|instrumental by Duran Duran|
|Released||15 June 1981|
About the instrumentalEdit
Originally the instrumental was titled "On My Own in Tel-Aviv" and had lyrics. This was one of many songs that Simon Le Bon wrote in his notebook of poems, which he brought with him to his audition for Duran Duran in 1980.
Simon has stated that "Tel Aviv" is about when he was in Israel working on a Kibbutz. The track was the first to be recorded by the band, originally at AIR Studios in London, "Tel Aviv" eventually became a completely different track (and, according to Nick, the only thing that remains on the released version is the title) .
"Tel Aviv" is primarily instrumental but does feature some ethereal vocalizations by Simon, possibly words in Yiddish or Arabic. Strings were arranged by Richard Myhill, which was the first time Duran Duran used an orchestra.
According to the band, the album version was used as the opener for their first concerts, however they had a recorded version that Duran Duran did not actually perform. In recent years the band have in fact performed the song live, at times even accompanied by a full orchestra (violinists, etc.) in order to authentically recreate the live strings found on the original recording.
- Release information pertains UK release only
12": EMI EMI PSLP344
- "Sound of Thunder" - 4:06
- "Anyone Out There" - 4:02
- "Tel Aviv" - 5:16
Duran Duran are:
- Simon Le Bon - vocals
- John Taylor - bass guitar
- Andy Taylor - guitar
- Nick Rhodes - keyboards
- Roger Taylor - drums
- Colin Thurston - producer and engineer
The afternoon, it's one maybe two Slipping away at my last Goldstar, not much to do Dream away the sunny day until it's time to leave I'll just watch you pass on by When I'm on my own in Tel Aviv With the blocks to one side The beach to the other And the trees and the leaves On my own in Tel Aviv And the trees and the leaves On my own in Tel Aviv
- Lyrics for the unreleased original song
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