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Duran Duran

Duran DuranAudio CD
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The four original members of Duran Duran - John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon - have announced today the global release of their 13th studio album, entitled ALL YOU NEED IS NOW. Produced by the Grammy Award-winning Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen) and mixed by Spike Stent (Madonna, Björk, No Doubt), the record is a return-to-roots homage ... Read more in Amazon's Duran Duran Store

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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00009L1OA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Girls On Film
2. Planet Earth
3. Anyone Out There
4. To The Shore
5. Careless Memories
6. Night Boat
7. Sound Of Thunder
8. Friends Of Mine
9. Tel Aviv

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duran's First March 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Duran Duran's self-titled debut was released in the UK in 1981 and was a smash hit. The album did not catch on in the US. It took the release of the band's second album Rio and the inventive videos that were staples on MTV to propel this album into the US top ten two years later in 1983. As an added attraction the re-release featured a new song, the number four hit, "Is There Something I Should Know?". This remastered version is the original English version minus that track. The first five tracks, which comprised the album's first side, are songs that in the traditional DD vein. The first two tracks, "Girls On Film" and "Planet Earth" are the most familiar and still sound great twenty-three years later. "Careless Memories" was a minor hit in America and "Anyone Out There" and "To The Shore" embodies the pop sensibilities that made the group a success. The final four songs are a complete 180-degree turn from the first five. They are atmospheric, moody and brooding numbers that find the band turning inward and introspective. The band has always sited Roxy Music as big influences and they are never more so then on these four tracks. "Night Boat" is a foreboding track and the album's final number, the instrumental "Tel Aviv" is quite haunting.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Duran Duran" - Remastered. August 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Younger audiences may say otherwise, but my highlight at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards was when the original members of Duran Duran reunited and accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. Their victory sent a strong message to everyone in the music industry after many years of disdain from critics, and the group finally got the props they deserved. Why not? Though they had a teenage following, Duran Duran are anything but a faceless boyband. Not only do they write their own material, but they also play their own instruments. And unlike, say, the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran are a self-made band and not the by-product of a potbellied, money-hungry svengali. After forming in 1978, the boys from Birmingham released its debut album in 1981. While it was a reasonable success in the UK, it didn't catch fire in the US until 1983, when it went Top Ten and platinum. It was one of my most-played releases in 1983, and 20 years and a college degree later, I still give it the occasional spin. The album's 9 songs are stylishly-crafted exercises in synth-heavy/new wave pop that perfectly capture the essence of the New Romantic movement. The album's most popular single, "Girls on Film," still holds up well as a commentary on life as a supermodel, while the debut single "Planet Earth" is a cool slice of disco bliss. But another track of note is "Anyone Out There," an album cut that stands out as a convincing breakup jam ("I never found out/ what made you leave. . .). On this, the remastered version, the previously deleted track "To the Shore" appears, and to be honest, it took a while for it to grow on me. But after a few repeated listens, this moody and dark track finally won me over. Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Their Own Words September 4, 2006
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John Taylor: "[Around] 1978, the whole punk thing started to lose its color."

Nick Rhodes: "We grew up in the 70's with glam rock; I suppose that's where our influences are, our stylistic influences, and so we wanted to move more back towards that."

John Taylor: "But at the same time there was this new wave of bands, like Japan, and Simple Minds that were kind of embracing that glam thing, but there was a little bit of funk coming into it, and that just seemed like, `Yeah, this is where we belong.' "

Nick Rhodes: "We found Simon [Le Bon] in 1979 and then we knew we had the full line up."

John Taylor: "We had a piece of music that had a start, a finish, a had, actually, a verse section and a chorus section and we said [to Simon], `Hey, you got any words for this?' "

Simon Le Bon: "...and I had some words that I tweaked a little bit and found that I could fit them and we had a melody that worked, and within 30 minutes we had pretty much 70% of the song called Sound Of Thunder. When you find something that works that easily and that quickly, you know you're onto a good thing."

John Taylor: "I knew we were doing something new because Andy kinda got the feel for this disco, four-on-the-floor kind of dance beat, and we wanted to somehow throw that into the equation of what was happening."

Nick Rhodes: "We were termed `New Romantics,' or `Futurists'. Actually, I preferred `Futurists' because it sounds a bit more like an art movement."

Simon Le Bon: "And I think we let ourselves become part of that scene, and be thought of as part of that because it helped us. There was a lot of interest in it. And we realized that if we could get into it that it would all spiral and it would help us take off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duran's Duran (aka - Welcome to Planet Earth) November 24, 2008
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When it comes to early 80's music, (Synth-pop, Electro-rock, Alternative and New Wave) you can't go past Duran Duran's first self-titled album...what a gem. Back in 1981 when I was a young lad, and still finding my own musical ears so-to-speak, I heard on the radio a song called `Planet Earth'. I thought it was brilliant, I couldn't hear enough of it. For me `Planet Earth' was my song for 1981, it was a great sound (and still is after all these years).

The album only has 9 songs, as opposed to nowadays where CD's can be between 17-24 songs (depending on their length). Listening to the album really takes me back to those years in the early 1980's (as opposed to now), it has that feel and flavour untouched by today's standards of music-and rightly so.

The whole album can be said to be a time capsule of the then `Romantic Movement' in music (Duran Duran were generally considered part of this new music genre, with other like-style bands such as Spandau Ballet, Japan, ABC and the Human League which come to mind). The album reached number 3 in the UK Top 20, and its music is freshly innocent, with great synthesizer sounds and drum beats with a touch of ambience (listen to Tel Aviv) to break the difference.

My favourite songs and no surprise here are: `Sound of Thunder', `Planet Earth' their first single that climbed the UK charts Top 20 at number 12, `Careless Memories', their second single which only managed to stay at number 37, (I don't know why? Depending on your mood, it is a dark song) and that notorious song `Girls on Film', their third single which was the one that caused a real sensation, (what an understatement) the song went to number 5 in the UK charts, before that infamous video of the song was even filmed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM!
Everything about this album is FANTASTIC! It is a Killer First album from a, then, unknown band, and they went on to Massive success. This kicked it all off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered ... but still one of the best "albums" of the 80s
The self titled album from this band is one of their best and a must have for lovers of new wave and 80's music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by V. Waldkirch
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight disappointment
When this album first came out, it contained an extended instrumental music intro for the song "Planet Earth". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donna Cheramie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
All of my CD's were stolen out of my car a few years ago. I am starting my Duran Duran collection all over again. I thought it would be best to start at the beginning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anita K
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry...but I've heard better music.
Duran Duran's self-titled album is pretty hard to listen to. I don't really like the extremely moody feel of just about every song. I'm all for sad CDs... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Adrian Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars great
the cd arrived on time, and the kid was happy to get it. hes trying to build his
collection up and ordering at these great prices helps him do that.
Published 12 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastering and Extended versions make this worth buying
Great album, and the new remasters and extended versions make this worth adding to your collection if you're a fan.
Published 21 months ago by Fasterthan I. Look
5.0 out of 5 stars "Georgie Davis is Coming Out; No More Heroes, We Twist and Shout."
The very first of a long line of albums, some great and some not so good. Well, their two best are this one and Rio, and what a debut this is! Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Carlisle Wheeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran
My wife is an original "Durannie" and loves the music,so as part of her Anniversary gift I purchased a great deal of 80's music,this being at the top pf her list,great music,re... Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars duran duran remaster a totally disaster
the recording engineer who mastered the discs is a joke why put this guy to remaster i have the original vinyl and cd of the first edition and is better only the dvd is... Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by francisco f miño
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