Reggatta de Blanc
|Reggatta de Blanc|
|Studio album by The Police|
|Released||5 October 1979|
|Recorded||February – August 1979 at Surrey Sound Studios|
|Genre||Rock, new wave, post-punk, reggae|
|Producer||The Police, Nigel Gray|
|The Police chronology|
|Singles from Reggatta de Blanc|
Reggatta de Blanc took four weeks to record, spaced over several months. Unlike its successor, Zenyatta Mondatta, there was no pressure on the band. Stewart Copeland described it, "We just went into the studio and said, 'Right, who's got the first song?' We hadn't even rehearsed them before we went in."
Against the wishes of A&M, who had wanted to equip the promising band with a bigger studio and more famous producer, the Police opted to again record at Surrey Sound with Nigel Gray. The small budget (between £6,000 and £9,000) was easily covered by the profits of their previous album, Outlandos d'Amour, further ensuring that the record label would have no control over the actual creation of the band's music.
Whereas Outlandos d'Amour had benefited from one of the most prolific songwriting periods of Sting's life, the recording sessions for Reggatta de Blanc were so short on new material that the band even considered re-recording "Fall Out" at one point. To fill in the gaps, Sting and Copeland dug up old songs they'd written and used elements of them to create new songs. Much of the lyrics to "Bring on the Night" were recycled from Sting's Last Exit song "Carrion Prince (O Ye of Little Hope)", and "The Bed's Too Big Without You" similarly started as a Last Exit tune, while "Does Everyone Stare" originates from a piano piece Copeland wrote in college.
The album's title is a pseudo-French translation of "white reggae".
The instrumental "Reggatta de Blanc", one of the few songs written by the Police as a group, came from the long instrumental break in the live performance of "Can't Stand Losing You" and earned the band the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. "Bring On the Night" was written three years earlier as "Carrion Prince", the title taken from Ted Hughes's poem "King of Carrion", and is about Pontius Pilate; however, after reading The Executioner's Song, Sting felt that that the words fitted Gary Gilmore's death wish, and says that since then, "I sing it with him in mind." "The Bed's Too Big Without You" was covered by reggae singer Sheila Hylton in 1981, which became a UK Top 40 hit.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Reggatta de Blanc continued to build on the success of the band's previous record, hitting #1 on the UK and Australian album charts upon its release in October 1979. "Message in a Bottle" and "Walking on the Moon" were released as singles and both reached #1 in the UK. In 2012, the album was ranked #372 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
- "Message in a Bottle" (Sting) – 4:51
- "Reggatta de Blanc" (Andy Summers, Sting, Stewart Copeland) – 3:06
- "It's Alright for You" (Sting, Copeland) – 3:13
- "Bring on the Night" (Sting) – 4:15
- "Deathwish" (Summers, Sting, Copeland) – 4:13
- "Walking on the Moon" (Sting) – 5:02
- "On Any Other Day" (Copeland) – 2:57
- "The Bed's Too Big Without You" (Sting) – 4:26
- "Contact" (Copeland) – 2:38
- "Does Everyone Stare" (Copeland) – 3:52
- "No Time This Time" (Sting) – 3:17
Two other songs were recorded as the B-sides to "Message in a Bottle" and "Walking on the Moon", respectively.
- "Landlord" (Sting, Copeland) – 3:09
- "Visions of the Night" (Sting) – 3:05
- Sting - bass guitar, lead and backing vocals, double bass
- Andy Summers - guitar, piano
- Stewart Copeland - drums, guitar on verses and chorus of "It's Alright for You", lead vocals on "On Any Other Day" and intro of "Does Everyone Stare"
|1979||UK Albums Chart||1|
|Dutch Albums Chart||1|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||4|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||32|
|Swedish Albums Chart||21|
|1980||Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart||1|
|1979||"Message in a Bottle"||UK Singles Chart||1|
|Billboard Pop Singles||74|
|Dutch Singles Chart||4|
|German Singles Chart||35|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||11|
|Swedish Singles Chart||20|
|"Walking on the Moon"||UK Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||8|
|1980||New Zealand Singles Chart||12|
|1980||"Reggatta de Blanc"||Grammy Awards||Best Rock Instrumental Performance|
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