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Singles Box Box set, Best of, Single
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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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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!
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)...Read more ›
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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What an awesome collection! It's great being able to listen to the original songs, including B side and extended mixes / remixes. A must have for any true Duranie!Published 5 months ago by Diane Larabie
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2004 by William L. Schopp
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. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Olivia Jones
This is far better than the Beatles box set. Duran Duran need to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
This garbage makes me want to scratch my throat and amputate my ears just to make it stop. Avoid this and other things recommended by the reviewer pogo: she's a jokester. Read morePublished on June 27 2004
please dont buy or listen to this collection of horrible cd's i wont recommend this to mature people with good tastes in music.no starsPublished on June 14 2004
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.
i really doubt if you could find a worse musical compilation than this set.why would this awful band have to bring out 13 cd's when they could have fit all the songs into 3 cd's is... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by statesboro blues
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