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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.
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!!!!!!
The first thirteen singles by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor serve as a potent reminder of their excellent musicianship and innovation way back when. These classic singles are absolutely fantastic (10 of them were top ten hits!). Hey kids, these songs were written and performed by the group themselves!!!!!! Even some of the B-Sides could have been released as singles.
The first single, 'Planet Earth' is top rate new romantic disco with a fast and frenzied bass line and atmospheric synths whilst the band do a new romantic rock out with 'Careless Memories'.
The singles from the classic 'Rio' album are all here including the single remix of 'My Own Way' complete with searing violins - this band were never afraid to experiment with their sound.
The Beatlesque 'Is There Something Something I Should Know' is pure pop excellence and 'The Reflex' and 'Wild Boys' remind you that this group were at the top of the pop tree during the 80's.
The final single by the classic line up, the James Bond theme tune 'A View To A Kill' must surely rate as one of their best ever singles, mixing the unique James Bond sound with a mature Duran Duran style.
A pity two of the Taylors left in '85 - even though Duran Duran continued to rock on, they could've been even bigger than they were in the early eighties........
This classic UK band have been overlooked and underated for far too long - heres looking forward to the new album and, who knows, a complete anthology too.