What's your favourite Duran Duran album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Desert Explorer, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. friendofafriend

    friendofafriend Forum Resident

    South Jordan, UT
    I don’t suppose anyone would choose Psper Gods as the favorite, but I don’t hate it. Also it seems like So Red The Rose pretty much qualifies as Duran Duran album. Rio is my very favorite, but I absolutely love everything from the 80’s, including Arcadia and Big Thing. After that I like tracks from every release, but can’t say I really love any post 80’s Duran Duran album.
  2. SJP

    SJP Forum Resident

    The one-two punch off the debut and Rio has never been approximated again (debut being the set-up and Rio being the knock out). Unbelievable that what came next is trending at #2 right now, an abysmal album with barely half an album of redeeming moments. Although Notorious has aged quite well, Duran Duran did no better overall until All You Need Is Now but as strong as it was, it still didn't eclipse the debut/Rio/Notorious.

    As I wrote in a published review of Medazzaland back when the album came out, Duran Duran is always trying to reinvent their wheel and often coming up with a square.

    I often wonder why I keep trying but there are usually at least one or two rich rewards per album that keep me coming back.
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  3. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    So Red The Rose is 1985 Duran Duran and a brilliant return to form after the not so great S&TRT.

    Post 80's every album has a few classics. The Wedding Album has "Ordinary World" & "Come Undone" - rest doesn't do much for me
  4. statcat

    statcat Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    I wondered the same thing on the first page. I think it maybe because it was the height of their fame.
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  5. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Here's my theory; starting with "Notorious" no Duran Duran album really is as good as we'd secretly wished it was. Some of them are better ("Wedding Album", "All You Need Is Now", "Notorious") but they remain a somewhat frustrating album band. Maybe next time?!

    Favourite album? Love the first three. Going to choose one....
  6. Yesternow

    Yesternow Forum Resident

    If I had to choose my favorite Duran Duran CD...
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  7. Minty_fresh

    Minty_fresh Forum Resident

    100% agree
  8. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Same here. 1st three for me. Some great songs through-out their career however.
    Even enjoy a couple of off 'Paper' :laugh: :hide:
    Actually doing a transfer right now from the old US Rio- Harvest (k-mixes)
    Version 2
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  9. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    This was my first exposure to Duran Duran, and it remains my favorite release (mostly for sentimental reasons).
  10. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    The drums coming in over the drum machine midway through The Chauffer is one of the best musical moments ever.
  11. jeffmo789

    jeffmo789 Give The Gift of Music!

    New England
    No love for Thank You - what an ill advised idea that was...

    Notorious gets my vote!
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  12. Elek.-maxe

    Elek.-maxe Well-Known Member


    Debut and All you need is now come next
    Paper God and even more that Massacre I'd rather wish not to be released...
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  13. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Excellent I agree!
    And of course there had to be three worldwide editions of it... :laugh:
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  14. Bruno Republic

    Bruno Republic Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Rio with the Night version of "Hungry Like The Wolf" and the Kershenbaum remixes.
  15. HeavensAbove

    HeavensAbove Forum Resident

    Yes! That single version of "My Own Way" smokes the album take, IMO.
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  16. MOON

    MOON Well-Known Member

    For me it's the first album, especially for side 2. Can you members comment on the sound quality of the re issues before I start getting some. Originals or the newer pressings??
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  17. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    I voted Seven And The Ragged Tiger. It works well as an entire album, even though there may be higher highs on the first two albums.
  18. John Porcellino

    John Porcellino Forum Resident

    Beloit, WI
    Rio, followed by the debut, followed by Notorious.
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  19. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Skipped the remaster laid to wax for S/T.
    Grabbed Rio 2x12 2009 for collection reasons, I don't remember anything offensive about it.
    For S/T I only have the 1983 US re-issue.
    For Rio on wax the Japan is my go to for the UK tracks. (I haven't heard a UK). For US mixes the old Harvest Precision, but it uses an edit of Hungry the rest are full length.
    For the full length everything I can't seem to find a good sounding side 1. Running at about 26 minutes takes it's toll.
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  20. BPMC

    BPMC Forum Resident

    Riverside, CA USA
    Even though I sorta resisted it in its day, I now look back at some of the stuff on Rio with great fondness. It was big during a crucial period of my late teens & (very) early adulthood and was in nearly constant rotation on KROQ, Pasadena, CA.
  21. statcat

    statcat Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    I had that first album reissue on cd and there was a skip (not my cd; confirmed digital error) at the beginning of Girls on Film. Is the vinyl version like that too? Thought those reissues were garbage honestly aside from some of the bonus tracks and dvds.
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  22. Shaddam IV

    Shaddam IV Forum Resident

    Well this wasn't hard.
  23. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    For some unknown reason - although speculated the band didn't like it - "My Own Way" is omitted.

    Redeemed by fantastic cover of "Perfect Day" which was praised by Lou Reed as his favourite cover
  24. Carlox

    Carlox Forum Resident

    Porto, Portugal
    I'd vote for the debut "Duran Duran", but Rio isn't far behind...
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  25. fer2

    fer2 Forum Resident

    Paper Gods, not on the list.
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