Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Mercury
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Def Leppard The Vinyl Collection: Volume One 180g 8LP & 7" Vinyl Box Set

Def Leppard

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Limited Edition 180g 8LP + 7" Vinyl Box Set!
Includes 40 Page Book & Replica Of Original Self-Titled EP!

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This first volume of the band's complete recorded output comes in a limited-edition 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and box set, featuring Def Leppard's first four studio albums — along with some choice bonus live and studio material — all spread across 8LPs.

The Volume One collection includes bonus material including Live At The LA Forum 1983, originally released as a bonus disc in the deluxe CD version of Pyromania, making this the first-ever vinyl offering of the complete show. This 2LP version comes with a new sleeve and inner bags. Rarities Volume 1 has been specially compiled by Joe Elliott, containing rare B-sides and recordings from Def Leppard's early years, all in a newly commissioned sleeve. Finally, rounding out this collection is the 7-inch vinyl single of Def Leppard's original, self-titled EP.

Each album in the box set was mastered by longtime band producer/soundmaster Ronan McHugh and cut by Greg Moore. Housed in rigid boxes, the Volume One collection also contains a hardback book with rare photos by longstanding band confidant Ross Halfin and liner notes by Classic Rock's Paul Elliott. Def Leppard bandmembers Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen, and guitarist Phil Collen have all also contributed their personal introductions to the collection.

Volume One kicks off with Def Leppard's 1980 debut album On Through The Night, which immediately put the rock world on notice that the band were destined for big things, having charted at No. 15 in the U.K. and No. 51 in the U.S. Produced by Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath), On Through The Night features many of the band's live favorites ("Rock Brigade", "Hello America"), along with updated versions of early singles ("Rocks Off"). The album achieved platinum status in 1989, and the version included here is the rare Australian gatefold-sleeve version.

Released in 1981, High 'N' Dry was Def Leppard's second platinum album and the first to be produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Foreigner). It reached No. 26 in the U.K. and No. 38 in the U.S., having garnered much impactful FM airplay with the propulsive "Let It Go" and one of the band's most popular signature tunes to this day, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak".

Pyromania, released in 1983, saw the band become indisputable rock legends. It was the first record to feature guitars by Phil Collen, who had replaced Pete Willis. The album contains massive MTV hits "Photograph" and "Rock Of Ages", as well as fist-pumper "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)". Pyromania reached No. 2 in the U.S. and went Diamond, with over 10 million album sales.

Def Leppard released Hysteria in 1987, the band's best-selling record to date having sold over 25 million copies worldwide. It went to No. 1 in the U.K., U.S., and Australia, and is also the band's second album to achieve Diamond status in the U.S.. Notes Collen, "Not many people even get Platinum albums anymore! Going Diamond is going 10 times Platinum in America, which is a huge deal — and we've got two of those. We're really pleased that we got them. It's pretty cool that we've achieved that." Produced by Mutt Lange, Hysteria took over three years to make, ultimately featuring seven charting singles (including No. 1 smash "Love Bites" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me"), and has been rightly nicknamed as "heavy metal's Thriller." Clocking in at just over 62 minutes, Hysteria was then one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record — but for this special box set release, it has been made into a double LP for maximum sound-quality purposes.

Def Leppard's collective vocal prowess is but one of the many things that helped cement their unparalleled standing in rock history, as Joe Elliott explains: "The way we did our harmonies was based on the multitracking abilities of a band like Queen, but we took what they did to the next level. Queen maybe tripled or quadrupled their backing vocals — but we did it like 20 times! We wanted it to sound like the quality of Queen but have the size of Slade. The way we did it gave us a unique sound. And that's the whole point of an album, really — capturing a band's unique dynamics." Adds Phil Collen, "The American bands had beautiful vocals, with all those wonderful harmonies. But we added a bit of a punk ethos in there with ours, where it became a bit more charming and anthemic with screaming and shouting. And that was a very British thing, I think, that made us different from a lot of the American bands."

Def Leppard's Volume One is but the first hot, sticky-sweet taste of an impressive career that remains ever on the rise. Can you feel it, do you believe it?

• Limited Edition 8LP + 7" Vinyl EP Box Set
• 180g Vinyl
• On Through The Night (1LP with rare Australian gatefold sleeve)
• High And Dry (1LP)
• Pyromania (1LP)
• Hysteria (2LP)
• LA Forum Live 1983 (2LP) - first time on vinyl, new sleeve and inner bags
• Rarities Volume One - first time on vinyl, newly commissioned sleeve
• 7" Vinyl Single of Def Leppard's original, self-titled EP
• Mastered by Ronan McHugh and cut by Greg Moore
• 40 page hardback booklet containing introductions from Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage and Rick Allen
• Exclusive Ross Halfin photos
• New essays by Paul Elliott
• Book housed in rigid slipcase box with discs

LP 1 - On Through The Night
Side A:

1. Rock Brigade
2. Hello America
3. Sorrow Is A Woman
4. It Could Be You
5. Satellite
6. When The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Side B:
1. Wasted
2. Rocks Off
3. It Don't Matter
4. Answer To The Master
5. Overture

LP 2 - High 'N' Dry
Side A:

1. Let It Go
2. Another Hit And Run
3. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
4. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
5. Switch 625
Side B:
1. You Got Me Runnin'
2. Lady Strange
3. On Through The Night
4. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
5. No No No

LP 3 Pyromania
Side A:

1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
2. Photograph
3. Stagefright
4. Too Late For Love
5. Die Hard The Hunter
Side B:
1. Foolin'
2. Rock Of Ages
3. Comin' Under Fire
4. Action! Not Words
5. Billy's Got A Gun

LP 4 & 5 - Hysteria
Side A:

1. Women
2. Rocket
3. Animal
Side B:
1. Love Bites
2. Pour Some Sugar On Me
3. Armageddon It
Side C:
1. Gods Of War
2. Don't Shoot Shotgun
3. Run Riot
Side D:
1. Hysteria
2. Excitable
3. Love And Affection

LP 6 & 7 - Live At The L.A. Forum 1983
Side A:

1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
2. Rock Brigade
3. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
4. Another Hit And Run
Side B:
1. Billy's Got A Gun
2. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
3. Foolin'
4. Photograph
Side C:
1. Rock Of Ages
2. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
4. Let It Go
Side D:
1. Wasted
2. Stagefright
3. Travelin' Band (features Brian May on guest guitar)

LP 8 - Rarities Volume One
Side A:

1. Wasted - Single Version
2. Hello America - Single Version
3. Good Morning Freedom
4. Bringin' On The Heartbreak - Remix
5. Me And My Wine - Remix
Side B:
1. Tear It Down
2. I Wanna Be Your Hero
3. Ride Into The Sun - Re-recording
4. Ring Of Fire
5. Release Me

7" Single - The Def Leppard EP
Side A:

1. Ride Into The Sun
2. Getcha Rocks Off
Side B:
1. The Overture

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