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Duran Duran 1983 Seven And The Ragged Tiger (Capitol ST-12310)

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Artist:

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Title:

Seven And The Ragged Tiger

Released: 1983
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST-12310
Genre: Rock / New Wave
T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Reflex
02 New Moon On Monday
03 (I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement
04 I Take The Dice
05 Of Crime And Passion
06 Union Of The Snake
07 Shadows On Your Side
08 Tiger Tiger
09 The Seventh Stranger
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by Mike DeGagne [allmusic.com]

Despite the fact that Seven and the Ragged Tiger couldn't match the unrestrained pop/rock ebullience of 1982's Rio, Duran Duran put three of the album's singles in the Top Ten, taking it to number one in the U.K. Even though "The Reflex" gave the band their first number one hit, there's an overabundance of fancy glitz and dancefloor flamboyancy running through it, unlike "New Moon on Monday"'s straight-ahead alan_parsonseal or "Union of the Snake"'s mysterious, almost taboo flair. It's alan_parsonsarent that Seven and the Ragged Tiger's content has the band moving ever so slightly into a danceclub arena, with the songs leaning more toward their ability to produce a sexier sound through electronics and instrumentation than through a firm lyrical and musical partnership. Even the unreleased tracks trade Duran Duran's handsome edginess for a shinier sound, heard mainly on "I Take the Dice" and "Cracks in the Pavement." It's here that Lebon and Taylor's personalities begins to get overshadowed by the demand to produce a more synth-snazzy and fashionable style of music. Although they may have turned their songwriting down a notch in order to succumb to the pabulum of synthesized pop, they didn't relinquish every aspect of their genius, and when they do deliver, it's bright, energetic, and effectual. Duran Duran's new direction eventually gave Seven and the Ragged Tiger double platinum status.


Duran Duran - Notorious [Parlophone DDND 331] (18 November 1986)

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Title:

Notorious

Originally Released: 18 November 1986
This Reissue: 2015
Label: Parlophone
Catalog: DDND 331
Genre: Rock, Pop, Electronic
Note: European, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Notorious
02 American Science
03 Skin Trade
04 A Matter Of Feeling
05 Hold Me
06 Vertigo (Do The Demolition)
07 So Misled
08 ''Meet El Presidente''
09 Winter Marches On
10 Proposition

Bonus Tracks

11 American Science (Chemical Reaction Mix)
12 Vertigo (Do The Demolition) (Mantonix Mix)
13 Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)
14 American Science (Meltdown Dub)
15 Vertigo (Do The Demolition) (B-Boy Mix)
16 Notoriousaurus Rex
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Mike DeGagne [allmusic.com]

1986's Notorious has Andy Taylor contributing on only four songs before leaving to start his solo career, but on the strength of the title track's number two placing and ''Skin Trade'''s number 39 mark, the album itself peaked at number 12 in the U.S. and number 16 in the U.K. On the whole, only ''Notorious'' showed any real livelihood, thanks to its modern gleam and the catchy stutter of its chorus. ''Skin Trade'' is almost as worthy, thanks to its sultry, seductive air and enchanting but complex rhythmic allure. While the writing is somewhat stable on Notorious, Duran Duran's efforts at sounding enigmatic and covert end up being hot and cold. Tracks like ''American Science'' and ''Vertigo'' try too hard, while only ''Meet el Presidente,'' a number 24 hit in Britain, sports a rather appealing flow. Beneath Duran Duran's attempts at trying to sound musically devious, mysterious, and slightly seductive, the tracks fail to bear enough weight in order to be effective all the way through. It's easy to see why the band would choose such a route at this point in their career, but moderate doses of pop enthusiasm would have made Notorious a fuller and more enjoyable package. The provocative, nightclub brand of martini-sipping pop that does surface is meritorious to a certain extent, felt mostly in the album's two biggest tracks.


