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Released: November 1978


Rating: 4.113 (average of 19 ratings)


Genre: rock > new wave


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Next to You [2:50]
  2. So Lonely [4:49]
  3. Roxanne [3:12]
  4. Hole in My Life [4:52]
  5. Peanuts (Copeland/Sting) [3:58]
  6. Can’t Stand Losing You [2:58]
  7. Truth Hits Everybody [2:53]
  8. Born in the ‘50s [3:40]
  9. Be My Girl – Sally (Sting/Summers) [3:22]
  10. Masoko Tanga [5:40]

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 38:14


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 3.61 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6.5 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 23
peak on U.K. album chart 6


Singles:

  • Roxanne (4/78) #32 US, #12 UK
  • Can’t Stand Losing You (10/7/78) #2 UK
  • So Lonely (11/78) #6 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.


Outlandos D’Amour
The Police
Review:
“While their subsequent chart-topping albums would contain far more ambitious songwriting and musicianship, the Police's 1978 debut, Outlandos d'Amour (translation: Outlaws of Love) is by far their most direct and straightforward release. Although Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland were all superb instrumentalists with jazz backgrounds, it was much easier to get a record contract in late-'70s England if you were a punk/new wave artist, so the band decided to mask their instrumental prowess with a set of strong, adrenaline-charged rock, albeit with a reggae tinge. Some of it may have been simplistic (Be My Girl-Sally, Born in the '50s), but Sting was already an ace songwriter, as evidenced by all-time classics like the good-girl-gone-bad tale of Roxanne, and a pair of brokenhearted reggae-rock ditties, Can't Stand Losing You and So Lonely. But like all other Police albums, the lesser-known album cuts are often highlights themselves — the frenzied rockers Next to You, Peanuts, and Truth Hits Everybody, as well as more exotic fare like the groovy album closer Masoko Tanga and the lonesome Hole in My Life. Outlandos d'Amour is unquestionably one of the finest debuts to come out of the '70s punk/new wave movement” (Prato).


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Related DMDB Links:

The Police’s DMDB page Sting’s DMDB page Next Album: Regatta De Blanc (1979)


Last updated March 31, 2008.