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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Big Thing [Extra tracks, Limited Edition]'
Artist - Duran Duran

Coming off the horn heavy funk of 'Notorious,' Duran Duran the trio stripped the sound down to some heavy beats for 'Big Thing.' The first single, "I Don't Want Your Love," sounded like a re-invention.

Incorporating the current house and new-jack dance trends at the time, it was a major leap away from the candy-floss of 'Rio.' "All She Wants Is" carried the same sort of dance-floor urgency, and the title track was an arena ready thumper.

But perhaps 'Big Thing's best moment is the tribute to the band's late friend Alex Sadkin, "Do You Believe In Shame." Slowing down the swamp groove of "Suzie Q" and laying in an emotional vocal, "Shame" connects on a level that only a few songs in the DD library have ever done before.

And so this 2010 Limited Edition, 3-Disc release of said 1988 release, 'Big Thing' is, as fully expected, simply phenomenal - and ranks right up there with the recent 'Rio' special edition release. I never was that crazy about the original title track, but the 12" remix of "Big Thing" (never publicly released until now) is full of intense beats and plenty of Nick Rhodes' inimitable keyboard hooks.

The "Big Thing" remix simply rocked the whole album and was a great lead-in to the big hit of "I Don't Want Your Love". The soulful ballads of "Too Late Marlene", "Do You Believe In Shame?", and "Palomino" simply sound so revitalized under the the digital production.

My least favorite track of "The Edge of America" even sounded better than the original. For the plus sides of the album, you cannot go wrong with the "Big Thing" (12" version), the Big Mix of "I Don't Want Your Love", and of course, the multitude of mixes of "All She Wants Is" will get your house rockin'!

Duran Duran's 'Big Thing' is innovative and entertaining, energetic and at times, introspective. This 2010 digital remaster is a must have for fans.

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