In support of their iconic 1983 album “Synchronicity,” the Police finally embraced the bombast of arena rock, expanding their lineup with backing vocalists, hiring a designer to provide their stage outfits and utilizing intricate lighting schemes.
For years, the only available visual document of this tour was the aptly named home video “Synchronicity Concert,” taped in November 1983 in Atlanta. But with its Sept. 5 U.K. re-release via Universal, fans will be treated to the first DVD of the project, comprising a host of previously unreleased features. A North American release date for the DVD has not yet been finalized but is expected to follow shortly on the heels of the U.K. edition.
The DVD will boast remixed 5.1 Surround Sound, multi-angle performances of “Synchronicity II,” “Roxanne,” “Invisible Sun” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” from the Atlanta show, a rare 1984 band interview taped in Melbourne and never-before-seen versions of “Demolition Man,” “O My God” and “Murder by Numbers” from a “Synchronicity”-era small venue gig in Montreal.
“The show in Montreal was the first to be shot and was recorded before the ‘Synchronicity’ tour had started with some difficulty in an intimate club environment, which they felt would recreate the band’s early days,” the video’s original executive producer, Derek Power, tells Billboard.com.
That show was filmed in front of radio-station contest winners by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who had previously directed videos for the “Synchronicity” singles “Every Breath You Take,” “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “King of Pain”
“However, the band was ambivalent in its reaction to the Montreal shows, and wanted to have other versions of various songs done with in front of a large stadium audience,” Power says. “At their own expense they re-shot it in Atlanta, and this is why there are tracks shot in both places. The Atlanta recording and filming was done on an expanded and more lavish basis than the Montreal shoot, with the band [in] top form and much happier with [its] performances there.”
Although the Police were nearing the end of the line, Power recalls Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland were getting along “fine, with no obvious clashes, although there were the accumulated tensions that had come with touring and filming. Always a demanding, fatiguing and occasionally painful process.”
Here is the track list for “Synchronicity Concert”:
“Walking in Your Footsteps”
“Message in a Bottle”
“Walking on the Moon”
“Wrapped Around Your Finger”
“Hole in My Life”
“King of Pain”
“Tea in the Sahara”
“Oh My God”
“De Do Do Do De Da Da Da”
“Every Breath You Take”
“Can’t Stand Losing You”
“Spirits in the Material World”