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Seven & The Ragged Tiger

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The third studio album from British pop rock band Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983) features the band's original line up displaying their trademark catchy pop rock, heavy on big hooks and 80's synth. Showcasing the high flying hits, 'The Reflex,' 'New moon on Monday' and, 'Union of the Snake,' Seven and the Ragged Tiger also features a more reflective, longing quality, evidence of the band's struggles with worldwide fame. Lead singer Simon Le Bon's lyrics and performance on, 'The Seventh Stranger' personifies this introspective, morose character. This would be the last time Duran Duran's original line-up recorded together for over 20 years, until the release of 2004's Astronaut. Duran Duran has described this album as an, 'adventure story about a little commando team [Duran Duran] and the Ragged Tiger is success.' Don't miss the adventure!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00009L1OB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm a Duran Duran fan from way, way back. Like many of the reviewers here, I always felt that one of the band's strong suits had to be Simon Le Bon's lyrics. Nowhere is his gift more evident, to me, than on "Seventh Stranger." Here's just one example from that song: "A year of Sundays seems to have drifted right by, I could have sworn, in one evening."

I do think the album deserves a repeat listen lo, these many years later. I always felt that DD got a bum rap, simply because they came in on the same wave that brought in other, very lightweight, synthpop bands. But listen to their lyrics, folks. Here, they are second to none in the genre. George Michael probably still broods that he couldn't come up with comparable lyrics while in Wham!

I wish the band had decided to include "Secret Oktober" ("Union of the Snake" B side) in this album--it would have been a strong addition. The song is just over 2 minutes in length, but is a finely crafted work--again with incredible lyrics. "Racing on a shining plane--tomorrow we'll be content to watch as the lightning plays along the wires and you wonder..." It's an exquisite image.

DD was an unusual band for many reasons, not least of which was that each member of the group was good at what he did. I think that's borne out in this album, and in "Astronaut." Some bands have an instrumental weak link, but DD never did. But, because of some of the company they kept on the charts and in the clubs, somehow, a lot of the critics managed to overlook the talent, preferring to focus on their penchant for odd clothes and hair dye.

"Seven and the Ragged Tiger" is not a perfect album. But it is certainly in the top five of its genre. It also holds up surprisingly well this many years down the line. Even "The Reflex" really doesn't sound dated. The album deserves to be more than a musical footnote--it did define a sound. It's still worth a listen.
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Originally released in 1983, 1 year after the ultra-popular "RIO", this album was a must have for every teenager at my high school and probably most others world-wide. Hit songs like "Union of The Snake", "New Moon On Monday" and who could forget "The Reflex", were played on MTV, radio, and every walkman, boombox and car stereo for at least a good 2 years by these British heartthrobs who seemed unstoppable at the time. Sadly, this would prove to be the last studio album, little did the fans know, by the original Fab 5 hitmakers, but what a way to go out. The non-single, album tracks flow finely along with the hits, but I imagine the casual listener would probably skip right through the songs. All in all I'll admit the songs are over produced with a few too many layered keyboard parts, but it's a great sounding album with some well written pop songs and the usual moody Duran style ballads. Now, the real gems here for the true Duran fans are the bonus disc of remastered remixes and the long awaited "As The Lights Go Down", a 1984 concert film recorded in Oakland, California that has been a much sought after item that for the first time ever is finally on DVD. All the videos are also included as well as some great TV sing along spots too. But the goldmine here is the concert. Every hit song performed with much energy is here for your audio and visual enjoyment. Sit in front of your HDTV, crank up that Home Stereo System and enjoy Duran Duran at their musical peak. A little expensive anywhere else but as usual, Amazon offers the lowest price that I've seen anywhere.
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I had been waiting in anticipation of the Collector's Edition of "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" for quite some time and I was glad that the band finally released it in the US (The original release date was supposed to have been back in March, but for some reason, it was pushed back to May). I think the sound quality sounds fantastic and I did not notice any hissing or popping and it does in fact sound much better than the original CD quality volume that came several years ago.

As far as the selection goes, DD could have selected some unreleased demos to really bump up the collectibility of this volume. Don't get me wrong, the inclusion of "Is There Something I Should Know" and "Faith In This Colour" are assets to the strength of this collection. However, years ago, I heard a bootleg of a demo of a DD song actually called "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" (it sounded like a cross between "To The Shore" and "Union Of The Snake") However, the sound quality of this demo track was so horrendous, I only hoped that one day the band would officially release this lost gem.

The other shortcoming is that the band could have thrown in "The Wild Boys" and "A View To A Kill". Now, before all of the Duranies jump me by saying that "The Wild Boys" was originally on the live album, "Arena" and "AVTAK" was on the James Bond soundtrack of the same name, then why was "Is There Something I Should Know?" included in this volume? For those fans who were not around in 1983 when "Is There Something I Should Know?" was released as a standalone single, the band decided to bump "To The Shore" off of the debut DD album and replaced it with "Is There Something I Should Know?
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