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So Red The Rose (Special Edition) by Arcadia. Out Now!
Duran Duran fans have been hitting pay dirt recently with deluxe reissues of their first 3 classic albums. In 1985, when Duran Duran was in the midst of a personnel change, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon LeBon formed a group called Arcadia. The side project only released one album, the classic “So Red The Rose,” and it has been remastered and been given the 2 CD / 1 DVD treatment. While this set does not include any previously unreleased music, there are 19 songs that have never been available on CD! All of the single edits and 12″ versions (which are all different than the album versions) for the songs “Election Day,” “The Flame,” “The Promise,” “Say The Word,” and “Goodbye is Forever” are finally issued on CD and they sound great. There are 4 additional remixes of “Election Day,” a dub remix of “Goodbye Is Forever,” “Say The Word,” and “The Flame,” an instrumental version of “The Promise,” and an extended version of “Rose Arcana.” The DVD contains videos and the makings of each video for “Election Day,” “The Promise,” “Goodbye Is Forever,” “The Flame,” and “Missing,” none of which have ever been issued on DVD before. The only thing that is disappointing about this package is a chintzy 3 page booklet that does not feature the lyrics (which were included in the original vinyl release). The deluxe edition of “So Red The Rose,” is certainly the definitive document for a side project whose only album is perfection with guest appearances from Grace Jones, Sting, David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) and Herbie Hancock. “So Red The Rose (Special Edition)” is out now.
So Red The Rose (Special Edition) by Arcadia Tracklist. Click to Enlarge!
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Rio - Special Edition - by Duran Duran
As a huge Durannie, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that the Fab 5 Duran Duran were reissuing their classic album “Rio,” as a deluxe 2-cd limited edition. It comes in a jewel-cased size hard back book that has a 50 page booklet filled with rare photos, full lyrics and a nice essay about the album.
If that’s not a draw for you, the cds contain the original UK album version (remastered), 5 tracks that were remixed for the US album version [more on that in a second], 4 b-sides from the original singles, 5 extended versions and mixes and the jewels of the set: 4 never before released demos.
When the album was released in November of 1982, they decided to remix 5 of the key tracks for the US market. Those versions have never been available on cd until now. If you are still nonplussed, I’ll compare the track times and maybe that’ll bring you over to my side.
Rio [UK Album Version 5.36]
Rio [US Album Version 5.24]
My Own Way [UK Album Version 4.48]
My Own Way [US Album Version 4.29]
Lonely In Your Nightmare [UK Album Version 3.50]
Lonely In Your Nightmare [US Album Version 4.52]
Hungry Like The Wolf [UK Album Version 3.40]
Hungry Like The Wolf [US Album Version 4.02]
Hold Back The Rain [UK Album Version 3.59]
Hold Back The Rain [US Album Version 6.29]
The Back Cover of Rio.
The demos are of Last Chance on the Stairway, My Own Way (with many different lyrics than the album version), New Religion and Like An Angel. The demos are interesting to hear as they show the beginnings of some of the band’s best loved songs. The B-Sides and remixes are already available on CD as part of Duran Duran’s amazing singles box set, but it’s still nice to have all the tracks from this era in one place.
Let’s not forget that the album Rio features seminal tracks from the band such as “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Save A Prayer,” “Rio,” “My Own Way,” and fan favorites “New Religion,” “Last Chance on the Stairway,” “The Chauffeur,” and “Lonely In Your Nightmare.” Due to the pretty boy image of the band, it was hard to see then that this album would not only stand the test of time, but be regarded as one of the best albums of the 1980s and one of the finest moments for the New Romantic Era.
If you are a fan of Duran Duran, this set is a must have. Also more good news for fans, rumours abound that in the first half of 2010, their self-titled first album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger and Notorious will be getting the same deluxe treatment!