The Police’s “Message In A Bottle” was released in 1979 on their second studio album entitled Reggatta de Blanc. The song was written by The Police’s lead vocalist and bass guitarist Sting, who was inspired to write it after he spent a day by the sea and saw a lonely bottle floating in the water. The song became The Police’s second hit in the US, peaking at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified Gold by The RIAA in 1989 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US. The song was recorded in a tight space at Surrey Sound Studios, which The Police were unhappy with, The Police’s drummer Stewart Copeland said “It was a little studio that made Dr. Dre’s place look like The Vatican.” The song was remixed for single release in the UK, lengthening the intro and instrumental break, speeding up the drums and adding heavy compression to Sting’s voice. According to bassist Sting The Police had to re-record the song after writing The Police’s next single, “Walking On The Moon” in the same studio. The version of “Message In A Bottle” on Reggatta de Blanc is different from that found on The Police’s greatest hits album Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings because The Police used a second version recorded at The Record Plant Studios in New York City for The Police’s greatest hits album. The re-recording is also slightly shorter than the original version. The Sting track “Russians” from his first solo album The Dream Of The Blue Turtles also uses a similar piano intro as “Message In A Bottle”.
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