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V1 1981-1985 Singles [Box set, Single, Best of]

Duran Duran Audio CD
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Duran Duran's The Singles arrives with perfect timing. With the impulse to treat 1980s pop with nostalgic irony finally dying, and cutting edge American bands such as the Rapture and the Faint directly sourcing from Brit synth-pop, this lavish box set suddenly sounds like a key dance-rock primer. Unlike the other major players in the early 1980s British Invasion of America, Brummie boys Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes were not afraid to rock. And it was the early singles where they rocked hardest, as this glossy black box of the first 13 singles, lovingly recreated for CD, irrevocably proves. The first eight--from the turbo-powered disco of "Planet Earth" to the synthetic Beatles-ims of "Is There Something I Should Know?"--work on the tension between the band's megapop ambitions and the rudimentary playing, creating an eerie, erotic desperation. The full compliment of B-sides--particularly a hysterical, uber-youth club stab at David Bowie's "Fame"--charm with their gung-ho ridiculousness. By the final "A View to a Kill" they were doing slick, Americanised Bond themes, but this set is so evocative of strange pop times that you'll end up with the promos for "Rio" and "The Wild Boys" on a permanent mind-loop. --Garry Mulholland

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An awesome gift to yourself or another dedicated Duran Duran fan: 13 CDs in a flip-top box featuring 40 singles, B-sides, remixes and rarities! Includes two versions each of Girls on Film; Hungry Like the Wolf; The Reflex; The Wild Boys; Hold Back the Rain; New Moon on Monday; Planet Earth , and A View to a Kill plus Fame; Like an Angel; Tiger Tiger , and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! March 28 2010
Format:Audio CD
Finally, after decades of searching, all my early b-sides on CD! I had most of these on (imported and very expensive) vinyl and was thrilled to find them in an iPod friendly format.

The packaging is gorgeous and it comes with a lovely picture of the ever so young, ever so glam boys at their shiny best, but who really cares? Seriously: the music rocks and should (but won't) quash all those silly rumours to the effect that Duran were/are nothing more than talentless pretty boys. The guitar rocks; the bass grooves; the percussion is as crisp and bright and driving as the harmonies, instrumental and vocal; and bright, flashy synth and glittery effects sounded as lovely as the boys looked. Don't let anyone tell you different: MTV may have broken them worldwide, perhaps to their detriment as a band, but these boys were musicians from the start. Dripping in eyeliner, gloss, frills and fringe, but they made and performed amazing music.

Why should you buy it? Because you know all the words to all of the singles. Because extended versions of Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, New Moon on Monday and more are expanded and arranged to allow a more thorough listen to the extraordinary instrumental arrangements beneath Simon's vocals and provide proof that those pretty boys could play. And because there is no shame in cranking the extended Girls on Film to 11 and dancing like it's 1981.

You know you want it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection from A Great Band Nov. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Duran Duran are the greatest pop band and they prove it with this collection of songs that will tweak your memory as well as send some signals to your feet that will ensure you are stomping to every song. They have never really been given their due - mainly because of their looks and the fact that most critics are horribly bitter musician-wannabes that don't have what it takes to make it in the music business.
You will not be disappointed by any of these tracks. This is the first rock act to produce 12-inch single versions of songs on a regular basis. Everyone else followed them! And they did it the hard way - by actually re-recording a different version in most cases - e.g. Union of the Snake (Monkey Mix), they merely didn't get some remix engineer to cut it up and re-arrange it. The b-sides are also classics. They don't produce fillers for the b-sides like 90% of other acts out there. Secret Oktober is my personal favourite!
Buy it and rejoice Duran Duran!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Duran Duran Fan July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This box set is a must have for any real Duran Duran fan. I was so happy it included some rare tracks such as Like An Angel, Khanada and Late Bar. I was also happily surprised to hear an unplugged version of Sing Blue Silver which was brilliant. If anyone doubts the talent of Duran Duran they should listen to this. I saw these guys in concert in 1984 and they still have it today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Box Set !!! July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is far better than the Beatles box set. Duran Duran need to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Every track on these terrific CD's takes you right back into the early 80's, when Duran Duran first hit the new wave scene with "Planet Earth". This box set is an absolute masterpiece for any fan of Duran Duran or not. The next singles box set 1986-1990 is going to be by far "The greatest accomplishment of all mankind". Simon, Nick, John, Andy, and Roger are the most talented and brilliant musicians the "Planet Earth" has ever had for my generation and many more generations to come. 100 years from now, Duran Duran will still be honored and remembered as the band that started new wave music forever. Gems like these box sets will live on and be handed down and appreciated by future generations of Duran Duran fans from across the world. A definate must have for any retro 80's time capsule. You must buy and own this box set TODAY!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Collection! June 15 2004
By pogo
Format:Audio CD
I really doubt if you can find a better musical compilation than this set. I cannot understand why it took so long for this gem to materialize.
Buy it good people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Box Set June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Singles Box Set was one of the best idea among a collection of good ideas from Emi. Of Course, there is always Pros and Cons.
Pros: The Sound Quality is great. The remixes are the best thing about this singles. The Art of the box is great. And there is a little poster included, featuring the fab five million years ago.
Cons: The only bad thing I have to say about this collection is about the box. It deteriorates very easily. I have this box since septembre 2003(9 months), and it is starting to lose its colour. That's a shame because this box is cool. The other thing is the price. This Box Set is incredibly expensive.
Anyway, the Box Set is expensive and if you buy it you'll probably suffer for a while, but you wont regret it.
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This is the quintessential collection for DD fans from the early days.....Duran Duran (self-titled), Rio, and 7&RT. For me, this was (and is) the true Duran Duran. Every one of these singles, alternate versions, and rare B-sides brings back a flood of memories from the glory days of the early 80's. Some have found fault with the high number of CD's (13), but this really is a collector's set what with all of the artwork on the sleeves and on the discs themselves. They are not meant to be handled and played regularly. Burn them onto blanks and set the box on your collectibles shelf....next to the limited edition gatefolds of the first three.
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