Rio Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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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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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.
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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This 2nd album by Duran Duram is a classic, Rio is on my 10 top ten favourites of all time. Every song on this is amazing. Even the non-singles stand out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MichelBourgeois
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Sir Steven
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 morePublished on March 28 2010 by AlexBabe
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 morePublished on Nov. 19 2009 by Chris Deschenes
...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 morePublished on Dec 12 2007 by R. C. Germann
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 morePublished on July 8 2004
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 morePublished on June 24 2004 by Chaitan C. Rao
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Terrence J Reardon