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Retro Active

Def LeppardAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E21
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Desert Song
2. Fractured Love
3. Action
4. Two Step's Behind (Acoustic Version)
5. She's Too Tough
6. Miss You In A Heartbeat
7. Only After Dark
8. Ride Into The Sun
9. From The Inside
10. Ring Of Fire
11. I Wanna Be Your Hero
12. Miss You In A Heartbeat (Electric Version)
13. Two Steps Behind (Electric Version)
14. Miss You In A Heartbeat

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Album November 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow! I am completely blown away by this album. How I ever missed is it till now I'll never know. It is really, really good. It's one of those albums you put in and right away you know you've got a classic. If your a fan of the Pre-Hysteria Def Leppard you will be thanking yourself for picking this up.

A half a dozen of the tracks rock as hard as any of the music they have ever released. Don't miss it!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Surprisingly, this is truly a great album, even though it is regarded as a unreleased/b-sides collection, the material on here is worthy of being called top-notch album quality. If you took all the great songs from all rest of Def Leps 1990's albums, you still couldn't accumulate enough to surpass this one. Only 2 good songs are on Adrenalize, maybe 2 on Slang, and 6 on Euphoria, you still can't touch Retro Active's 11 song that are all excellent. Most of the material on here is from the Hysteria sessions, and the rest come from Adrenalize sessions, being cover songs and canned material. There is 1 or 2 songs on here that were recorded for this CD. Steve Clark,R.I.P., appears on a handful of tracks, and newcomer Vivian is on a few as well. This CD has a ton of rockers like Desert Song, Fractured Love, Action, She's Too Tough, and Ring Of Fire, among others. But the standouts are the two ballads, Two Steps Behind and Miss You In A Heartbeat, both presented in electric and acoustic versions. All-in-all a superb album, that should be considered a regular album, and by far the best one since Hysteria.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW I remember why I bought "X" May 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not too long ago, Def Leppard was one of the most exciting bands in rock; they were popular AND talented, a dynamite combination of one part brain, one part heart, and one part libido, that mixed up one of the best formulas around. Unfortunately, critics started blaming them for just that - "The Formula." Then, in recent years, as they've been trying to fight their way out of "The Formula" label, fewer people have been noticing/caring, and critics that DO notice make sure to slam them for trying to be something they are not. Alas, in the case of Def Leppard, I DO agree with that unfortunate claim.
Regardless of what type of person you are, Leppard Hater, Leppard Lover, Leppard "They [stunk] since Hysteria" -er, Leppard "I stumbled on this page by accident" -er, or other - er -, if you, like me, wish the real Def Leppard would please stand up, buy Retro Active and prepare to get more of your 15 bucks worth than you have in awhile. It's been a decade since this last great Def Leppard Album, but a decade isn't as much as one might think, given it would take another quick decade after this to go back to their Pyromania days. And the bottom line is that, not so long ago, they really were on a role, musically speaking. I can't believe how much I almost forgot how much I loved this band till I threw this on the stereo a few weeks ago - and subsequently haven't been able to stop listening to it. "X" really is a bad album, so bad, it brainwashed me into temporarily losing too much respect for the band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars retro rocks August 4, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Retro active, Def Leppard's compilation album of B-sides totally rocks, the songs are really heavy and the ballads are perfect, Desert song is an awesome opening song with an amazing guitar solo by Steve Clark and cool chorus, the song mostly tells a story about a person trapped in the desert. Fracured love the second song starts off soft but then gets really heavy, really cool song. Action is a song by a band called Sweet and leppard did a cover version and the song really stands out. Two Steps Behind is a really nice acoustic ballad that makes you want to sing along with the chorus. She's Too Tough is another song the band covered and is a fast rocker. Miss u In a Heartbeat is another really nice piano ballad and there is 3 versions of it on the album, GOD WHY SO MUCH!. Only After Dark is another cover song the band did, originally recorded by Mick Ronson it is a catchy melodic song. Ride into the Sun is a epic tune on the album, it was the first song the band ever committed to vinyl on their first ep, all they did was change some of the lyrics,but a really hard driving rock song. From the inside is a folky ballad telling about the pitfalls of herione use, probably the softest song on the album. Ring of fire is a cool heavy rock song with a really awesome guitar riff, (I wonder if the band got the title from Johny Cash?) I Wanna Be Your Hero is a ballad and a rock song mixed in one, alot like Too Late For Love. The last two songs on the album are electric versions of Two Steps Behind and Miss u in a heartbeat,both sound great. Listen for the piano only version of Miss U In a Heartbeat stuck at the very end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last great 80s hard rock album February 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While Def Leppard had an an "official" album a year earlier, Adrenalise, it was lacking they very important songwriting influence of Steve Clark due to his passing a year earlier, and as a result the focus was lacking, and also the result was dramatically overproduced.
While these were outakes and unfinshed tracks, the results here were dramatically differnt. Here Clarks influence in songwriting and his actual guitar tracks were present. Also, the production here was their most stripped down since High and Dry, the result is a solid album full of rockers and a couple of high quality ballads.
Not to say the album doesnt have a couple of duds, such as the cover of Mick Ronsons Only After Dark, plus the electric versions of Miss you in a heartbeat and Two steps behind, but otherwise this is a top shelf effort. The real shame here is this album was not released 3 or even 2 years earlier than it was, it would have topped the charts for months and sold millions of copies, but it came out in 93, 2 years after Nirvana hit. None the less any fan of 80s style hard rock, a era that emerged with Van Halens debut in 78 should get this CD, it was a fun 15 years, and this album is a fitting end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be at the top of the list of DL albums!
This one of Def Leppards cd's that went un-noticed and I don't see why it's a great cd. I bought it used and it was in perfect shape, plus great tunes as well, steve shepherd
Published 2 months ago by steve shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness to Da Max!
It's a great album, and also a great closer to the Steve Clark era! I recommend this album! Seriiously! :D
Published 9 months ago by koalasensei808
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Good CD that contains good music that I enjoy listening to when the stars at night are big and bright.
Published 10 months ago by C. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars It has a few good Def Leppard songs on it
This album has a few good Def Leppard songs on it. Def Leppard should have stopped making music after this album or just put out a single here and there.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Douglas Neely
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Def Leppard best album
This is not def leppard's best album but it still has some really good songs on it. If you are a def leppard fan then you should own this. If not then this is not for you.
Published 13 months ago by J. Szekely
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Active
Great album this needs to be in anyones def leppard collection. Lots of great songs on this album would recommend album to others
Published 14 months ago by Alisa
5.0 out of 5 stars More music.
I have a lot of Def Leppards cd's and I was wondering why I didn't have this cd, I finally broke down and bought it and BAM!!! I remembered why I bought it , it rocks!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of Good Songs only
Having grew up with Def Leppard in the 80's, I would say this is my least favorite album. There are a few good songs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Troksa
1.0 out of 5 stars Just in case....
Just in case you didn't have enough Def LEppard songs with love in the title......this band cannot write music to save their lives, all they do is write radio friendly pop garbage... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deimos
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection
"Retro Active" includes touched-up versions of Def Leppard's b-sides and outtakes from their recording sessions between 1984 and 1993. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SideshowBob
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