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Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.

With Reggatta de Blanc, the Police kept it simple on the way to stardom

With Reggatta de Blanc, the Police kept it simple on the way to stardom

Guitarist Andy Summers joins us to discuss the Police’s breakthrough album ‘Reggatta de Blanc,’ released on Oct. 2, 1979.

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Gimme Five: Andy Summers on songs with the Police, Animals, Neil Sedaka and Robert Fripp

Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.

Something Else! Interview: Andy Summers on Circa Zero, the Police and never settling

Something Else! Interview: Andy Summers on Circa Zero, the Police and never settling

You may not recognize the voice. Certainly, you’ve never heard of the band. But that guitar, echoing and minimalistic? Well, that could only belong to the Police’s Andy Summers. And so Circa Zero’s new song, an all-hook blast of old-school straight-ahead rock called “Levitation,” lures you in anyway.

‘I don’t know who they are’: Boston’s old-school Tom Scholz can’t place contemporaries Andy Summers, the Edge

‘I don’t know who they are’: Boston’s old-school Tom Scholz can’t place contemporaries Andy Summers, the Edge

There’s a reason the signature Tom Scholz guitar sound — indeed, Boston’s basic feel, from its 1976 debut through to the forthcoming Life, Love and Hope — has remained unchanged.

Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Bruce Springsteen, others – ¡Released!: Human Rights Concerts 1986-98 (2013)

The 1980s were marked by benefit extravaganzas, though oftentimes — whatever their noble intentions — they boasted both dubious musical results and unclear benefits. Amnesty International events were different.

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.

‘Lyrical, guitar-driven, edgy rock’: The Police’s Andy Summers at work with unsigned new trio

‘Lyrical, guitar-driven, edgy rock’: The Police’s Andy Summers at work with unsigned new trio

No new album has yet emerged, but buzz is already building for Circa Zero — a new project featuring the Police’s Andy Summers that also features multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles and drummer Emmanuelle Caplette.

‘The major rip-off of all time’: The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

‘The major rip-off of all time’: The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyAcS6ajrKQ&w=500&h=355] Imagine guitarist Andy Summers’ surprise when he heard his iconic riff from the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for the first time as part of a Puff Daddy song — on his kid’s radio.

Curved Air – Air Waves (2012)

Featuring eight live tracks recorded by Curved Air’s initial incarnation for the BBC in 1970-71, and then five more from a 1976 lineup that featured Stewart Copeland, Air Waves is an opportunity to examine both eras of this underrated prog-rock group.

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