Can You Hear Me Now: Duran Duran’s ’80s Studio Catalogue Back in Print in July

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Look now, look all around: Duran Duran's five studio albums from the '80s were stunningly out of print physically, but that changes this summer.

Warner Music, who acquired Duran Duran's Capitol/EMI catalogue as part of Parlophone Records in 2013 after it was divested in EMI's sale to Universal Music Group, will release new CD and vinyl pressings of Duran Duran (1981), Rio (1982), Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983), Notorious (1986) and Big Thing (1989). They will utilize the same remasters issued as deluxe editions by EMI in 2009 and 2010 - a point of controversy, as the sound quality of several of these were criticized for volume (and, in the case of the self-titled album, a seeming blemish on the camera-shutter intro to "Girls on Film"). The bonus discs and DVDs from those deluxe sets will not be included either. (This does restore the band's preferred vision of Big Thing, which swaps a remixed version of "Drug (It's Just a State of Mind)" for Daniel Abraham's original version.) The CDs will be packaged in miniature replicas of the LP jackets.

Taken together, these albums represent some of the biggest moments in Duran Duran's more than four decades as a band: hits like "Planet Earth," "Girls on Film," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Rio," "New Moon on Monday," "The Reflex," "Notorious" and "I Don't Want Your Love." The Birmingham band (singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor) conquered the world through catchy dance-rock rhythms and groundbreaking music videos; Simon Nick and John kept the band going through the back half of the '80s, eventually recruiting Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and enjoying massive hits in 1993 with "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone."

The original "Fab Five" reunited from 2001 to 2006 before Andy Taylor departed again - but he and Cuccurullo both guested on 2023's Danse Macabre, the band's latest album of Halloween-themed covers, re-recordings of deep cuts and new material. (The band owns nearly all of its records from 1997's Medazzaland to the present, and reissued many of them on vinyl last year. Fans keep holding out hope for deluxe editions of 1990's Liberty or 1993's The Wedding Album, the only two Warner-controlled records not to be reissued in the last decade or so.)

All the new discs are available July 19 and can be pre-ordered.

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