Duran Duran - Big Thing [Parlophone DBDD 33] (18 October 1988)

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Title:

Big Thing

Originally Released: 18 October 1988
This Reissue: 27 September 2010
Label: Parlophone
Catalog: DBDD 33
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Big Thing (Nocymb)
02 I Don't Want Your Love
03 All She Wants Is
04 Too Late Marlene
05 Drug (It's Just A State Of Mind)
06 Do You Believe In Shame?
07 Palomino
08 Interlude One
09 Land
10 Flute Interlude
11 The Edge Of America
12 Lake Shore Driving

Bonus Tracks

13 I Don't Want Your Love (Big Mix)
14 All She Wants Is (Eurohouse Mix)
15 All She Wants Is (US Master Mix)
16 Big Thing (12" Mix)
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Samir Arora [allmusic.com]

Duran Duran Big Thing is not only my favourite Duran Duran album but also one of my all time favourite albums. Oddly, the two hit songs all she wants is and i dont want your love while being absolutely great tracks are not necessarily the strongest on the album.. Other than these ''radio hits'' the album is quite experimental and duran duran have really done a great job at it. A lot of people probably did not get the album or had expecations for duran duran to come up with another rio or seven and the ragged tiger and the allmusic reviewer has been rather strong worded about his/her negativity and i think the review is unnecessarily harsh (other than the fact that the album was not a big commercial hit, no idea why, perhaps it was bad marketing). Being the 80s generation, i have followed duran duran from the beginning and have repeatedly heard the debut album as well as rio and seven and the ragged tiger so am well versed with what duran duran is all about. Many people like a group and then probably expect them to come out with the same style material again and again. Duran Duran by putting out big thing proved that they are more than just a one or two album wonder or a single sound kind of band but rather they deserved a super group status. Big thing has an sophisticated sound with haunting counter melodies and it takes a few listens to fully appreciate the album.

Each track in the album is strong and has aged very well, after all i am writing this review almost 30 years after i bought the album and i have put it to spin in my CD player countless times since then. Its a great album and one needs to hear it on its own merit and without expectations or comparisons and let the album reveal itself.Too late marlene is my favourite track but i normally like to play the album through from start to finish..If one likes electronic music and/or duran duran and /or sophisticated music that sounds great playing in the car or even late night or in the back ground during a party etc etc. i dont see why and how one would not like this album.

I think the album is a masterpiece!

Duran Duran's Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. And for good reason, too. Duran Duran's reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style. Without music videos, it's likely that their pop-funk -- described by the group as the Sex Pistols meets Chic -- would never have made them international pop stars. While Duran Duran did have sharper pop sensibilities than their new romantic contemporaries like Spandau Ballet and Ultravox, none of their peers exploited MTV and music video like the Birmingham-based quintet. Each video the group made was distinctive, incorporating a number of cinematic styles to showcase the band as either part of the jet-setting elite ("Rio") or as worldly adventurers ("Hungry Like the Wolf"). While early videos like "Girls on Film" and "The Chauffeur" sparked controversy in England over their sexual content, their best-known clips were often based on hit contemporary movies. "Hungry Like the Wolf" uncannily recalled Raiders of the Lost Ark, while "Union of the Snake" and "The Wild Boys" brought to mind The Road Warrior. The clever videos helped make Duran Duran's rise to popularity remarkably swift. Between 1982 and 1984, they rocketed from underground British post-punk sensations to teen idols. But their fall from grace was equally fast. By the late '80s, the group's lineup had fragmented, and the remaining members had trouble landing hit singles. Nevertheless, the group pulled off a surprising, if short-lived, comeback in the early '90s as a sophisticated soft rock trio.

Inspired by David Bowie and Roxy Music, as well as post-punk and disco, schoolmates Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (guitar) formed Duran Duran in 1978 with their friends Simon Colley (bass, clarinet) and Stephen Duffy (vocals). Taking their name from a character in Roger Vadim's psychedelic sci-fi film Barbarella, the group began playing gigs in the Birmingham club Barbarella, supported by a drum machine. Within a year, Duffy and Colley both left the group -- Duffy would later form the Lilac Time -- and were replaced by former TV Eye vocalist Andy Wickett and drummer Roger Taylor. After recording a demo, John Taylor switched to bass and guitarist John Curtis joined the band, only to leave within a matter of months. The group placed an ad in Melody Maker, which drew the attention of Andy Taylor, who became their guitarist. However, Duran Duran were still having trouble finding a vocalist. Following Wickett's departure in 1979, a pair of singers passed through the group before Simon LeBon, a former member of the punk band Dog Days and a drama student at Birmingham University, joined in early 1980.

