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on August 9, 2013
I love this LP, great songs and the chance to listen to them in a louder, more powerful and clear sound is the reason, loved the bonus 12" record, especially New moon on Monday and The Reflex mixes, the other two were more of a dubbing really, not a big fan of these type of mixes, but great album to have for a Duran Duran fan, better sound than the original, get it.
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on February 12, 2014
The hits are here. The slick production is evident. The rest is just ok. Songs like "I Take The Dice" are ok, but this albums comes on the heels of their best effort. This is the product of a fatigued band, and it shows.
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on May 21, 2017
I have been looking locally for this cd for ages and was really happy to find it on Amazon!
It is an old favourite that I have missed listening to.
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on September 17, 2015
Still defies description even by today's standards. An album like no other that is a walk/run into 80's new wave gloss, pop and grunge (before grunge).
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 13, 2011
Yes I am old. I was in high. School when this record came out. You could not get away from it. Now I think the first two Duran Duran records are classics but this record was a group that was too big for their own good. When this cd came out in the 80's Duran Duran were so big that anything they pit out would sell. Hence this cd being a hit. The Reflex, New Moon on Monday
and Union of the snake are some of the weakest songs they ever did. The concert film on the DVD is the reason to buy this package. It is a different cut of arena without all the audio drop outs. Great show at the peek of their popularity. It also has the 15 min version of the video for New Moon on Monday. Which is a total peice of crap. This is what happened in the 1980's when record companies started throwing tons of money to make videos. Duran Duran's earlier videos were much better and cost half the price. If you want a great DVD buy this if you want great cd's buy the first cd or Rio.
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on March 5, 2004
Duran Duran became mega stars after their second album, Rio, became a smash hit worldwide thanks in equal parts to radio friendly songs and glamorous videos. Their third album, the bizarrely titled Seven & The Ragged Tiger, is again filled with big hooks and hits, but also with a bit more of an edge. The album's first single, "Union Of The Snake" is one of their most challenging and experimental songs. The song has a catchy hook built around a slinky guitar riff and a Moroccan vibe. There is a jazzy saxophone solo in the break and is flush with synth flourishes that give the song a mysterious and sensual sound. It peaked at number three on the charts. "New Moon On Monday" was the second single and is a straightforward song in the classic new romantic vein. The band produced a Thriller like, 20-minute video to accompany the song involving some bizarre underground resistance group in France. It helped propel the song to peak at number ten. The third single became the band's first US number one, "The Reflex". The album version differs from the single, which was remixed, as it doesn't have the female vocals that are some prominent in the single version. It is still catchy and quite memorable and one can tell upon first listen why it was smash hit. Other songs have a shiny sound including "(I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement" and "I Take The Dice". The last two songs return the band to the edgier sound that appeared on the last few tracks on their first album. The haunting instrumental "Tiger Tiger" segues into the hauntingly beautiful "The Seventh Stranger" creating two of the finest moments in the band's history.
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on January 29, 2000
This album is sort of like the third in a trilogy of Duran Duran's first three 9-song albums. If you like Duran Duran, you can't go wrong with it. Although it doesn't match "Rio's" classic tunes, it has some really good material. In fact, Duran Duran is one of those rare bands who used to make sure each and every song is good for listeners, unlike material on some of their future work. This album starts with "The Reflex" and "New Moon on Monday," two excellent songs that received tons of airplay back in the 80's. The songs in the middle portion of the album, though a little generic-sounding in parts, are still very listenable and good. The biggest surprise about Duran Duran is how their lively, bouncy songs often contain very morose lyrics. Despite the band's outwardly "let's party" image, they seemed to have a lot of serious personal issues within their songs. "The Seventh Stranger" is one of their best songs ever, with sensitive and heartfelt lyrics. This was the pinnacle of Duran's success, and for some reason, they all split up after this and the band was never the same. Again, forget the image or harsh reviews about this band from well-known critics. If you like your music catchy the first time you hear it, Duran's first three albums are a must. At the same time, the lyrics carry some weight and don't get the credit they've always deserved. Also, on the review I did for "Rio," I mistakingly said that the production was flat. Actually, "Rio" was produced very well and sounds great. It's Duran's first album that could have used a little life in the production. Anyway, I'm done rambling. Check this album out.
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on June 27, 2002
1983 was a banner year for Duran Duran. Already making a splash with two albums crashing the Top Ten, the boys from Birmingham unleashed the enigmatically-titled "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." While not as good as "Rio" or their self-titled debut "...Tiger" was a slight musical departure from their first two albums. First, they ditched producer Colin Thurston and hired Alex Sadkin and Ian Little to create a sound that was vaguely avant-garde, but not too out-there to freak out the group's teenage audience. Regardless, this album is a fine effort, warts and all. "The Reflex," "New Moon and Monday," and the great "Union of the Snake" all surface here, but some of the album's stronger moments are the non-single album cuts like "Shadows on Your Side," "Of Crime and Passion," and the instrumental "Tiger Tiger." As of this writing, "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" would be the last studio album recorded under Duran Duran's original five-member lineup. For those who are starting to build a collection of the group's material, I'd make sure this record would be one of their first purchases.
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on August 7, 2003
"Seven And The Ragged Tiger" fully established Duran Duran as a household name and it was at this point in their career that they were considered "teen idols" with their GQ good looks and heavily aired MTV videos. The album had three hits beginning with "The Reflex", "Union Of The Snake" and "New Moon On Monday". But the album clearly had more catchy pop/new wave songs such as "Of Crime And Passion", and "Shadows On Your Side", both of with had "hit" potential. This was Duran Duran's last pop/new wave release before a change in musical style, as is evidenced in their next album, produced the funk laden hits "Notorious" and "Skin Trade". This latest remastered edition of "Seven And The Ragged Tiger" is greatly improved with enhanced bass, midrange and increased output. If you enjoy listening to eighties new wave pop, then this would be an excellent addition to one's cd collection. Highly Recommended!
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on July 19, 2003
I saw Duran Duran live at the Roxy this week, and though they didn't play any songs off this album, they still ROCKED!! "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" is everything you want in a pop album: great vocals, smart lyrics, awesome guitars. This album is even better than the overrated "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, who isn't anywhere near as talented as Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes. Duran Duran are awesome and I really love this album!!
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