by Duran Duran

Original Release Date: 1982-05-10


Rio is the second studio album by the English new wave band Duran Duran, released on 10 May 1982 through EMI. Produced by Colin Thurston, the band wrote and demoed most of the material before recording the album at AIR Studios in London from January to March 1982. The band utilised more experimentation compared to their debut album, from vibraphone and marimba to the sound of a cigarette being lit and cracking ice cubes. Andy Hamilton played a saxophone solo on “Rio”. A new wave album with musical elements such as dance and synth-pop, Rio is mostly composed of fast, upbeat numbers, with a couple slower synthesiser-based ballads. Lead vocalist Simon Le Bon’s obtuse lyrics cover topics from chasing one’s dreams to pursuing a love interest. Bassist John Taylor conceived the title, which the band felt represented the optimistic and exotic tone of the album. The cover artwork, painted by Patrick Nagel and designed by Malcolm Garrett to resemble 1950s cigar packaging, is considered one of the greatest of all time. Duran Duran shot music videos for many of the album’s tracks, all of which helped spearhead the 1980s MTV revolution. Accompanied by three worldwide hit singles, Rio peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and remained in the chart for 110 weeks. Initially unsuccessful in the United States, the album was remixed by Capitol Records to better match American radio at the time; the remixed album spent 129 weeks on the Billboard chart, reaching number six. The band toured the US and Europe throughout the latter half of 1982. Rio initially received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, who commended the melodies but disparaged the lyrics. Retrospective reviewers consider Rio the band’s best work and praise its timelessness, instrumentation and band performances. With the album, Duran Duran were forerunners in the Second British Invasion of the 1980s, helping ensure the success of other English artists throughout the decade. It has since made appearances on best-of lists and has been reissued several times.


  1. Rio (5:39)
  2. My Own Way (4:51)
  3. Lonely In Your Nightmare (3:52)
  4. Hungry Like The Wolf (3:40)
  5. Hold Back The Rain (3:59)
  6. New Religion (5:31)
  7. Last Chance On The Stairway (4:18)
  8. Save A Prayer (5:33)
  9. The Chauffeur (5:12)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Stereo
Label EMI
Catalog Number EMC 3411
Notes Original UK pressing in a textured outer sleeve with a glossy inner picture/lyrics sleeve [Back cover] ℗ 1982 Original sound recording made by Tritec Music Limiited … country of manufacture of record as stated on record labels SP 8205 GL [Record labels] All songs composed and arranged by Duran Duran… All songs published by Tritec/Peterman/Carlin ℗ 1982 Original sound recordings made by Tritec Music Limited. … Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Ltd. [Inner sleeve credits side] All songs written and arranged by Duran Duran ℗ 1982 Tritec Music Limiited © 1982 (except * © 1981) lyrics used….and published by Tritec Music/Carlin Music/Peterman Music Recorded Air, (London) Spring 1982. Note: * is printed on the lyrics side of the inner sleeve against “My Own Way”) and that the credits on the inner sleeve give credit as “All songs written and arranged by” while the record labels give credit as “All songs composed and arranged by” [Inner sleeve lyrics side] EMI Records EMC 3411(I) (top right of inner sleeve lyric side)
Discogs URL Duran Duran - Rio