|Studio album by|
|Released||10 May 1982|
|Studio||AIR Studios, London|
("My Own Way" recorded
October 1981 at Townhouse Studios, London)
|Duran Duran chronology|
2001 remastered reissue cover
|Singles from Rio|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||9/10|
|The Village Voice||C-|
Rio is the second studio album by English new wave band Duran Duran, originally released worldwide on 10 May 1982. It reached number two in the United Kingdom and number one in Australia and Canada.
The album was re-released in the United States in November 1982. It earned a Gold disc on 1 March 1983, and was certified Platinum on 26 April 1983, eventually reaching Double Platinum status. It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US on 12 March 1983, and remained on the chart for 129 weeks.
The first song to be recorded for Rio was "My Own Way", written and recorded in October 1981, and released as a single in November 1981. The rest of the album was recorded in the early months of 1982 at Air Studios in London, with producer and engineer Colin Thurston. "My Own Way" was re-recorded for the album and the newer version is significantly different from the 1981 single version.
The second single, "Hungry Like the Wolf", was released in the UK on 4 May 1982. It peaked at #5 in the charts on 26 June 1982.
The Rio album was first released worldwide on 10 May 1982, peaking at #2 in the UK in its second week of release. The image on the album's distinctive purple cover was painted by artist Patrick Nagel. The cover itself was designed by Malcolm Garrett.
John Taylor takes credit for the title. "[It] was something I had thrown into the mix," he recalled in 2012. He was particularly fascinated with the idea of Brazil, and "Rio, to me, was shorthand for the truly foreign, the exotic, a cornucopia of earthly delights, a party that would never stop."
The band had their own plans and ambitions for promotion. They reunited with director Russell Mulcahy (who had directed the music video for their first single, "Planet Earth"), and planned the release of a full length video album--eleven videos for the best songs off of the Duran Duran and Rio albums. The band travelled to Sri Lanka and Antigua between tour dates to film the memorable videos for the singles "Rio", "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer", as well as the lesser-known "Lonely in Your Nightmare" and "Night Boat" -- the latter video being a creepy zombiefest set on a deserted island.
While filming the videos, guitarist Andy Taylor contracted a tropical virus and was hospitalised on his return to England. This forced the delay of the band's European tour, and the record company decided to hold the release of the third single until the band was ready to promote it again.
"Save a Prayer" was finally released on 9 August 1982, and peaked at #2 on the UK charts in mid September 1982. On 1 November 1982, the "Rio" single was released worldwide. It peaked at #9 in the UK in December 1982.
Meanwhile, the band had worked with producer David Kershenbaum to create some new dance mixes for their twelve-inch club singles. In September, EMI collected the remixes and released them on an EP called Carnival. It included the songs "Rio", "Hold Back the Rain", "My Own Way", "Hungry Like the Wolf", and "New Religion", and was released in the United States, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan.
Following the success of the Kershenbaum remixes, Capitol changed its marketing strategy, selling Duran Duran in the US no longer as a New Romantic band (a British phenomenon) but instead as a dance band. Frustrated with their lack of success in the US, the band capitalised on the moment and pressed Capitol to allow them to issue a remixed and remastered version of the Rio album in the United States and Canada. The company agreed, and brought Kershenbaum back to remix more songs from the album.
Remixed "Night Versions" of "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Hold Back the Rain" were later released on CD on the Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran compilation in 1998, and "My Own Way" was released in the 2003 Singles Box Set 1981-1985. On 3 December 1982, the Kershenbaum album remix was used for the "Hungry Like the Wolf" single. This was released in the US some six months after its initial UK release. The single included both the album version and the Carnival remix. It peaked at #3 in the US on 26 March 1983.
Part of the continued success of the album was due to the very popular videos, in heavy rotation on MTV. The video album Duran Duran was released (on VHS, Betamax, and laserdisc) to coincide with the US re-issue of the "Rio" single on 11 March 1983, four months after its original release. This single included the Kershenbaum 7-inch remix of "Rio" and peaked at #14 in US on 14 May 1983.
