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Duran Duran – Carnival (US 12″ Mini LP)

Posted by DjPaulT on 18th May 2017


35 years of “RIO”!

“Carnival” is a dance music EP by Duran Duran, released in various countries by Capitol-EMI in September 1982.

As part of Capitol’s shift in marketing strategy for Duran Duran from New Romantic act to dance band over the course of 1982 (in a bid to shift more units of the Rio album), it was decided to release an EP of remixed tracks in various territories globally to capitalise on increased night-club play and to try to replicate that success on radio.

Part of this strategy involved producer David Kershenbaum remixing various Rio’ tracks. Most of these remixes also appeared on the Carnival release as well as various twelve-inch singles.

The demand for Duran Duran material during the autumn of 1982 was quite high. DJs who heard the new mixes could not get enough, and started to put the dance mixes on the air. During the week of 2 October, the US version of the Carnival EP actually entered the album charts at #98. It was gone by the following week.

The success of the Carnival EP gave the band enough clout to bring Kershenbaum back in to remix the entire A-side of the Rio album, which was re-issued in the United States in November 1982.
The songs and releasesEdit

Due to the fact that Carnival was meant to capitalise on Duran Duran’s burgeoning dance-oriented success, the tracklisting around the world differed from region to region.

The Dutch EP, released in a white sleeve with photos taken from the Rio tour book, featured twelve-inch versions – or ” Night Versions” in early Duran Duran parlance – lifted from four of the band’s more popular singles – “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio”, “Planet Earth” and “Girls on Film”. There is a rare misprint of the Dutch sleeve, stating “Hold Back the Rain” to be included instead of “Planet Earth”.

The Night Version of “Girls on Film” is actually slightly different from the version that appeared on the EMI twelve-inch single, clocking in at just around 15 seconds longer, with a slighty different balance in the mix, and featuring the camera shutter clicking sound effect as heard in the short version. Also, the David Kershenbaum Night Version mix of “Rio” was commercially exclusive to this EP (it also featured on an American promo twelve-inch), as the “Rio” twelve-inch single featured “Rio” (Pt II) as the lead mix.

The Spanish EP featured, on the sleeve at least, the same running order as the Dutch EP. Closer inspection however, shows that the version of “Rio” is actually just the album version, although it’s listed as the Night Version. The song titles on the Spanish release were all translated into Spanish.

For the North American release – released both in Canada and the US – the track listing changed slightly, incorporating among other things, a new Kershenbaum mix of minor single “My Own Way” which featured additional lyrics left off the original album version as well as the ‘rhythm section punched up, making it ideal for dancing’. This mix eventually resurfaced on the Kershenbaum version of the Rio album in November 1982. The EP also featured the full length David Kershenbaum remix of “Hold Back the Rain”, which is quite similar in structure to the version on the B-side of the “Save A Prayer” twelve-inch single. However the guitars are more prominent on the EP mix, and the keyboard and bass are quieter in some places. This mix also featured on the Japanese Carnival EP, with a slighty longer fade out that actual runs completely to the end of the in-studio performance. This full length version was edited down by about half a minute (with sections of the outro choruses cut down) to produce the 6:32 album remix version featured on the North American re-release of Rio.

The North American tracklisting is rounded out by Night Versions of singles “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Girls on Film”, lifted directly from their respective twelve-inches. Looks-wise, the EP was similar to the Dutch release but came in a purple sleeve, instead of white.

Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version) 5:16
Girls On Film (Night Version) 5:30

Hold Back The Rain (Carnival Remix) 7:03
My Own Way (Carnival Remix) 4:31

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Carnival U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Albums Chart #98


Label: Harvest ‎– DLP-15006
Format: Vinyl, LP, Mini-Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Design – John O’Brien (4)
Engineer [Remix] – George Tutko
Mastered By – SM*
Photography By [Back Cover] – Babushkin*
Photography By [Front Cover Portraits] – Nancy Campbell
Producer, Engineer – Colin Thurston
Remix – David Kershenbaum
Written-By – Taylor* (tracks: A2), Duran Duran (tracks: A1, B1, B2), Taylor* (tracks: A2), Rhodes* (tracks: A2), Taylor* (tracks: A2), Le Bon* (tracks: A2)

Alternative versions of these four tracks appear on the Harvest albums “DURAN DURAN” (ST 12158) and “RIO” (ST 12211), distributed by Capitol Records on records and XDR Cassettes.

A1 appears as “Night Version” on other releases, including the 3rd US edition of the Rio album, mixed by Colin Thurston and errantly credited to David Kershenbaum.

B1 and B2 appear as David Kershenbaum remixes on the 2nd and 3rd US edition of the Rio album.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
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Record Cleaning:
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Artwork Scans:
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Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
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All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
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MP3 (320kbps)
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