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Encyclopedia > Synchronicity (album)
Synchronicity
Synchronicity cover
Studio album by The Police
Released June 1, 1983
Recorded December 1982 – February 1983
Genre Rock
Length 44:32
Label A&M
Producer The Police, Hugh Padgham
Professional reviews
The Police chronology
Ghost in the Machine
(1981)
Synchronicity
(1983)
Every Breath You Take: The Singles
(1986)

Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983. Their most popular release together, Synchronicity includes their well-known single, "Every Breath You Take". Download high resolution version (710x710, 84 KB)Cover of The Police album Synchronicity. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting (Gordon Sumner), guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting (Gordon Sumner), guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... Hugh Padgham is a British record producer and audio engineer. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... Robert Christgau (2007) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting (Gordon Sumner), guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... For other uses, please see Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Every Breath You Take: The Singles is The Polices greatest hits album, released in 1986. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting (Gordon Sumner), guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ...

Contents

History

The album's title was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung's theory of Synchronicity. Sting was an avid reader of Koestler, and also named Ghost in the Machine after one of his works. Arthur Koestler (September 5, 1905, Budapest – March 3, 1983, London) was a Hungarian polymath who became a naturalized British subject. ... The Roots of Coincidence, written by Arthur Koestler, is an accessible introduction to theories of parapsychology, including extra-sensory perception and psychokinesis. ... Carl Jungs partially autobiographical work Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Fontana edition Carl Gustav Jung (IPA: ) (July 26, 1875, Kesswil – June 6, 1961, Küsnacht) was a Swiss psychiatrist, influential thinker, and founder of analytical psychology. ... Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally inexplicable to the person or persons experiencing them. ... 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. ... For other uses, please see Ghost in the Machine (disambiguation) Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ...


Synchronicity topped both the Billboard Pop Albums and Billboard 200 charts (ending the reign of Michael Jackson's Thriller for a while in the US). It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Alternate cover Special Edition release Thriller is an album by pop singer Michael Jackson, released by Epic Records on December 1, 1982. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1980. ...


In 2001, the TV network VH1 named Synchronicity the 50th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 455 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


The album marked a significant reduction in the reggae influences that were a part of the band's first four records, instead featuring production-heavy textures and liberal use of synthesizers that, at times, drove entire songs ("Synchronicity I", "Wrapped Around Your Finger"). Sting's material dominates the album, with the two short tracks by Andy Summers ("Mother") and Stewart Copeland ("Miss Gradenko") being seen by the band themselves as concessions. It has been said that the relationship between the members of the band was so strained that they each recorded their parts in separate rooms, and talked to one another via a primative (in 1983) video link (as seen in the interview with Jools Holland, he interviews each induvidual member and Copeland is seen in his private recording room). This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Songs

"Synchronicity I" starts the album off with a catchy sequencer line that repeats throughout the song. "Walking in Your Footsteps" features lyrics concerning the relation between extinct dinosaurs and nuclear weapon-wielding humans, and is followed by the jazziest song on the album, "O My God". (The song is actually a reworked version of the early Police song "Three O'Clock Shot" which was never recorded on an album but was widely bootlegged from live performances.) "Mother" features strange, Indian-like sounds and screamed vocals, and "Miss Gradenko" is a two-minute song about a woman in the middle of the Soviet bureaucracy. "Synchronicity II" features extensive use of audio feedback, and is one of the heaviest songs on the record, and indeed in the entire Police repertoire. Audio feedback (also known as the Larsen effect) is a special kind of feedback which occurs when a loop exists between an audio input (for example, a microphone or guitar pickup) and an audio output (for example, a loudspeaker). ...


"Every Breath You Take", which begins side two of the record is almost without question The Police's best-known song, with Sting's eerie vocals on top of a steady rhythm featuring picked guitar, strong bass, and controlled drumming. Originally, the song was what Andy Summers called a "Hammond organ thing that sounded like Billy Preston." The guitarist came up with a more interesting guitar riff, which, next to the vocals, is perhaps the most distinctive part of the piece. The song, released before the album, immediately went to #1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, aided by a black and white video directed by Godley & Creme. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Godley & Creme was a duo of English pop musicians and music video directors, namely Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. ...


