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Duran DuranRio

Label:Harvest – ST-12211
Vinyl, LP, Album, 1st Edition, Winchester Pressing
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style:New Wave, Pop Rock, Synth-pop


SaxophoneAndy Hamilton (7)
A2My Own Way4:41
A3Lonely In Your Nightmare3:52
A4Hungry Like The Wolf3:40
A5Hold Back The Rain3:59
B1New Religion5:31
B2Last Chance On The Stairway4:18
B3Save A Prayer5:33
B4The Chauffeur5:12

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First release with the original 'album versions' with A-side matrix numbers ST-1-12211 F-II / -Z5.
There are several variants of later re-issues with the same catalogue number, but different matrix numbers, playing longer versions on side A, the so-called 'Kershenbaum remixes'.
This first release of Rio had been pressed at Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester.
Different lacquers had been used for these pressings, mastered both, at Capitol Mastering and, in-contract, at The Mastering Lab

Gold-Stamp promos exist with messaging on top right corner of cover "Property of Capitol Records, Inc. This Album is on loan for PROMOTIONAL USES ONLY." Letter and 6 digit number combinations are stamped on each, as identifiers (example in hand is L 008852).

[Note on the different US releases of 'Rio':]
All 'Rio' lacquers, cut in-contract by TML and Precision Mastering, show a "Z" in the runout matrix and had been consecutively numbered.
Except Z-1 and Z-4, the numbering system counts A- and B-side lacquers separately and was used for all three album variants.
By these Z-numbers, the pressing plant, the album variant and the side of the record can be identified:
Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles: Z4 (Var.1,A+B)
Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville: Z1 (Var.1, A+B) / Z8 (Var.2+3, B) / Z12 (Var.3, B) / Z13 (Var.2, A) / Z16 (Var.3, A) / Z17 (Var.3, A) / Z20 (Var.3, A)
Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester: Z2 (Var.1, B) / Z5 (Var.1, A) / Z6 (Var.1, B) / Z9 (Var.2, B) / Z10 (Var.3, B) / Z11 (Var.3, B) / Z15 (Var.2, A) / Z18 (Var.3, A) / Z19 (Var.3, A)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed on sleeve): 0 7777-12211-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Side A, hand-etched): ST-1-12211 Z5 TMLX ─◁
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Side B, hand-etched + stamped): ST-2-12211-Z2 #2 TML-M ─◁
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Side A, hand-etched + stamped): ST-1-12211 F-II MASTERED BY CAPITOL Wally
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Side B, hand-etched + stamped): ST-2-12211-Z6 TML-S #2 ─◁

Other Versions (5 of 221)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Rio (LP, Album, Stereo)EMI, EMIEMC 3411, 0C 062-64 782UK1982
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Rio (LP, Album)EMI11C 078-64782Portugal1982
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Rio (Cassette, Album, Red shell text)EMI, EMITC-EMC 3411, OC 262-64 782UK1982
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Rio (LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 3rd Edition, Jacksonville Pressing)Capitol RecordsST-12211US1982
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Rio (LP, Album, Stereo)EMI, EMI Electrola1C 064-64 782Europe1982


BeatlELO10538's avatar
How bad is the sound on this press? According to Wikipedia, the mastering on these first US pressings is poor. But just how bad?