Every Breath You Take: The Singles

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Every Breath You Take: The Singles
Greatest hits album by The Police
Released 25 October 1986
Recorded 1978–1986
Genre New wave, post-punk, reggae
Length

50:26 (The Singles)

59:20 (The Classics)
Label A&M
Producer The Police, Hugh Padgham, Nigel Gray and Laurie Latham
The Police chronology
Synchronicity
(1983)
Every Breath You Take: The Singles
(1986)
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Alternative cover
Every Breath You Take: The Classics (1995)
Singles from Every Breath You Take: The Singles
  1. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"
    Released: October 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Every Breath You Take: The Singles is the debut compilation album by The Police, released in 1986. In 1990, the album was repackaged in New Zealand, Australia and Spain as Their Greatest Hits with a different cover.

A video collection entitled Every Breath You Take: The Videos was released alongside the album. It was released on VHS and Betamax cassette, as well as on Laserdisc in the UK, Europe and in Japan. The collection featured fourteen promotional videos, for the thirteen tracks on the album and the original version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sting

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Roxanne"   Outlandos d'Amour 3:11
2. "Can't Stand Losing You"   Outlandos d'Amour 2:47
3. "So Lonely" (Cassette/CD version in U.K./Europe only) Outlandos d'Amour 4:47
4. "Message in a Bottle"   Reggatta de Blanc 4:50
5. "Walking on the Moon"   Reggatta de Blanc 5:01
6. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"   rerecording of song from Zenyatta Mondatta 4:51
7. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"   Zenyatta Mondatta 4:06
8. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"   Ghost in the Machine 4:19
9. "Invisible Sun"   Ghost in the Machine 3:44
10. "Spirits in the Material World"   Ghost in the Machine 2:58
11. "Every Breath You Take"   Synchronicity 4:13
12. "King of Pain"   Synchronicity 4:57
13. "Wrapped Around Your Finger"   Synchronicity 5:14

Personnel[edit]

Every Breath You Take: The Classics[edit]

In 1995, A&M released Every Breath You Take: The Classics to replace the original album. It features a slightly different track listing: the original version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" replaces the 1986 recording at track 5; the '86 version appears at track 13. A 'New Classic Rock Mix' of "Message in a Bottle" is included as track 14. The Digital Theater System (2000) and hybrid Super Audio CD (2003) versions of the album include a previously unreleased version of "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da".

In the DTS version, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" features a different intro. Also, Every Breath You Take: The Singles featured a shortened version of "Can't Stand Losing You" which featured an early fade out which ends the song before the final chorus concludes. Every Breath You Take: The Classics replaces this with the full length version.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sting

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Roxanne"   Outlandos d'Amour 3:11
2. "Can't Stand Losing You"   Outlandos d'Amour 2:58
3. "Message in a Bottle"   Reggatta de Blanc 4:50
4. "Walking on the Moon"   Reggatta de Blanc 5:01
5. "Don't Stand So Close to Me"   Zenyatta Mondatta 4:04
6. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"   Zenyatta Mondatta 4:06
7. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"   Ghost in the Machine 4:19
8. "Invisible Sun"   Ghost in the Machine 3:44
9. "Spirits in the Material World"   Ghost in the Machine 2:58
10. "Every Breath You Take"   Synchronicity 4:13
11. "King of Pain"   Synchronicity 4:57
12. "Wrapped Around Your Finger"   Synchronicity 5:14
13. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"   rerecording of song from Zenyatta Mondatta 4:51
14. "Message in a Bottle" (New Classic Rock Mix) remix of song from Reggatta de Blanc 4:51

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAAU.S. Gold January 13, 1987 (1987-01-13) [5]
Platinum
3x Platinum November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19) [5]
5x Platinum January 18, 2002 (2002-01-18) [5]

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Graceland by Paul Simon
UK number one album
November 8, 1986 – November 21, 1986
Succeeded by
Hits 5 by Various Artists