Until 2009, all official versions of the Rio album released on CD (including the 2001 Enhanced CD remaster) used a version made specifically for the original CD release, which is nearly identical to the original UK album version, but with a shortened version of the video version of "Lonely in Your Nightmare", a previously unreleased alternate version of "Hold Back the Rain", and the UK single version of "Save a Prayer".
The booklet cover for the limited edition of the 2001 remaster (EMI; 529 9240/Capitol; 72435-25919-0-9) used an alternate version of the famous Nagel cover painting, submitted by the artist along with the first when he completed the commission (this image was first used for the Japanese 7-inch single of "My Own Way").
On 7 April 2009, Duran Duran's official website announced that Rio would be reissued as a 2 CD Collector's Edition on 7 September 2009Singles Box Set 1981-1985). This reissue reached #185 on the UK Albums Chart.in the UK, and 6 October 2009 in the US. This edition includes the album's original UK vinyl release tracks, but adds substantially more to make this a definitive edition (including the US Kershenbaum remixes, along with several other tracks that have either never been released in CD form, or were previously released on
In 2000, Rio was ranked #98 in Q magazine's "100 Greatest British Albums". In 2003, it was listed at #65 in the NME "100 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2004, CMJ ranked it as #1 in their "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1982". In 2008 it was ranked 24th best British album of all time in a joint HMV Q poll. It ranked #95 in Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, and is included in the list 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die In April 2013, Rio was voted number 3 in BBC Radio 2's Top 100 Favourite Albums of all time.
Three decades later, John Taylor still held the album in high regard. "The writing on Rio is fantastic, all out. Essential Duran Duran," he recalled in his 2012 memoir, In the Pleasure Groove. He also had high praise for the band's musicianship. "Every one of us is performing ... at the absolute peak of our talents," he wrote. "There is no showboating. Every part is thoughtful, considered, part of a greater whole."
The Duran Duran Tribute Album, a 1997 collection of cover versions, included the following tracks from Rio:
Other covers include:
All songs written and arranged by Duran Duran.
|2.||"My Own Way"||4:51|
|3.||"Lonely in Your Nightmare"||3:51|
|4.||"Hungry Like the Wolf"||3:41|
|5.||"Hold Back the Rain"||3:59|
|7.||"Last Chance On the Stairway"||4:21|
|8.||"Save a Prayer"||5:33|
|10.||"Rio" (US album remix)||5:24|
|11.||"My Own Way" (Carnival remix)||4:31|
|12.||"Lonely in Your Nightmare" (US album remix)||4:52|
|13.||"Hungry Like the Wolf" (US album remix)||4:11|
|14.||"Hold Back the Rain" (US album remix)||6:32|
|1.||"Last Chance On the Stairway" (the Manchester Square Demo)||5:04|
|2.||"My Own Way" (the Manchester Square Demo)||4:39|
|3.||"New Religion" (the Manchester Square Demo)||5:33|
|4.||"Like An Angel" (the Manchester Square Demo)||5:03|
|5.||"My Own Way" (original 7-inch version)||3:39|
|6.||"Like An Angel"||4:43|
|7.||"Careless Memories" (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:15|
|8.||"The Chauffeur" (Blue Silver) (Early version)||3:54|
|9.||"My Own Way" (Night version)||6:34|
|10.||"Hungry Like the Wolf" (Night version)||5:14|
|11.||"Rio" (Night version)||6:40|
|12.||"New Religion" (Carnival remix)||5:15|
|13.||"Hold Back the Rain" (Carnival remix)||7:01|
|14.||"My Own Way" (Instrumental version)||6:35|
|15.||"Hold Back the Rain" (Alternate remix)||6:41|
This makes the remastered version available in iTunes a 29 track-version. Remastered by Steve Rooke at Abbey Road Studios.
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
1982's Rio was and remains one of the 80s' finest pop statements...