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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000FC2HT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 20th Century Boy
2. Rock On
3. Hanging On The Telephone
4. Waterloo Sunset
5. Hell Raiser
6. 10538 Overture
7. Street Life
8. Drive-In Saturday
9. Little Bit Of Love
10. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
11. No Matter What
12. He's Gonna Step On You Again
13. Don't Believe A Word
14. Stay With Me

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On their highly anticipated new album, Def Leppard have created a heartfelt and hard rocking tribute to their musical heroes of the late 60's and 70's - the Kinks, Badfinger, T. Rex, David Bowie, Sweet, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, Free, Faces, and Thin Lizzy. Recording essential versions of the music that influenced their youth, the band have brilliantly merged the 'Now with the 'Then' to create a buzz that can only be summed up in one word: YEAH!

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While most of their teen peers were embracing nascent '70s U.K. punk with all the snotty 'tude they could muster, Sheffield's Def Leppard instead infused then-moribund metal with bracing pop smarts. Having long since sold a gazillion or two records with that formula, the '80s superstars pay homage to the eclectic, chart-savvy tastes that spawned it on this collection of covers, recharging their contemporary fortunes a bit in the bargain. Their takes on Me Decade standards like The Faces' "Stay With Me," Badfinger's "No Matter What," and T Rex's "20th Century Boy" may be arguably too faithful, right down to Joe Elliot's often dead-on vocal chameleon routine. But elsewhere they perform some admirable pop archaeology, imparting a darker edge to David Essex's spooky "Rock On" and pumping Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone," one-hit-wonder John Kongos's riff-fest "He's Gonna Step On You Again," and Sweet's "Hell Raiser" full of patent Lep energy. --Jerry McCulley

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Def Leppard does cover album.
S. Guier
I would really love to hear another album of originals from the guys, but this album was good enough to tide a fan over.
Wiseguy 945
Very good and worthy covers of all the songs.
Suzanne

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By GFX on May 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yeah! is what a cover album should be. Not simply songs that were once popular and then redone note for note by a new band. Def Leppard reconstructs to what American ears might be obscure songs. These are songs that were instrumental (pun intended) in forming the band's taste in music in the 1970's. Either listeners will buy into the concept that these are song Def Leppard liked and wanted to do or they will complain that they didn't cover obvious songs or just retread one fo their old albums.

The end result is a solid album, frankly one of the best they have done for a long while. Perhaps it is because they could "be someone else" rather than the particularly contrived X album which was more of an unintended self-parody.

Yeah! is a great album for not only Def Leppard fans, but fans of the 1970's UK rock scene.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Cassman on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've never completely understood why classic-rock artists with catalogs as deep as Styx and Toto feel compelled to record an album of covers. But among the latest bands to pay tribute to their musical influences is Def Leppard, and Yeah! actually makes far more sense than either Styx's Big Bang Theory or Toto's Through the Looking Glass. In fact, it's easy to hear Def Leppard's roots in these 14 British pop-rock songs from the early and mid-1970s - including fully Leppard-ized versions of the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," T. Rex's "20th Century Boy," David Essex's "Rock On," the Faces' "Stay With Me," Free's "Little Bit of Love" and Sweet's "Hell Raiser." The members of Def Leppard have always proclaimed their debt to that glam-slammed era, and not a single one of their choices sounds out of place here. It's just too bad they didn't do even more with ELO's "10538 Overture" and Badfinger's "No Matter What." Notably absent is anything by Queen.

Despite the limitations of recording a covers album - the band has to remain at least somewhat true to the originals to make its point - these songs are a natural fit, and Yeah! comes off sounding almost like a traditional Def Leppard album which evey they were having trouble producing. Of course, by the time this thing played out, I was ready to slap on High 'N' Dry, Pyromania or Hysteria. Don't get me wrong: This is a fitting tribute to the artists who inspired Def Leppard to become Def Leppard. But the band's own distinct brand of music speaks for itself -- and, in turn, has influenced countless other artists so much that a Def Leppard cover will one day belong on some other band's own version of Yeah!.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rollo on May 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this latest Def Leppard CD as a birthday present for my good friend. I am so glad we got to listen to it together that afternoon at work, because this album is great.

