Do you ever read the Collector’s Corner on Duran Duran’s official website? Have you read this month’s? This month, which you can read here, focused on the Working for the Skin Trade DVD. This is a concert video from 1988, as part of the world tour supporting Notorious called the Strange Behaviour Tour. What I really like about this month’s “corner” is that it explains the history of it, including format, when and where it was released and more. I know that I appreciated it being part of the Notorious re-release box set that came out in 2010.
The corner goes on to explain that this DVD was a companion piece to Three to Get Ready, a documentary focused on preparations for the tour, a behind-the-scenes look at the band and its team then. As pointed out on the corner, this documentary came in two versions, a short on and a much longer version. I remember seeing the longer version after having seen the shorter version and being shocked that there was a lot more swearing in the longer version!
Reading this Collector’s Corner got me thinking. How often has Duran Duran released live DVDs? How often have they come out with documentaries surrounding a tour or album? The first live DVD I can think of is Hammersmith 1982. Does that tour or album have a documentary connected with it? There is the Classic Albums DVD in which the band describes making of Rio in detail. Does that count? Obviously, the Classic Albums DVD came out years later but…close enough?
Then, of course, there was the classic, fan-favorite of Sing Blue Silver that showcased the 1984 Sing Blue Silver Tour. There is a live concert for that tour as well, As the Lights Go Down, that was also released on a re-release box set of Seven and the Ragged Tiger. What about documentaries or live shows for Big Thing? Not really even though a live show was included on the re-release. Liberty? Nope. The Wedding Album? There was the documentary Extraordinary World, but that isn’t readily available. I don’t think there was a live DVD for that time either. What about the rest of the albums before the reunion? I can’t think of any. (Doesn’t meant that there wasn’t. I just can’t think of one. If you know of one, please let me know.)
Then, of course, the reunion happened. Astronaut did have some DVDs released. We know that Live from London was a live concert from shows in 2004. There were some documentaries around then, too. The Astronaut album had one. There was also a small one on the dual disc and a longer one as part of the Live from London release. In thinking about those releases, I realize how cool that was! What about Red Carpet Massacre? Again, I cannot think of anything official. All You Need Is Now had a live concert with A Diamond in the Mind. There was a small documentary on that, but nothing like Sing Blue Silver or Three to Get Ready. Paper Gods, sadly, has not had either one.
Overall, I would say that Duran Duran fans are pretty lucky to have had as many as live concerts and documentaries as we have. That said, I cannot be the only one out who would have loved to have them for each and every album. Now, the next thing I think of is which one is my favorite live concert and favorite documentary? What are your favorites?