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Essential [Limited Edition]

Duran DuranAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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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 (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000635C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Planet Earth (Night Version)
2. Girls On Film (Night Version)
3. My Own Way (Night Version)
4. Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version)
5. Rio (12' Dance Version)
6. New Religion (Night Version)
7. Hold Back The Rain (Remix)
8. Is There Something I Should Know? (Monster Mix)
9. Union Of The Snake (Monkey Mix)
10. The Reflex (Dance Mix)
11. Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys Mix)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection: Essential, but... June 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains the best of the DURAN DURAN remixes available, and it's clearly a must for fans because, it's an excellent package of pictures & liner notes in addition to the music. And, there are a few benefits of ownership when you hit the Duran Duran Web Site as well.
I own both this and "Strange Behavior". This gets 4 stars because it omitted the [excellent] remix versions of "All She Wants Is", "Notorious" and a few other later songs -- and I suspect that this is why "essential -|- night songs" is no longer in print (more people opted for the expanded song selection on STRANGE BEHAVIOR than the unique packaging & web-access offered on this CD).
A minor point here: I also wish that the verison of "New Moon On Monday" had been placed on the same CD as the rest of the music. But at just over 70:30, the main CD is certainly not "too short", by any strech.
Like DURAN DURAN "Decade" which featured superior packaging, but was superceded by "Greatest" which featured more songs, this CD, sadly, has not remained commercially competitive. On the plus side, people who did buy it have what is arguably one of the best dance and pop CD's available.
I debated giving this 5 stars, but decided that if it is not good enough to keep in print because it was "outcompeted" by a more comprehensive set, then 4 was all that this CD package merited (if AMAZON.COM ever goes to a "10-scale", this one's a "9"). The 5 star rating would be merited if the remixes of "All SHe Wants Is" and "Notorious" were included here -- but then the package would be so good that fans might not ever buy anything else...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on CD - the Remixes! March 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the CD I've been waiting for since CDs started to be created. Duran Duran's music and remixes epitomize the 1980s. From the title of the CD, yes it is essential for you to have.
In the 1980s I was (and still am) a huge Duran Duran fan. I bought everything from trading cards to posters to magazines to pins and even a satin jacket. The one thing I was obsessed with having were the extended mixes of their songs. Being a teenager and under the drinking age, I never was able to hear these in a club setting and rarely on the radio. However, they were available in my local record store in the import section on vinyl. I can remember taking my allowance and getting the next extended mix that I didn't have from week to week.
This CD contains extended mixes of their hit songs as well as a bonus disc for "New Moon on Monday" which can only be listened to after visiting their official web page. This disc worked when the CD was first released in 1998. I have recently contacted the official web page to find out if they have a way for people to listen to this disc now since it is for Windows 3.1 and 95 and the web page doesn't reference this compilation. The CD also has a booklet attached to the cardboard case containing the story of Duran Duran with some early photos as well as during their tour in 1983-84.
When buying and listening to this CD remember, these are not what you heard on the radio in the 1980s. These are extended re-mixes of the songs. If you are a fan of 1980s re-mixes and a Durannie, then this is the CD for you!
On This CD, my favorite re-mixes are "The Reflex" (6 minutes and 36 seconds), "Is There Something I Should Know?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans Rejoice (If You Can Find It) May 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Back in the late 80's, EMI/Capitol embarked on a limited series of "Essential" packages of artists, highlighting B-sides, rare and unreleased material. While must were just junk, some (like a Pet Shop Boys and Blondie set) were treasure troves of out of print and never before seen on CD collections.
Duran Duran were in the treasure chest. As one of the first "New Wave/New Romantic" groups to recognize that the future of rock and roll was hidden somewhere on the dance floor, they consistently released amazing 12 inch singles during a time when many bands just taped extended interludes into pre-exisiting tracks. But DD went even farther, frequently reentering the studio to re-record entire arrangements and release them under the banner of "Night Versions." There was even a great four song EP called "Carnival" that was used to hype the new "Rio" album. (Long since deleted.)
To that end, if you're either a Durannie from the 80's or an ancient habitue of nightclubs from that era, this collection will have you twitching with delight. Superb versions of "Planet Earth," "The Reflex" and "New Religion" are all here. The mix from the X-rated video version of "Girls On Film" is here. A fun look at Duran History courtesy of Nick Rhodes is also included. While not for a casual fan ("Greatest" will feed your appetite), "Essential Duran Duran" gives you a chance to hear some clubland oldies without the scratches and pops of the old 12 inchers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars night versions:the essential duran duran June 4, 2001
By bobby
Format:Audio CD
well to tell the truth this cd blew my mind. it was a good cd,the music was organized in such a way that after each song you wanted to hear the next one and so on. i didn't expect this kind of music from the group,it was also great to dance to it was a hit at my sister's party,everyone wanted a copy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a remix fan usually, this album is exceptional
If you liked Duran Duran's catalog prior to Notorious then you will likely enjoy this album. A wonderful extended trip through the music of my youth.
Published 10 months ago by Paul D. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated review
Just wanted to update my review of this CD,...still like it very much because of the longer 'Night Version' of "Hungry Like A Wolf",...I have three copies,believe it or not. Read more
Published on December 9, 2011 by Dewey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc
Great cd all the way,...have two of them since I like it so much. Reason
why I like it so much is because of the longer 'Night Version' of "Hungry
Like The Wolf". Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Dewey M. Jacks
3.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran Remixes CD
I have been looking for this CD set for a really long time ever since a sailor from a previous ship played The Reflex (Dance Mix) on a cassette he made (long before people can make... Read more
Published on March 20, 2005 by Maurice T. Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran's NIght Versions
This is a rare and out of print copy of the remixes of duran duran songs that i picked up in 1998-99. Read more
Published on April 9, 2004 by Amy Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars My OTHER ONLY reason of going to the USA!
A REMIX album of their "true" Masterpieces..aka 81-85stuff. This 12' mixes puts all other exsisting "Remix"albums to absolute shame!!This is it..The nadir.. Read more
Published on July 22, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent remixes, interesting new territory
There are some great pieces of work on this album, and I very much like the funkified remixes of "Rio" and "Is There Something I Should Know?". Read more
Published on July 17, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prayer is Answered
This is one of long awaited CD from the hottest band in the 80's. The tracks in this compilation was available only from their 12" maxi-singles. Read more
Published on June 3, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories that will never die!
I have to tell everyone that this is one of the most amazing albums I have ever heard!!! I personally own a 12-inch mix album called Nite Romantics that was released only in the... Read more
Published on April 23, 1999
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