So Red the Rose

So Red the Rose

by Arcadia


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Arcadia was the arty quarter of Duran Duran's side project. Members Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes were left to complete it after Roger Taylor left the group. They still strove to create the "western evocative of east" blueprinted by Japan's Tin Drum. They didn't achieve it with this, but it's certainly the best album Duran never made. Like earlier work Rio, the sleeve perfectly describes the record inside. The opener "Election Day" is darkly romantic irking toward erotic and has brass stabs not dissimilar from their Bond score View to a Kill. The following songs are lighter: "Keep Me in the Dark" and the U.S. single "Goodbye Is Forever." "The Flame" has a sharp beat and sultry bass groove that nods at Nile Rodgers. Two dream works, "Missing" and "Rose Arcana," precede "The Promise," which guests Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, Sting, and Herbie Hancock. "El Diablo" has a latin flavor but still sounds like two Englishmen daydreaming of an escapade to El Salvador. Finally, to the dramatic splendor of "Lady Ice," a fantastic conclusion to a very good album. Thankfully, Arcadia chose not to pursue this album like their other Duran offshoot.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0077774664721
catalogNumber: 746647
Rank: 19166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arcadia   Primary Artist
Mark Egan   Musician
Sting   Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Track Performer
Carlos Alomar   Musician
Gabriel Bindi   Musician
Pierre Defay   Musician
Jean-Claude Dubois   Musician
David Gilmour   Musician
Simon LeBon   Vocals,Band
Nick Rhodes   Keyboards,Band,Group Member
Roger Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Egan   Contributor
Arcadia   Producer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Carlos Alomar   Contributor
Gabriel Bindi   Contributor
Pierre Defay   Contributor
Raphael Dejesus   Contributor
Jean-Claude Dubois   Contributor
David Gilmour   Contributor
Simon LeBon   Producer
Andy Mackay   Contributor
Nick Rhodes   Producer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Masami Tsuchiya   Contributor
David Van Tieghem   Contributor
Tony Viramontes   Illustrations
Steve Jordan   Contributor
Roger Taylor   Producer

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So Red the Rose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was undoubtedly one of my top five favorite albums from the eighties. But don't be mislead, this experimental album was way ahead of its time. It could have very easily competed in the ninties alternative radio market. Every track is haunting, unique and truly displays the musical abilities of the musicians. While the synth sounds admittedly smack of Duran Duran, the lyrics and music were decidedly non-pop for their time. The craftsmanship of this album was superb, and even included some backing vocals supplied by Sting himself. I have owned this album three times, mostly due to the fact that I wore the first two out (cassette tapes - ick). It is unfortunate that the eighties weren't ready for these guys. This album is definitely a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think that this was one of the best albums that Duran Duran did, and I think it was a shame that this was not more popular when it first came out. I think it was mainly because of the more expeimental nature of the album. There is some very interesting instrumentation, and the lyrics are often unusual as well. Also, the constuction of the songs and the length of some of the songs are unusual for pop music. Basically, they still sound like Duran Duran but are more mellow, particularly on the beautiful song "Missing". I think they should have done some more songs like this. Basically the only improvement I can think of for this album is to have a song or two that is more upbeat.  Some of my favorite songs are "Election Day", "Keep Me in the Dark". "Missing", and "The Promise".
Guest More than 1 year ago
So Red the Rose is magical with a mysterous flare. With the unique instrumentation and Simon's soothing voice, nothing can compare! This may be an old/disfunct group but not to be forgotten! Definately worth the purchase!