2010 remaster. CD1 is their original 1981 debut album. CD2 is packed full of previously unreleased material including: The AIR Studios versions, The Manchester Square Demos, BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell session and Night Versions of Planet Earth & Girls on Film. Specially packaged in a clamshell box with lift off lid & includes an 8 page booklet, 5 postcards of individual band shots plus a collectors folded poster that was used in Japanese original LP.
Duran Duran came back out of nowhere in early 1993 with a new album and a huge hit, "Ordinary World." The group sounds more relaxed and mature than it did during their glory days, but not all that much has changed; instead of personifying the days of early-'80s synthesized dance-pop, the music is smooth dance-pop for the '90s. Taken on its own terms, Duran Duran works every bit as well as Duran Duran, Rio or Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
Duran Duran’s debut eponymous album has just been given an overhaul nearly 30 years (yikes!) after it first hit the shelves (vinyl and cassette!!). This was the album that catapulted the boys from New Romantic wannabees in Birmingham clubs to pop stars. The album really stands the testament of time, especially the three singles – 'Planet Earth’, 'Girls on Film’ and 'Careless Memories’. As well as these singles the album has some more great quality tracks including 'Night Boat’ and 'Anyone Out there’ – both could have been singles.
The package is much more than just a re-mastering of the album. CD1 also includes all the b-sides, whilst CD2 has various unreleased and rare tracks including early demo’s which are a great alternate versions – Girls on Film and Planet earth both sounding particularly raw but at the same time retaining much of the electronica accompaniment.
Then to top it all comes the DVD, including the infamous banned 'soft porn’ video for Girls on Film, produced by Godley and Creme. You alos get the 'clean’ version, some TOTP appearances and even a bit of Swap Shop as well.
In the 80s Duran Duran were the most successful new romantic band of the “second British Invasion”, helped by their stylish and sexually charged videos which received heavy play on MTV.Formed in 1978 by John Taylor (bass) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) in Birmingham, England, their most successful line-up also included Simon Le Bon (vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums). Between 1980 and 1983 they released three albums, Duran Duran (1981, re-released in the US in 1983), their best LP Rio (1982), and Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983). These three albums spawned eight hit singles.
This Is a great new range collecting together some of the biggest hits from 1960 through to 1999. Consisting of 40 titles, one for each year, each album contains either 20 tracks or 75 minutes of music. 1980 - 1989 includes classic tracks across titles from Duran Duran, Culture Club, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Simple Minds.
Twenty years since their pop music debut, Duran Duran issued another greatest-hits collection. As if 1989's Decade weren't stellar enough, this select package was much more solid. Greatest showcased the band's early days of glam rock décor and new romanticism to the alluring sophistication Duran Duran exuded throughout the '90s. The typical synth-powered pop hits are included – "Girls on Film," "Rio," "A View to a Kill" – as well as the signature ballads – "Save a Prayer" – but it might also receive criticism due to its chronological disarray. Still, that gives no reason to fret, for other goodies can be found throughout. The much-neglected "New Moon on Monday" is featured, as well as the band's mature eclecticism of such songs from the self-titled Wedding Album – "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone." The band's experimentation with new millennium electronica found on "Electric Barbarella" again refocuses on Simon LeBon as the center of the band.
Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. And for good reason. Duran Duran's reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style. Without music videos, it's likely that their pop-funk – described by the group as the Sex Pistols-meet-Chic – would never have made them international pop stars…