Reggatta de Blanc (album)

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Reggatta de Blanc
CD cover
Safety Master Tape for side 1 (different tracklist)
Studio album by The Police
Released: 1979-10-05 (UK)

1979-10-25 (Japan)

Recorded: 1979-02-13 to 1979-02-24

1979-07-16 to 1979-08-03

Length: 41:52
Label(s): A&M
Producer(s): Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers, Nigel Gray
Studio(s): Surrey Sound Studios, Leatherhead, Surrey, UK


The album was recorded in two time periods - from 1979-02-13 to 1979-02-24 and then again from 1979-07-16 to 1979-08-03.

When The Police recorded Outlandos d'Amour they had a lot of material to choose from. For Reggatta de Blanc they were kind of short of new songs. Sting came up with a few songs he had written on tour and also made use of material he wrote for Last Exit. So this LP also features a few "fillers" by Stewart Copeland that might have started as Klark Kent songs. It's Alright For You and On Any Other Day are two of those, where Stewart played all the instruments (except for the guitar solo on It's Alright For You). As they were still a bit short of material they even reused No Time This Time, the 1978 b-side for So Lonely. The song Reggatta de Blanc was originally a part of the live version of Can't Stand Losing You. Deathwish sounds like it originally started as a jam - the fact that all band members get a writing credit kind of confirms that. A great song from that period was shelved, probably as it didn't fit stylistically: Low Life.


Track listing

All songs written by Sting unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Message In A Bottle" – 4:51
  2. "Reggatta de Blanc" (Andy Summers, Sting, Stewart Copeland) – 3:06
  3. "It's Alright For You" (Sting, Stewart Copeland) – 3:13
  4. "Bring On The Night" – 4:15
  5. "Deathwish" (Andy Summers, Sting, Stewart Copeland) – 4:13
  6. "Walking On The Moon" – 5:02
  7. "On Any Other Day" (Stewart Copeland) – 2:57
  8. "The Bed's Too Big Without You" – 4:26
  9. "Contact" (Stewart Copeland) – 2:38
  10. "Does Everyone Stare" (Stewart Copeland) – 3:52
  11. "No Time This Time" – 3:17

Singles released

Variants, special editions and re-releases

As a safety master tape shows the originally intended running order of side 1 would have been:

Another master tape includes slightly different versions:

  • Bring On The Night (complete start) --- this version features a longer intro where one can Sting clearing his throat and his fingers on the bass getting ready - this version lacks the middle part
  • Message In A Bottle (old start) --- this version features louder drums



Year Chart Country Position
1979 Billboard Pop Albums U.S.A. 25
1983 The Billboard 200 U.S.A. 153


Year Song Chart Country Position
1979 "Message In A Bottle" Billboard Pop Singles U.S.A. 74

Awards, nominations, and certifications


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Year Winner Award Category
1981 "Reggatta de Blanc" Grammy Awards Best Rock Instrumental Performance


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Quotations and trivia

ad from the USA:

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ad from the Netherlands:

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ads from Argentina:

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ads from Japan:

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See also

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External links and reviews

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