The '80s were a funny time. Other than rabid Conservatism and corporate greed it's difficult to think of anything from the decade that's made a huge impression. Thankfully a few talented musicians have managed to last the course and regardless of what you may think of him now, Sting is definitely a survivor.
This live DVD enables you to have 2 hours worth of the tantric one and his cohorts in your living room. But beware - it does have the '80s stamped all over it.
Despite the obvious talent on display it's not hard to be distracted by the frankly bizarre fashions and editing styles deployed on this disc. The band themselves look like they've just stepped off the set of Miami Vice and Sting himself appears to be auditioning for Labyrinth in a costume made entirely of Lego.
Pop video pioneers Godley and Crème direct this 1983 concert and the DVD is a treasure trove of early '80s experimental video graphics and editing. Sadly this tends to distract from the band's live performance and doesn't let the music speak for itself. It's hardly surprising that there's an epilepsy warning on the sleeve- perhaps there should have been a bad taste warning too.
Cue shots of the crowd either looking like maniacal teens on Sunny D or extras from Shaun Of The Dead. We also have the obligatory trio of '80s backing singers doing that annoying 'side to side dance' that only trios of '80s backing singers can do.
Another criticism is that about half of these songs have not stood the test of time. As a non-devotee it was easy for me to skip past the clichéd politics of One World (Not Three) in favour of Every Breath You Take. However, the standard bearers are the obvious highlights and to be fair these are great to watch.
No doubt Police fans have been awaiting this release for ages. There are extras to keep everyone occupied, including a multi angle option for some tracks. But, for me, the whole thing feels dated and more of an example of '80s excess rather than a band at the pinnacle of their careers.
Dizzyingly put together this had me feeling more shagged out than a 12 hour tantric sex session.