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I used to have one of Def Leppard's older Greatest Hits Packages (Vault). This is one of those bands that as a child of the 80's, I knew very well. Def Leppard in the 80's were a band that you simply could not ignore. I knew all their hits, I had a few of their tapes back in the day, but as time went on, they felt like a band I had "outgrown". They tried to change their style in 1996 (Slang), but then changed back to their more traditional sound after that, but I wasn't terribly interested anymore (although I did like a track here and there).

When they came out with this 2 CD Greatest Hits package, I ditched all my existing Def Leppard CD's and went with this, as I felt it comprised all the songs of theirs I really liked. There's no point in listing them here, I'd just be copying the tracklisting. But it's almost all enjoyable. It has a bunch of songs from their earliest days before they got their mega success, which is when a lot of people thought the band lost it's soul. This covers everything up until their most recent studio album as of now, that being "X".

If you ever liked Def Leppard in the past, and don't have any of their albums, get this. It's a great career covering retrospective that hits just about all the corners of their albums.
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on April 13, 2006
1) It's the best compilation that offers 35 of the band's tracks.

2) It gives you an excellent look at their most successful years (1980-1992.)

3) Having "Rock of Ages" will save you the trouble of getting three of their albums "High 'n' Dry" "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" due to the fact that most of the tracks from those albums are here.

4) This compilation is less expensive and better than the two, separate greatest-hits packages from the band.

5) While it consists a very good deal of the albums I mentioned above, it also gives you a good sample of songs from their other albums such as "On Through The Night", "Retro Active" and "Euphoria".

6) It's less expensive than getting both of the other greatest-hits packages.

7) The inside booklet features comments from the band members on each song, plus cool photos and a brief overview of their career.

8) Because this covers their career (though mostly 80-92 like I mentioned) it shows how the band can change their sound but still sound great.

9) The two CDs are packaged in the same case so you don't have to spend extra money as if it was a box set.

10) Def Leppard Rocks!

Overall:

This is a very well put-together compilation of a great rock band. I strongly recommend getting it, it'll be hard to stop listening to it and you'll instantly love it.
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VINE VOICEon May 25, 2005
Like many long time Leppard fans, I was thrilled when they were scheduled to release 'Vault' as their greatest hits album many years ago (gee, has it been almost a decade already??), but when I finally saw it, I was profoundly disappointed. It was more like a 'Hysteria' tribute than anything else. Nothing against that particular album...it WAS enormously popular, and I believe was the 2nd best selling record of the 80's (behind 'Thriller') but c'MON! The absolute stupidity of ignoring their entire first album??!! What the heck...? I am happy to know I was not the only person who felt this way.

Jump ahead a few years, when the recording trend seems to be centered around How many versions of Greatest Hits by bands can we come up with? After several different incarnations of Def Leppard's Best Of stuff, we finally see a TWO record set that seems to (for the most part) give a decent, well-rounded view of this monumentally successful and horribly underrated band. First off they finally focused some attention to their first record, 'On Through The Night' by including 'Wasted' and 'Rock Brigade' but even though I enjoy both of these songs, it probably would have been a better choice to add 'Hello America' rather than Wasted. Either way, a pretty decent addition, and nice to see their first album recognized.

High & Dry has always been my personal favorite record by this band. Ignored by so many (so called) fans and once again, under-appreciated, this is Leppard at their creative and rocking best. I don't believe any of their records matches this one for it's sheer rocking dominance and incredibly catchy hooks and driving songs. Finally adding 'Switch 625' to the end of 'Bringing On the Heartbreak' was a natural which SHOULD have been done on ALL previous editions of their so-called Best Of releases. I could squabble over the addition of some songs over others, but without including almost every single track, nobody would ever be truly satisfied, so I felt they did right with this selection.

Pyromania certainly was the record that put Def Leppard on the map (at least in America). I was surprised to read in the liner notes how it wasn't until Hysteria that they finally made it big in their own country. A surprise to be sure. I was familiar with the band since before Pyromania hit the shelves in the States, so I wasn't surprised at ALL when this record went through the roof after the release of 'Photograph' (one of my least favorite of their bigger hits). But overall I felt they gave a great rendition of what this record had to offer.

Hysteria is really the record which re-defined Pop/Metal in America, and also put Leppard on the map in England. I still recall hearing 'Animal' for the first time in San Diego and without even being told who sang it, I just KNEW who it was. That perfect Leppard sound is quite unique in the world of music. Once again, nobody will be 100% satisfied with every selection from this album because somebody will ALWAYS believe they sacrificed one song for the addition of another, but after thinking about it, they DID include all the major popular hits. I would have been thrilled if they dropped 'Rocket' (their most popular 'bad' song) and added 'Excitable' instead, but lets not complain.

Adrenalize was another under-appreciated record which I found to be almost as good as Pyromania, and definitely gave us some great rockin' songs. The notable absence of 'Make Love Like A Man' is probably the biggest omission on this entire compilation. But again, only a minor complaint.

