Ultimate Box Set: Live Tracks Analysis

Last week, Duran Duran fans selected the seven songs they think would best represent Duran’s live performances.  This selection was part of a series of polls to create the Duran Duran Ultimate Box Set.  So far the box set includes the following:

Singles:

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Save a Prayer
  3. Ordinary World
  4. Girls on Film
  5. Pressure Off
  6. Rio
  7. New Moon on Monday

Album Tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. The Chauffeur
  3. Hold Back the Rain
  4. Friends of Mine
  5. The Man Who Stole a Leopard
  6. The Seventh Stranger
  7. Paper Gods

B-Sides/Demos:

  1. Secret Oktober
  2. Late Bar
  3. Beautiful Colours
  4. I Believe/All I Need to Know
  5. Salt in the Rainbow
  6. Planet Roaring
  7. Faster Than Light
  8. (Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile

Now, we can add the following set of songs.

Live Tracks:

  1. New Religion
  2. Careless Memories
  3. The Chauffeur
  4. Rio
  5. Wild Boys
  6. White Lines
  7. Planet Earth

So, what do I think about these songs?  Was anything surprising?  I have to admit that I wasn’t terribly surprised by any of the songs chosen.  As I stated in yesterday’s blog, it is interesting to note that many of these songs are played at every or almost every show (Rio, Wild Boys, White Lines and Planet Earth).  I would say that the band is more likely to bust out Careless Memories and the Chauffeur over New Religion.  In fact, I don’t think they have played New Religion live since 2008.  Interesting to note that Roger Taylor recently stated that he thinks they should put both New Religion and the Chauffeur into the setlist.  I, for one, would love that.

In looking at this list, I cannot help but notice two other aspects.  First, none of these songs would be considered ballads.  While the Chauffeur is a slower tempo, it does not fit the description of a ballad.  Most of the songs chosen have a lot of energy, in fact.  Perhaps, fans believe that the songs that are the most exciting are also the best live.  The other aspect that I noticed when I examined the list is that for the most part they are all from the early part of Duran’s career.  The only exception is White Lines.

When I personally think of these songs live, my thoughts gravitate to the fact that many of these songs feature JoSi, including Wild Boys, Planet Earth, and Careless Memories.  Some of these songs also featured some audience participation, including White Lines, Planet Earth, and Rio.  What about the rest of you?  What do the rest of you notice about this list?

From here, we will work on side/solo project songs that should be included.  One person has recommended including 12 inch remixes.  What do the rest of you think about that?  Is that a good addition to a box set?  While you are thinking about that question, make sure you have voted here for the Power Station and Neurotic Outsiders songs that should be considered.

-A

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