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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 (November 3, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00000DG1R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Is There Something I Should Know?
2. The Reflex
3. A View To A Kill
4. Ordinary World (Single Version)
5. Save A Prayer (US Single Version)
6. Rio (US Edit)
7. Hungry Like A Wolf
8. Girls On Film
9. Planet Earth (Single Version)
10. Union Of The Snake
11. New Moon On Monday
12. Wild Boys
13. Notorious
14. I Don't Want Your Love (Shep Pettibone 7-in Mix)
15. All She Wants Is (45 Mix)
16. Electric Barbarella (Edit)
17. Serious (Edit)
18. Skin Trade (Radio Cut)
19. Come Undone (Edit)

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Along with The Reflex; A View to a Kill; Wild Boys; Hungry Like the Wolf; Notorious; Union of the Snake , and more Top 10 hits, this retrospective contains five tracks that weren't on Decade , their previous anthology: New Moon on Monday; Ordinary World; Electric Barbarella; Serious , and Come Undone . 19 tracks in all.

While English pop monarchs Duran Duran have remained active for two decades, it's clear that the indomitable ensemble was at its peak during those mercurial '80s. This greatest-hits collection documents the band's ambitious beginnings as a funky glam-rock outfit and follows its gradual transformation into a high-tech pop band with loads of commercial appeal. Featuring now-classic tunes like "Girls on Film," "Rio," and "Planet Earth" as well as more recent songs like "Ordinary World," Greatest focuses on Duran Duran's unending string of hit singles. Although the young quintet that performs "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "A View to a Kill" has little in common with the posh, aging trio featured on 1997's "Electric Barbarella," vocalist Simon Le Bon provides some impressive continuity to these proceedings. --Mitch Myers

Customer Reviews

You can't fault the songs here, as all 19 of them are very good.
Denmark Jensen
This is a great disc to have if you want the one-disc collection of all their greatest hits.
Charles Sutherland
When you listen to the songs on this cd you realize just how great they really were!
Elizebeth Neumann

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I admit it. When I was in college and getting my feet wet in radio, I was sent a copy of the first Duran Duran album and instantly fell in love with "Planet Earth" and "Girls On Film." When the band made an abbreviated club tour of the United States based on the success of "Girls On Film" and its controversial video, a very young Simon LeBon called me from a New York hotel and gave me only the third interview I'd done in my brief radio career. At the time, he and his fellow bandmates were infatuated by America, its landscape and especially New York City, with its wild clubland nightlife. LeBon told me he'd written a ton of songs in just a couple of weeks here and couldn't wait to get home to record them. I'll assume they became the crux of the highly danceable "Rio," which blew me away the week it came into the station I was working at when it was released.
With "Hungry Like The Wolf" and "Rio," I was hooked for good. Many of my college friends hated the band, calling them MTV dreck as they blasted their Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd albums. But secretly, I thought Duran Duran was the Bee's Knees. As they themselves put it, DD wanted to combine their two favorite styles of music, Chic disco and Punk rock, into one art form. That they managed to do this over and over again, plus blend in elements of Bowie and Roxy while making some of the most off-the-wall videos then fledgling MTV had available, put them over the top during that heady period that made stars out of Culture Club, Adam Ant and Aha. Unlike most of those groups, however, Duran Duran had the chops to make better than average albums over a sustained career and run up a string of hits that still hold up today.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Among the vanguard of the Second British Invasion of the 80's was a group dubbed the Fab Five. These pretty boys got their name from Milo O'Shea's character in the Jane Fonda cult classic Barbarella. I refer of course to Duran Duran, who during their peak years comprised of Simon LeBon (vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar), John Taylor (bass), Roger Taylor (drums), and Nick Rhodes (piano), he of the heavy makeup. But the reason why Duran Duran stood over contemporaries like the Human League or Spandau Ballet was their MTV coverage and stylish videos and that certain edge they had in their mostly danceable pop tunes.

Their first UK hits were "Planet Earth" and "Girls On Film." The first had a lively and upbeat synth backbeat much like Spandau Ballet or Berlin and is a standout. The second, with rapid-fire camera snap effects, was the group's first UK Top Ten hit, and made notable by its racy Godley-and-Crème directed video. Its chorus, where the title is sung twice in a row, the second at a lower pitch to make an accompanying and memorable couplet. But they hit pay dirt when the superbly upbeat "Is There Something I Should Know" topped the UK charts-it later hit #4 in the US. "Please please tell me now..." Oh yes!

Rio, which featured silk-screen girl album artwork from Nagel, had the title track, with a cascade of keyboards and drums, before settling into a more leisurely chorus-"my name is Rio and she dances on the sand..." But love that sax solo in the middle of it all! Also from that album, the #3 "Hungry Like The Wolf" with a guitar riff that would later become hardened in the Power Station, featured catchy hooks in the chorus, great guitar from Andy Taylor, and a running pizzicato-like synth.

Despite their hit power, they only had two US #1s.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on May 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
All of Duran Duran's greatest songs on one disc? Great idea. Too bad it's impossible to accomplish with an 80-minute time limit. In this attempt to do it, several of the band's best works were left off, including "Careless Memories," "Too Much Information," and the brilliant "The Chauffer." Several of the tracks are also edited versions of the originals, and poor edits at that. There are several import collections that represent Duran Duran's work much better than this. Hopefully a 2-cd set or a multi-CD box set will eventually be available here in the US.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Silent river on January 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a great selection of songs but it still misses because of the horribly butchered single versions of 'Save a Prayer' and 'Rio'. And as important is the fact that a single compilation like this leaves out songs that are just as beautiful as the ones on it or surpasses them.

Anybody lucky enough to see Duran's recent concerts will be aware of this when they played many songs from the first two albums that are not on the Greatest album. Here's some of what's missing.

Careless Memories (Duran Duran)
To the shore (Duran Duran)
Sound of Thunder (Duran Duran)
Friends of mine (Duran Duran)
Tel Aviv (Duran Duran)
The Chauffeur (Rio)
Lonely in your Nightmare (Rio)
New Religion (Rio)
Hold Back the Rain (Rio)

Then there's the songs from the other albums that are nothing less than essential.

Of Crime and Passion (Seven & the Ragged Tiger)
Shadows On Your Side (Seven & the Ragged Tiger)
The Seventh Stranger (Seven & the Ragged Tiger)
Winter Marches On (Notorious)
A Matter of Feeling (Notorious)
Hold Me (Notorious)
American Science (Notorious)
Do you Believe in Shame?
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