BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986
Released 30 years ago today.
“Notorious” is the 14th single by Duran Duran. It was released internationally by EMI on 20 October 1986. “Notorious” was the first single issued from the album Notorious, and the first released by Duran Duran as a 3-piece band after the departure of Roger and Andy Taylor. It was a success worldwide, reaching #7 in the UK, and #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, behind “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, and was a success in various other countries.
“Notorious” marked the debut of the new streamlined trio version of Duran Duran, as Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor had left the band by the time the album was released. In fact, the acrimonious nature of Andy Taylor’s departure was reflected in the song to a certain degree. According to songwriter Simon Le Bon, the lyric “Who really gives a damn for a flaky bandit” was a direct dig at the guitarist.
As a trio, the band had enlisted the help of Nile Rodgers to take over production duties. His funk influences can be heard throughout the single – for example, the tempo and the use of The Borneo Horns brass section. Rodgers also played the guitar on the single along with Warren Cuccurullo.
For the first time, the B-side to the 7″ single was not an original recording; “Winter Marches On” was an unaltered version of the Notorious album track. Before this, Duran Duran had always provided either completely original songs or previously unheard remixes on the B-side.
As a first for the band, “Notorious” was released as two separate 12″ singles. The first had a Nile Rodgers produced “Extended Mix” while the second featured a remix by The Latin Rascals.
I have taken the “Extended Mix” from the first US 12″ release of Notorious and added it as an “Extra Cut”.
Notorious (Latin Rascals Mix) 6:21
Remix, Edited By, Engineer –
Notorious (45 Mix) 3:59
Winter Marches On 3:24
Notorious (Extended Mix) 5:15
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
||U.S. Billboard Hot 100
||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Label: Capitol Records – V-15266
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Design – Frank Olinsky
Mastered By – RL*
Mixed By, Engineer – Daniel Abraham
Photography By – Virginia Liberatore
Producer – Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers
Written-By – Taylor*, Rhodes*, Le Bon*
…Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the groove…
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Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
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Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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