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.