NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Cia Records) – In 1977, twenty-four year old Henry Padovani formed a band with a friend he?d met on the London club scene, drummer Steward Copeland, and a bass player who went by the name of Sting. And, while The Police went on to become arguably the most successful pop act of the 1980s, they did it without Padovani, who was replaced by Andy Summers in 1978.
However, Padovani’s association with Police manager and IRS Records founder Miles Copeland has continued through the ensuing three decades, culminating in Copeland’s decision to release Padovani’s first recording in more than twenty years, A Croire Que C’Etait Pour la Vie (When You Believed It Was Forever) on his recently founded label, CIA Records. And, in the spirit of reconciliation that is also marking the Police’s own reunion tour, both Stewart Copeland and Sting join Padovani on one track on the CD, the aptly titled “Welcome Home.” Also featured are drummers Manu Katche and Chris Musto, bassist Glen Matlock, and guitarist Steve Hunter. Perhaps best described stylistically as Leonard Cohen meets Serge Gainsbourg, When You Believed It Was Forever is sung entirely in Padovani’s native French.

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