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The Singles 81-85 [Box set]

Duran Duran Audio CD
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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 (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B002N7FIP0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Planet Earth (Single Version)
2. Late Bar
3. Planet Earth (Night Version)
4. Careless Memories (Single Version)
5. Khanada
6. Fame
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Save A Prayer
2. Hold Back The Rain (Remix)
3. Hold Back The Rain (12'' Remix)
4. Rio
5. The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)
6. Rio (Part II)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. New Moon On Monday
2. Tiger Tiger
3. New Moon On Monday (Dance Mix)
4. The Reflex
5. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Live)
6. The Reflex (Dance Mix)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Mullets Roamed the Earth... 26 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ah... Duran Duran... Floppy fringes, eyeliner, lippy and some of the best pop music of the 80's. I'm one of the screamers. I've loved them since 1981 and ordered the box set about 2 months before it's release date. But just because we screamed, didn't mean we were tone deaf. Almost a quarter of a century later, the original line up is back together and on the verge of what I hope will be a massive comeback. You can slag the "pretty boys on a boat" image, but songs like "Rio", "Girls on Film" and "The Reflex" have stood the test of time! "Girls on Film" is currently being covered by Girls Aloud. In 22 years time will we be praising a box set of their singles? Doubtful!
It's not the fact that it makes up a comprehensive Greatest Hits package - There's Decade and Greatest for that - but that you get b-sides that so far were only on vinyl. Things like that matter to fangirls like me!
It's wonderfully designed. Miniature replicas of the 7" and 12" picture sleeves and AVTAK comes in a gatefold which is just so cool!
If you're a fan, you'll love this to add to your collection of CD singles. If you just have a casual liking for Duran, go treat yourself to "Greatest" and maybe you'll come back for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars save a packet 27 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this compilation of Duran Duran's singles when it first came out, when it came in the form of 13 'maxi-single' cds, each in a miniature reproduction of the original single sleeve. Not only is this 3cd version considerably cheaper, you're also spared the irritation of having to constantly swap discs over in order to hear all the tracks.
Even if you already own 'Decade' or 'Greatest' this compilation is still worth getting, since it contains so many great remixed/extended versions of classic Duran tracks. I particularly like the 'night versions' (shouldn't that be 'nite versions'?) of the 'Duran Duran' and 'Rio' singles, which I much prefer to the 'dance mixes' of the later singles (I'm sure I read somewhere that in the early days, the band would actually re-record the extended versions of their singles from scratch). There are also lots of incidental pleasures to be found on the 'b-sides', such as two remixes of 'Hold Back The Rain', a personal favourite of mine.
Fingers crossed that EMI reissue 'Singles Box 2' in a similar format!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Set 27 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This set is essential for any Duran fan during this period of the band's career - you really can't miss, especially since the price is very reasonable. Each disc is lovingly packaged in reproduction picture sleeves, along with an improvement on the original track listing: you get BOTH the single and extended versions of the A-side track, along with all the B-sides (and yes, that even includes "Fame"), plus a surprise or two. Seeing how some long-term Duran fans were instrumental in creating this re-issue, it's not surprising it turned out so terrifically. I hope there will be similar sets covering 1985 onward. Don't let this pass you by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 6 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a bit of a Duran Duran fan in the early days and loved the music they did then especially the 12inch versions. The album has most of my favourite songs plus some 12inch versions which I think are great - the best one for me is Planet Earth. Really do like this album and listening to it took me drifting back to the 80's.....

Also please note that this is not the box set with individual cd's like mentioned in the other reviews at Amazon hence the price. This is simply a 4 cd set which is great for me as I tend to listen to most of my music in the car.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sorry! 3 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
The other "review" I wrote was to provide the track listing over two months before the release of this title (which amazon did not have at the time, hence the people who DID find it useful). Stop wasting your time saying that I was not helpful with my "review" and get off your tuskas and buy the CDs already. :-P
Most notable are the early B-sides: 'Late bar' (one of all-time favorite D2 songs, which I was thrilled to hear live last concert), 'Fame' (David Bowie cover), 'Faster than Light' (new Romantic indeed - obviously from the period of the first album as is..), 'Khanada' (with the sassy line "Don't mess with me, I've noting to lose"), 'Faith in this colour' (two versions - I never knew of the "alternate slow version"), 'Secret Oktober' (the party days are winding down), and the live cover of the classic 'Make me smile'.
...And don't forget, if you are a fan/completist, that the 7' version of 'May own way' (disco strings and all) and the 7' remix version of the song-that-should-have-been-a-single 'Hold back the rain' are also included.
Run, don't walk Duranees: this is not a ploy to repackage easily found tracks. This set is "chock full 'o' goodness" and is sure to not disappoint - it only makes me all the earger for their return in 2004!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
With the 5 original members reunited for an upcoming tour and CD this box set has given die hard fans something to nibble on! The box set contains 13 CDs of DD's most popular singles and each CD features the cover art from the single when it was released. This is the first time many b-sides have been reproduced on CD. It was great being able to listen to "Khanada", "Fame", "Secret Oktober", etc. after many years! Let's face it! Duran Duran was far ahead of their time leaving this box set to be one of the most impressive releases of 2003. If music released today was this brilliant the world would be a better place!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a singles collection with all the remixes and b-sides! Bargain!
I have the original flip-top box set with each single in their original cover sleeve. Nice to have but a bit tiresome to keep changing the discs (They are singles after all!). Read more
Published 3 days ago by Guapito
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much repetition
This is the only CD I have ever bought where I have had to compile a playlist from the tracks, rather than just playing them straight through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd
I chose this rating because this cd covers the life span of Duran Duran old and new if you are a fan you will not be disappointed
Published 5 months ago by D Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for alternate versions
Worth buying for the slow, classical, instrumental version of A View To A Kill, which was the B-side of the original single and is beautiful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Meerkat Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance Mix!!
Excellent compilation of all the extended versions and all the B sides. Nice look!! Love them all! I would had prefer if the design respected correctly the original artword, fonts,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gerard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Brilliant collection of Duran Duran Hits.

The download process from Amazon does not work properly and took me age to get the whole album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Duran Heaven
Ok so i've got all the singles and all the 12" singles and all the albums - but i think this is a nice set to have all those remixes in one place. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection of songs ever
This collection of songs is the highlight of Duran Durans early years. The great thing about this collection is that you get all of the B sides which include; Late bar, Khanada,... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by moonmampa
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for fans.
This CD is a must for all old school Duranies-I was 14 in 1982, so a screaming teenage at the height of the Duran phenomenon. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by Nerolis
5.0 out of 5 stars best dura duran era
I think this is the best Duran Duran era.
Good singles with very interesting b-sides.
I'm very satisfied with these 3 cds.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Marino Amore Junior
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