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So Red the Rose [Import]

Arcadia, Arcadia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000007O5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Election Day
2. Keep Me In The Dark
3. Goodbye Is Forever
4. The Flame
5. Missing
6. Rose Arcana
7. The Promise
8. El Diablo
9. Lady Ice

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered 80's gem 4 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
In 1985 Duran Duran were at their world-conquering peak but like many bands it also marked the splintering of the band, literally, into different camps. From their inception the band had always described themselves as Art and Roll or a fusion of funk, punk and Eno. At no time could this have ever been more evident. While John & Andy Taylor let rip in the US with the Power Station, Simon, Nick and Roger delved into artier territory with Arcadia. The result was not a huge commercial success, mainly only on the radar of die-hard Durannies - but 20 years later the album still sounds fresh and worthy of another look. With Simon as vocalist Arcadia is definitely the more identifiable as a Duran offshoot but there is a feeling that it gave a chance to stretch themselves creatively. Some saw this as an indulgence but many of us thought this a welcome return to something not seen since Duran's earlier work (if you like their eponymous debut album give this a try). There are 'poppier' efforts on Side 1 (as this was released on vinyl), the most obvious ones being the single 'Election Day' with Grace Jones making a very sexy sounding appearance and 'The Promise', including some effective vocals by Sting and I think guitar by Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. 'Goodbye is Forever' and 'Keep Me In the Dark' are like slowed down versions of Duran songs, Le Bon's vocals can be a little on the whiney side but on repeated listens it becomes clear that this adds positively to the overall effect of the songs, in fact Simon is on good form throughout the album both vocally and lyrically - I cite 'The Flame' in particular which has a thumping bassline and some deep sexy vocals from him and again from Grace Jones. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly the best album Duran never made 30 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
This has always been one of my favourite albums. Amazing to think it's 25 years old, as it still sounds fresh and hasn't dated at all.

I've been waiting for this to come out in expanded form for many years. I wrote to the record company asking them to consider doing something like this for the 20th anniversary but never had a response.

It's great to get 'She's Moody...' and the single remixes on CD at long last, not to mention 'Say The Word', of which I had only previously heard the 12" mix on a bootleg.

As for the remix disc, I had already heard most of them. I'm not a big fan of extended remixes but, as another reviewer commented, the singles benefit from more atmospheric treatment on the longer versions. I was most keen to hear the Early Rough Mix of 'Election Day', as this was a first time. I can't see this disc coming out of the box very often though.

Having previously owned the VHS and not having seen it for years, it was nice to see the film again. The videos were always inventive. (I had forgotten about the Docklands images - the makers of Ashes to Ashes could have done with these for the first episode of series 1).

But I digress.

The sound quality is ok to my ears (but I might just dig out my Japanese CD of the original album to compare). The packaging is ok. I'm not buying all the Duran remasters, so it doesn't matter to me personally if it doesn't follow the same format. The jewel case is sturdy (but a digi-pak might have been better for my eco credentials).

It's still not a complete collection by any means though. Biggest disappointment for me is that the single mix of 'El Diablo' was omitted (I would rather have had this than the sountrack or dub version of STW).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The darker and artier side of Duran Duran... 19 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you like classic-era Duran Duran, but have never listened to Arcadia then you are in for a treat. So Red The Rose explores the artistic side of the band, making it perfect for fans of Duran Duran album tracks such as The Seventh Stranger, The Chauffeur and Winter Marches On. The album itself is essential listening, while the alternative versions offer an opportunity to explore different aspects of each song.

Disc 1 contains So Red The Rose, remastered from 1985 plus the 7" remixes of the five singles and more. We may never really know what Election Day is about. I don't mind making my own interpretations when you've got a groove this hypnotic. Nick Rhodes provides the synth sounds, while also indulging in his fetish for adding atmospheric noises. Simon promises: 'I pull my shirt off and pray!' What sort of religion requires such an action? Count me in as a convert!

Keep Me In The Dark is an overlooked gem, with Simon singing in a lower register than usual. He sounds more in control and playful. Goodbye Is Forever is moody, with lashings of 80s synth magic. Its jerky rhythm keeps the listener on their toes. I love the Gothic horror aesthetics of The Flame. Maybe the devil does have all the best tunes, Simon certainly sounds possessed. In a good way. This is my favourite song on So Red The Rose. If you listen to Missing superficially you might think it suitable as a soundtrack to a relaxing bath, with the essence of your choice. On closer inspection, it reveals itself to be one of Simon's ghost stories. Fans should check out the poem On a Dead Child by Richard Middleton, which inspired Simon's lyrics.

The rendition of Rose Arcana on So Red The Rose is only a fragment, we'll get to hear the full version on Disc 2. The Promise doesn't warrant its 7.
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Published 5 days ago by alan edmends
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brill
I had this back in the day, lost touch with it then heard one of the tracks somewhere and bought the mp3 version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ODH
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellence
Thanks god they've released this gemm album! Unfortunatelly, they released it on jewel case and not in a limited box (like other DDs). There's a lot of stuff on images!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gerard
5.0 out of 5 stars forgotten how good
I bought this after I found the LP in a box of stuff in my loft. Totally forgotten how good this album was.
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca Ann Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost 80's classic
I loved this album when I was a kid, and was over the moon to receive this. Fantastic condition for a cd that was originally pressed almost 30 years ago. Read more
Published 10 months ago by shane smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Duran/Arcadia fans
Arcadia at their absolute best - great full blast. As good now as it was then. Mean, moody ah bliss!!
Published 11 months ago by MRS H D GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me happy!
I have been after this little gem for ages and am delighted to have it. OK it is not for everybody but it makes me happy!
Published 14 months ago by Mary Moira
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music great price
I would recommend this music MP3 to any duran duran fan even though its not the full line up. great that the music was released on MP3 as the double cd album is a bit pricey,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Heinig
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Having lost my original during house renovations it was fantastic to find this CD together with the brilliant accompanying DVD
Published 19 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars So Great The Rose
I love this album. Some reviewers here have called it dated - OK, it was made in 1985 and suited the time, but I still think you could play it today and MASSIVELY enjoy it! Read more
Published 22 months ago by JB
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