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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
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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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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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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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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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There has been much discussion about omissions/additions to this remastered version as opposed to the original. As a fan dating back to 1981, I can say without qualification that no one loves the band more than I do (my site, Room 7609, is well known among the Internet Crowd as one of the 'net's best: [...]) and no one is more intimately familiar with all of the permutations of the album in all its incarnations: British/English/vinyl/cassette/cd. But as a musician myself, I can tell you without question, that the remaster, for whatever detractions that can be named about it, still stands alone among its peers in its technical beauty. Everything about this remaster is more sonically appealing - every instrument stands out more clearly, every vocal is more meaningful and more clear. It is a beautiful homage to what can only be viewed as the flawed original to the trained ear. The original is an undisputed classic, but no version of this album in any incarnation can hold up to the awesome sonic complexity of this remix. Utterly amazing. If I could give it a million stars, I would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the definitve RIO April 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Here's the short story on why so many of you are griping about the "re-editing" of Rio in this newest remastered form. Rio was released internationally in 1982 EXACTLY as it appears here. It was a huge hit in Britain and Europe, but not in America. David Kershenbaum was brought in to remix some of the tracks, three of which ( Hungry Like the Wolf, Hold Back the Rain, and My Own Way ) made it a mini lp ( or EP, as they were then called ) called Carnival ( I still have my copy ). After the extended version of Hungry Like the Wolf became a club and radio hit, Rio was re-released in the US with the extended versions of these three songs, and a very slightly altered Kershenbaum mix of Lonely in Your Nightmare, added to the album. ( Again, I actually have both versions of this LP ) So, to make a long story short, this IS the original, definitive version of the Rio album, in its full glory. If you like the extended versions, I suggest you look for "night Versions" ( now out of print, sadly ), or buy the singles box set, which will contain the remixes. I can also recommend the British cd called Strange Behaviour, which contains an excellent extended ( but not remixed ) version of Planet Earth, as well as a remixed and extended version of Hold Back the Rain, both of which are unavailable elsewhere, as far as I know. Rio, in and of itself, it a delightful slice of early Eighties dance-pop, with a slightly arty influence. Very highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the orginal pressing April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, I am a classic DD fan. Although I'm 33, I didn't pick up on them until RIO. However, I've been there pretty much since the beginning. The problem with this "remaster" is the fact that the CD was also REMIXED. And in the process, some instruments were made louder while others were mixed back into the background. Also, LYRICS WERE REMOVED! This is most evident in "My Own Way." There is a portion of the song where Simon sings, "7Up, between 6th and Broadway!" In the original pressing (that I have on vinyl) that lyric is run though an echo effect, "on Broaday, on Broadway, On BROADWAY...." It's an energy builder that helps the song achieve it's apex (peak). It is these lyrics that are completely removed!
Also, originally, this song was a bass guitar driven track with a heavy 70's-esque fat guitar. Well, in this mix, the guitar has been mixed into the background and the the drums are mixed louder and in your face...in a some lame attempt to modernize the track into a contemporary dance track. NOT COOL!
I say BOO! These works of art are snap-shots, frozen images of music that represent where the artists and musical engineers where at that time period. To remix the album in an attempt to modernize it is an insult to the artists, history and to the fans themselves who have stood by these artists from day one.
Remastering should only be a resolution correction, a "cleaning up" of the old analogue signal and nothing more. Buy an old copy that has not been remastered!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran's peak 4.5
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sir Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!
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... Read more
Published on March 28 2010 by AlexBabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent presentation
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2009 by Chris Deschenes
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 80's music you'll like this album
...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. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2007 by R. C. Germann
1.0 out of 5 stars no not five stars,O-N-E STAR ONLY
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
Published on June 15 2004 by statesboro blues
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