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Duran Duran – The Presidential Suite: “Meet El Presidente” (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 5th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

“Meet El Presidente” is the 16th single from Duran Duran, and the third single from the Notorious album.

According to a studio report in Star Hits magazine, one of the early drafts of this song was called “One of the Faithful”. A demo version using that name can be found on several bootlegs.

The album version of the song is considerably different from the version used on the single and remixes and on the video. The album version has the same tempo but slightly different drums during the chorus, while the other versions use stronger basslines, a horn section, increased percussion (most notable during the lyric “Hell has no fury like a young girl’s ego”), and female backing vocals (including a recurring “Ooh ooh” hook). In these ways, the non-album version is somewhat more similar to songs recorded for the subsequent Big Thing album than it is to other songs on Notorious. “Meet El Presidente” peaked at #24 (April 25, 1987) in the UK and #70 (May 2, 1987) on the US Billboard Hot 100). In Italy the single reached #10.

SIDE A:
“Meet El Presidente” 7:12
“Meet El Presidente” (Meet El Beat) 5:30
“Meet El Presidente” (Radio) 3:38

SIDE B:
Skintrade (Parisian Mix) 8:10
Edited By, Tracking By [Dubs] – “Chep” Nunez*
Engineer, Remix – Daniel Abraham
Keyboards [Additional] – Kevin Jones (3)

Skintrade (S.O.S. Dub) 7:16
Edited By, Tracking By [Dubs] – “Chep” Nunez*
Engineer, Remix – Daniel Abraham
Keyboards [Additional] – Kevin Jones (3)

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 Meet El Presidente U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #70
1987 Meet El Presidente U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #40

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Capitol Records – SPRO-79008, Capitol Records – SPRO-79009
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Edited By – Hit Squad, The (2) (tracks: A1 to A3)
Engineer [Mix] – Eric Calvi (tracks: A1 to A3), Mark Berry (tracks: A1 to A3)
Keyboards [Additional] – Ed Terry (tracks: A1 to A3)
Percussion – Bashiri Johnson (tracks: A1 to A3)
Producer – Duran DuranNile Rodgers
Producer [Additional], Remix – Mark S. Berry* (tracks: A1 to A3)
Written-By – Taylor*, Rhodes*, Le Bon*

NOTES:
Side-A additionally produced and remixed for MSB Records. Ltd.
Recorded in England.
Original versions can be heard on the LP “NOTORIOUS”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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27 Responses to “Duran Duran – The Presidential Suite: “Meet El Presidente” (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. omar Says:

    I’ve never heard of the Skin Trade (S.O.S. Dub) till now. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. It such a great mix probably one of my favorites 🙂

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  2. giorgio-greece Says:

    thanx again for another gem!!!!!!!

    have a nice week dj!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Giorgio 🙂

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  3. Jermajesty Says:

    John has the worst hair on that cover.

    Oooh… some of these treats aren’t included in the singles Box Set which seems strange??

    Are any of these still exclusive to vinyl? (I’m thinking the Radio Edit and the 2 x Skin Trades??)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m pretty sure the S.O.S. Dub is vinyl only. Not sure about the others I can tell you the Skin Trade mixes are not in the single box.

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    Christian Reply:

    Great post, Paul, but I beg to differ. The Parisian Mix was on disc 5 of The Singles 1986-1995. It was also included in the Collector’s Edition re-release of the Notorious album.

    The S.O.S. Dub was released on iTunes as part of the Duran Remix EP in 2010.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Thanks for all the infos guys. 🙂

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  4. Drake Says:

    Thanks for post!Duran Duran Rules!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome drake. Duran does rule!

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  5. Howard Says:

    One of my favorite remixes of DD, Parisian Mix of Skin Trade. Thanks for posting 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Howard 🙂

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  6. Ramone Says:

    My fave DD album, and my 2nd and 3rd favorite DD singles !! Excellent songs and SLB in perfect vocal form !! TY PAUL !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Totally agree Ramone 🙂

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  7. ric Says:

    I love how you plan your posts to tie in with the what’s happening at the moment.
    Did you see the viral video of the young girl crying because she is so sick of the election? LOL!
    I too have never heard the Dub before, so thanks for this post, Paul!
    btw, we all know what the song Skin Trade is all about, but the original title of that song was “Prostitution”, I’m glad DD changed it. That was too blatant and not poetic at all!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Ric! Yeah I saw that video. I am like that little girl so ready for it to be over. My phone has been ringing off the hook with campaign people calling all hours of the day. Hopefully we move FORWARD 🙂

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  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    So appropriate for the political climate that the entire country is experiencing right now. But this is definitely a rare gem especially Skintrade. Thank you for this post.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome my friend 🙂

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  9. Jermajesty Says:

    Wow… I’ve not heard the SOS Dub in years. I loved it back in the day, I must’ve taped it off my DD obsessed mate coz I knew it really well upon relisten. 😀 Thanks Paul.

    If anyone wants to see Simon doing the campest performance EVER, it’s Skin Trade on TOTP!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmHa4U5zJ3E#t=0m15s
    That dance! 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s great Jermajesty thanks 🙂

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  10. Chris Says:

    Paul,

    So you’re in a Duran mood and we go to the polls today.

    Please tell me the next post will be in the Simon-Nick-Roger arena; something timely with a cameo from Grace Jones. 🙂

    You never disappoint!

    All the best and thanks for your wonderful choices.

    Chris

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It’s done Chris 🙂

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  11. Guss Says:

    Thank Paul!!! the S.O.S. Dub is new for me.”You are the one”

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Guss.

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  12. Palte Says:

    Thank you Paul! By the way, I tried to download the FLAC version and there seems to be a problem (corrupt?) with the S.O.S. Dub in that one. I grabbed the MP3 version instead but I thought I should let you know.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Palte, I downloaded the FLAC file and it worked just fine for me. You might want to try it again and let it finish completely sometimes they get corrupted during download.

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  13. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have these mixes.

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