Duran Duran (2CD & DVD) CD+DVD, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Box set
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an "audiophile" with a meticulously built system of PMC MB2se speakers, Bryston electronics and Atlas Mavros cabling allied to Isotek mains treatment and decent... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Stringer
Like the Rio release I also purchased I believe this is an anniversary vinyl with extended remixes on lp2. Sounds absolutely amazing will cherish this top version. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roby
Bought the double cd set last year and was disappointed with the mastering, especially with the few tracks at the beginning...and 'Girls on Film'... goodness... what a screw up!!! Read morePublished on 21 May 2011 by J. Oon
Have just received a replacement copy from Amazon for the one I purchased last year and can confirm that the Girls On Film problem is now fixed. Read morePublished on 22 April 2011 by Martin
I'm not going to join the debate on the quality of the remastering on this release. Instead, I prefer to focus on an album that introduced me to a band that ,3 decades later,... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2011 by GG
Well, based upon the review given by yellsub66, I bought this again and, the quality is totally different...no problems with the intro to girls on film, zilch. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2011 by Mr. P. M. Jobson
Received this in the post today and have been giving it the once over! I have been a Duran fan since the early days and it's great to get all the extra material and demos. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by yellsub66
Unfortunatly all other reviews are right about the remastering of the original album. It sounds too tinny and slighly distorted and not as good as my original vinyl one... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2010 by Gary Scott