Retro Active

Retro Active

by Def LeppardDef Leppard




Retro Active is a collection of outtakes and leftovers spanning Def Leppard's entire career. Kicking off the disc, "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love" are two of its most distinctive tracks, harkening back to the band's early (pre-success) days with their rough power chords. After paying homage to some of their heroes with a set of covers (Sweet's "Action" and Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark"), the band tackles a couple of solid, but hardly groundbreaking ballads -- "Two Steps Behind" and "Miss You in a Heartbeat" -- before stretching out (with mixed results) on the folky "From the Inside." Taken from the Hysteria sessions, the classy "I Wanna Be Your Hero" is another pleasant surprise, and the band reaches all the way back to the beginning by re-recording their first demo "Ride into the Sun." Overall, this is an interesting release which marks the end of a long chapter in the band's history, following the death of guitarist and guiding force Steve Clark. While casual fans might find it confusing, Leppard fanatics will revel in its diversity and informative liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1993
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731451830525
catalogNumber: 518305

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Ian Hunter   Synthesizer
Michael Kamen   Strings
Vivian Campbell   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vibes
Steve Clark   Guitar
Phil Collen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Elliott   Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Performing Ensemble
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Background Vocals
Steve McGaughlin   Strings,Overdubs
Erwin Musper   Vocals
Fiachna O'Braondin   Whistle (Instrument)
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano
Peter O'Toole   Mandolin
Rick Savage   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
P.J. Smith   Background Vocals
Pete Woodroffe   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Overdubs
Rick Allen   Drums

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer
Michael Kamen   Arranger
Janfred Arendsen   Engineer
Albert Boekholt   Engineer
Phil Collen   Composer,Sound Effects
Giles Cowley   Engineer
Freek Feenstra   Engineer
Nigel Green   Engineer
Niall O'Sullivan   Engineer
Ronald Prent   Engineer
Robert Scovill   Engineer
Mike Shipley   Engineer
Pete Woodroffe   Producer,Engineer

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