Friday, July 13, 2012

Duran Duran - eponymous debut album

[Note: I am using Google Blogger's news format and struggling a bit with formatting.]  Duran Duran...this is their 1981 eponymous debut album, with a re-issued cover (I think).  Duran Duran is the debut album by the English pop rock band Duran Duran, released worldwide in 1981.  The album reached #3 on the United Kingdom charts and remained in the UK Top 100 for 117 weeks, achieving platinum status by December 1982.  The initial release was largely ignored in the United States, but the album was reissued there in 1983 (which I think is the version shown above that I own) following the success of the band's second album, Rio.  This time the record reached #10 on the US Billboard 200, and remained on that chart for 87 weeks.  Duran Duran was certified platinum (a shipment of one million units) by the RIAA in June 1985.  Not a huge fan of this group - but I can certainly agree to their significance and contributions.  We see an AIR connection:  DD wrote and recorded demos for this album at AIR Studios (London?) in 1980, while one of their main influences, the band Japan, was recording the Gentlemen Take Polaroids album down the hall.  The album was formally recorded in December 1980 at various studios around London (Chipping Norton Studios) with produced Colin Thurston, shortly after Duran Duran signed a deal with EMI.  The first pressing of 30,000 copies of the Japanese version (Toshiba/EMI EMS-91019) came with a color poster.  There is a notation on the OBI that mentions this.  Later issues of the album have the notation on the OBI removed and contain only a lyric insert and a sheet with a bio in Japanese, some photos and some instructions on how to do the 'new romantic' dance like in the "Planet Earth" video.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, one of my favorites, of course! Actually, the cover you provide is the US version of the album. There is a UK version with a slightly different cover and slightly different track listing.

    These guys get a 'bad rap' for being pretty, but when given a close listen, they are actually extremely talented musicians and songwriters.

    Thanks for featuring them Curtis! ; )


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