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Synchronicity : 30 years anniversary

On june 1st, Synchronicity album will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The album reached #1 quickly, and stole the legendary place to Michael Jackson "Thriller" album.
Some facts from Police Wiki and Wikipedia.
Synchronicity is the fifth and final studio album by The Police, released on 1 June 1983. The band's most popular release, it includes the hit songs "Every Breath You Take", "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Synchronicity II".

The album's title was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity. Sting was an avid reader of Koestler, and also named Ghost in the Machine after one of his works.

The album marked a significant reduction in the reggae influences that were a part of the band's first four records, instead featuring production-heavy textures and liberal use of synthesizers that, at times, drove entire songs ("Synchronicity I," "Wrapped Around Your Finger"). The influence of world music can also be heard in songs such as "Tea in the Sahara" and "Walking in Your Footsteps."

As with their prior album, the basic tracks for Synchronicity were recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat. The three band members recorded their parts in separate rooms: Stewart Copeland with his drums in the dining room, Sting in the control room and Andy Summers in the actual studio. According to co-producer Hugh Padgham this was done for two reasons: to obtain the best sound for each instrument and "for social reasons." Padgham also stated that subsequent overdubs were done with only one member in the studio at a time.

During the recording of "Every Breath You Take," Sting and Copeland came to blows with each other, and Padgham nearly quit the project.

The album was published in the UK and US on both LP and CD in 1983, and on Super Audio CD in 2003. In 1989, it was published by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab as a remastered gold CD. It was reissued as a remastered digipack CD in 2003.

"Synchronicity I" starts the album off with a sequencer line that repeats throughout the song. Its lyrics include a term from "The Second Coming," "Spiritus Mundi" (literally "spirit of the world"), which William Butler Yeats used to refer to the collective unconscious, another of Jung's theories. "Walking in Your Footsteps" features lyrics concerning the relation between extinct dinosaurs and humans, and is followed by the jazzy "O My God". (The song recycles some lyrics from two earlier Police songs: "Three o'Clock Shit", which was never recorded on an album but was widely bootlegged from live performances, and the 1981 single "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"). "Mother" features screamed vocals by Summers and a frantic guitar line reminiscent of Robert Fripp (with whom Summers had previously recorded), and "Miss Gradenko" is a song about a romance in the middle of a communist bureaucracy. "Synchronicity II" features extensive use of audio feedback.

"Every Breath You Take," which begins side two of the record, is possibly The Police's best-known song, with Sting's vocals on top of a steady rhythm featuring picked guitar, strong bass, and controlled drumming. Originally, the song was what Summers called a "Hammond organ thing that sounded like Billy Preston." The guitarist came up with a more interesting guitar riff which became a distinctive part of the piece. The song, released before the album, went to number 1 on both the US and UK charts, aided by a black and white video directed by Godley & Creme.

"King of Pain" features a lyrical imagery and numerous effects and instruments, while "Wrapped Around Your Finger" uses subdued keyboards. The record's closer, "Tea in the Sahara," is a quiet, eerie song about three women who meet their death in the desert; the song is based on a story from Paul Bowles' novel The Sheltering Sky. "Murder by Numbers", originally the B-side of "Every Breath You Take," was added to the CD and cassette versions of the album, and has lyrics comparing political power to the development of a serial killer.

The album's original cover artwork was available in 36 variations, with different arrangements of the colour stripes and showing different photographs of the band members, which they took themselves. In the most common version Sting is reading a copy of Jung's "Synchronicity" on the front cover along with a superimposed negative image of the actual text of the synchronicity hypothesis. A photo on the back cover also shows a close-up, but mirrored and upside-down, image of Jung's book.

The original vinyl release was pressed on audiophile vinyl which appears black like most records, but is actually purple or brown when held up to the light.

Singles released
Every Breath You Take Released: 1983
Wrapped Around Your Finger Released: 1983
Synchronicity II Released: 1983
King Of Pain Released: 1984

Synchronicity topped the album charts in both the UK and US (interrupting the dominance of Michael Jackson's Thriller in the US). It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

In 2013, the album Synchronicity reached 13 in BBC Radio 2's Top 100 Favourite Albums, a poll voted by over 100,000 people. In 2001, the TV network VH1 named it the 50th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 455 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork Media ranked it No. 55 in their list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at No. 25 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".

Track listing
All songs written by Sting, except where noted.

"Synchronicity I" - 3:23
"Walking in Your Footsteps" - 3:36
"O My God" - 4:02
"Mother" (Andy Summers) - 3:05
"Miss Gradenko" (Stewart Copeland) - 2:00
"Synchronicity II" - 5:02
"Every Breath You Take" - 4:13
"King of Pain" - 4:59
"Wrapped Around Your Finger" - 5:13
"Tea in the Sahara" - 4:19
"Murder by Numbers" (Words: Sting, Music: Summers) - 4:36 (Not included on original LP release).

Three other songs were recorded as B-sides.

"Someone to Talk To" (Summers)
"Once Upon a Daydream" (Sting, Summers)
"Tea in the Sahara" (Live)

Sales and certifications
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP) Platinum 472,100
Germany (BVMI) Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong) Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA) 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

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