Def Leppard are set to release a career spanning catalogue of B-sides and live cuts in a series of box sets. Volume One will be the first of four installments and is out on Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe records on June the 1st.
Voulume One covers the rockers’ first four albums 1980’s On Through the Night, 1981’s High ‘n’ Dry, 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria. The collection comes on 8 LP and 7 CD sets. As well as this bonus material comes in the form of B-sides, early recordings and Live At The LA Forum 1983 which was previously issued as an extra disc alongside a deluxe release of Pyromania.
Curated by singer Joe Elliot, Volume One comes in a newly designed sleeve. The first installment of the collection contains a hard back book comprising of rare photos and also includes Def Leppard’s self-titled 1979 EP on a replica seven-inch single and three-inch CD!
As well as Elliot, Bass player Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarist Phil Collen all contributed a penned introduction to Volume One. The full track list and pre-order information is available Here.
This formative period documents Def Leppard’s rise from hard rock to the radio friendly hair metallers that earned them success. It’s an evolution that produced their two most popular LPs, the diamond selling, ‘Mutt’ Lange-produced Pyromania and Hysteria.
Hello America was a single release from the band’s debut album On Through The Night,
In a statement about the project, Elliott commented on the band’s blend of heaviness and hooks during their stadium filling 80’s period. ‘The way we did our harmonies was based on the multi-tracking 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.’ \m/
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