Liner NotesThirty years after they first stormed the music scene, legendary rock band The Police, bassist/vocalist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers, embarked on a reunion tour on May 28, 2007. This highly successful world tour visited five continents, played to nearly 3.7 million fans and garnered numerous accolades from Billboard, Pollstar, as well as The People's Choice award for Favorite Reunion Tour. It also went down in history as the third highest grossing tour of all-time. Now, following their much heralded 14-month reunion tour, The Police commemorate the culmination of the tour with a special release.On November 11, The Police will release a 4-disc set (2 CD's and 2 DVD's) entitled "The Police: Certifiable," which contains the band's entire concert from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the US, this special piece - along with Blu-Ray version and three-LP, premium 180-gram vinyl set with MP3 file key - will be released exclusively through Best Buy where pre-orders are already available. In the rest of the world, the album and DVD will be released via all retail outlets internationally on November 10. The United Kingdom release date for the DVD and Blu-Ray formats is November 24.A massive European media launch of the Blu-Ray format, in association with Sony, Dolby and the Blu-Ray Association, will take place prior to the European release and will be attended by Stewart Copeland of The Police."The Police: Certifiable" is produced and directed by the award-winning Graying & Balding, Inc. team of Ann Kim and Jim Gable, whose film credits include the Rolling Stones, Sting, Keith Urban and Chris Botti.In the U.S. specifically, the STANDARD set will contain 2-DVD's and 2-CD's that include the following:* DVD with a 109-minute wide-screen concert presented in Dolby Surround and Stereo* DVD with 50-minute bonus feature, "Better Than Therapy, " directed by Jordan Copeland detailing The Police's historic reunion with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews from the band and road crew, plus 2 photo galleries of The Police on tour; one shot by guitarist and photographer Andy Summers and one by photographer Danny Clinch.* 2 CD's with The Police's new live album from Riverplate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including all of the band's classics such as "Message in a Bottle," "Walking on the Moon" and "Every Breath You Take."The Blu-Ray format will contain:* The 109-minute 1080 HD (High Definition) concert presented in Surround and Stereo, in Dolby True HD and Dolby Digital* The special 50-minute bonus feature, "Better Than Therapy" in HD, and the Summers and Clinch photo galleries in HD.* 2 CD's of Buenos Aires concertAs well as full album on VINYL, featuring:*Wide spine gatefold jacket, contains 3 pieces of heavy weight (180 gram vinyl), plus insert for downloading MP3's of the album.
Review from Blender magazineSting once claimed he'd have to be "certified insane" to re-form the Police. Several years later, insanity took hold in the form of a sold-out reunion tour of stadiums across the globe. The two-DVD set contains an entire 2007 Buenos Aires concert, featuring almost two hours of hits and choice album cuts that convincingly re-create the taut dynamics and melodic release of the band's 1980's prime. The Police have also revamped a number of their tunes, most notably adding a trancelike middle section to 'Roxanne'. Not everything works - especially the sluggish version of 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' - but at least they aren't cranking out the hits on autopilot. A 50-minute documentary offers surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes footage from the reunion, including awkward initial rehearsals, in which the trio struggles to recapture its chemistry and overcome personality frictions. I's amusing to see Sting and skinsman Stewart Copeland argue over everything from drum beats to headbands, but as the songs gel and the tour begins, the tension gives way to unlikely camaraderie that still manages to generate musical sparks all these years later.
Review from the RepublicanWhether you had casual knowledge of the inner workings of The Police or an insider's view, it was still pretty stunning when the famed trio reunited for a massive 14-month world tour that started in 2007. The band's combustible internal chemistry always had an edge to it, particularly it seems the relationship between bassist/vocalist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland. How they survived this tour is somewhat of a miracle, but a lot of the tension between the pair appears to still be there, and it's actually part of the fun of watching this extensive tour film/documentary. What's more fun of course is watching the performances and whether they always got along or not doesn't really matter to the rest of us, who can take joy in the tremendous playing on stage and the devastating track list, which includes mega-hits such as 'Roxanne' and 'Every Breath You Take', along with Police staples like 'Synchronicity II', 'Walking on The Moon', 'King of Pain', 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' and many more. This double DVD-double CD package, which was filmed during the band's concert in December 2007 in Buenos Aires, also includes a behind-the-scenes documentary of the tour titled 'Better Than Therapy'. The set is being released in several different formats including the standard version, a Blu-Ray format as well as a full triple vinyl LP, pressed on 180 gram vinyl (with an MP3 file key). In the U.S., the set is available only as an exclusive, sold through Best Buy. (4/5)
We began writing the Southern Rock Opera some years ago. We wanted to examine people's misconceptions of the South, and study some modern-day southern mythology. The band Lynyrd Skynyrd's story seemed like the ultimate vehicle for tying all of these loose ends together into what would hopefully flow like one big story. It also gave us a great excuse for going with a 3 guitar lineup and exploring that musically. It should also be noted that the record was intentionally paced like a movie and was originally planned as a screenplay before it became an album. 2b1af7f3a8