Duran Duran: Live at Hammersmith ‘82

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Duran Duran: Live at Hammersmith ‘82
**** (four out of five stars)

Packaged with two CDs – the band’s second LP from 1982, ‘Rio,’ plus collected demos, B-Sides, rarities and mixes – this DVD is the perfect package for die-hard Durannies. Given our current obsession with ‘80s style synth-pop (see La Roux, Ladyhawke, et al), it’s a timely releases. It’s also a hugely enjoyable one, despite the foggy (previously unreleased) footage of the show, performed before an adoring sea of fluffy perms and white trilbies. A lean, bouffanted Simon Le Bon and co run through the likes of “Planet Earth,” “Save a Prayer” and “Girls on Film,” pleasing fans of strutting bass lines and booming Syndrums – while reminding us that, in the ‘80s, the jacket with high-rolled sleeves was king. All the ludicrously high-gloss videos that matter, too. Sharon O’Connell EXTRAS: “Rio”-era videos, “TOTP” performances.