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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Single, Best of
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008NEGG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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!

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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By AlexBabe on 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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I was a metal kid in high school from Fall of '81 through graduation in Spring of '85 (roughly the timeframe covered with the song selection in this box set); I wore blue jeans, black "RUSH" T-shirts, and a leather jacket to class and wouldn't have been caught dead listening to Duran Duran.
At school.
At home it was a different story entirely.
At home I was utterly fascinated every time a Duran Duran video played on MTV...and as I started learning how to play music myself, I became increasingly aware that in addition to having an impeccable sense of style, Duran Duran were an incredibly sound band in terms of musical and lyrical competancy and innovation. And when Duran guitarist Andy and bassist John Taylor recorded their (really rockin') "Power Station" side project with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson, I felt it was safe to "come out of the closet" and admit that I'd really been a Duran fan the whole time.
The keyboardist in my first band (Erika, if you're out there somewhere reading this, I hope you're doing well) took notice of my interest in Duran Duran; she was definitely a frontline Durannie from the beginning and she made me an extensive mix tape from her collection of 7" and 12" singles; extended versions of hit songs, non-album "B"-side tracks, and live recordings that I'd never heard before. And I promptly lost the tape within a couple of weeks of getting it from her.
I could never bring myself to ask her for another copy (this was before file-swapping; recording a mix tape had to be done in real time)...
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This is a "Holy Grail" of sorts for diehard Duran Duran fans: a 13-CD collection of the band's singles from 1981-1985, including remixes and B-sides. I've been waiting for ages to have songs like "Khanada," "Like an Angel," and "Secret Oktober" on CD - and here they all are, in one glorious package!
The box set might have been presented a bit more economically: each CD corresponds to one single, and therefore features only 2 to 4 tracks. (It really helps to have a CD burner so you can compile your favorite songs onto one or two discs). But reproducing the original artwork on each CD sleeve is a really nice touch. This box set appeals as much to the eyes as to the ears; appropriate, given the importance of visuals to Duran's image.
And last but not least - the singles! Sure, they've been compiled before. But presented in this comprehensive package, songs like "Planet Earth," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio," "New Moon on Monday," "The Wild Boys," and "A View to a Kill" remove all doubt that Duran Duran was the premier singles band of the 1980s.
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By A Customer on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love, love, love this collection!!! I have some of these on vinyl and have long wanted to get them on CD. When the "Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran" came out, I was pretty thrilled, but it still was missing a lot of the songs that you can find here. Among my faves: Late Bar, Fame, Like an Angel, and Come Up and See Me, Make Me Smile (still the best version of that song I've ever heard). Some of the other reviewers have complained about the packaging, and I have to admit to a love/hate relationship with it -- the idea is certainly darling, and I love having the little reproductions of the original 12"s. But it's a pain to switch out the CDs all the time. So I finally used my CD burner to make my own mini collection of my faves. It was a royal pain to do though (because of the way the tracks are named on the discs, my software kept overwriting some of the songs and/or renaming them until I edited the file names), but it sure was worth the time because now I can play my faves with no hassle. So if you've got a burner, go ahead and make your own mix!
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