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So Red the Rose [Import]

Arcadia Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1. Election Day
2. Keep Me In The Dark
3. Goodbye Is Forever
4. The Flame
5. Missing
6. Rose Arcana
7. The Promise
8. El Diablo
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emotions,vibrations,feelings Jan. 18 2004
By matteo
Format:Audio CD
Feb 85: Duran Duran are on the top of the world with the album "Arena" and with the single "Wild Boys". After five years of "tourbillon" album/promotion/tour/album the five members of DD decide to take a break and to do something just for them.
John and Andy get Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson for their Power Station project. Simon, Nick and Roger put together the project Arcadia.
Arcadia was the name of a cultural circle looking for beauty in every form. This name could sound a little bit pretentious, but it wasn't considering the songs of "So red the rose", out in late 1985. Some artists believed in this project: David Gilmour, Sting, Grace Jones, Herbie Hancock.
The album on vinyl has his greatest dimension because the two sides really divide the opera following his own conception.
Five songs on the A side, four on the B side. The CD edition violetes this logic. The A side is lively, ironic, refined and charming and it starts with the massive hit "Election day" plus other 4 songs basically (but not simply) pop. Great pop!
A great synth, far from the excess of that period, a mature rhythmic session and a beautifully arranged guitar, with the lyrics and the voice of Simon, take out the best from the romantic soul of DD.
"Missing", the last song from A side gives a taste of what the B side is: just what makes of this album a real gem.
"Rose arcana" invites you to turn off the lights because it's in the dark and with a solitary listening that these songs find their natural ambient.
The beats slow down and the eyes get closed.
"The promise" is six minutes of poetry mixed with an atmosphere that, 18 years later, still touches your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ALBUM Feb. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
ARCADIA SO RED THE ROSE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. ALL THE SONGS ARE GREAT. EVERY SINGLE ONE. THIS ALBUM IS A WONDERFULL MASTERPIECE. ONCE ANYONE LISTENS TO THIS CD THEY WILL QUICKLY SEE WHY THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE IN HISTORY. ALL THE SONGS ARE GREAT. SIMONS SINGING IS INCREDIBLE. PLEASE RELEASE ARCADIA SO RED THE ROSE VIDEOS ON DVD. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS GREAT MASTERPIECE ALBUM. THIS GREAT ALBUM SHOULD BE IN EVERYONES COLLECTION.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The song "Election Day" is a masterpiece! Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The bass line may not change much in the song "Election Day", but it takes complete talent to write such an awesome song. I still can't believe how good it is after almost 20 years. The rest of the album is 80's good. The dark sound of it is best listened to in cold cloudy weather - it just has a winter feel to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn this is good! June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
For all those idiots in the world who mock Duran Duran, they should take a listen to this and realise that the boys do have real talent, this CD has to be one of the best that I have ever heard. Do you yourself a favour and buy this now before it vanishes from stores for ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arcadia - Duran Duran #2 March 14 2003
By Circus
Format:Audio CD
This CD is for the fans of Duran Duran. Listening to this cd is like listening to an old DURAN Cd. Every songs got something special. The Best tracks: Election Day - The Flame - The Promise - El Diablo - Goodbye is Forever. A MUST IN YOUR DURAN DURAN COLLECTION!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
ARCADIA SO RED THE ROSE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. ALL THE SONGS ARE GREAT. EVERY SINGLE ONE. THIS ALBUM IS A WONDERFULL MASTERPIECE. ONCE ANYONE LISTENS TO THIS CD THEY WILL QUICKLY SEE WHY THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER MADE IN HISTORY. ALL THE SONGS ARE GREAT. SIMONS SINGING IS INCREDIBLE. PLEASE RELEASE ARCADIA SO RED THE ROSE VIDEOS ON DVD. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS GREAT MASTERPIECE ALBUM. THIS GREAT ALBUM SHOULD BE IN EVERYONES COLLECTION.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem Oct. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1985, the members of Duran Duran took a break from their well-known band and ventured into two very unique side projects. Vocalist Simon LeBon, along with bandmates Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor formed a new band for their little side project - a band called Arcadia (The two Duran Duran members that didn't take part in the Arcadia project would join forces with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson and form The Power Station.) Sadly, as cool a band as Arcadia was, they only released a single album - So Red The Rose (since Duran Duran was so popular, its no surprise these guys split to reform DD.) How does this album measure up? Read on and see.
Election Day - The opener is a strong new wave rocker, certainly reminiscent of Duran Duran, while obviously different at the same time. Simon's vocals are excellent here, and the instrument usage is top notch.
Keep Me in the Dark - This track is slower than the last one, and as the title implies, it's a bit "darker" in its general sound. A fellow reviewer called Arcadia the "dark side of eighties synth-pop", and this song shows you why.
Goodbye Is Forever - This track is an ultra-melodic new wave love song (EVERY band's gotta do some love songs!) This is arguably my favorite song on this album, since Simon's vocals are at their best here.
Flame - This isn't a bad track by any means, but it doesn't really accomplish anything out of the ordinary. Still, the chorus is very good.
Missing - Even slower and more melodic than Goodbye Is Forever, this is the band at its most emotional. The instrument usage by the band is excellent here.
Rose Arcana - This here's an instrumental that isn't even a whole minute long. They should've used this as PART OF one of the album's tracks, since it's pretty weak all on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duran Duran's Swansong!
first off...I agree with the previous "reviewer" that the cd case is quite honestly..."Gawd Awful"!

It would have been nice to have this collection match up with the... Read more
Published on May 4 2010 by David Tiberi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great re-issue...ugly chubby cd case!
Here it is...the best album Duran Duran have never made! I got this mainly for the 57 min dvd of all the vids & the making of bits. Read more
Published on April 22 2010 by This Ain't The 80s, Mate
1.0 out of 5 stars O-N-E STAR
ONE STAR IS THE MAXIMUM ANYONE CAN GIVE THIS OVERPRICED COASTER.ONE AND ONLY ONE STAR.
Published on July 12 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars An honest view on Arcadia
By the time this Duran Duran spin-off Arcadia(Simon Le Bon(pepe le pew), Nick Rhodekill(Rhodes) and Roger Taylor(not to confuse with Queen's drummer) released their album So Red... Read more
Published on July 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars about as avant garde as christina milian
i would plead with all lovers of good music to stay far away from this awful cd featuring arcadia a terrible band which featured one of the cheesiest songwriters and vocalists... Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars So Red the Rose
I'm so glad Arcadia existed, despite what some say about it because the music is just excellent.
Election Day is one of the best songs on the album, great music with... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by BooksandMoviesLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously, many of you are single faceted....
In your music tastes, that is. I am a bassist who has played many, many styles in 20 years. I heard both Deep Purple and Hotel California before I heard either Duran Duran or... Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Gift Card Recipient
1.0 out of 5 stars that's right. they had to mix it 3 times to make it
listenable EVEN for the infidel. david gilmour and sting maybe play here on 1 or 2 songs, and they're not members of this group. this is duran duran. that's how you should call it. Read more
Published on May 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull
This is a great album from Simon Le Bon and his boys. It is full of interesting and fine songs. Get it!
Published on April 16 2004 by a music fan
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