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Singles 1986-1995 Box set


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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0002HUXI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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UK box-set features 14 original UK singles, 'Notorious' through 'White Lines (Don't Do It)', including all their bonus tracks (including 12-inch single B-sides many of which are appearing on CD for the first time), & original artwork reproduced as miniature LP sleeves, packaged together in a flip-top box with foldout poster. EMI. 2004.

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So many good songs!
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Great box sets - I highly recommend them to any DD fan who wants to ensure they have every song on CD.
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I'm so glad I spent the money (finally) to purchase this boxed set!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Everyone knows that Duran Duran was the premier singles band of the 1980s. But "Singles Box Set 1986-1995" shows that the post-"classic" period was nothing to sneeze at. This is a 14-CD collection of the band's singles from 1986-1995, including remixes and B-sides. While it may disappoint some hardcore fans, this boxed set serves as a long-overdue retrospective of an era that has gotten short shrift on other Duran compilations.

Unlike the earlier boxed set, which consisted of vinyl-era singles featuring only 2 to 4 tracks, this compilation features generous CD-era singles consisting of 3 to 10 songs each. Late 80s singles such as "Notorious," "Skin Trade," and "Do You Believe in Shame" illustrate the maturing of Duran's style after the departure of original guitarist Andy Taylor. And 1990s hits like "Ordinary World," "Come Undone," and "White Lines" demonstrate that Duran Duran's staying power extended far beyond the "MTV decade."

Beyond the singles, diehard Duran Duran fans may find it frustrating to get to the good stuff. You have to wade through endless dance mixes and previously released album tracks to find the real nuggets here, which include "We Need You," "I Believe/All I Need to Know," the Simon LeBon spoken word pieces "God" and "This Is How A Road Gets Made," and a cover of Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done."

Despite the generous running time, there are some egregious omissions, particularly "Stop Dead" and "Time for Temptation" (outtakes from 1993's "The Wedding Album"). Just about any serious Duran fan would have preferred these over the nine-millionth remix of "Violence of Summer" or "White Lines.". Did we really need two live versions of "Notorious" - especially when the band is obviously out of tune on the second one?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my new and updated review. The Duran Duran Singles Box Set 1985-1995 is awesome. I am so pleased. I will admit, there are a few things about the set that puzzle me. I am definitly glad that there are more songs on some of the individual CD's this time than with the last set. But the choice of songs baffles me a bit. The CD for "Ordinary World" includes "My Antartica," "Skin Trade," "Save a Prayer," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "The Reflex," "Girls on Film," and another version of "Ordinary World." The extreme Duranie, (I'm just a big Duranie but don't know all the different mixes) might argue that these are different mixes, but I just wonder why they decided to put songs that were from the past on the set verses later recorded songs. I don't know if it was because they were no longer with EMI or what, but it seems like it would have been cool if they could have thrown a few "Meddazaland" or "Pop Trash" singles on the set. It's almost like the "Ordinary World" single is like a mini sampler of the popular older musc. None of the really popular older songs missing from the set "Rio," "Is There Something I Should Know," and "A View To A Kill" can be found on the set. I tale that back, "Wild Boys" is missing and that was a popular single as was "Union of the Snake."

I am so happy with this set because finally we get a lot of mixes of some of the later songs like "White Lines." A few more things that irk me, the individual CD jackets dont have the track listing for the CD on it and the discs are all grey so you have to have the big box or booklet to know the listings on the disc you choose to listen to. Of course you know what the single is based on the CD jacket cover art, but you don't know what the bonus goodies are.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Ambrose on December 23, 2004
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The fact that the Durannies continued after their barrage of hits with true musical masterpieces like these is amazing. The new album "Astronaut" is also an aural masterpiece. These guys WRITE the music and lyrics and PLAY the instruments! I find this era of their output the most sumptuous and adventurous. It as also made me revisit their "covers" album 'Thank You' - and I have now actually understood it! They're not the beatles but there is something really intrinsic about the way the put it all together and make art. Thanks, guys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BC on July 4, 2005
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I'm so glad I spent the money (finally) to purchase this boxed set! I'm a really big fan of the 12 inch singles that the band used to sell, and it is great to get a few of the old favorites on this set as well as everything that was from the era when the original 5 started to fall off one by one. Very good buy - cover art brings back a lot of memories!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joycircuit on November 9, 2004
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Glad to hear some of these great songs for the first time on CD, but disappointed as usual with the "filler" and as usual the omission of several tracks from the US singles which were only available on cassette. Most notably, "Time for Temptation" and "Stop Dead", b-sides from the Wedding Album, were omitted, just to name a couple off the top of my head. These would have been more appropriate than the repetitive remixes they included.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on November 7, 2004
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Contrary to what some fans may tell you, Duran Duran didn't suck after 1985. While the band did lose its original drummer and guitarist (and its bass player in 1996), Duran Duran were still able to generate 2 platinum albums and a handful of top ten hits. "The Singles 1986-1995" covers the group's lesser known material and because it doesn't have early signature hits like "Girls on Film" or "Hungry Like the Wolf," the consumer most likely to buy this is the diehard Durannie. It has 14 discs of their singles, each featuring the original artwork and all the remixes/b-sides. Highlights include the Nile Rogers-produced "Skin Trade" and "Notorious," as well as the megamix "Burning the Ground" and "Come Undone," from their 1993 comeback self-titled album. But the real goodies are b-sides like "I Believe/All I Need to Know" as well as remixes like Shep Pettibone's house makeover of "All She Wants Is," the extended version of "I Don't Want Your Love" and the acoustic version of "Ordinary World." "The Singles 1986-1995" may be a tough sell for the casual listener but is worth checking out for Duran Duran's most devoted fans.
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