Classiomatica is an attempt to faithfully re-create Duran Duran's classic Rio album. Over the course of 394 hours/206 days, every attempt was made to use either the same keyboards, guitars, amps, drums, mics and effects that the band used back in 1982, their modern re-issues, or as close to the original makes and models as possible.
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* Keyboards: Roland Jp-08; TAL-U-NO-LX; KBplugs Rolend SH-12; Roberson Audio Prophanity; FalkeLab Stringer; Krakli StingerMax; 4Front (for the piano); TX16Wx (for the ocarina); Yamaha PSR (for the marimba)
* Bass: 1984 Aria Pro II SB-1000 (in passive mode); Status Graphite S2 fretless (the least authentic instrument on here)
* Acoustic guitar: Epiphone Masterbilt
* Electric guitar: Fender Stratocaster with a Dimarzio humbucker in the bridge and a Floyd Rose Original
* Amps: Marshall Vintage Modern; Marshall JMP-1
* Mics: Shure SM57, MXL 770
* Drums: Hydrogen Drums (with a Simmons sample)
The saxophone and intro on Rio, and the vocals to Rio and Hungry like the wolf are from the original isolated tracks.
Rio Track number: 1 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This is a pretty faithful cover of the US Album Remix version of Rio, with one exception; the Bolan-esque rhythm guitar that Andy played in the chorus on the 'As the lights go down' version has been added underneath the second saxophone solo at the end. The intro sound effect, Simon's vocal and Andy Hamilton's two saxophone solos were taken from the original isolated tracks.
My own way
My own way Track number: 2 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
My own way is based on the Carnival version. The lead vocals are from Carnival, but the backing vocals are from the Manchester Square demo.
Lonely in your nightmare
Lonely in your nightmare Track number: 3 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of Lonely in your nightmare is based on the original video version. There are extended instrumental breaks towards the end. The vocals are from the Rio album version.
Hungry like the wolf
Hungry like the wolf Track number: 4 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of Hungry like the wolf is based mainly on the US album remix version, but the breakdown in the middle is the extended version from Arena. The vocals are from the isolated album track, which you can easily find on the internet.
Hold back the rain
Hold back the rain Track number: 5 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of Hold back the rain is based mainly on the Strange Behaviour version, but the 'thunder' breakdown after the first chorus from the US album version is there. The two breakdowns have been merged into one. The vocals are from the US album.
New religion Track number: 6 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of New religion is based on the Arena version. The strange keyboard fill at the beginning of the breakdown is actually from the Rio album version. The lead vocals are from Arena, but the backing vocals are from Carnival.
Last chance on the stairway
Last chance on the stairway Track number: 7 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This version of Last chance on the stairway is a faithful reproduction of the version from the Rio album. The vocals are from the Rio album.
Save a prayer
Save a prayer Track number: 8 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of Save a prayer is based mostly on the Arena version. The acoustic guitars are based on the Rio album; you can clearly hear how they were quadruple tracked on the Classic Albums documentary. The drums are based mainly on the Rio album version but at the end they are inspired by Rogers playing on the Live at Hammersmith '82 version.
The chauffeur Track number: 9 Year: 2020 Album: Rio Genre: Pop
This cover of Duran Duran's The chauffeur is based on four versions of the song. The intro and first verse are similar to the version that appears on the Rio album, but you'll hear a piano that is influenced by the Arena version. The second verse adds fretless bass as in the Sing blue silver demo. The third verse is a mashup of the Rio album, Arena, the Sing blue silver demo and modern Duran Duran, complete with acoustic guitars and a drop D bass guitar. The ending features an ocarina solo similar to the one from Arena. The vocals come from the Sing blue silver demo, the ocarinas come from a Fairlight clone .. it's exactly the same patch that Nick Rhodes talked about in the May 1984 issue of Keyboard Magazine, and there are samples from an old British documentary about insects.