Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police
Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police

For their fourth album, 1981's Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary '80s sound to it (courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray), and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic "Spirits in the Material World" (notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection) and a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland circa the early '80s, "Invisible Sun." But the best and most renowned of the bunch is undoubtedly the blissful "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," which topped the U.K. singles chart and nearly did the same in the U.S. (number three).

The Police

Ghost In The Machine

A&M
Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police
LP

$49.99

Limited Edition

Picture Disc

Released 11/04/2022Catalog Number

4573248

Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police
LP

$25.99

180 Gram Vinyl

Black Vinyl

Released 11/08/2019Catalog Number

0804615

The Police

Ghost In The Machine

A&M
Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police
LP

$49.99

Limited Edition

Picture Disc

Released 11/04/2022Catalog Number

4573248

Album artwork for Ghost In The Machine by The Police
LP

$25.99

180 Gram Vinyl

Black Vinyl

Released 11/08/2019Catalog Number

0804615

For their fourth album, 1981's Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary '80s sound to it (courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray), and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic "Spirits in the Material World" (notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection) and a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland circa the early '80s, "Invisible Sun." But the best and most renowned of the bunch is undoubtedly the blissful "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," which topped the U.K. singles chart and nearly did the same in the U.S. (number three).