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