Def Leppard - Rock Of Ages ? The Definitive Collection

Year of Release: 2005
Label: Universal Music Group
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Def Leppard sounds as good to me today as they did when they released High N' Dry. They had a long and enormously successful career and remain active today.

Rock Of Ages - The Definitive Collection is without a doubt the best tribute to the legendary Def Leppard. The 2-disc set covers the monsters of melodic rock and arguably the progenitors of the genre, in a succinct and convincing fashion. Thirty-five tracks encompass this rockin' set.

?Pour Some Sugar On Me? and ?Photograph? have to be the career defining Def Leppard moments. They of course had many more songs that were great, but those two in particular are the ones that will always be associated with melodic rock. [Not to mention "Foolin'" I thinks, from their breakthrough album Pyromania - ed. and Def Lep fan]. Their imprint, forever etched in time, is crystallized and given more credence with this wonderful set. A superb acoustic version of ?Two Steps Behind? is offered as well as the Historia video edit of ?Pour Some Sugar On Me,? which is a souped up remixed version. Do not fret hardcore fans; it still kicks some major ass after all these years, remixed or not. ?Rocket? gets the same treatment from a Visualize video edit.

Hard rock and metal became instantly accessible once Def Leppard reached the masses and started receiving some heavy rotation on radio stations. They became huge rather quickly and pretty much owned the 80s in regards to hard rock. The hair bands came and went while this band dug their heels in deeper with each successive release. The fact that they are on the road touring again is proof positive that there remains a strong fan base that is still hungry for their music. Most certainly new fans 20 years removed from the band's humble beginnings will come onboard this rock 'n' roll juggernaut. There is no reason why that would not happen, they made some memorable music that had a tremendous impact and it still does today. One listen to this career spanning set will set the record straight and cast away a doubt in a heartbeat.

[The first disc is apparently the same as Vault -ed.]

Disc One: Pour Some Sugar On Me (Historia video edit) (4:52) / Photograph (4:08) / Love Bites (5:47) / Let's Get Rocked (4:55) / Two Steps Behind (acoustic version) (4:19) / Animal (4:03) / Heaven Is (3:34) / Foolin' (4:33) / Rocket (Visualize video edit) (4:07) / When Love & Hate Collide (4:17) / Armageddon It (5:22) / Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad? (5:19) / Rock Of Ages (4:08) / Hysteria (5:56) / Miss You In A Heartbeat (4:04) / Bringin' On The Heartbreak (4:33) / Switch 625 (3:04)

Disc Two: Rock Rock (Till You Drop) (3:55) / Let It Go (4:44) / High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night) (3:28) / Too Late For Love (4:29) / No Matter What (2:53) / Promises (3:59) / Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes) (4:07) / Women (5:42) / Another Hit And Run (4:59) / Slang (2:38) / Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) (4:33) / Rock Brigade (3:08) / Now (3:58) / Paper Sun (5:27) / Work It Out (4:49) / Die Hard The Hunter (6:17) / Wasted (3:44) / Billy's Got A Gun (5:00)

Joe Elliott - vocals
Rick Allen - drums
Pete Willis - guitars
Phil Collen - guitars
Steve Clark - guitars
Vivian Campbell - guitars
Rick Savage - bass

On Through The Night (1980)
High 'N' Dry (1981)
Pyromania (1983)
Hysteria (1987)
Adrenalize (1992)
Retroactive (1993)
Vault (1995)
Slang (1996)
Euphoria (1999)
X (2002)
Best Of (2004)
Rock Of Ages - The Definitive Collection (2005)
Yeah! (2006)
Songs From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)
Greatest Hits (2009)

Historia (VHS) (1988)
In The Round (VHS) (1989)
Visualize (DVD) (1993)
Video Archive (DVD) (1995)
Best Of (DVD) (2004)
Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection (DVD) (2005)
Classic: Hysteria (DVD) (2006)

Genre: Traditional Metal

Origin UK

Added: June 20th 2005
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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