On this day in music history: November 21, 198…

On this day in music history: November 21, 1983 – “Seven And The Ragged Tiger”, the third album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Alex Sadkin, Ian Little and Duran Duran, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat, W.I. and EMI 301 Studios in Sydney, Australia from May – October 1983. Issued in the wake of their breakthrough success on a worldwide basis with “Rio”, the band spend most of the year away from the UK as tax exiles, writing new material in the South Of France. Though they come up with usable songs, writing is a struggle, with most of the songs being completed as the sessions progress. Initial recording takes place on the island of Montserrat and is completed in Sydney, Australia. The latter portion of the sessions are tense, largely because of the long period of time that producer Sadkin takes in mixing the album. Mixing takes so long that the band do not deliver the master tapes for the first single to EMI Records (“Union Of The Snake” (#3 Pop) and its non-LP B-side “Secret Oktober”) until twenty four hours before they are scheduled to be manufactured. The album title refers metaphorically to the “seven” as being the five members of the band and their two managers Michael and Paul Berrow, and “the ragged tiger” being the pursuit of success. It spins off three singles including “New Moon On Monday” (#10 Pop) and “The Reflex” (#1 Pop).

The music videos for the three singles are later released on the video compilation “Dancing On The Valentine” in 1984, jointly by Sony Home Video (VHS, Beta, Video 8) and Pioneer Artists (8" laserdisc).

The album is also the last full length studio release featuring the original five members of Duran Duran before 2004’s “Astronaut”. In 2010, “Tiger” is remastered and reissued as a three disc set (two CD’s and one DVD). The first disc features the original album, with disc two containing the single “Is There Something I Should Know” (#1 UK, #4 US Pop), along with 12" dance remixes and live versions, and non-LP B-sides. The DVD includes the live concert “As The Lights Go Down” filmed in Oakland, CA in April of 1984 (without the “theatrical footage” added to the “Arena (A Strange Notion)” home video release from 1985. It also contains all of the original music videos from the album, plus two television appearances on “Top Of The Pops”.  "Seven And The Ragged Tiger" hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.