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A half a dozen of the tracks rock as hard as any of the music they have ever released. Don't miss it!
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.Read more ›
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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Retro-active is Steve Clark's last contribution to Def Leppard before he passed away. There some songs in here without Steve's contribution and you can tell the huge difference and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by YC
I love this album! I thoroughly enjoy its cover art and the songs contained behind it! I love playing it for workouts and studying! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lance Thomas
The unleashed "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love" are gems,that would have been hits if released,I think. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bent steel.
I should have purchased this sooner. If you love Def Leppard's 80' sound, this is a perfect album. It's a compilation of top-shelf leftovers and a couple of covers from the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chuck Ardis
For fans, this is a must buy. Note: I mainly like Leppard until and including Hysteria. Perhaps that'll give an idea of what Leppard' sound I like.Published 9 months ago by A.A.