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Released: October 1979

Rating: 4.106 (average of 20 ratings)

Genre: rock > new wave

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Message in a Bottle [4:51]
  2. Regatta de Blanc (Copeland/Sting/Summers) [3:06]
  3. It’s Alright for You (Copeland/Sting) [3:13]
  4. Bring on the Night [4:16]
  5. Deathwish (Copeland/Sting/Summers) [4:13]
  6. Walking on the Moon [5:02]
  7. On Any Other Day (Copeland) [2:57]
  8. The Bed’s Too Big Without You [4:26]
  9. Contact (Copeland) [2:38]
  10. Does Everybody Stare (Copeland) [3:52]
  11. No Time This Time [3:17]

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 41:42


sales in U.S. only 1 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 8.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 25
peak on U.K. album chart 1 4


  • Message in a Bottle (9/22/79) #74 US, #1 UK
  • Walking on the Moon (12/1/79) #1 UK


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.

Regatta de Blanc
The Police
“By 1979’s Reggatta de Blanc (translation: White Reggae), nonstop touring had sharpened the Police’s original blend of reggae-rock to perfection, resulting in breakthrough success. Containing a pair of massive hit singles — the inspirational anthem Message in a Bottle and the spacious Walking on the Moon — the album also signaled a change in the band’s sound. Whereas their debut got its point across with raw, energetic performances, Reggatta de Blanc was much more polished production-wise and fully developed from a songwriting standpoint” (Prato).

“While vigorous rockers did crop up from time to time (It’s Alright for You, Deathwish, No Time This Time, and the Grammy-winning instrumental title track), the material was overall much more sedate than the debut — Bring On the Night, The Bed’s Too Big Without You, and Does Everyone Stare. Also included was Stewart Copeland’s one and only lead vocal appearance on a Police album, the witty On Any Other Day, as well as one of the band’s most eerie tracks, Contact. With Reggatta de Blanc, many picked Sting and Co. to be the superstar band of the ‘80s, and the Police would prove them correct on the band’s next release” (Prato).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.