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Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection [2 CD]

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In their almost 30 years together, Def Leppard have sold over 65-million albums worldwide.The first ever double disc anthology released in the US, containing all the band's biggest hits and key album tracks. Includes the brand new track, only available here, 'No Matter What' along with classics like 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' & 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak'. Island. 2005.

While many of their peers were abandoning '70s metal and arena rock to hop the punk/new wave bandwagon, Def Leppard smartly stripped the earlier era's music of its excesses, bolstered it with energetic, pop-savvy hooks and quickly found itself the vanguard of the UK's new metal revival and one of the '80s most spectacularly successful rock acts. The first disc of this 35-track, two-and-a-half hour double-disc retrospective focuses on the familiar hits of their early MTV, platinum-selling prime, though the inclusion of the video edit/remixes of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rocket" attempts to cast them in a more club-friendly contemporary groove. But the grittier second disc showcases some of the early, overlooked roots of On Through the Night and High 'N' Dry, as well as underappreciated later gems like '99's "Promises" and a power-pop-perfect take on Badfinger's "No Matter What" from an upcoming covers project. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pour Some Sugar On Me (HISTORIA video edit)
  2. Photograph
  3. Love Bites
  4. Let's Get Rocked
  5. Two Steps Behind (acoustic version)
  6. Animal
  7. Heaven Is
  8. Foolin'
  9. Rocket (VISUALIZE video edit)
  10. When Love & Hate Collide
  11. Armageddon It
  12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?
  13. Rock Of Ages
  14. Hysteria
  15. Miss You In A Heartbeat
  16. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
  17. Switch 625

Disc: 2

  1. Rock Rock (Till You Drop)
  2. Let It Go
  3. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Too Late For Love
  5. No Matter What
  6. Promises
  7. Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
  8. Women
  9. Another Hit And Run
  10. Slang
  11. Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)
  12. Rock Brigade
  13. Now
  14. Paper Sun
  15. Work It Out
  16. Die Hard The Hunter
  17. Wasted
  18. Billy's Got A Gun

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0009299LU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Siegler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By William Dorfer on April 13, 2006
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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!


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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
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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 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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Som3on3 on May 10, 2006
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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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Since When Is Def Leppard New Wave?
It probably came up like that because Lep has been, in the past, included in the "new wave of British heavy metal" bands that came out back in the late 70's early 80's. Then again if you ask Joe Elliott he would probably say Lep is and always has been closer to new wave than heavy... Read More
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