Exciting news, Duran-fans! On this year’s Record Day (April 21) we will all be able to go hunting in our local record stores for the brand-spanking new, OFFICIAL vinyl from Duran Duran.
(Yes, I could insert lyrics from my favorite song, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, right here. I could do that, but I won’t.)
Just announced today on duranduran.com, 2018 will not go by without at least one new prezzie from the band to tide fans over. Their new release, Duran Duran Budokan, recorded at the Nippon Budokan on September 20, 2017, is a gift to fans who have been crying for a live album from the Paper Gods tour. Commemorating the final show on their two-year long tour, Duran Duran Budokan is the perfect closing chapter for an amazing moment during the band’s career.
Anyone Out There (I succumbed to the pressure. I am sorry.) want to see the track listing?
1. Paper Gods
2. A View To A Kill
3. Pressure Off/Hold Back the Rain
4. I Don’t Want Your Love
5. (Reach Up For The) Sunrise/New Moon On Monday
6. The Universe Alone/ Save A Prayer
Want to see the cover? Those Duranies who want to see the band smiling on the cover…you won’t be disappointed.
That cover. Wow. I LOVE IT. It is the type of cover that I will spend hours scouring, trying to sort out what all of the symbolism means, both individually as well as all together. Is there a message? Is it just a collage? (never!) April 21 needs to hurry up and get here. Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo designed the cover – and if you look, the Japanese influences are very clear and commemorate the show. However, there are also additional flourishes added by John Warwicker, a name that should be familiar to Duranies. Bonus points to those who may be able to discern his artwork from Tadanori Yokoo.
I am excited to see that a live album has been officially announced, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I can’t speak for everyone, but two years went by in the blink of an eye for me. I’ve seen the band a “few” times now, and many of the shows I saw on the Paper Gods tour had the band at their absolute best. I love that this album commemorates the final show on the official tour. One of my favorite things about the Paper Gods tour— one thing (of many!) I hope to remember forever—was hearing (Reach Up for the) Sunrise mashed with New Moon on Monday. I am overjoyed that the band decided to include this special mix on this album, and now I will be able to hear it anytime the mood strikes. I won’t ever forget, now.
As always, there’s a challenge when it comes to anything Duran Duran….and in this case, the album is a limited pressing of just 2,700 copies. Fans would do themselves well by researching which stores in their area will have a copy in stock, because these are sure to go quickly. No word on price, but you can guess that once in secondary markets (eBay, etc), this limited release live album will be far more expensive for collectors. Good luck!