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Duran Duran (2CD & DVD) CD+DVD, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Box set
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00362DRNG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Girls On Film (2010 Digital Remaster)
  2. Planet Earth (2010 Digital Remaster)
  3. Anyone Out There (2010 Digital Remaster)
  4. To The Shore (2010 Digital Remaster)
  5. Careless Memories (2010 Digital Remaster)
  6. Night Boat (2010 Digital Remaster)
  7. Sound Of Thunder (2010 Digital Remaster)
  8. Friends Of Mine (2010 Digital Remaster)
  9. Tel Aviv (2010 Digital Remaster)
  10. Late Bar (2010 Digital Remaster)
  11. Khanada (2010 Digital Remaster)
  12. Fame (2010 Digital Remaster)
  13. Faster Than Light (2010 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 2

  1. Girls On Film (AIR Studio Version)
  2. Tel Aviv (AIR Studio Version)
  3. Anyone Out There (Manchester Square Demo)
  4. Planet Earth (Manchester Square Demo)
  5. Friends Of Mine (Manchester Square Demo)
  6. Late Bar (Manchester Square Demo)
  7. Night Boat (BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Session (Recorded 19th June 1981, Transmitted 11th August 1981))
  8. Girls On Film (BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Session (Recorded 19th June 1981, Transmitted 11th August 1981))
  9. Anyone Out There (BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Session (Recorded 19th June 1981, Transmitted 11th August 1981))
  10. Like An Angel (BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Session (Recorded 19th June 1981, Transmitted 11th August 1981))
  11. Planet Earth (Night Version) (2010 Digital Remaster)
  12. Girls On Film (Extended Night Version)
  13. Planet Earth (Night Mix) (2010 Digital Remaster)
  14. Girls On Film (Night Mix)

Disc: 3

  1. Planet Earth (2003 Digital Remaster)
  2. Planet Earth (Club Version)
  3. Careless Memories (2010 Digital Remaster)
  4. Girls On Film (Long Uncensored Version) (2003 Digital Remaster)
  5. Girls On Film (Short Censored Version)
  6. Night Boat (2010 Digital Remaster)
  7. A Day In The Life Featurette
  8. Planet Earth (Top Of The Pops - 5/3/81)
  9. Careless Memories (Top Of The Pops - 21/5/81)
  10. Girls On Film (Top Of The Pops - 30/7/81)
  11. Night Boat (Old Grey Whistle Test - 7/7/81)
  12. Anyone Out There (Old Grey Whistle Test - 7/7/81)
  13. Girls On Film (Get Set For Summer - 8/8/81)
  14. Friends Of Mine (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - 27/2/82)
  15. Girls On Film (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop - 27/2/82)

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

Top Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Amazon in their infinite wisdom seem to think bundling all the reviews for different products with the same name together is a good idea, so this is just a quick review for anyone like me who fancied replacing their old scratchy vinyl for a nice new 180g 2 Vinyl "Remaster"

The camera shutter click error from the CD is here in all its "glory" which according to EMI is an error with the original tapes... Interesting that the same sound appears undamaged on a 12" version also included here. So if you are remastering (using all the individual tracks from the original recording sessions) why not use the same noise from the tracks for the 12"? Supposing that was beyond the studio mastering wizards? OK, SURELY it wouldn't have been a challenge to loop the part that wasn't damaged or even get a camera and record the bloody noise again so it didn't sound so absolutely amateur.

Anyway, the actual mastering itself is all over the place, 'Girls On Film' is bass heavy with shrill percussion, 'Planet Earth' sounds fine, 'Anyone Out There' has nerve shredding and filling loosening cymbal crashes, that give treble a new name 'To The Shore' is OK Careless Memories is so tinny it seems to have now become more a case of Carlessssssssshhhhh Memoriessssshhh! Side 2 is marginally better, at least all the tracks seem to have a consistent bass/treble throughout.

If you are an audiophile looking for the best quality sound from a "remastered" vinyl product, this is definitely one to avoid.

The only positive thing I can say about this item is that the packaging is lovely.
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