Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Police – In concert at Markethalle, Hamburg – January 14, 1980 – RBB, Berlin
The Police were one of those quasi-Punk bands who skyrocketed to fame in a very short period of time. Thanks to an endless catalog of hits, almost any Police concert wound up being an extended Greatest Hits show. They couldn’t help it . Just about everything they did was instantly recognizable and were, frankly, great examples of songwriting.
Coupled with an infectious high energy, The Police during this zenith period were a wildly successful group. Which more or less points up as to why Sting on his own never matched the success of the group as a whole. But that seems to be a problem encountered often; when a group splinters off into a series of Solo ventures – the individual accomplishments pale in comparison to the sum-total of the previous incarnation. Just my opinion, but I don’t find as much to recognize in Sting that I did in the Police as a group.
Well . . .have a listen to this concert from 1980 – all 72 minutes worth, and see if you don’t agree.
Enjoy and play loud, either way.