Rock of Ages: Definitive Collection CD (2005)

Artist: Def Leppard

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Product Overview

Def Leppard celebrates its 25th anniversary with Rock Of Ages The Definitive Collection/ features 16 of Def Leppard's Top 40 hits among the 35 selections spanning its 25-year album career to date. Besides being the band's first two-CD set, "Rock of Ages" also highlights another first -- the group's first new U.S.-issued song since 2002, "No Matter What."

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63978957
UPC 602498293560
UPC 14 00602498293560
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/2005
Links
Author Def Leppard
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1980'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Power Ballads
Compilation Appearance Art Of Mccartney
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Rock the Cradle
Associated Artist/Work Swift, Taylor
Artist Influence AC/DC
Artist Influence Aerosmith
Artist Influence Boston
Artist Influence Deep Purple (Rock)
Artist Influence Electric Light Orchestra
Artist Influence Elton John
Artist Influence Foreigner
Artist Influence Judas Priest
Artist Influence Kiss
Artist Influence Led Zeppelin
Artist Influence Mott the Hoople
Artist Influence Queen
Artist Influence Slade
Artist Influence Sweet
Artist Influence T. Rex
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Rolling Stones
Artist Influence Thin Lizzy
Artist Influence UFO
Artist Influence Van Halen
Artist Contemporary AC/DC
Artist Contemporary Accept
Artist Contemporary Aldo Nova
Artist Contemporary Blue Murder
Artist Contemporary Bon Jovi
Artist Contemporary Damn Yankees
Artist Contemporary Diamond Head (Metal)
Artist Contemporary Dio
Artist Contemporary Dokken
Artist Contemporary Europe
Artist Contemporary Extreme
Artist Contemporary Firehouse
Artist Contemporary Giant
Artist Contemporary Giuffria
Artist Contemporary Journey (Rock)
Artist Contemporary King's X
Artist Contemporary Loudness
Artist Contemporary M?tley Cre
Artist Contemporary Mr. Big
Artist Contemporary Night Ranger
Artist Contemporary Ozzy Osbourne
Artist Contemporary Poison
Artist Contemporary Queensr?che
Artist Contemporary Quiet Riot
Artist Contemporary Ratt
Artist Contemporary Raven (UK Band)
Artist Contemporary REO Speedwagon
Artist Contemporary Sammy Hagar
Artist Contemporary Saxon
Artist Contemporary Scorpions
Artist Contemporary Slaughter
Artist Contemporary Stryper
Artist Contemporary Survivor
Artist Contemporary Tesla
Artist Contemporary TNT (Heavy Metal)
Artist Contemporary Triumph
Artist Contemporary Twisted Sister
Artist Contemporary Van Halen
Artist Contemporary White Lion
Artist Contemporary Whitesnake
Artist Contemporary Winger
Artist Contemporary Y&T
Artist Follower Alter Bridge
Artist Follower Cinderella
Artist Follower Europe
Artist Follower Extreme
Artist Follower Guns N' Roses (Rock)
Artist Follower Hinder
Artist Follower Poison
Artist Follower Saigon Kick
Artist Follower Skid Row
Artist Follower Slaughter
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Technical Info
Engineer Mike Shipley; Pete Woodroffe; Ronan McHugh; Dick Plant; Ger McDonnell; Louis Austin; Nigel Green; Richard Chycki
Producer Robert John Lange; Mike Shipley; Pete Woodroffe; Ronan McHugh; Tom Allom; Marti Frederiksen; Def Leppard; Robert John Lange; Mike Shipley; Pete Woodroffe; Ronan McHugh; Tom Allom; Marti Frederiksen
CatalogID 000464702
Lable Name Mercury
Released 05/17/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498293560
Album Notes and Credits
Def Leppard: Joe Elliot (vocals); Pete Willis, Phil Collen, Steve Clark , Vivian Campbell (guitar); Rick Savage (bass guitar); Rick Allen (drums).
Audio Mixers: Robert John "Mutt" Lange; Mike Shipley; Pete Woodroffe; Ronan McHugh; Marti Frederiksen.
Liner Note Author: Dave Ling.
Recording information: Joe's Garage, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographers: Ross Halfin; Jim Quaranta.
In the mid-1980s, there were few hard-rock bands as popular as Sheffield, England's Def Leppard. Influenced by the glam rock of Queen, Slade, and the Sweet, the quartet reveled in the style's high-energy elements, while trading the outlandish imagery for a no-frills, denim-clad look that made them even more accessible to the masses. With 1983's PYROMANIA and its delayed follow-up punch, 1987's HYSTERIA, Def Leppard became an international phenomenon, unleashing hit after hit, including the riff-heavy, shout-along singles "Rock of Ages," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and "Armageddon It."
This collection presents every song on the previously released VAULT: GREATEST HITS 1980-1995, along with an entire second disc of additional album tracks, including the AC/DC-like "High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)" and HYSTERIA's anthemic ode to "Women." Throughout the decades, the group endured its share of upheavals and tragedies--drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a 1985 accident and guitarist Steve Clark died in 1991--but they continued recording into the 21st century (see the 2002 track "Now"), revealing a determination that most of their peers lacked. For fans of '80s hard rock, this 35-track compilation is essential.
Artist Overview
Before Def Leppard, heavy metal was associated with leather, studs, and motorcycles. After a pair of mega-platinum albums in the '80s, Leppard proved that pop hooks, hard rock, and good looks could equal massive success, hatching a slew of imitators in the process. Despite numerous setbacks such as drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in an accident, followed by the death of guitarist Steve Clark, the British band persevered, achieving even more popularity. Though they inspired legions of hair metal bands, their longevity is a testament to their enduring musical legacy.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (No. 975, p.78) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "[Def] Lep [cranked] up enough hits to fill this sucker out... "
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
Product Attributes
Artist Def Leppard
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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