By the end of 1980, Duran Duran had become popular within the burgeoning new romantic circuit in England and had secured a record contract with EMI. "Planet Earth," the band's first single, quickly rose to number 12 upon its spring 1981 release. Immediately, Duran Duran became the leaders of the new romantic movement, becoming media sensations in the British music and mainstream press. The group's popularity increased through its cutting-edge music videos, especially the bizarre, racy clip for "Girls on Film." Although the BBC banned the Godley & Creme-directed video, the single became the group's first Top Ten hit, setting the stage for the fall release of its eponymous debut album. Duran Duran reached number three upon its release and stayed in the charts for 118 weeks. The band quickly followed the album with Rio in the spring of 1982. Rio entered the charts at number two, and its singles -- "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer" -- became Top Ten hits. By the November release of the U.S.-only remix EP Carnival, the bandmembers were superstars in Europe, but only just beginning to make headway in America. Their exposure in the U.S. was helped greatly by the emergence of MTV, which put the group's stylish videos into heavy rotation. MTV's constant playing of the videos paid off, and "Hungry Like the Wolf" became a Top Ten hit early in 1983. Rio followed that single into the Top Ten, eventually selling over two million copies.

Duran Duran mania was in full swing across America, with "Is There Something I Should Know" reaching the Top Ten -- it became the group's first English number one that summer -- and the group's first album climbing its way to number ten. Duran Duran capitalized on their popularity by releasing Seven and the Ragged Tiger in time for 1983's holiday season. The record hit number one in the U.K. and number eight in the U.S., spawning the hit singles "Union of the Snake" and "The Reflex," their first number one U.S. hit and their second British chart-topper. The band took an extended break after completing its year-and-a-half-long international tour in the spring of 1984. In November, the group released the non-LP single "Wild Boys," which reached number two in the U.K. and the U.S., where it was added to the live album Arena.

By 1985, Duran Duran fever was beginning to cool off, and after completing the title track for the James Bond film A View to a Kill, the group went on hiatus. Andy and John Taylor formed the supergroup the Power Station with vocalist Robert Palmer and former Chic drummer Tony Thompson in January, releasing their eponymous debut album in the spring; it spawned the Top Ten singles "Some Like It Hot" and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)." The remaining members of Duran Duran -- Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon, and Roger Taylor -- responded with their own side project, Arcadia, releasing an album called So Red the Rose in the fall of 1985; the album launched the Top Ten hit "Election Day." Early in 1986, Roger Taylor announced he was taking a yearlong sabbatical from the group; he never returned. Several months later, Andy Taylor also left, reducing Duran Duran to a trio. Late in 1986, the band released Notorious, its first album in nearly three years. While it was relatively successful, going platinum in the U.S. and generating a Top Ten hit with the title track, it was noticeably less popular than their earlier records. For the remainder of the decade, Duran Duran's popularity continually declined, with 1988's Big Thing producing "I Don't Want Your Love," their last Top Ten single for five years.

The greatest-hits album Decade was released late in 1989, followed several months later by Liberty, the first Duran Duran album to fail to go gold. By that point, former Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo had become a permanent member of the group. In 1993, the band returned from a prolonged hiatus with Duran Duran [The Wedding Album], a mature, layered record of lite funk and soulful adult contemporary pop that became a surprise hit. "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone" became Top Ten hits in America, with the former reaching the Top Ten in the U.K. as well; the album itself climbed into the Top Ten on both continents and went platinum in America. Not only did the record restore their commercial status, but it earned them some of their best reviews of their career. The group followed the album with one of their poorest-received efforts, 1995's all-covers Thank You, which managed to go gold in America despite its negative reviews. While Duran Duran were recording the follow-up to Thank You in 1996, John Taylor left the band to pursue a solo career, leaving the group a trio of LeBon, Rhodes, and Cuccurullo. That follow-up, Medazzaland, was released in 1997 but failed to produce any major hits. Released in 2000, Pop Trash suffered a similar fate.

In March 2001, the three Taylors -- Andy, John, and Roger -- met up in Wales and worked with each other for three weeks. Around this time, rumors of a five-member reunion began to circulate. Two months after Rhodes and LeBon denied the rumors, the reunion was confirmed. Duran Duran recorded on and off for a new album over the next three years and also toured sporadically. After signing with Epic, they released Astronaut in October 2004. Red Carpet Massacre followed in 2007. In 2011, Duran Duran delivered their 13th studio album, the Mark Ronson-produced All You Need Is Now.
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