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Rio [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Duran Duran Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. Rio
2. Hungry Like The Wolf
3. Save A Prayer
4. Hungry Like The Wolf (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. Hold Back The Rain (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. New Religion (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Last Chance On The Stairway (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. Save A Prayer (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. The Chauffeur (2001 Digital Remaster)

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For the most part, Rio is an eerie and sumptuous record. With their raspy, arpeggio synth sounds and Simon Le Bon's uninflected vocals, the misty ballads "Lonely in Your Nightmare" and "Save a Prayer" can still pull heavily on your heartstrings. With the dance-oriented singles "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf", you lighten up a bit, but the songs are far from airy or whimsical. One anomaly in this release, though, is the inappropriate prominence of John Taylor's bass lines. In every song, it sounds as if he is mixed more in expectation of a solo than as an integral part of the rhythm section. Ignore this technical distraction, however, and you'll enjoy rediscovering this gorgeous body of water-coloured synthpop.--Beth Bessmer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm afraid not, people. What's more, is that the previous reviewer constantly compares the legendary Duran Duran to Roxy Music hundreds of times. Not only is the comparison inaccurate, but we're all sick and tired of hearing it. Oh, Amazon if you can hear me: please revoke the account of that silly girl Terri Reardon. And to you, the consumer, please buy this amazing masterpiece of a CD. Unlike Terri, I actually listened to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran's peak 4.5 Feb. 12 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is their best, no question. 8 of the 9 songs here are great. "The chauffer" stands apart from the rest of the album as the weakest track. Seem disjointed and confusing to me. It's certainly not up to the rest of the album, which is far superior to their debut and anything that came after it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! March 28 2010
Format:Audio CD
So I get a message from Amazon recommending that I buy this new rerelease. I junked it. I have, after all, bought Rio a number of times in my life in a variety of formats and how many times should a person be asked to buy the same bloody thing? Except that my CD has the wrong version of Hold Back the Rain, my favourite track.

I retrieved the message from the trash and read it and, yes, there it was, the US version of my song, the version sold in Canada and to which I listened A LOT. So I sucked it up and bought it. It's interesting to me the intense memories which music can trigger. Though this arrived in my mailbox in cold, wet, winter weather, hearing "my" version of Hold Back the Rain after decades transported me straight back to the beginning of a long, hot summer decades ago in a world vastly different from this. What a fantastic trip! Between the "correct" version of Hold Back the Rain and the demo for Last Chance on The Stairway (fave #2), the remastered Lonely in Your Nightmare and a handful of tracks not already covered by my singles box set, I'm quite thrilled to have this. And I have happily handed my old Rio CD on to a less discerning listener.

If you're a fan of Duran or just of Rio, this is a good purchase. If you are or were a Duranie (and Duranies never die), you need this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Rio, Rio, dance across the Rio Grande" June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a good CD for fans of Duran Duran and is hailed as one of their best. I don't agree but it's still very good, I believe. The songs are entertaining, even if they aren't the best things ever written, examples being Hungry Like the Wolf, Hold Back the Rain, and a few others. I was quite impressed with New Religion. Very interesting song that is supposedly a conversation between "the ego and the alter ego". The chorus is great. The lyrics don't make a whole lot of sense but I think they can be understood on a gut level if you don't try to analyze them word for word. Lonely in your Nightmare, Save a Prayer and The Chauffeur are very pretty. I think I may have gotten more meaning out of the songs than was actually intended, or maybe not, but it doesn't really matter as listening to music is a personal experience anyway, and for me this album is a good musical experience.
So if you're not too proud to admit that you like Duran Duran, this might be a good CD to get.
Yes, a good CD but don't get it for the DVD-rom extras. You need a special computer for that. I don't know what the deal is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album please! May 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Duran Duran's 1982 "Rio" is one of the boldest records I have ever heard. This is where Duran Duran became international superstars thanks to their classic "Hungry Like the Wolf." If it weren't for them, MTV and Capitol records would be out of business. As groups Journey and Asia were falling by the wayside and saw their sales decline, the public immediately turned to Duran Duran who are still making classic records after all these years. There's no excuse not to own this. Get it now!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent presentation Nov. 19 2009
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this is the perfect way to present this landmark album. I have to sheepishly admit that I've always (from when it first came out and I bought the North American release on vinyl) preferred the US mixes of the "non-hit" tracks. So getting those at the end of the first disc, and finally having them on CD made my day.

The second disc is a good listen too. I'd heard much of it before (own a copy of Carnival, and my vinyl copies of Rio have always had the Night Version of Hungry Like the Wolf on them). But the demos were new to me, and I have to say, they sound even more polished than I was expecting.

The hardcover booklet was amusing, and doesn't shy away from some of the really "bad" pictures of the boys that give you a good chuckle looking back on it.

Over all, one of the most worthwhile special edition re-releases I've ever bought, that totally didn't leave me grumbling "cash grab", which was a nice surprise these days.

NOTE: The track listing on this site is slightly incorrect. At least I know on the copy I have, the first 9 tracks are listed under "Original UK album (EMC 3411) released May 1982", and the last 5 are "Original US album mixes released on Harvest/Capitol ST-12211 released November 1982", with the helpful note at the bottom "This enables the US listener to programme their CD to play the original US version of the album". I guess non-US listeners aren't allowed to do that. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 80's music you'll like this album Dec 12 2007
Format:Audio CD
...and a big huge STFU to those who think 80's music is irrelevant. We'll see if their favourite artists are still 'relevant' (or alive) 20+ years from now.

Oh, and DD have a new album with contributions from Justin Timberlake and Timbaland... so clearly, current music superstars know that DD is still relevant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars no not five stars,O-N-E STAR ONLY
I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS IS NOT 1982.NO ONE LISTENS TO SUCH SILLY FOGIE NEW WAVE DANCE MUSIC WHICH HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN FOR DECADES. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars For all of you complainers of the fact it's not the version
For all of you complainers of the fact it's not the version you had back in the 80's I know of a website that will straiten you up. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Chaitan C. Rao
1.0 out of 5 stars Is it me or is this a bad Roxy Music facsimile
Duran Duran's 1982 classic snoozefest Rio was released that spring. Initially, sales were lukewarm as America was listening to Men at Work(whom were great), John Mellencamp(then... Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Duran Duran
I give this album top rating mainly for Hungry Like The Wolf and the original studio version of Save A Prayer.
Published on June 17 2004 by John Profetto
1.0 out of 5 stars not recommended
please stay far away from this cheesy new wave 80's pop album from these defunct musicians who are irrelevant as nobody listens to them anymore. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL
I JUST CANNOT COMPREHEND HOW ANYONE CAN GIVE THIS LOUSY ALBUM FIVESTARS.THIS IS OUTDATED CHEESY EIGHTIES DANCE POP MUSIC FROM THESE HAS BEEN MUSICIANS WHOM VERY FEW PEOLPE LISTEN... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by statesboro blues
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this poor Roxy Music facsimilie
Duran Duran's 1982 classic Rio was released that spring. Initially, sales were lukewarm as America was listening to Men at Work(whom were great), John Mellencamp(then known as John... Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
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