January 15, 2008

Oh! That "Secret Journey"

In reference to a comment from Kenna:

And to think that Ghost in the Machine (1981) was one of the first albums I bought (actually on cassette) back when it was released. For a while it was one of my favorite albums. I haven't listened to it in a while (thank you, Frank Sinatra!), and I'd forgotten about a moody, atmospheric (yet jammin') gem hidden toward the end of side two, called "Secret Journey." This is a cool video, featuring it, with an animated montage of the photographs Andy Summers took for the Synchronicity (1983) album:

From Wikipedia:

"Secret Journey" is a song released as a single by The Police on May 1982 only in the United States, as an alternative to the single "Invisible Sun" which was only released in the United Kingdom. Sting said the following about the song:

"It's a quasi-mystical song. You have to do something, go somewhere, to get outside yourself. I read the book Meetings with Remarkable Men which says you have to make a journey. It doesn't have to be a real journey, it can be a mental journey."


Anonymous said...

You know, I have no recollection of this song, but Invisible Sun is my favorite Police song and Ghost in the Machine was my first Police album.

Kenna said...

WOW, that is amazing! Are you sure you aren't missing a long lost twin? I have to find a way to send my playlist to you. I'm going to plant another seed with....All The Things She Said by Simple Minds.

Chris said...

So, I wasn't alone then, huh, anonymous? "Invisible Sun" is one of my favorites off Ghost in the Machine too, and it was my first Police album, as well.

kenna, I find that people of a certain age, who grew up in the 80s, have a much more common, shared cultural history than people growing up today. We were so limited (as compared to today) in what we ingested (culturally) and how we got access to it. But I may be missing a twin! Simple Minds! They were no one hit wonder. OOh, nice suggestion, or how about, "Alive and Kicking"? I loved that one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris

Yeah i totally agree on the song. Oddly enough the last three songs on Ghost: Omegaman, Secret Journey and the egually awesome album closer Darkness kinda always were my favorite Police tracks... to this day even!