Rio (2009 Remaster)
Label: Parlophone UK
The fact that Duran Duran frontloaded Rio with "Rio," the best day-glo roller-skating jam of all time, proves that restraint wasn't the Brit band's forte. With faux-funk bass, a bitchin' sax solo and a chorus as big as the Rio Grande, the first track leaves the rest of the album much to live up to. Thankfully, "Hungry Like the Wolf" saves it halfway, and fan faves "Save a Prayer" and "The Chauffeur" close with some schmaltzy Le Bon balladry. This collector's edition offers up a bonus disc of demos, rarities and extended remixes. The '80s were nothing without 12-inch remixes.