Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
In the decade of decadence, Duran Duran knew how to live the life. It was reflected in their videos (sailboats, silly white hats, tropical surroundings, grease-painted feral women) and garishly displayed in their public l... more »
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In the decade of decadence, Duran Duran knew how to live the life. It was reflected in their videos (sailboats, silly white hats, tropical surroundings, grease-painted feral women) and garishly displayed in their public lifestyles. But if you can remove these connotations from the album that started it all, you'll be left with music that is anything but gaudy. For the most part, Rio is an eerie and sumptuous record. With their raspy, arpeggio synth sounds and Simon Le Bon's uninflected vocals, the misty ballads "Lonely in Your Nightmare" and "Save a Prayer" can still tear your heart right out of your chest and abandon it bleeding on a rain-soaked cobblestone street. With the dance-oriented singles "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf," you dry out a bit, but the songs are far from airy or whimsical. One anomaly in this release, though, is the inappropriate prominence of John Taylor's bass lines. In every song, it sounds as if he is mixed more in expectation of a solo than as an integral part of the rhythm section. Ignore this technical distraction, however, and you'll enjoy rediscovering this gorgeous body of water-colored synthpop. --Beth Bessmer
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Indeed, this record is not what you think it is
Matthew B | Hollywood CA | 05/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Other reviewers have correctly pointed out that this CD was made from the original UK release, not the version remixed by David Kershenbaum that was released later in the US, and that most US listeners consider to be the "official" release.
Even casual listeners will notice the differences. I know that some folks will always say that the original versions are better by virtue of being first, but in this case, I think the record company got it right --- the US mixes are considerably more punchy and poppy. The UK mixes are comparatively dull-edged.
Unfortunately, the only way to hear the US mix of Rio is to get a vinyl copy (they are widely available wherever used vinyl is sold)
This seems like such a comical oversight in an era where every remix, alternate version etc is available on CD somewhere. Some lawyer must have screwed up in 1982 and nobody has the rights to the US version. Or something."
New version coming soon!
V. M. Fay | New Jersey | 08/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you haven't heard, there is a new, 2 disc version of Rio coming out in Sept. 09. It will include this mix (the original UK), as well as the USA mix. As a bonus, it will also feature rare versions and dance mixes. Here's a breakdown from their official website:
Original UK album ¨C released May 1982
2. My Own Way
3. Lonely In Your Nightmare
4. Hungry Like The Wolf
5. Hold Back The Rain
6. New Religion
7. Last Chance On The Stairway
8. Save A Prayer
9. The Chauffeur
Original US album mixes released on Harvest/Capitol ¨C released November 1982
10. Rio (US album remix)
11. My Own Way (Carnival remix)
12. Lonely In Your Nightmare (US album remix)
13. Hungry Like The Wolf (US album remix)
14. Hold Back The Rain (US album remix)
The Manchester Square demos (recorded 28th August 1981):
1. Last Chance On The Stairway
2. My Own Way
3. New Religion
4. Like An Angel
Non-album singles and b-sides:
5. My Own Way (original 7¡± version. UK single a-side released November 1981)
6. Like An Angel (UK single b-side released November 1981)
7. Careless Memories (live. UK single b-side released May 1982)
8. The Chauffeur (Blue Silver ¨C early version. UK single b-side released November 1982)
Versions & Mixes:
9. My Own Way (Night version ¨C UK 12¡å single a-side released November 1981)
10. Hungry Like The Wolf (Night version ¨C UK 12¡å single A side released May 1982)
11. Rio (Night version ¨C Dutch 12¡å Carnival E.P. released September 1982)
12. New Religion (Carnival remix ¨C Japanese 12¡å Carnival E.P. released September 1982)
13. Hold Back The Rain (Carnival remix ¨C US 12¡å Carnival E.P. released September 1982)
*Digital only extras:
14/My Own Way (Instrumental version) (6.32)
15/Hold Back The Rain (Alternate remix) (6.38)
Until then, this is the best single disc version of the original UK mix to own, especially if you don't know (or care about) the difference between the original two versions of the album. But, if you want a true, definitive version of Rio, wait for the 2 disc."
Lonely In Your Nightmare
Shiloh Kremer | 01/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This in one of my all time favorites! Classic Duran Duran. Simon LeBonn's powerful vocals. John Taylor's soulful bass lines. Nick Rhode's atmospheric synthesizer notes. Roger and Andy Taylor's perfect drum and guitar parts blend together to create the most intelligent and heartfelt music ever created!
this is a five star product-"