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Ghost In The Machine

My favorite medium for listening to music is still the compact disc and; one of my favorite things to do is hunt for music in used CD stores. Ms. B’s Used Books and CD’s in Hendersonville, TN is one of the stores I’ve enjoyed going to for years. It’s in a small old house on Main Street and Ms. B herself is always there when I stop by. I’m a believer in supporting small businesses – the proverbial Mom & Pop’s – and consider Ms. B’s to be such an important part of the community. So, I like to go in from time to time with some money to spend on something whether I need it or not. The cool thing about Ms. B’s is, even though it’s small, I’ve found some great (and sometimes rare) stuff there on CD and vinyl – and cheap!


On my last visit, I picked up an old classic – Ghost in the Machine by the Police on CD. It’s a newer remastered version in pristine condition and the price tag was only $3.50! Sold!


As I checked out, Ms. B commented, “great album”. I shared with her how I still have the LP I bought while in high school and that I saw The Police in Nashville on the same tour. I’m excited! Haven’t listened to this one in a while.


I put it in the car CD player. Spirits in the Material World plays. I'm reminded that this is the song that got me into The Police. I was more interested in progressive rock and fusion at the time and considered them to just be a great pop band. Spirits is the song that drew me in! I remember a friend asking if I’d heard that “new Police song”. “The bass line sounds impossible to play!”, he said. I checked it out. Well, not that difficult of a bass line but, man, major cool factor! Try to play and sing it at the same time! I was a big Police fan from that moment on.


This was probably my favorite album by Sting and company and I guess it is to this day. One thing that struck me as unusual is how it’s mixed. For a pop record, the vocals are kind of in the background while the bass and drums seem to dominate the mix. (not complaining) Sting was apparently into playing saxophone on this one. I thought his horn parts were a pretty bold and cool move that added another texture to their sound. I remember in concert that they had a horn section covering those parts.


Ghost in the Machine has some deep grooves. Let’s face it, Stewart Copeland is one of rock’s greatest drummers. This album is more R&B rooted than the others and very danceable.


There are lots of great bass hooks on Ghost to go along with all the great tunes. It’s a fun one to play along with because it feels so great!


If you don’t know this record, check it out! If you’re a Gen-Xer like myself who had The Police as part of the soundtrack of your youth, you know what I’m talking about.


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