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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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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DQSV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Notorious
2. American Science
3. Skin Trade
4. A Matter Of Feeling
5. Hold Me
6. Vertigo (Do The Demolition)
7. So Misled
8. Meet El Presidente
9. Winter Marches On
10. Proposition

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By NickR on 1 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Where to begin?
Duran Duran has had as colourful and long-lived a history as any other band born out of the late 70's New Wave crowd. Five years of global success were followed by the loss of two members and a period of reflection for Duran. Post Live Aid, the band would always struggle to recapture the popularity of old, their image tarnished by over-exposure and blatant self-promotion. To the critics, the problem with Duran was their apparant arrogance, extreme self promotion and slavery to image.
'Notorious' is the start to what is widely regarded as the Duran 'lean years', which only ended with 1993's successful 'Wedding Album' release (before they descended again with the 'Thank-You' covers album). But what makes 'Notorious' so special is that it combines a rich blend of funk and rock, with Duran's characteristic ambient melodies and harmonies to produce some classic songs. Nile Rodgers co-production allowed the band to deliver a polished, yet still warm and emotive sounding album.
Notorious, Skin Trade and Meet El Presidente were the three single releases, picked for their obvious radio-friendly appeal. Skin Trade remains an under-rated classic, released at a time when the global public were starting to bore of Duran and expressed themselves by staying away from this record.
But as with all classic albums, the real diamonds lie away from the single releases...
Two songs, Vertigo and American Science are sublime with their sombre atmosphere and harmonies. Vertigo in particular is an album highlight with ambient synths, mid-tempo rhythm and a heaving bassline, interspersed with powerful, deep and mournful guitar.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 1986 release of Duran's Notorious album saw a great deal of change both in the band themselves and the kind of music they were now recording.
It had only been a year and a half prior to the release of Notorious that Duran had been the biggest band in the world - playing sell out tours and producing no.1 records.
To get escape from all the financial leeches and general pressure of Duran, Nick, Simon and Roger formed Arcadia, while Andy and John formed half of the rock group Power Station.
On the re-form of Duran John, Simon and Nick were the only band members remaining following the departure of Andy and Roger.
John had always wanted to record a funk record, and this album certainly comes across as being of this genre.
At the time of release I hated everything about this album - the music had lost the input of Andy's American style riff playing, and had instead been replaced with Warren's very clean English guitar sound.
Having been a big fan of the group, to loose two of it's members was a big lose, but listening again some years later my attitude has been totally reversed.
On a couple of tracks - American Science and Proposition, we're taken back to the Duran of 1980-85 as Andy steps in to play guitar.
Focusing on the album itself - the sound and style of the music is a major turning point for the band, but as with each of their albums, Duran are able to adjust to a variety of music styles which is what makes them so unique,
and on reflection some eighteen years later this album to be one of Duran's best post 1985 efforts.
For me the stand out track is Skin-Trade, even though this only got in to the 20's of the UK chart at the time, still sounds great with John's awe inspiring bass riff .
You don't need to be a big Duran fan to enjoy this album, so buy it now!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richteabiscuit on 15 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1986 it marked a turning point in Duran Duran's history. Roger Taylor had left and Andy Taylor only appeared on a handful of tracks. It also saw a slight decline in their chart fortunes. Nevertheless "Notorious" stands out as one of the finest Duran Duran albums ever made. The title track gets it off to a excellent start and is pure classic Duran Duran. It sets the tone for a album that has a great mix of rock/pop. Furthermore with Chic's Nile Rodgers (who remixed "The Reflex" for its single release) on production duties it adds an extra element of funky dance. "Skin Trade" and "Vertigo" are among the many highlights in this regard. Yet there's more than just dance floor tunes on this album. "Winter Marches On" and the sublime "A Matter Of Feeling" showcase Duran Duran's more sensitive side. "A Matter Of Feeling" is especially good and ranks close to such ballads as "Ordinary World" and "Save a Prayer". Overall a essential album for Duran Duran fans and for me the second best they ever made (after "Rio").
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philip A.Cohen on 8 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most of the other reviews here refer to the regular 1-CD edition of the album released 23 years ago. has created confusion by putting those reviews here at this product listing. My review refers to the October 2010 2-CD + DVD set.
After the harsh, compressed, distorted sound on "Disc One"of EMI's 2-CD + DVD reissues of "Duran Duran" & "Seven & The Ragged Tiger"(and EMI's obliviousness to the faults and defiant refusal to replace/correct the bad discs), it's unfortunate that many fans will be unwilling to take a chance on the new 2-CD + DVD reissues of "Notorious" & "Big Thing", because the good news here, is that this time, EMI have(after numerous release postponements) taken the care to get things right.
On the two CD's in this set, the audio mastering quality is excellent, with no significant changes in equalisation or dynamics versus previous releases of the material. These discs are much easier on the ears than the masterings in the previous CD + DVD sets. Abbey Road Studios must be feeling paranoid after the justifiable criticism of the "Duran Duran" & "Seven & The Ragged Tiger" CD + DVD sets, and so the mastering engineer is kept anonymous this time. As for the video program "Working For The Skin Trade"(a concert filmed in Brazil), it always had rather poor video quality, yet as poor as it looks here, it does look better than the UK VHS tape or the Japanese Laserdisc. The program's faults which include poor resolution, grain and smear/afterimage during rapid movement, are things that are difficult for DVD's MPEG data compression system to cope with.
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