So Red the Rose

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelvin Hayes
Arcadia was the arty quarter of Duran Duran's side project. Members Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes were left to complete it after Roger Taylor left the group. They still strove to create the "western evocative of east" blueprinted by Japan's Tin Drum. They didn't achieve it with this, but it's certainly the best album Duran never made. Like earlier work Rio, the sleeve perfectly describes the record inside. The opener "Election Day" is darkly romantic irking toward erotic and has brass stabs not dissimilar from their Bond score View to a Kill. The following songs are lighter: "Keep Me in the Dark" and the U.S. single "Goodbye Is Forever." "The Flame" has a sharp beat and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelvin Hayes
Arcadia was the arty quarter of Duran Duran's side project. Members Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes were left to complete it after Roger Taylor left the group. They still strove to create the "western evocative of east" blueprinted by Japan's Tin Drum. They didn't achieve it with this, but it's certainly the best album Duran never made. Like earlier work Rio, the sleeve perfectly describes the record inside. The opener "Election Day" is darkly romantic irking toward erotic and has brass stabs not dissimilar from their Bond score View to a Kill. The following songs are lighter: "Keep Me in the Dark" and the U.S. single "Goodbye Is Forever." "The Flame" has a sharp beat and sultry bass groove that nods at Nile Rodgers. Two dream works, "Missing" and "Rose Arcana," precede "The Promise," which guests Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, Sting, and Herbie Hancock. "El Diablo" has a latin flavor but still sounds like two Englishmen daydreaming of an escapade to El Salvador. Finally, to the dramatic splendor of "Lady Ice," a fantastic conclusion to a very good album. Thankfully, Arcadia chose not to pursue this album like their other Duran offshoot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/1991
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 077779635825
  • Catalog Number: 963585
  • Sales rank: 44,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Election Day - Grace Jones (5:29)
  2. 2 Keep Me in the Dark (4:31)
  3. 3 Goodbye Is Forever (3:49)
  4. 4 The Flame (4:23)
  5. 5 Missing (3:40)
  6. 6 Rose Arcana (0:51)
  7. 7 The Promise (7:30)
  8. 8 El Diablo (6:05)
  9. 9 Lady Ice (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arcadia Primary Artist
Mark Egan Musician
Sting Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock Track Performer
Carlos Alomar Musician
Gabriel Bindi Musician
Pierre Defay Musician
Jean-Claude Dubois Musician
David Gilmour Musician
Simon LeBon Vocals, Band
Nick Rhodes Keyboards, Band, Group Member
Roger Taylor Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Egan Contributor
Arcadia Producer
Larry Alexander Engineer
Carlos Alomar Contributor
Gabriel Bindi Contributor
Pierre Defay Contributor
Raphael Dejesus Contributor
Jean-Claude Dubois Contributor
David Gilmour Contributor
Simon LeBon Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Andy Mackay Contributor
Nick Rhodes Producer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Masami Tsuchiya Contributor
David Van Tieghem Contributor
Tony Viramontes Illustrations
Steve Jordan Contributor
Roger Taylor Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Exceptional Album

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magical!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ahead of it's Time

    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.

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