Recording information: 1980 - 2005.
In the mid-1980s, there were few hard-rock bands as popular as Sheffield, England's Def Leppard. Influenced by the glam rock of Queen, Slade, and the Sweet, the quartet reveled in the style's high-energy elements, while trading the outlandish imagery for a no-frills, denim-clad look that made them even more accessible to the masses. With 1983's PYROMANIA and its delayed follow-up punch, 1987's HYSTERIA, Def Leppard became an international phenomenon, unleashing hit after hit, including the riff-heavy, shout-along singles "Rock of Ages," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and "Armageddon It."
This collection presents every song on the previously released VAULT: GREATEST HITS 1980-1995, along with an entire second disc of additional album tracks, including the AC/DC-like "High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)" and HYSTERIA's anthemic ode to "Women." Throughout the decades, the group endured its share of upheavals and tragedies--drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a 1985 accident and guitarist Steve Clark died in 1991--but they continued recording into the 21st century (see the 2002 track "Now"), revealing a determination that most of their peers lacked. For fans of '80s hard rock, this 35-track compilation is essential.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (No. 975, p.78) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "[Def] Lep [cranked] up enough hits to fill this sucker out... "
|1.||Pour Some Sugar On Me - (Historia video edit)|
|4.||Let's Get Rocked|
|5.||Two Steps Behind - (acoustic version)|
|9.||Rocket - (Visualize video edit)|
|10.||When Love & Hate Collide|
|12.||Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad|
|13.||Rock Of Ages|
|15.||Miss You In A Heartbeat|
|16.||Bringin' On The Heartbreak|
|1.||Rock Rock (Till You Drop)|
|2.||Let It Go|
|3.||High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)|
|4.||Too Late For Love|
|5.||No Matter What|
|7.||Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)|
|9.||Another Hit And Run|
|11.||Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)|
|15.||Work It Out|
|16.||Die Hard The Hunter|
|18.||Billy's Got A Gun|
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