The Police release “King of Pain” demo from 40th anniversary ‘Synchronicity’ box set

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The Police have offered up their first preview of the upcoming 40th anniversary box set of their classic album Synchronicity.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers just released a previously unreleased demo of the single “King of Pain,” which was a top five hit for the band.

The 40th anniversary edition of Synchronicity will be released July 26 in a variety of formats, including a six-CD super deluxe box set featuring 55 previously unreleased tracks — alternate takes, instrumentals, demos and live recordings — along with new liner notes, interviews and previously unseen photographs. 

Released in 1983, Synchronicity was The Police’s final album. It was also their best-selling album, spending 17 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, thanks to such hits as “Every Breath You Take,” which spent eight weeks at #1, “King of Pain” and “Wrapped Around your Finger.” It was also certified eight-times Platinum.

Synchronicity was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2023 it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

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