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Rio [Bonus Video Tracks]
     

Rio [Bonus Video Tracks]

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by Duran Duran
 

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From its Nagel cover to the haircuts and overall design -- and first and foremost the music -- Rio is as representative of the '80s at its best as it gets. The original Duran Duran's high point, and just as likely the band's as a whole, its fusion of style and substance ensures that even two decades after its release it remains as

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From its Nagel cover to the haircuts and overall design -- and first and foremost the music -- Rio is as representative of the '80s at its best as it gets. The original Duran Duran's high point, and just as likely the band's as a whole, its fusion of style and substance ensures that even two decades after its release it remains as listenable and danceable as ever. The quintet integrates its sound near-perfectly throughout, the John and Roger Taylor rhythm section providing both driving propulsion and subtle pacing. For the latter, consider the lush, semi-tropical sway of "Save a Prayer," or the closing paranoid creep of "The Chauffeur," a descendant of Roxy Music's equally affecting dark groover "The Bogus Man." Andy Taylor's muscular riffs provide fine rock crunch throughout, Rhodes' synth wash adds perfect sheen, and Le Bon tops it off with sometimes overly cryptic lyrics that still always sound just fine in context, courtesy of his strong delivery. Rio's two biggest smashes burst open the door in America for the New Romantic/synth rock crossover. "Hungry Like the Wolf" blended a tight, guitar-heavy groove with electronic production and a series of instant hooks, while the title track was even more anthemic, with a great sax break from guest Andy Hamilton adding to the soaring atmosphere. Lesser known cuts like "Lonely in Your Nightmare" and "Last Chance on the Stairway" still have pop thrills a-plenty, while "Hold Back the Rain" is the sleeper hit on Rio, an invigorating blast of feedback, keyboards and beat that doesn't let up. From start to finish, a great album that has outlasted its era. [The CD was also released with bonus videos.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724352992409
catalogNumber:
299249
Rank:
8396

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duran Duran   Primary Artist
Andy Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Simon LeBon   Vocals
Nick Rhodes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
John Taylor   Bass,Vocals
Andy Hamilton   Saxophone
Roger Taylor   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Andy Taylor   Contributor
Simon LeBon   Contributor
Nick Rhodes   Contributor
John Taylor   Contributor
Colin Thurston   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Garrett   Cover Design,Original Sleeve Design
Assorted Images   Cover Design
Nagel   Illustrations
Roger Taylor   Contributor

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