The Police: Synchronicity (1983)

The Police: Synchronicity (1983)

A&M SP-3735

Side One:

  1. Synchronicity I
  2. Walking in Your Footsteps
  3. O My God
  4. Mother
  5. Miss Greadenko
  6. Synchronicity II

Side Two:

  1. Every Breath You Take
  2. King of Pain
  3. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  4. Tea in the Sahara
  5. Murder By Numbers (CD & Cassette)


Synchronicity was the fifth and final album by The Police.  In my opinion this album has the greatest side two of all time.  The Police were very popular in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but this album put them on a whole new level.  The summer of 1983 saw The Police become the biggest band in the world.  That statement is no exaggeration.  This album, these songs, the videos were everywhere.  The ensuing world tour was beyond anything anyone had ever seen up to that point.  They finished the tour and then called it a day.  Personality differences had been driving a wedge between band members for some time and they decided to go out on top on their own terms.


Side One opens with Synchronicity I which was inspired by Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity and a poem by William Butler Yates.  The introduction to the song is a perfect intro to the album.  Walking in Your Footsteps follows and is a song of warning in the nuclear age.  O My God is up next, a song questioning faith and God.  Mother is an Andy Summers tune and the only song on the album I routinely skip over.  Stewart Copeland’s Miss Gradenko tells the tale of paranoia in the Kremlin.  Side One closes with the hit, Synchronicity II.  It is a continuation of the ideas of the opening track.

Synchronicity 2

Side Two opens with Every Breath You Take which won the Grammy for Best Song of 1983 and BMI lists as the song with the most radio plays ever, topping 15 million plays!  Not bad for a song of a possessive lover.  King of Pain follows and is a top three song of all time for me (My top three songs never change, but everything after changes depending on mood).  The lyrics reflect on emotional pain and it relates to a man’s soul.  Wrapped Around Your Finger is a song of spite.  Side Two on the album tells the tale of Sting’s emotional state during the dissolution of his marriage.  The song also features one of my favorite videos ever.  Tea in the Sahara is based on Paul Bowles’ novel “The Sheltering Sky”.  The CD and Cassette of the album concludes with Murder by Numbers, which is a great song and I wish had replaced Mother on the vinyl release.  The song relates the many ways/reasons to kill someone…meant to be ironic.


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