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4.7 out of 5 stars
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Rio
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As a teenager in the early-mid 80s I abhorred Duran Duran, seeing them as the archetypal boy band (my older sister naturally had all their cassettes) and therefore something that all teenage boys ought to despise. As the years rolled on and the band re-appeared in the mid 90s with the affecting 'The Wedding Album', I was prompted to reassess their back catalogue, and soon realised how good their music actually was! In recent years the band has taken on a mantle of influential older statesmen (our generation's Rolling Stones I guess), and the technical excellence and sheer joie de vivre of well-worn tracks such as Hungry Like the Wolf and the title track, the haunting Save a Prayer, and underrated (even by the band apparently) spiky new wave of forgotten single My Own Way, are realised in all their glory here.

However, it's the album tracks that really impress - final song 'The Chauffeur', with its metronomic bassline and atmospheric lyrics is the great Duran single that never was, whilst New Religion and Hold Back the Rain are both outstanding pop songs in their own right. Superb album that proves the much maligned and supposedly throwaway 1980s pop scene actually deserves to be viewed as the most influential and artistically diverse decade of them all.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 March 2017
Duran Duran's 2nd studio album is an impressive collection of superior and highly sophisticated pop music featuring no fewer than 4 hit singles namely 'My Own Way', 'Hungry Like The Wolf', the sumptuous 'Save A Prayer' (possibly the loveliest song of the 1980s) and the powerful title track. In addition, the highly impressive 'New Religion' and the classy mid-pace 'The Chauffeur' display the talents of a band in all its youthful pomp; this 1982 release is a lovely reminder of the New Romantic era and is well worth giving a spin I reckon.
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on 7 February 2012
brilliant electronic pop album now with an extra 20 tracks .. these are various mixs for us release club versions etc .. excellent value for money with some amazing tracks .. if you have not heard this album since the 80s or ever i suggest you give it go .
brilliant tunes with great lyrics all at 264 kbps with slight compression for elevated volume levels.
all but "last chance stairway" which seems to be a rio remix are excellent stand alone tracks .
the original 9 tracks with 20 mixs is amazing value for money .. admittedly the U S versions are just tweaked versions of the originals but the others especially the demo versions are well worth a listen.
can't praise this highly enough .. electronic music lovers buy now !
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on 13 January 2018
Arrived brand-new in film wrapping (as described). Well packaged, and arrived promptly. Thank you.
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on 21 October 2010
If any album released in 1982 is a must then it surely must be Duran Durans Rio and here it is lovingly repackaged as a book with 2 cds. As well as the original album remastered you get a load or extras, all the b sides, 12 inch Night versions and the US mixes too, as wel as demos of 4 of the albums songs. Most noteable here is the 12 inch carnival mix of Hold back the rain with an extra ad lib verse from Simon and an early acoustic unplugged version of The Chauffeur all sounding better than my slightly worn vinyl versions and it is great to have all the Rio mixes in one package. The book to is great with a lot of pics and the story behind the album. A Great punchy sound, especially on the original mixes makes this a must for those already having the album as well as those yet to discover it. This album may be near to 30 years old but it does not sound dated one bit !!
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on 6 January 2016
Easily Duran's best album and the expanded version is worth having - the remastering is excellent for a start. It's a MUST HAVE album for any pop fan and especially fans of the glam/new romantic eras. Everyone in the band is at their peak and several songs are the best DD ever wrote, ie Rio, New Religion, Save A Prayer & The Chauffeur.
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VINE VOICEon 24 June 2016
Should be re-issued as the theme song for this year's Olympics.
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on 7 February 2018
Seminal 1980s album Duran at their finest well crafted songs vocals and baselines. Electric
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on 21 March 2018
Was a massive fan in my teens
Can honestly say still love the music great quality and sound ... IM STILL A DURANNY
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on 12 May 2012
Had the original album many moons ago and lost it? heard it on the radio the other day and then saw it featured in the BT ad. - must be a sign, so look'd it up and bought this version - Brilliant ! its on permanent loop in my car cd and I'm loving every minute - passengers aren't so keen when I decide to sing along - but hey they can always walk
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