Duran Duran – Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran (1998)
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- Planet Earth (Night Version)
- Girls On Film (Night Version)
- My Own Way (Night Version)
- Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version)
- Rio (12" Dance Version)
- New Religion (Night Version)
- Hold Back The Rain (Remix)
- Is There Something I Should Know? (Monster Mix)
- Union Of The Snake (Monkey Mix)
- The Reflex (Dance Mix)
- Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys Mix)
- New Moon On Monday (Extended Mix)
Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran is a compilation album of remixes by Duran Duran. From the very beginning of their career, the band had dubbed the extended dance remixes of their songs “night versions”, as they were intended for play in nightclubs.
Unlike many of their contemporaries, Duran Duran didn’t just extend the intro or loop the bridge section of a song to pad out a dance track for a 12-inch single. As Allmusic explained, “According to Nick Rhodes’ liner notes, they recorded extended versions of their singles to be used in night clubs. Rather than have the master tapes cut and taped into remixes, Duran Duran went back into the studio and recorded longer versions of the songs with more instrumental breaks.”
The collection had been in the works for some time, but it was released by Capitol/EMI in April 1998, about the same time that Duran Duran was dismissed from the record label after an eighteen-year history. EMI was quick to start mining the band’s back catalogue; Night Versions was followed seven months later by the greatest hits collection Greatest, and by another remix collection Strange Behaviour four months after that.
Similar to other releases in Capitol’s “Essential”range, this disc was commercially available for only six months from the time of release. This may account for the inflated aftermarket value of the disc, considering all the material and more was released on the latter Strange Behaviour collection. It has given influence not only in title but also to its concept to the album Nite Versions by Soulwax.
Duran Duran are an English new wave and synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band grew from being alternative sensations, in 1982, to mainstream pop stars by 1984. By the end of the decade, membership and music style changes challenged more...