Since the radio stations these days play nothing worth even mentioning many times new releases slip through the cracks, and I might have missed this one.

This is a fine tribute to some true masterpieces of British rock.

Every original version looms large in my collection and the Def's cover them in such a way as to actually make them their own. This is a fine example of how a great band has been influenced by other outstanding writers and musicians.

Give this a real listen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joelly Woelly on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was originally skeptical about this album. I really did not know what to expect especially after Def Leppard's last album X. The band seemed to forget they were a rock band. However, after buying this album my skepticism was put to rest. Leppard has not rocked out this hard since Pyromania. They have gone back to their roots, literally, recording an album of some of their favorite songs from the 60's and 70's. It also sounds like they tuned their guitars lower like they do when they play live. This gives the album a concert-like feel. You can tell they put a lot of time into recording these songs and they played each one with enthusiasm. This is quite different from X in which they seemed like they were trying too hard to be something they are not.

The band invited various people to play on YEAH! including family members, Ian Hunter, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. Here is a run down of the album:

1. 20th Century Boy: T-Rex

Great opening song! After listening to this one I could tell immediately this album was going to be good.

2. Rock On: David Essex

I love the hard rocking ending they added to this one something the original did not have.

3. Hanging on the Telephone: made famous by Blondie

Interesting chose, still a decent song.

4. Waterloo Sunset: The Kinks

I remember listening to a clip of this a long time ago, however I don't remember it being this good.

5. Hell Raiser: Sweet

Never knew Motley Crue ripped this song off (Kickstart My Heart). Kind of sad but I still like both songs still. Justin Hawkins helps Leppard out on this one.

6. 10538 Overture: ELO

Sounds like nothing Def Leppard has recorded before. Very classical sounding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on May 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
OK, first off, been a fan of the Leps since I was 15 and "Pyromania" was first released and "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" was all over MTV...twas 1983 and my impressionable mind was molded by the Leps music, just like what happened to the Leps themselves with the bands and who's songs the Leps cover all over "Yeah!!"

This record makes a whole lot of sense and squashes many things that people mistakenly think the Leps are, musically. NWOBHM or pop-metal??!!?? BAH!!

Try glam-influenced powerpop, or a British, glam-influenced Cheap Trick, and you're on target. And honestly, I think it's a mistake that the Leps are constantly on nostalgic summer package tours with horrible corporate rock bands like Journey...shoot me, Journey fans, I don't care, your band and taste is terrible!!! Same with KISS!!! If anything, the Leps should play with musically-compatible bands like Cheap Trick, or newer Britpop bands like the Arctic Monkeys or the Kaiser Chiefs or great new Scottish bands like the View or the Fratellis, to show these younger bands and fans they are still vital...not just for their parents' generation. Gosh, I feel old.

Anyhoo, about the Leps' recent covers album, "Yeah!!!", from 2006, it's possibly the best covers album in recent memory, if not EVER. It's totally fun, not obvious, has many of my fave bands and shows the band's impeccable taste and ability to rock out and have a good time...it probably made the band feel like kids again. The album artwork and nods to the classics is a nice fun touch...the liner notes are informative and infectiously written by Phil and Joe, both obviously music connosseurs and collectors. The intros by Sav and Viv are cool as well.

Now, there are 4 different versions of the album...
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in all fairness, the band almost always has a number of years between studio albums. Do you want quantity or quality? I will ALWAYS wait longer for quality material from Def Leppard. If they ever turned into a band who just throws an album out because it sounds "ok," (which they... Read More
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This is funny...
Joe is a well-known music fanatic. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he were a Floyd fan.
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a lot serious leplovers
Those people need help. I have never gone on a website and bashed another band. Seems like they have some kind of interest in Lep.
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I agree! Def Leppard are my favorite band!
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