Almost everything after Adrenalize has been an odd mixture of experimentation and sometimes it paid off (Euphoria was pretty good overall) and sometimes the fans reacted with an almost snubbing of 'Slang' and 'Retro Active'. Both records were not appreciated for what the band were trying to accomplish (at least this is MY opinion) and the dismal record sales sent a pretty clear message to the band: STOP EXPERIMENTING AND GET BACK TO YOUR ROCKIN' ROOTS. Unfortunately they continued the trend and gave us 'X' which was a full record of nothing but semi-lame Power Ballads, none of which were radio-friendly (I should know since I've been in radio 15+ years). I was SO looking forward to this album, and I was SO disappointed when they added absolutely NO hard-driving songs at all. I am still mystified by this odd decision. Again, the fans (which are quite diverse and many) for the most part virtually ignored this record because sales-wise, it was quite a disappointment to the Record Execs, and rightly so. Us fans have come to expect a few things from this band, and songs with heavy guitars and BIG sound is what we want and usually get, but with 'X' we were let down in a BIG way. I understand there are many who feel strongly that this record was and IS great and entirely upset at how the so-called Core Leppard Fans snubbed it. Oh well. I'm not going to like an album just because somebody ELSE liked it. I consider myself an honest-to-goodness hard-core LONG TIME Def Leppard fan (since 1981, PRE Pyromania) and I felt the record stunk to high heaven. I don't like to say that about my favorite band, but like it or not, that is MY opinion. But I am happy to say that by and large, if I were to choose my personal own Best Of album of Leppard tunes, it would be pretty dang close to what Rock Of Ages ended up being. All things considered, as I said earlier, Finally, somebody got it right. Leppard Fans world-wide REJOICE!
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on May 10, 2006
Their latest compilation release "Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection" can be described as their best compilation from their previous by far.

The excellent cover of this release attracted many fans of other rock bands, one of them was me.
I heard a couple of songs from their most successful album Hysteria and I decided to buy this album without any doubt.

You can definitely call this one a definitive collection. Rock of Ages as everyone know is one of their first top 20 hits from their album Pyronania (1983), but also the title of this track can describe Def Leppard's music, from late 70's to 2006.

Disc 1, includes almost all their biggest hits, like Pour Some Sugar on Me, Photograph, Love Bites, Armageddon It and many others. On Disc 2 you can find songs from their latest releases [(Slang (1996), Euphoria (1999), X (2002)] but also you can find some of the last singles from their most successful albums that never achieved the success of their most known songs.

As a result of this, "Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection", became Platinum in US selling more than 1 million copies in the short period of 10 months.
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on December 9, 2005
If you are only going to buy one Def Leppard CD, buy this one. Disk one is your usual radio fanfare greatest hits that you'll hear any day on the radio (and essentially, an enhanced version of Vault released in 1995). But Disk two is the better half in my book. I would change 3-4 of the songs to a few of my other personal favorites, but this CD set really captures an eclectic mix of this bands ability and talent. Factor in that all songs have been digitally remastered and it is a win-win.
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on June 26, 2015
This is an awesome CD. Both 1 & 2. takes me back to the eighties. every song is worth listening to twice. there are racks on the album that I did not know that they sang. worth every penny I paid for it. I recommend this album collection. You will not be disappointed.
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on June 1, 2016
Excellent CD series!!! All of the great hits along with some of their early on numbers. I thought the Vault was a great CD back in the middle and late 90's but have since lost that precious item. My wife and I just recently went to a Def Leppard concert and it was time to reinvest into their music once again. I decided to buy this CD set since it had so much more than the previous "Vault" record. I like how they separated most of the greatest hits onto CD 1 and their classic and early on tracks on CD 2. This is an absolute must have for any DL fan. Sound is awesome and you just simply can't go wrong. One of my favorite bands growing up and will be forever!! They just don't make music like this anymore.
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on May 27, 2016
This is a kick ass collection. Seriously. Whoever decided on the track listing and arrangement did an excellent job. Both discs flow smoothly between the past and present eras. I found myself realizing I had missed some of their music. This is one of those albums you listen to straight for like 3 days. They really are amazing. And how does Joe sing like that?! So unique.
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on May 17, 2005
Def Leppard is one of the most underrated bands in the history of rock. They have way too many great songs to crush onto two CDs, but they do their best here. "Rock Of Ages" has just about all of their hits (except for a few minor ones) and a lot of their concert favorites, plus it includes two excellent tracks from its terrific 1999 CD "Euphoria." Even 2002's very good "X" gets a least a nod with one song. "Rock Of Ages" wisely focuses on Def Leppard's earlier stuff, so metal heads will also have something to listen to. Brand new cover of Bad Finger's "No Matter What" is excellent. You can't go wrong picking up this collection whether you are a huge fan or a casual one. An excellent CD from the world's greatest rock band. Put them in the Rock N' Roll hall of fame already!!!!
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on January 8, 2015
This is probably the best greatest hits collection of any band I've ever purchased.
Over 30 songs, most of them from their best albums. As with any greatest hits collection, there are always a few songs that should have been left off and a few more that should have been included. This collection does a good job minimizing that annoyance.

Like any greatest hits collection, this isn't definitive. There are still some amazing songs that didn't make the cut, "Stagefright" and "Coming Under Fire" for instance. Also, all the songs from their 90's and beyond albums shouldn't have been included imho.

But compared to any other greatest hits collection, this one is hard to beat.
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