It was 40 years ago Saturday (October 2nd, 1981) that the Police released their fourth album, Ghost In The Machine. The album, which was recorded in Montserrat's AIR Studios — owned by George Martin — and Quebec's Le Studio, saw Hugh Padgham replacing the band's original producer Nigel Gray, who was behind the boards for the band's first three sets. Padgham was hot off his recent work with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Genesis.
Ghost In The Machine was the band's biggest hit to date, hitting Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and scoring the band a Top tThree hit with “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” along with the album's lead track, “Spirits In The Material World” hitting Number 12. Both tracks, along with video for “Invisible Sun” and “Demolition Man,” secured the band near-constant MTV airplay.
Ghost In The Machine spent a whopping 23 weeks in the Top 10 — with five of them stalled at Number Two. To date, the album has sold over three million copies in North America alone.