GET IT RIGHT!
ddaveyh | St Louis, Missouri United States | 10/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To everyone out there who thinks this TRULY Duran's first album, you'd be wrong. This is the re-release of the first album that came out after RIO when IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW was released. Check the listing for the DURAN DURAN (Original recording remastered) - THAT'S the first album.
The re-released dropped the track TO THE SHORE, edited PLANET EARTH, which was originally a remix version, and rearanged the track listing adding IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW.
For those of you who desire to have the omitted track and the added one, get Duran Duran+1 which contains all the original tracks and it puts TO THE SHORE back where it belongs. I am really disappointed in the so-called Duran Fans out there who have the mistake in touting this as the first album.
Die hard Durans such as myself, will want all three as they each slightly different."
Ryan Brenner | Texas, United States | 02/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First let's get a few things straight. The original UK release featured tracks Girls On Film/Planet Earth(single version)/Anyone Out There/To the Shore/Careless Memories/Night Boat/Sound of Thunder/Friends of Mine/Tel Aviv. The original US Harvest release contained Planet Earth(Night Mix)/Girls On Film/Anyone Out There/Careless Memories/Night Boat/Sound of Thunder/Friends of Mine/Tel Aviv.The 1983 Capitol rerelease had Girls On Film/Planet Earth(single version)/Anyone Out There/Careless Memories/Is There Something I Should Know?/Night Boat/Sound of Thunder/Friends of Mine/Tel Aviv.Then there's this import from Holland which you are viewing which contains the 1983 rerelease plus the deleted 'To The Shore.'Any way you cut it, this is a fabulous album. My personal choice for track listing would be the US Harvest release plus 'To The Shore' but you can't get this album that way, so oh well...Duran Duran's debut was a post-Disco/New Romantic tour-de-force. Simon LeBon's space meets the water's edge lyrics backed by the thumping rhythms and melodies and dissonant sonic effects created a mesh that was danceable, moody and glamorous. This would have been a strong album if it was their third or fourth, and claimed as a come uppance for most bands. As a debut it was almost written off as a one-off. But here we are twenty-two years later and the album is very strong and still loads of fun.One of the greatest qualities of the first album is it's true lack of any filler tracks. No matter what version you buy, every track is wonderful. The debut album is probably my favorite Duran Duran album, if not sharing that honor with Rio. The thing that sets the debut apart from Rio style-wise is the overall mood of the debut. Whereas Rio is mostly warm in tone, Duran Duran [album title] is mostly cold. It creates a bit darker collection and that's something that really makes it standout. However, the first album was released not long after the death of disco and remnants of that can be heard to a degree; Rio does not have that quality."