Thursday, 16 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 16

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.

Today's album under the microscope is "Rio" by Duran Duran. The album was released in 1982 and featured 4 singles.

A word of warning avoid the 2009 remaster as the sound is beyond terrible!!

I must admit I can take or leave Duran Duran, not my favourite band by a long way but they have released some fantastic tracks, i'm not sure they fully succeed when it comes to making a full album. I only like their first 3 albums, but credit where credit is due, "Rio" is a fantastic piece of work.
The album reached number 2 in the UK album chart in 1982, whilst the singles "My Own Way" reached number 14 in the UK singles chart, "Rio" made number 9, "Hungry Like The Wolf" made number 5 and "Save A Prayer" made Number 2.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Hold Back The Rain", "Save A Prayer" and "Hungry Like The Wolf". On this album there are no tracks I dislike with only the track "Last Chance On The Stairway" scoring 1 point.

Probably the essential New Romantic LP to have in your collection.

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available from Amazon here

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