"King of Pain" features a large amount of lyrical imagery, and uses numerous effects and instruments, while "Wrapped Around Your Finger" uses subdued keyboards to create a mystical air. The record's closer, "Tea in the Sahara", is a quiet, eerie song about three women who are deceived by a prince and left in the desert, where they meet their death. The title of this song comes from a section of Paul Bowles' novel The Sheltering Sky, which mentions the story. "Murder By Numbers", originally the B-side of "Every Breath You Take", was added to the CD and cassette versions of the album, and has lyrics detailing the development of a serial killer. "Synchronicity I" and "Synchronicity II" allude to The Second Coming, a poem by William Butler Yeats. Paul Frederic Bowles (December 30, 1910 - November 18, 1999), was an American composer, author, and traveler. ... The Sheltering Sky is a 1949 novel by Paul Bowles. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Typical 60-minute Compact Cassette. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Second Coming The Second Coming is a poem by William Butler Yeats first printed in The Dial (November 1920) and afterwards included in his 1921 verse collection Michael Robartes and the Dancer. ... William Butler Yeats, 1933 photograph, author unknown. ...


"King of Pain" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger" also made it into the Top Ten, and "Synchronicity II" reached the Top Twenty. Synchronicity managed to make it to number one for several weeks in 1983.


The album's original cover artwork was available in 36 variations, with different arrangements of the color stripes and showing different photographs of the band members, which they took themselves.


Track listing

All songs written by Sting except when noted.

  1. "Synchronicity I" – 3:23
  2. "Walking in Your Footsteps" – 3:36
  3. "O My God" – 4:02
  4. "Mother" (Summers) – 3:05
  5. "Miss Gradenko" (Copeland) – 2:00
  6. "Synchronicity II" – 5:02
  7. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13
  8. "King of Pain" – 4:59
  9. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" – 5:13
  10. "Tea in the Sahara" – 4:19
  11. "Murder by Numbers" (Sting, Summers) – 4:36*

*Not included on original LP release. Synchronicity II is a name of a song by The Police. ... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ... King of Pain is a song by The Police, originally released on their 1983 album, Synchronicity. ... Wrapped Around Your Finger is an 1983 song (released as a single) recorded by The Police, appearing on the album Synchronicity. ...


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. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Andrew James Summers (born 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in The Police. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Production

  • Hugh Padgham – production, engineering
  • Dave Collins, Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Norman Moore, Vartan – art direction
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff, Norman Moore – design
  • Duane Michals – photography

Hugh Padgham is a British record producer and audio engineer. ... Album cover of Clouds Over Eden by Richard Barone. ...

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1983 The Billboard 200 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Every Breath You Take" Adult Contemporary 5
1983 "Every Breath You Take" Club Play Singles 26
1983 "Every Breath You Take" Mainstream Rock 1
1983 "Every Breath You Take" The Billboard Hot 100 1
1983 "King of Pain" Adult Contemporary 33
1983 "King of Pain" Mainstream Rock 1
1983 "King of Pain" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1983 "Synchronicity II" Mainstream Rock 9
1983 "Synchronicity II" The Billboard Hot 100 16
1983 "Wrapped Around Your Finger" Mainstream Rock 9
1984 "Wrapped Around Your Finger" Adult Contemporary 13
1984 "Wrapped Around Your Finger" The Billboard Hot 100 8

Awards

Year Winner Award Category
1983 "Every Breath You Take" Grammy Awards Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
1983 "Every Breath You Take" Grammy Awards Song of the Year
1983 Synchronicity II Grammy Awards Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1980. ...

External links

The Police
Sting | Andy Summers | Stewart Copeland
Henry Padovani
Discography
Studio albums: Outlandos d'Amour | Reggatta de Blanc | Zenyattà Mondatta | Ghost in the Machine | Synchronicity
Compilations: Every Breath You Take: The Singles | Greatest Hits | Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings | Every Breath You Take: The Classics | The Very Best of Sting & The Police | The Police
Live albums: Live! | The Police Live!
Tours
The Police Around the World Tour | Zenyattà Mondatta Tour | Ghost in the Machine Tour | Synchronicity Tour | A Conspiracy of Hope Tour | The Police Reunion Tour
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Synchronicity (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (658 words)
Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music).
The album's title was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung's theory of Synchronicity.
The album's original cover artwork was available in 36 variations, with different arrangements of the color stripes and showing different photographs of the band members, which they took themselves.
Synchronicity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1612 words)
Synchronicity is a word coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Jung spoke of synchronicity as an "acausal connecting principle" (i.e.
Since the theory of synchronicity is not testable according to the classical scientific method, it is not widely regarded as scientific at all, but rather as pseudoscientific or an example of magical thinking.
Synchronicity has been proposed as a corollary phenomenon of the many-worlds or parallel universes theory of quantum physics, in that the subject might somehow be 'navigating' to those particular alternate worlds that are correlated to their past history, avoiding the myriad possible other worlds that are not as strongly "correlated" to their past history
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