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Duran DuranPlanet Earth

Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:New Wave
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Tracklist

Planet Earth3:55
Late Bar2:51

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The band's debut single, released 2 February 1981 in the UK and reaching no. 12 in the singles charts there.

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    Cover of Planet Earth (Night Version), 1981, VinylPlanet Earth (Night Version)
    12", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – 12 EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981-02-00, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Blue/White Paper Labels, Knockout Centre
    EMI – EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
    Harvest – SPRO-9636, Harvest – SPRO-9637US1981US1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Harvest – A5017US1981US1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    EMI – 11C 008-64296 H, EMI – 11C 008-64 296 HPortugal1981Portugal1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of プラネット・アース = Planet Earth, 1981-06-05, Vinylプラネット・アース = Planet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – EMS-17134Japan1981Japan1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Stereo
    EMI – 2C 008-64296, EMI – 2C 008-64.296France1981France1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    EMI – 1A 006-64296Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
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    Cover of Planet Earth (Special Night Version), 1981, VinylPlanet Earth (Special Night Version)
    12", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – 2C052-52893 Z, EMI – 2C 052 - 52.893 ZFrance1981France1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI – EMI-417Australia1981Australia1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    EMI – 1 C 006-64 296, EMI Electrola – 1 C 006-64 296Germany1981Germany1981
    Cover of Planeta Tierra, 1981, VinylPlaneta Tierra
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – 10C 006-064296, EMI – 10C 006-064.296Spain1981Spain1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    12", 45 RPM
    EMI – 12 EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", Single
    EMI – 3C 006-64296Italy1981Italy1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Harvest – A 5017Canada1981Canada1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Harvest – P-A-5017US1981US1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – EMI-417, EMI – EMI 417Australia1981Australia1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Green Labels
    EMI – EMI 5137Ireland1981Ireland1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    12", White Label
    EMI – PSLP 331UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI – EMIJ 4339Zimbabwe1981Zimbabwe1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Yellow Labels
    EMI – EMI 5137Ireland1981Ireland1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    12", Single Sided, Test Pressing
    EMI – TRI 001UK1981UK1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planeta Tierra, 1981, VinylPlaneta Tierra
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    EMI – 10C 006-064296, EMI – 10C 006-064.296Spain1981Spain1981
    New Submission
    Cover of プラネット・アース = Planet Earth, 1981-06-05, Vinylプラネット・アース = Planet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    EMI – EMS-17134Japan1981Japan1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Harvest – A5017US1981US1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981-02-00, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Lime Green/White Paper Labels
    EMI – EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth (Night Version), 1981, VinylPlanet Earth (Night Version)
    12", 45 RPM, Single, White Label
    EMI – 12 EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981-02-00, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Pale Blue/White Paper Labels, Solid Centre
    EMI – EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI – EMIJ 4339South Africa1981South Africa1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Mispress, Promo
    Harvest – SPRO-9636, Harvest – SPRO-9637US1981US1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    EMI – 1786Argentina1981Argentina1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planeta Tierra = Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlaneta Tierra = Planet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Promo
    EMI – 103-0202Ecuador1981Ecuador1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planeta Tierra = Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlaneta Tierra = Planet Earth
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI – 103-0202Ecuador1981Ecuador1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planeta Tierra = Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlaneta Tierra = Planet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – 1786Argentina1981Argentina1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981-02-02, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", Single, Stereo
    EMI – EMI-73-X-250Philippines1981Philippines1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981-02-00, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, CBS Pressing
    EMI – EMI 5137UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1981, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI – EMI 5137New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Planet Earth (Night Version), 1983-07-00, VinylPlanet Earth (Night Version)
    12", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Black Labels
    EMI – 12 EMI 5137UK1983UK1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth (Night Version), 1983-07-00, VinylPlanet Earth (Night Version)
    12", 45 RPM, Repress, Burgundy Labels
    EMI – 12 EMI 5137UK1983UK1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Planet Earth, 1984, VinylPlanet Earth
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Black Paper Labels
    EMI – EMI 5137UK1984UK1984
    Recently Edited

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    • trancenergy2006's avatar
      This blue labelled test pressing is a test for the 1983 re-issue of the 12".
      • vinyldisks's avatar
        vinyldisks
        The attached label is not part of this pressing. Those labels were designed for a 7" release that was never effected.
        • nycvamp74's avatar
          nycvamp74
          LA La late bar...la la la la la la la la! Grew up a hardcore fan. The b-Sides were always my favorite. Planet Earth and Late bar as the b-side work well. Love it
          • GoodNF's avatar
            GoodNF
            Edited 5 years ago
            I've been around for several decades meanwhile, read tons of books about the history of popular music, and I still do not understand why Duran Duran "Planet Earth, Night Version" (most notably NOT just "Planet Earth") is not listed among the few compositions in popular music that were so groundbreaking that one can speak of an era before and an era after it.

