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Retro Active

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RETRO ACTIVE

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Desert Song
  2. Fractured Love
  3. Action
  4. Two Step's Behind (Acoustic Version)
  5. She's Too Tough
  6. Miss You In A Heartbeat
  7. Only After Dark
  8. Ride Into The Sun
  9. From The Inside
  10. Ring Of Fire
  11. I Wanna Be Your Hero
  12. Miss You In A Heartbeat (Electric Version)
  13. Two Steps Behind (Electric Version)
  14. Miss You In A Heartbeat


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E21
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wow! I am completely blown away by this album. How I ever missed is it till now I'll never know. It is really, really good. It's one of those albums you put in and right away you know you've got a classic. If your a fan of the Pre-Hysteria Def Leppard you will be thanking yourself for picking this up.

A half a dozen of the tracks rock as hard as any of the music they have ever released. Don't miss it!
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By cd-heaven on January 11, 2000
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Surprisingly, this is truly a great album, even though it is regarded as a unreleased/b-sides collection, the material on here is worthy of being called top-notch album quality. If you took all the great songs from all rest of Def Leps 1990's albums, you still couldn't accumulate enough to surpass this one. Only 2 good songs are on Adrenalize, maybe 2 on Slang, and 6 on Euphoria, you still can't touch Retro Active's 11 song that are all excellent. Most of the material on here is from the Hysteria sessions, and the rest come from Adrenalize sessions, being cover songs and canned material. There is 1 or 2 songs on here that were recorded for this CD. Steve Clark,R.I.P., appears on a handful of tracks, and newcomer Vivian is on a few as well. This CD has a ton of rockers like Desert Song, Fractured Love, Action, She's Too Tough, and Ring Of Fire, among others. But the standouts are the two ballads, Two Steps Behind and Miss You In A Heartbeat, both presented in electric and acoustic versions. All-in-all a superb album, that should be considered a regular album, and by far the best one since Hysteria.
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Not too long ago, Def Leppard was one of the most exciting bands in rock; they were popular AND talented, a dynamite combination of one part brain, one part heart, and one part libido, that mixed up one of the best formulas around. Unfortunately, critics started blaming them for just that - "The Formula." Then, in recent years, as they've been trying to fight their way out of "The Formula" label, fewer people have been noticing/caring, and critics that DO notice make sure to slam them for trying to be something they are not. Alas, in the case of Def Leppard, I DO agree with that unfortunate claim.
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.
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By A Customer on August 4, 2002
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Retro active, Def Leppard's compilation album of B-sides totally rocks, the songs are really heavy and the ballads are perfect, Desert song is an awesome opening song with an amazing guitar solo by Steve Clark and cool chorus, the song mostly tells a story about a person trapped in the desert. Fracured love the second song starts off soft but then gets really heavy, really cool song. Action is a song by a band called Sweet and leppard did a cover version and the song really stands out. Two Steps Behind is a really nice acoustic ballad that makes you want to sing along with the chorus. She's Too Tough is another song the band covered and is a fast rocker. Miss u In a Heartbeat is another really nice piano ballad and there is 3 versions of it on the album, GOD WHY SO MUCH!. Only After Dark is another cover song the band did, originally recorded by Mick Ronson it is a catchy melodic song. Ride into the Sun is a epic tune on the album, it was the first song the band ever committed to vinyl on their first ep, all they did was change some of the lyrics,but a really hard driving rock song. From the inside is a folky ballad telling about the pitfalls of herione use, probably the softest song on the album. Ring of fire is a cool heavy rock song with a really awesome guitar riff, (I wonder if the band got the title from Johny Cash?) I Wanna Be Your Hero is a ballad and a rock song mixed in one, alot like Too Late For Love. The last two songs on the album are electric versions of Two Steps Behind and Miss u in a heartbeat,both sound great. Listen for the piano only version of Miss U In a Heartbeat stuck at the very end.
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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 Pyromania, Hysteria, and Adrenalize sessions. Add the electrified versions of "Two Steps Behind" and "Miss You in a Heartbest," and this collection is a real fest. Get it!
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