The CD Collection, Vol. 1

The CD Collection, Vol. 1

by Def LeppardDef Leppard

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Overview

There were a lot of heavy metal bands in the 1980s and there were a lot of pop bands too; there weren't many who combined the two styles as well as Def Leppard did. This is a statement that the simply titled The CD Collection, Vol. 1 proves over and over during the course of its playing time. Made up of the four albums the band released during the 1980s, a live show recorded in 1983 (which was issued as part of the deluxe edition of Pyromania), a disc of B-sides and rarities, and a mini-disc of the band's self-titled 1979 EP, the set is filled with razor-sharp riffs, hooky choruses, thudding backbeats, inferno-hot guitar soloing, keening vocal harmonies, and the inimitable yelp of singer Joe Elliott as it runs through their early career. Starting with the EP, it's plain that Def Leppard had the goods right away, but all they needed was a producer to help them clean it up a little. Released in 1980, On Through the Night is an admirable first step with some fun rockers like "Hello America" and "Rocks Off," a metal anthem ("Wasted"), early attempts at the massed backing vocals they perfected later, and overall strong songs. The next step was a huge one. On 1981's High 'N' Dry the band hooked up with producer Mutt Lange, and both of their futures changed almost immediately. High 'N' Dry had some hits like the title track and "Let It Go," a huge power ballad, and the cleanest sound any of the albums they made together. There were also some tracks like "You Got Me Runnin'" that had the band dialing down the metal and hard rock sound in favor of something tighter and poppier. Sort of like a cuddly AC/DC. The next record the team made was their first classic: 1983's Pyromania basically took over the rock world and made major inroads on the pop charts too. Anchored by the brilliant "Photograph" and featuring great songs like "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'," the record was by far their poppiest yet, with added synths (courtesy of Thomas Dolby) and laboratory-clean production by Lange. It was topped by 1987's Hysteria, a record so immense it was almost inescapable to anyone who owned a radio or television. Lange's production is almost over-the-top huge and the band plays for the back row, and in the process creates some of the best pop of the late '80s. It's great fun to listen to the records one after the other, charting the progression, rediscovering the deep-cut gems (like High 'N' Dry's instrumental "Switch 625" or Pyromania's chiming ballad "Too Late for Love"), and singing along with the hits. The set of rarities is a nice addition, especially the non-LP hit "Me and My Wine," and the whole collection has a nice crisp remastered sound that makes it a vital purchase for anyone who still had the old CDs.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2018
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0602557773583
catalogNumber: 5777358
Rank: 29262

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Steve Clark   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Phil Collen   Guitar
Joe Elliott   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Throat,Belching,Group Member
Rick Savage   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Pete Willis   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Rick Allen   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Malvin Mortimer   Vocals
Andy Battye   Guitar
Peter Andrew Willis   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Smith   Guitar
Pete Williams   Guitar
Russell Buzz Major   Drums
Stumpus Maximus   Vocals
Russ Dyno   Drums

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer
John Fogerty   Composer
Louis Austin   Engineer
Steve Clark   Composer
Phil Collen   Composer
Joe Elliott   Composer,Producer
Paul Elliott   Sleeve Notes
Robert Ellis   Sleeve Photo
Nigel Green   Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Erwin Musper   Engineer
Dick Plant   Engineer
Ronald Prent   Engineer
Rick Savage   Composer
Mike Shipley   Engineer
Melvin Smith   Illustrations
Nick Tauber   Producer
Pete Willis   Composer
Adrian Boot   Inside Photo
Richard Savage   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Alan Schmidt   Art Direction
Eddie Miller   Composer
Ronan McHugh   Producer,Engineer
Rick Allen   Composer
Andy Pearce   Cut
Peter Andrew Willis   Composer
Earl Cedrick Smith   Composer
Emma Shalless   Producer
James Pebworth   Composer
Neil Hack   Producer
Lydia Kohl   Producer
Jonathan Homer   Producer
Pete Williscroft   Engineer
Craig "Rodney" Robertshaw   Engineer
Greg Moore   Cut
Tom Allen   Producer
Russell Buzz Major   Stage Manager

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