Back To The Arena Wild Boys indeed!
Recorded live on tour in Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and the United States in 1984.
ARENA's high point is its one studio cut, the Nile Rodgers-produced single "The Wild Boys," a minimalist art-funk song that takes its title from William Burroughs, its found sound/cut-up production from Trevor Horn's Art of Noise, and its Spartan funk-pop groove from Prince. A musical Frankenstein creation, it's also an oddly effective single that was perhaps just slightly too weird for the band's teenybopper following; it was a lesser hit than the band's status would have otherwise signified.
It's that high public standing which created this live document, a recording made at various dates on the band's 1983-84 tour in support of its third album, SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER. Drawing material from all three albums and focusing on hit singles such as "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio," ARENA presents the songs in pristine versions that differ only slightly from the studio cuts.
This cd has a very clean live sound. Very good song selection. The only downer is that "Girls On Film" has been edited and the band introductions left out.
1. Is There Something I Should Know
2. Hungry Like the Wolf
3. New Religion
4. Save a Prayer
5. Wild Boys, The
6. Seventh Stranger, The
7. Chauffeur, The
8. Union of the Snake
9. Planet Earth
10. Careless Memories
11. Girls on Film - (bonus track)
12. Rio - (bonus track)
Category: Rock/Pop, Rock, Pop, Live Performances, New Romantic
Label: Capitol / EMI
Orig Year: 1984
Release Date: Jun 01, 2004
Producer: Duran Duran; Nile Rodgers
Engineer: George Tutko; Jason Corsaro
Personnel: Roger Taylor,John Taylor,Nick Rhodes,Simon LeBon,Andy Taylor