            Until "Planet Earth, Night Version", the twelve inch single format was associated with disco. Ironically, the first twelve inch single ever was actually an album version edit of BT Express "Do It Till You're Satisfied", because the Scepter Records production facility ran out of seven-inch vinyl and had to use album vinyl for its rush release. A year later, people like Walter Gibbons and Tom Moulton embraced the possibilities of the format (enhanced sound, longer compositions); first, the three steps towards a hit were:
            1. recording the album;
            2. releasing the hit track in its full length version on a promo-only 12 inch single (so you can refer to that album on the release);
            3. edit the album version down so it fits on a 7 inch for mainstream use.
            Later on, the idea was to use existing 3-4 minute songs and re-edit them to 7-8 minute club stompers optimised for dancing and beatmixing: the "special disco versions". Nevertheless, these versions, even though some of them sound significantly different from the original composition, all originate from the original master and from the original idea of the performing artists.

            For Duran Duran "Planet Earth, Night Version", the original composition was totally decomposed, all with the band's consent and according to new ideas by the band. Every hook, every instrument, every word, every note. From the pieces, an entirely new composition was made, tailor-made for use after sunset (yes, mark the words, it is a Night version, not a Club version!). That means that the composition not only had to reflect the feeling of being in a night club but also on your way to a night club. The band and the engineers must have both the big PA systems of a night club and car HiFi sets in mind, so the composition had to be longer than the album version, plus it had to enhance danceability and it had to be heard above the revving engine of a car. And, above all things, the composition still had to be close to the original so people would recognise it from the album they bought, return to the record store for a copy of the twelve inch single that featured the "Night version" and as such expand their music collections with something rather unique.

            This way of creating a new longer version together with the original artists was since then copied tons and tons and tons of times by other bands (and of course DD themselves), mostly in the New Wave and Synthpop genre. A release format that was originally destined for club promotion only and supposed to be dead after the demolition of disco, was not only brought back to life; it was giving an identity of its own. People began to ask for 12 inch records because they preferred the longer version to that of the 7 inch, and an additional 12 inch extended remix was a guaranteed booster for chart performance! Just check for yourself: pick your country's year-end charts of 1980 till 1985, count the number of tunes of which a commercially released 12 inch extended remix exists and compare the resulting numbers! This huge success was something Walter Gibbons and Tom Moulton probably would never had thought off, and it all started with Duran Duran "Planet Earth, Night Version"...
            • djsid86's avatar
              djsid86
              An amazing song especially for its era. Pretty amazing this kind of synth pop came out in 1981. I remember watching the video of this song and it was really trippy with all its visuals.

              The only downside with these early Night Version remixes is that they use Simmonds Drums so you can't really mix it in like the later songs in the '80s.
              • DonnieBiscuits's avatar
                I have this as part of a 5 maxi-single set in a canvas record bag with 'A View To a Kill' type set printed logo.
                • DonnieBiscuits's avatar
                  Awesome, I have a big DD collection and at last something has a decent value.
                  • sergio80s's avatar
                    sergio80s
                    is one of the most rare records from duran duran a very hard to find copy ! usually i see for sale around 100 usd in mint condition
                    • Edited 19 years ago
                      Call them what you will - a bunch of pretty boys recording disposable pop as an excuse to bog on the make-up and squirt the hairspray - however, Duran Duran recorded some great tracks that have easily stood the test of time. For 1981, 'Planet Earth' was quite mind-blowing. Containing synths that seem like they were pulled from a sci-fi flick, lyrics that sound like they were written by Bowie plus a pumping bass line that fused the whole thing together, the band's first single ranks amongst the greatest of all New Wave songs.
                      • djopm's avatar
                        djopm
                        This is the first promotional copy release that gave US radio stations bio-fact info on the back of the rare picture sleeve. This is still my favorite single.

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