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Big Thing

1 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 Jun. 1997
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd. This Label Copy information is the subject of Copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 49:09
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  • ASIN: B001J8263G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,076 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this is the most under-rated album from one of our most under-rated bands. By 1988 when this album was released the teen hysteria that had surrounded Duran Duran for most of the decade had waned and there were only 3 of the original members left. So perhaps it is not surprising then that with the pressure off that Duran started to experiment with their music in ways that had started to be restricted by the time 7 & The Ragged Tiger was released at the height of their fame. 'Big Thing' to me signalled a return to the 'Art n Roll' ethos that the band originally stood for, which can be heard when you stand 'Hungry Like The Wolf' next to 'The Chauffeur' on the 'Rio' album, and 'Girls On Film' next to 'Nightboat' on their eponymous debut.. And they do it even better here. 'I Don't Want Your Love' is a great single and made the Top 10 in the UK - but it was 'All She Wants Is' which became a sleeper hit, partly because of its incredible cutting-edge video and a smart use of modern music technology. I think that track has aged incredibly well and has not been appreciated enough. 'Do You Believe In Shame' was woefully under-played and barely scraped the Top 30 but deserved to be a major hit. My favourite tracks on the album are what I would call the 'artier' ones such as 'Palomino' and 'Land'. These in particular showcase Simon's gift for lyric and melody-writing, perhaps inspired by his near-death experience on Drum and his vocals are in good form. My brother stole my tape and used to play 'Marlene' really loud and sing at the top of his voice even though it was very uncool to be into Duran Duran.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Feeling low ?, Put yourself in the Duran electric chair, and get a supercharged jolt of pure adrenalised pop ! Big Thing was not big in the UK, probably because Notorious and Liberty were below average, by Duran standards, and we fans can be so fickle. The title song kicks off the LP with heavy bass and drums, a vibrant intro to the LP, Le Bon grates and stretches his vocal chords alongside shrieking guitars and howling keyboards great stuff. I don't want your love is song two, electro pop, almost under produced, slightly too lightweight ? All she wants is, wow, crank up the rock chords, they must have enjoyed recording this, it feels like fun ! Too late Marlene, who is Marlene ? I don't know, but you feel like you do, the empathy flows as Le Bon wrends this gentle mid tempo ballad from the ordinary, almost Mcartney like in it's plaintive style, a real grower. Drug, Palomino and the two interludes are not inspirational, but hey wait until you hear Do you believe in shame, quite simply a narcotic mix of foggy vocals and ambient instrument sounds, genius songwriting, truly a classic that did not cause a dent in the charts, but will be covered in years to come, take my word for it. Land, is like a girl that you see every day but do not notice, who gradually becomes a part of your psyche, growing incidiously, until you feel her even when she is not there, a terrific gentle ballad, listen to the words please, and understand the message. Edge of America, is a great LP track, again there is a feel to this song, cutting, romantic and honest. Lake shore driving is a quiet finish to the LP, rounding off this quality offering.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Taylor on 29 Sept. 2010
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Although a big Duran fan, this was never one of my fave albums of theirs ... perhaps too funky for my liking, although it was always much redeemed in my eyes for the sublime Do You Believe In Shame ?. Having been collecting the 2010 remasters, there was no way i wasnt gonna buy this, and, like its predecessors in the series, its a great little package. The remaster is again credited to Abbey Road Studios, but sounds fine to me; whether others will find this remastering as poor as the earlier albums i'll let them decide. The first CD is as the original album, except for the Drug (Its Just A State Of Mind), which is the original version as opposed to the remix on previous releases - this change is explained in much more detail on one of the postcards (Amazon state this info is in the booklet, but this is incorrect; the other 4 postcards are band pics).

Much more of interest to me, as with these releases, are the other two discs. Disc 2 contains B sides and single remixes, most of which are on the second Singles Box 2 (86-95), however there are two previously unreleased versions of Big Thing - a 7" and 12" mix - which i actually like more than the album version; much more commercial and faster paced musically. Really Good.

Disc 3 is the DVD, containing a live concert from Milan, Italy in Dec 1988, which looks very good quality, and features a mix of old and new songs. But by far the most important thing for me in the entire package is finally, finally, finally, we get the first time release on DVD of the Do You Believe In Shame ? video, which i think has never been on any DVD video compilations; its always been omitted as a lesser track (i guess) in favour of other vids. Previously, it was only avaialble on the 6ix By 3hree VHS Video. Huzzah!
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