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Duran Duran [VINYL] Double LP


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In the 80s Duran Duran were the most successful new romantic band of the “second British Invasion”, helped by their stylish and sexually charged videos which received heavy play on MTV.

Formed in 1978 by John Taylor (bass) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) in Birmingham, England, their most successful line-up also included Simon Le Bon (vocals), Andy Taylor (guitar) and Roger ... Read more in Amazon's Duran Duran Store

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  • Vinyl (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B00362DRMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Girls On Film (2010 - Remaster)
2. Planet Earth (2010 - Remaster)
3. Anyone Out There (2010 - Remaster)
4. To The Shore (2010 - Remaster)
5. Careless Memories (2010 - Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. Night Boat (2010 - Remaster)
2. Sound Of Thunder (2010 - Remaster)
3. Friends Of Mine (2010 - Remaster)
4. Tel Aviv (2010 - Remaster)
Disc: 3
1. Planet Earth (Night Version) (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. Girls On Film (Extended Night Version)
Disc: 4
1. Planet Earth (Night Mix) (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. Girls On Film (Night Mix)

Product Description

Duran Duran's eponymous debut album was originally released in 1981. The album charted at no. 3 in the UK (27 June 1981) and remained in the charts for 18 weeks. It was later re-issued in 1983 with different artwork-–targeting the US market where it reached no. 10 in the US Charts & remained there for 87 weeks!

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on 1 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Oh my God, what have they done to this fine music? I read the poor reviews on here earlier this week and hoped, and prayed, they were written by overly-meticulous audiophiles with a fine ear and a top-notch sound system, and that the majority of us would be generally satisfied with the remastering.

Well, I don't have a brilliant ear and I only have an average stereo system, but believe me, this album (and 7&TRT) sound AWFUL. I am so disappointed as I've been looking forward to these releases ever since they were announced.

I shan't be returning my copy to Amazon, purely because the DVD content is well worth having, and (just about) worth the retail price alone. But then, I guess, that's what EMI were banking on.

Arcadia also on pre-order. I really fear the worst for what is possibly my favourite DD(-related) album.

So, so disappointing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Milner on 31 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just to add my support to the other reviews. Nice to know i'm not alone in thinking this is a screw up too far. Isn't the whole point of remastering to IMPROVE the sound? Well, that's what I thought anyway. I also thought the world famous shAbbey Road studios was technically advanced and staffed by experienced engineers with the ability to add something to a fine catalogue of music. Looks like I was wrong there too. There is surely something wrong when a 2010 version of an album can sound WORSE than a 2003 version (or even the earlier versions). If you dare to listen to this on a quality stereo system (which, believe it or not, some of us still own) then the very least you will get is a ringing in your ears. Try to get through more than a couple of songs and you'll feel like putting your head in a vice just to get some relief. Yes, it IS that bad. A fire alarm is more pleasant to listen to. The shrillness of the sound is akin to the dynamics being squeezed within a fraction of the brickwall. Low frequencies are destroyed and the musicality of the recording is lost. There is no pleasure in listening to this. I suppose the record labels are now catering for people who listen on computers and I-pods. Well, why bother going to the expense and effort of remastering. Anyone who thinks an I-pod is a quality sound reproducing device is obviously devoid of clue when it comes to sound quality. So why bother. This type of reissue is not aimed at the mainstream, it's aimed at enthusiasts so why alienate your audience by treating them with this kind of contempt.
If the band approved these remasters then they are as much to blame as others in the music industry for destroying recordings. It's gone far enough now.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Harris on 31 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
I find it hard to believe any quality control was used with this disc. It's a great shame as the packaging is top notch, the DVD has some great stuff on it, but the main album is appalling.

The intro to Girls On Film is unbelievably bad, it sounds like the track is starting three times over with drop outs and sound faults.
To think this came out on a major label is disgusting. EMI should recall and replace this set with a corrected version.

A disgrace. Don't buy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Sibley on 1 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's been said by others, but here we go again unfortunately.

I have about 5+ copies of this album on different formats: vinyl, tapes, original cd release, reissues, remasters and now this. This (for the main CD) is the worst of the lot and the first time I have have ever felt hugely deflated about Duran Duran products. I have a top-of-the-range stereo (and headphones) and know how remastered music should sound in camparison to the original recordings: cleaner, crisper, fresher: not the case here

I feel really disappointed with the main CD and will not be listening to that disc again, and as others have said, I will not be buying the next reissues if this is to be the quality expected. From the very start (3-4 starts actually), Girls on Film is, well, embarrassing. How this sneaked under the radar is beyond belief, it's the first song! The remainder of the album sounds unbalanced, each track requiring me to fiddle around with my stereo settings. I won't be using the main disc again for that reason!

Were my expectations too high? Maybe? Possibly? But then shouldn't they be when I am basically purchasing the same album AGAIN that I already own five times over? Let's not kid ourselves here - these re-releases are predominately aimed at hardcore Duran fans who should already have most of the material anyway. So surely someone at Duran should have QC'd this before it went to production?

Oh, the good points: If you don't own any B sides from this era - buy it. The DVD's are excellent too: Top of the pops, old grey whistle test: some great performances, the picture quality is average but doesn't really detract from great footage from a fresh, innovative band on the rise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davies on 27 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The "remastering" on the two latest DD releases is terrible! The remastering engineer turned the volume WAY TOO LOUD, creating heavy compression and severe distortion. It's resulted in an all around unpleasant listening experience. This has become too common place among CD reissues, especially over the past several years. The "Loudness War", as it is termed, is the result of the iPod generation. The labels, and sometimes the artists (who may not necessarily know the downfalls of their request), want their songs to POP from the speakers when in shuffle mode or added to a playlist, so the result is the volume on CD's gets louder and louder. Of course, this is at the sacrifice of the dynamics and definition of the original music. EMI are already in financial turmoil, and the negative reviews of their products are not going to do anything to help their sinking ship stay afloat.

Some artists go out of their way to ensure their CD's do not suffer from the pitfalls of the loudness war. Thomas Dolby posted a message during the remastering of his first two albums to inform concerned fans that he was going to ensure the dynamics of his music remained. The result was two stunning remasters of his classic albums.

Alan Wilder oversaw the remastering of the Depeche Mode back catalog, and as a result none of those albums were compressed, and most were completely satisfying to fans. If these labels are blasting their music for the sake of standing out on an iPod, then release a CD with proper dynamics, then turn up the music another 100 decibels for the MP3's that you make available on iTunes or other download sites. That way everyone wins. This overblown volume and distortion/destruction of music has got to stop.
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