So Red the Rose [2-CD/DVD]

So Red the Rose [2-CD/DVD]

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by Arcadia
     
 

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Where Duran Duran's exotic image was largely a product of media presentation, Arcadia fabricated a sound that used exotic textures as the core of the music itself, exploring intense romantic notions with a combination of ringing guitars, synthesizers, flutes, violins, world rhythms, reverbed vocals, and melancholy,

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Where Duran Duran's exotic image was largely a product of media presentation, Arcadia fabricated a sound that used exotic textures as the core of the music itself, exploring intense romantic notions with a combination of ringing guitars, synthesizers, flutes, violins, world rhythms, reverbed vocals, and melancholy, poetic lyrics. It's an ambitious undertaking for a "group" that was until that point a teen phenomenon, and Simon LeBon and company employ an arsenal of musicians to pull it off, including Sting, Herbie Hancock, and David Gilmour. The result may seem showy to some ears, but at the time, and for some fans still, it is one of the most evocative pop albums of the '80s. [EMI reissued the album in 2010 as a Special Edition, which added 19 tracks -- mostly 7" and 12" mixes, as well as the band's contribution to the Playing for Keeps soundtrack -- to the original album. Also included: a DVD, itself a reissue of a 1987 VHS release.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099960668127
catalogNumber:
06681

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Election Day
  2. Keep Me In the Dark
  3. Goodbye is Forever
  4. The Flame
  5. Missing
  6. Rose Arcana
  7. The Promise
  8. El Diablo
  9. Lady Ice
  10. Say the Word
  11. Election Day
  12. Goodbye is Forever
  13. The Promise
  14. The Flame
  15. Say the Word [Ve
  16. She Moody and Grey, She’S Mean and She’S Restless

Disc 2

  1. Election Day
  2. Goodbye is Forever
  3. The Promise
  4. Rose Arcana
  5. The Flame
  6. Say the Word
  7. Election Day
  8. The Promise
  9. Goodbye is Forever
  10. Say the Word [Extended Instrumental Remi
  11. Election Day
  12. Flame Game

Disc 3

  1. Filming "Election Day"
  2. Election Day
  3. Filming "the Promise"
  4. The Promise
  5. Filming "Goodbye is Forever"
  6. Goodbye is Forever
  7. Filming "the Flame"
  8. The Flame
  9. Filming "Missing"
  10. Missing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arcadia   Primary Artist
Mark Egan   Musician
Sting   Guest Appearance
Herbie Hancock   Guest Appearance
Carlos Alomar   Musician
Gabriel Bindi   Musician
Pierre Defay   Musician
Jean-Claude Dubois   Musician
David Gilmour   Musician
Simon LeBon   Group Member
Andy Mackay   Musician
Nick Rhodes   Group Member
Masami Tsuchiya   Musician
David Van Tieghem   Musician
Rafael De Jeseum   Musician

Technical Credits

Arcadia   Producer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Dean Chamberlain   Director
Phil McDonald   Director
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Anthony Price   Clothing Design
Geoff Kempin   Executive Producer
Tony Viramontes   Illustration Concept
Michael Berrow   Executive Producer
Paul Berrow   Executive Producer
Russell Mulcahy   Director
Darren Evans   Repackaging Design
Elizabeth Flowers   Producer
Ruth Orme   Producer
Martin Wyn Griffith   Producer
Chrissie Smith   Producer
Marcelo Anciano   Director

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So Red the Rose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was undoubtedly one of my top five favorite albums from the eighties. But don't be mislead, this experimental album was way ahead of its time. It could have very easily competed in the ninties alternative radio market. Every track is haunting, unique and truly displays the musical abilities of the musicians. While the synth sounds admittedly smack of Duran Duran, the lyrics and music were decidedly non-pop for their time. The craftsmanship of this album was superb, and even included some backing vocals supplied by Sting himself. I have owned this album three times, mostly due to the fact that I wore the first two out (cassette tapes - ick). It is unfortunate that the eighties weren't ready for these guys. This album is definitely a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think that this was one of the best albums that Duran Duran did, and I think it was a shame that this was not more popular when it first came out. I think it was mainly because of the more expeimental nature of the album. There is some very interesting instrumentation, and the lyrics are often unusual as well. Also, the constuction of the songs and the length of some of the songs are unusual for pop music. Basically, they still sound like Duran Duran but are more mellow, particularly on the beautiful song "Missing". I think they should have done some more songs like this. Basically the only improvement I can think of for this album is to have a song or two that is more upbeat.  Some of my favorite songs are "Election Day", "Keep Me in the Dark". "Missing", and "The Promise".
Guest More than 1 year ago
So Red the Rose is magical with a mysterous flare. With the unique instrumentation and Simon's soothing voice, nothing can compare! This may be an old/disfunct group but not to be forgotten! Definately worth the purchase!