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!