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Def Leppard: Rock Of Ages- The Definitive Collection

In reviewing the 25 year history of Def Leppard it was quite the treat to listen to this Anthology piece. Entitled Rock Of Ages after one of their biggest hits this 2 CD set contains 35 tracks from their long and prosperous musical career. In an instant I felt that you cannot go wrong with a CD that gives you this much music for the dollar. Especially when many bands place these items on the shelf and load them with new songs or the selection of real hits is limited. I feel that the fans who have followed the group from the very beginning will enjoy this the most for there is a large amount of emphasis placed on the bands first three releases. Most prominently figured and almost an expectation is the album Pyromania. The record broke ground for Hard Rock music and back in 1983 it achieved a chart position of #2. This is impressive since we were just coming off the Disco craze and Rock music was again taking hold based on that new thing we were calling "MTV". Seven tunes from this album are present but there are also many of the staple tracks from High & Dry and Hysteria. It seemed you could not turn on this music video channel (as it really did play videos once) and not see Def Leppard in every half hour of broadcast.

Included is a full-color booklet which is loaded with photos from over time but also each track has a commentary from the band on what was on their mind at the time. I really liked the addition of this, as it gives you a clearer look into the workings of this great band. There is also many tracks from the later albums but by that time I had moved on from Leppard and left it to newer fans, I stuck with the first 4 CD's (which were vinyl albums at the time) as their newer music delved too much on the commercial aspect for me. However, it did not stop the band as legions of supporters still came out in droves to see them. There is also a new track from the forthcoming Covers CD, which while good should have been left for another classic piece perhaps from On Through The Night like "Hello America".

The lineup has remained Joe Elliot, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Vivian Campbell and Rick Allen for many years now and it seems as though there is no sign of letting up yet. Two new releases are planned and a US Tour with Bryan Adams is in the works. I think there is something for everyone on the CD, and especially those who want to return to a time of no downloaded music, or personal computers, simple dividing lines of the musical genres and no American Idol to watch. Reality TV was the news and the 80's were getting set to be taken over by Metal and Hard Rock. It was an interesting time and this CD helped me recall a lot of that. Thanks guys.

Track Listing
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Love Bites
Let's Get Rocked
Two Steps Behind - acoustic
Heaven Is
When Love & Hate Collide
Armageddon It
Have You ever Needed Someone So Bad
Rock Of Ages
Miss You In A Heartbeat
Bringin' On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Rock Rock (Till You Drop)
Let It Go
High 'N Dry (Saturday Night)
Too Late For Love
No Matter What
Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
Another Hit And Run
Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)
Rock Brigade
Paper Sun
Work It Out
Die Hard The Hunter
Billy's Got A Gun

Added: June 20th 2005
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Def Leppard Website
Hits: 3080
Language: english

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