"Police in Montserrat": 45-minute documentary of the band recording Ghost in the Machine, including four songs performed in Montserrat: Demolition Man, One World (Not Three), Spirits in the Material World, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Hosted by keyboardist and TV personality Jools Holland, the program starts with an introduction to the island of Montserrat and then gets to the band in the studio. Rather than focus on the recording of the album, we find separate sessions with Andy Summers, Sting, and Stewart Copeland. Summers offers a guitar demonstration that includes glimpses of “Message in a Bottle” with or with effects. He also plays a little jam with Holland.
Sting goes over the recording process and gives us insight into his songwriting. He chats about how he came up with “Message” and we also meet “Brian”, his upright electric bass. We get another jam with Holland, and Summers eventually joins in as well.
Lastly, Holland speaks with Copeland about his drum kit and style. No jam occurs between them, though. The program fills out with studio videos for “Demolition Man”, “One World (Not Three)”, “Spirits In the Material World”, and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”. These will look very familiar to anyone who’s already watched the main collection of videos, as they show the same form of mimed studio work. I’d have liked to really see the band record Ghost, but “Montserrat” possesses some informational and entertainment value nonetheless.
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