- Ghost in the Machine (album)
Name = Ghost in the Machine
Type = studio
Released = start date|1981|10|2
Recorded = start date|1981|1-end date|1981|9,
AIR Studios, Montserrat; Le Studio, Quebec, Canada
Genre = New Wave, rock,
Length = 41:03
Label = A&M - AMLK 63730
The Police& Hugh Padgham
AllmusicRating|3.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:9juvad1kv8wj~T1 link]
Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/thepolice/albums/album/269236/review/19544165/ghost_in_the_machine link]
Robert Christgau(B+) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=the+police link]
Last album = "
Zenyatta Mondatta" (1980)
This album = "Ghost in the Machine" (1981)
Next album = "Synchronicity" (1983)
Misc = Singles
Name = Ghost in the Machine
Type = studio
single 1 =
single 1 date = start date|1981
single 2 =
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
single 2 date = start date|1981
single 3 =
Spirits in the Material World
single 3 date = start date|1981
single 4 =
single 4 date = start date|1982|5
"Ghost in the Machine" is the fourth
albumby The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). Much of the material in this album was inspired by Arthur Koestler's " The Ghost in the Machine", which also donated the title.
The cover art for "Ghost in the Machine" features an
LED-inspired graphic that depicts the heads of the three band members each with a distinctive hair style (from left to right, Andy Summers, Sting with spiky hair, and Stewart Copelandwith a fringe); the band was unable to decide on a photograph to use for the cover. The album's cover is ranked at number 45 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers.
The album was the first Police record to feature heavy use of keyboards and
saxophones. "Spirits in the Material World" used a synthesizerto mask the song's reggae influence, and the middle twenty minutes of the record ("Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)" through "One World (Not Three)") has a great deal of saxophone harmonies. The opening to "Secret Journey" is a guitar layered with effects pedals. As Andy Summers recollects:
The LP opens with "Spirits in the Material World," a dark pop song with keyboards dubbed over Summers' original guitar line. Following that is "
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", which features piano and a strong Caribbeanvibe. "Invisible Sun" refers to The Troublesin Northern Ireland. "Hungry For You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)" is sung mostly in French. "Demolition Man," the band's longest song, almost six minutes in length, features a strong bass line and saxophone, and was written by Sting while staying at Peter O'Toole's Irish mansion. Grace Jonesand Sting have both recorded solo versions of the song. Manfred Mann's Earth Bandalso recorded a version of the song — rearranged and with extensive use of synthesizers — in 1982for their " Somewhere in Afrika" album.
"Too Much Information," "Rehumanize Yourself," and "One World (Not Three)" all concern various political themes. "Rehumanize Yourself" also features the only expletive on a Police record: the word "
cunts". The final three songs return to the darker sound which opens the album: "Ωmegaman" features lyrics dealing with personal pressure, "Secret Journey" is a moody song about inner strength and enlightenment, and "Darkness," the album's Stewart Copeland-penned closer, is a dark and hostile ballad about the pressures of life. "Ωmegaman" was initially chosen to be the first single before the album but Sting was against the idea.
"Invisible Sun," released as a single instead, was a large success in the UK, making it to #2 even though the video was
bannedby the BBCfor including footage referring to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Later, "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" made it to #3 in the U.S. and #1 in Britain, and "Spirits in the Material World" made it to the U.S. Top 20. Arthur Koestler's reaction to the album is said to have been muted. He knew little about the burgeoning New Wave scene, and said in an interview with the Paris Review(compiled later on in "Writers At Work vol. Seven"):
In his younger days, Sting was an avid reader of Koestler. Another of The Police's albums "Synchronicity" was also inspired by Koestler's "
The Roots of Coincidence", which mentions Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity.
In 2000 "Q" magazine placed "Ghost in the Machine" at number 76 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. RS500|322
All songs written by Sting except as noted.
Spirits in the Material World" – 2:59
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:22
Invisible Sun" – 3:44
#"Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)" – 2:53
#"Demolition Man" – 5:57
#"Too Much Information" – 3:43
#"Rehumanize Yourself" (Sting,
Stewart Copeland) – 3:10
#"One World (Not Three)" – 4:47
Andy Summers) – 2:48 "("Omegaman" on some editions)"
Secret Journey"– 3:34
#"Darkness" (Copeland) – 3:14
Jean Roussel- keyboards on "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
before = "
Abacab" by Genesis
UK Albums Chartnumber one album
October 10 1981– October 30 1981
after = "Dare" by
The Human Leaguesuccession box
before = "
Tattoo You" by The Rolling Stones
title = Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
December 14 1981– December 20 1981
after = "
Business as Usual" by Men at Work
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