most successful and influentual producers. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and rock critic. ... The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... Zenyatta Mondatta is the third album by The Police, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ... The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14... Arthur Koestler Arthur Koestler (September 5, 1905, Budapest – March 3, 1983, London) was a Hungarian polymath who became a naturalized British subject. ... Disambiguation: please visit Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) for other uses of this term The Ghost in the Machine (1967) is a non-fiction work by Arthur Koestler. ... External links LEd Category: TeX ... Andy Summers, 1996 Andy Summers was born Andrew James Summers on December 31, 1942 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is a professional American musician. ... Bangs Bangs or fringe in hairstyling is the front part of the hair cut to hang or curl over a persons forehead. ...


The album was the first Police record to feature heavy use of keyboards and saxophones. "Spirits in the Material World" used a synthesizer to mask the song's reggae influence, and the middle twenty minutes of the record ("Hungry for You" through "One World") has a great deal of saxophone harmonies. Interestingly enough, the opening to "Secret Journey" is a guitar layered with effects pedals. As Andy Summers recollects: Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... A synthesizer (spelling var. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Effects unit. ...


"I have to say I was getting disappointed with the musical direction around the time of Ghost in the Machine. With the horns and synth coming in, the fantastic raw-trio feel--all the really creative and dynamic stuff--was being lost. We were ending up backing a singer doing his pop songs."


The LP opens with "Spirits in the Material World", a dark pop song with keyboards dubbed over Summers' original guitar line. Following that is "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic", which features piano and a strong Caribbean vibe. "Invisible Sun" refers to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and "Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)" is sung mostly in French. "Demolition Man" is one of the band's longest songs, at almost six minutes in length, and features a strong bass line and saxophone. "Too Much Information", "Rehumanize Yourself", and "One World (Not Three)" all concern various political themes. The final three songs return to the darker sound which opens the album: "Ī©megaman" features lyrics dealing with personal pressure, "Secret Journey" is a moody song about inner strength and enlightenment, and "Darkness", the album's Stewart Copeland-penned closer, is a ballad about the pressures of being a rock star. Central America and the Caribbean (detailed pdf map) The Caribbean, (Spanish: Caribe; French: Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Dutch: Cariben or Caraïben, or more commonly Antillen) or the West Indies, is a group of islands and countries which are in or border the Caribbean Sea which lies on... The Troubles is a term used to describe two periods of violence in Ireland during the twentieth century. ... Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Main language English Other recognised languages Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked...


"Invisible Sun", released as a single before the album, was a large success in the U.K., making it to #2 even though the video was banned by the BBC for including footage referring to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Later, "Every Little Thing She Does" made it to #3 in the U.S. and #1 in Britain, and "Spirits in the Material World" made it to the U.S. Top 20.


Arthur Koestler's reaction to the album is said to have been muted. He knew little about the burgeoning New Wave scene, and is alleged to have said: Arthur Koestler Arthur Koestler (September 5, 1905, Budapest – March 3, 1983, London) was a Hungarian polymath who became a naturalized British subject. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in American, Australian, British, Canadian and European popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...

"Look at this. Did you ever see a magazine called the New Musical Express? It turns out there is a pop group called The Police - I don't know why they are called that, presumably to distinguish them from the punks - and they've made an album of my essay The Ghost in the Machine. I didn't know anything about it until my clipping agency sent me a review of the record."

In his younger days, Sting was an avid reader of Koestler. Another of The Police's albums Synchronicity was also inspired by Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity. The Police was a three-piece British new wave band which was strongly influenced by reggae. ... Disambiguation: please visit Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) for other uses of this term The Ghost in the Machine (1967) is a non-fiction work by Arthur Koestler. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... The Roots of Coincidence, written by Arthur Koestler, is an accessible introduction to theories of parapsychology, including ESP and psychokinesis. ... Carl Jung around 1910, Source: Prints & Photographs Division Library of Congress Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961) (IPA:) was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology. ... Synchronicity is a word coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the temporally coincident occurences of acausal events. Jung also spoke of synchronicity as being an acausal connecting principle (ie. ...


The logo for Police Sunglasses uses the same font for the word "Police" as featured on the album's cover.


In 2003, the album was ranked number 322 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Rolling Stone logo, designed by Rick Griffin. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...

Contents


Track listing

  1. "Spirits in the Material World" (Sting) - 2:59
  2. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Sting) - 4:22
  3. "Invisible Sun" (Sting) - 3:44
  4. "Hungry for You (j'aurais toujours faim de toi)" (Sting) - 2:53
  5. "Demolition Man" (Sting) - 5:57
  6. "Too Much Information" (Sting) - 3:43
  7. "Rehumanize Yourself" (Copeland, Sting) - 3:10
  8. "One World (Not Three)" (Sting) - 4:47
  9. "Ī©megaman" (Summers) - 2:48 ("Omegaman" on some editions)
  10. "Secret Journey" (Sting) - 3:34
  11. "Darkness" (Copeland) - 3:14

Personnel

The Police

Additional personnel Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is a professional American musician. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Andy Summers, 1996 Andy Summers was born Andrew James Summers on December 31, 1942 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ...

  • Jean Roussel - keyboards on "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"

Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ...

Production

  • Producers: The Police, Hugh Padgham
  • Re-mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Art direction: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Mick Haggerty
  • Design: Mick Haggerty
  • Artwork: Mick Haggerty

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America) An example of a Billboard Magazine. ...

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 2
1983 The Billboard 200 111
1983 The Billboard 200 118

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" Mainstream Rock 1
1981 "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" Pop Singles 3
1981 "One World (Not Three) /Too Much Information/Every Little thing She Does Is Magic" Club Play Singles 60
1982 "Secret Journey" Mainstream Rock 29
1982 "Secret Journey" Pop Singles 46
1982 "Spirits In The Material World" Mainstream Rock 7
1982 "Spirits In The Material World" Pop Singles 11


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