What's your favourite Duran Duran album?

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

  1. John Adam

    John Adam An Introvert In Paradise

    "Rio," then the 90's "Duran Duran" [Wedding album.] Then "Paper Gods" from the 2000's.

  2. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan

    rio, all the way, 100%.

    this is what defines duran duran, their biggest hits to me. the one that made the most impact.

    the best artwork, mixes, sound, the videos, everything about it is classic. their first album is 2nd best.
    after that all the others are downhill.

    yes, they have some singles here and there that are decent, but nothing matches their early output.

    i have several copies of rio, in different formats (even 8 track tape, and reel to reel), and never get tired of listening to it.


    i'm glad i've seen them a couple of times live, and hopefully someday, maybe they'll tour an
    play the entire album live.

    a good super deluxe edition would be nice, even with the remasters out.

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  3. morgan1098

    morgan1098 Forum Resident

    The Wedding Album, no apologies. But of course Rio is a sentimental favorite.
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  4. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    My top 3:
    1. Rio
    2. Medazzaland
    3. Big Thing

    And, for the record, I actually LIKE Thank You!
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  5. Maffune

    Maffune Well-Known Member

    North America
    Rio is the band's tour de force. There isn't a single song on this album I would get rid of, even "My Own Way", despite the band's (or at least Simon's) dislike of it. They all just fit so well together to create the ultimate pop rock record, from the bright and colorful title track to the dark and eerie with "The Chauffeur". The latter and "Save a Prayer" are perhaps the two best things that the band have ever written.

    Not too far behind would be the debut, which has some absolutely stellar album cuts ("Anyone Out There", "Night Boat", "Friends of Mine") on top of the already great singles. I only wish I could one day get the very rare Sonopress CD with the original tracklist. Besides those two, I like the majority of the rest of their 80s output and some singles from the 90s, but those first two records were really something quite special.
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  6. scribbs

    scribbs Resident Mockery

    I voted for Rio. Can we have a poll on best version of Rio next? :laugh:
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  7. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    I chose Rio though the debut is great, too. Seven is pretty solid as well—Simon’s vocals are stellar on this one. :love: I think Notorious is not as consistent as the first 3- perhaps due to the change in line-up?

    There are some tracks on Paper Gods I really like.
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  8. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    The b-side to "Girls On Film" - "Faster Than Light" - is awesome as well

  9. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Duran x 2
  10. California Couple

    California Couple dislike us on facebook

    Newport Beach
    I am going to say Rio followed by Big Thing.

    All You Need Is Now is great and Red Carpet and Paper Gods are both good. I prefer them over the Wedding Album and Liberty.
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  11. California Couple

    California Couple dislike us on facebook

    Newport Beach
    • This is the album I want to hear
    • Criminals In The Capitol
    • 48 Hours Later
    • Transcendental Mental
    • Traumatized
    • Angel Fire
    • Under The Wire
    • Judy, Where Are You?
    • Naomi Tonight
    • You Ain't Foolin' No One
    • Faster
    • Finally
    • Cathedral
    • Lions And Wolves
    • Midnight City
    • Under Snow
  12. Desert Explorer

    Desert Explorer Music Enthusiast Thread Starter

    I am listening to All You Need Is Now album again and it is pretty good overall. I could say it comes to second place for me. Girl Panic makes it weak though. And after The Man Who Stole a Leopard, it loses me big time.
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  13. Paulette

    Paulette Takin' a Sab-Bath

    Debut- "Night Boat" is on it, my favorite song of theirs.
  14. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Dumb question but is there such a thing as a DD song with lyrics that are not sung by Simon? There has to be that Nick track somewhere.
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  15. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Question for the debut on cd: Are versions that include "To The Shore" rare? And why?
  16. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    I spent a long time scouring ebay and it's extremely rare. And it's the early 90's pressing that's the one you want. Great sound and original track listing. There's a 2003 remaster that has the original track listing but apparently the SQ is not great. The list of all the various releases from Discogs below for some reason doesn't have it listed. It does have a 1994 Parlophone issue which includes "To The Shore" as well as "Is There Something I Should Know". Perhaps that's the best option even though it's not the original track listing

    Duran Duran - Duran Duran
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  17. Desert Explorer

    Desert Explorer Music Enthusiast Thread Starter

    Medazzaland. lol
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  18. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    I voted Astronaut. Really sounds like a 1980's album but with modern production values. Sounds like a full band effort too-very live and organic. Plus, there's not a clunker on the album.
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  19. California Couple

    California Couple dislike us on facebook

    Newport Beach
    (Oh, Medazzaland)
    I have a problem, they said they can solve
    Soon I won't speak
    I have no words left in me
    I dream in pictures
    But the sound is muted
    I have no way to understand what they say
    (Into Medazzaland)
    People are starting to talk
    But I don't hear them anymore
    Now I can't see
    But I am still able to think
    Do I have any feeling left?
    What are they saying about me?
    Do they really understand what's wrong?
    I feel their hands on my skin
    The time has come for them to begin
    I'm sinking deeper and deeper
    Into Medazzaland
    I can feel the scalpel on my skin
    It's cutting in
    Deeper and deeper
    I'm in Medazzaland
    (Oh Medazzaland)
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  20. jamesc

    jamesc Formerly Known as Undertow

    Dallas, TX
    The first CD release of the debut that I'm aware of with To The Shore is the 90s "CDPRG" issue which has it tacked on at the end (Duran Duran - Duran Duran ). I think that CD sounds very good but haven't done extensive comparisons. I can post a sample if anyone's interested. I'm very interested in hearing if there was a CD release which includes To The Shore that came before that one. And no, the US Come Undone CD single doesn't count since it has an alternate version of the track. :p

    There were apparently CDPRG reissues of Rio through Big Thing (minus Arena) that came out around the same time but I haven't heard any reports on those. Anyone have any of those?
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  21. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    I'm going to find this because I see DD cds all the time in these 3€ cd bins. Plus: "Is There Something I Should Know" doesn't fit.
  22. jamesc

    jamesc Formerly Known as Undertow

    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, I think the reissue would have made more sense with the original UK tracking and Is There Something I Should Know tacked on the end (if included at all).
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  23. AFOS

    AFOS Forum Resident

    I'm almost certain there is an early CD version with the original track listing. The one you mentioned has it but in the wrong order and it includes "Is There Something I Should Know". Which as mentioned sounds out of place on the debut.
  24. pottsbotts

    pottsbotts New Member

    Salt Lake City
    And the rest ;)
  25. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    I'm also pretty positive there is an old EU EMI cd with unaltered original tracklist. But I could be wrong.....

    But the first thing I knew of "Is There Something" on the debut was when I bought an US vinyl pressing of "Duran Duran" without checking the tracklist properly. Imagine my surprise.....

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