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Artist: Def Leppard

Title: Best Of

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2004

Label: Mercury

Catalog Number: 9868511


Rick Allen Drums, Vocals
Vivian Campbell Guitars, Vocals
Steve Clark Guitars, Vocals
Phil Collen Guitars, Vocals
Joe Elliott Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Rick Savage Bass, Vocals, Keyboards
Pete Willis Guitars, Vocals
Robert John Mutt Lange Backing Vocals
Stevie Vann Backing Vocals Track 9
Randy Kerber Piano Track 9
Michael Kamen String Arrangements Tracks 5 and 9


Disc 1
1.  Pour Some Sugar On Me  
2.  Photograph  
3.  Love Bites  
4.  Let's Get Rocked  
5.  Two Steps Behind  
6.  Animal  
7.  Heaven Is  
8.  Rocket  
9.  When Love & Hate Collide  
10.  Action  
11.  Long, Long Way To Go  
12.  Make Love Like A Man  
13.  Armageddon It  
14.  Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad  
15.  Rock Of Ages  
16.  Hysteria  
17.  Bringin' On The Heartbreak  

Disc 2
18.  Rock Rock (Till You Drop)  
19.  Waterloo Sunset  
20.  Promises  
21.  Slang  
22.  Foolin'  
23.  Now  
24.  Rock Brigade  
25.  Women  
26.  Let It Go  
27.  Too Late For Love  
28.  High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)  
29.  Work It Out  
30.  Billy's Got A Gun  
31.  Another Hit And Run  
32.  Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)  
33.  Wasted  
34.  Die Hard The Hunter  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: James Date: November 9, 2004 at 17:37
glad to see they included more songs from the first two albums. I think they are very under-rated by most fans. Will this ever see a U.S. release?

From: phaffas Date: November 12, 2004 at 0:28
this set just shows how great these guys are,as with all compilation cds theres other songs we want on there.but i still cant get over how dissapointing it is that there are no new special songs apart from the "waterloo sunset" cover (which will probably be on the 70s covers cd anyway). Def Leppard have such a massive collection of bsides, demos, remixes, rare tracks, alternative versions, japanese bonus's etc that are brilliant, why couldnt we have at least got some of these on this album!!!

From: Metal Pete Date: November 12, 2004 at 15:33
At least they acknowledged their earlier work in this collection. But, the set as a whole fails because of all the 'newer' CHIT they put on there. I guess even THEY realized they couldn't put 'High N Dry' and "have you ever needed someone so bad' on the same collection!! LMAO Poor Leps...let Vivian play his f'en guitar like in his Dio days, you fools. (sigh).

From: Metal Pete Date: November 12, 2004 at 15:35
MY MISTAKE!! they DID put that sheeatt song on this collection!!! Sunk to a new low. Unreal. who the fock are they kidding??? Just buy 'High n Dry' and 'Pryomania' and you have what you need.

From: Dean Date: November 12, 2004 at 18:46
Metal Pete-don't forget "On through the night" that album kicks ass too-though it's hard to believe it's the same band.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 16, 2004 at 9:57
This album is "okay" compare to their other records, but waterloo sunset sounds like some crap that should have been on X it just sucks. As for owning high n dry and pyromania and that being all you need, is simply insane, high was not that good, Bringin' on the heartbreak is the only really good track on it save for Switch625, and the first album just sucked, Pyromania and on were the greatest records ever made until Retro then it just went down hill. Viv never could play, and dio sucks.

From: Metal Pete Date: November 16, 2004 at 12:47
dedleppurdOU812, Everyone on this board who just read your comment is now dumber than they were beforehand. Thanks so much for stopping by.

From: Romi (Moscow) Date: November 17, 2004 at 6:18
C'mon, people, 1st CD is just re-edition of their 1995 greatest hits compilation "The Vault"!!! They just added the track "Long Long Way To Go" from their last album X, and that's all!! And there is no new tracks! What a shame. If you wanna buy their Best Of, try to find a 2CD-edition of "The Vault", which includes the 2nd CD with 9 tracks live in Sheffield.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 17, 2004 at 8:22
Metal Pete I don't know if you can't spell or you're just a being stupid but the name is DefLeppard8192 as in 1981-1992 or the span of Def Leps career that was great. Not OU812 as in the Van Halen album. If my post sounded dumb its because we're not alotted enough space to type our opinions. If you're talking about Viv then all I can say is he does suck and could never replace Steve in DL and his songwriting and influence on the band SUCKS! Bring back Pete Willis, and Long Live Steve Clark!!

From: Metal Pete Date: November 17, 2004 at 15:24
I'll agree Pete and Steve are sorely missed. I'll avoid the Viv argument, as this post is not about Dio. But, surely, you do not think that 'Adrenalize' is a better record than 'High N Dry', or even 'Pryromania'?

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 18, 2004 at 21:36
I don't really think that Pete is better than Phil, honestly I beleive that Phil and Steve are the perfect guitar tandem, I just think that Pete is 100% better at playing than viv. And yes Adrenalize is way better than High n dry, but is equal with Pyromania

From: Metal Pete Date: November 19, 2004 at 9:12
(sigh) Well it was worth a try. Anyways, I would not buy this cd. I own High n Dry, Pryromania and Hysteria, and will be selling the worthless 'Adrenalize' very soon for a couple bucks at the used shop. Then, hopefully I will find a copy of the superior 'On Through the Night'. Vivian blows Phil away. Rock on.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 19, 2004 at 11:02
Adrenalize Rocks!High n dry is no where near as good as Pyromania or Hysteria or quite frankly Adrenalize.If Steve had played on the record Adrenalize would be the greatest record of all time, its just missing that fullness of guitars, and Tonight and Stand up are little to much like pop metal (Bon Jovi. Steve and Phil are a two man guitar Firestorm, they are better than anyone, Eddie VH nor George Lynch etc can touch them.Viv sucks, his songwriting sucks, he can't blow out a birthday candle.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 19, 2004 at 11:05
On through the night is well one of DL's worst records running about fifth just ahead of Euphoria, but behind Vault. Like my name says, anything before 1981 sucked, and anyhthing after 1992 sucked. By the way I will buy Best Of when it comes out in America.

From: Rene Date: November 19, 2004 at 13:33
I dont agree about ON THROUGH THE NIGHT. I think its a strong NWOBHM album. But in a way i agree that most of the music after 1992 suckes big time. Still some cool band around and also some very good bands from the 70s but today its just not like before even if we are trying hard to believe it. Many band come together, like EUROPE for exemple and its nice to see them live but its not the same to see them live today or back in 1986. Lets dont fool ourselves, its not the same anymore.

From: Dean Date: November 19, 2004 at 14:01
Sorry Defleppard8192 but it's all a matter of taste-IMO Adrenalize sucks and High and Dry is on of the best hard rock albums ever. Personally i don't care for any of their stuff after Pyromania except for the Retro-active cd. How can you deny how great songs like "You got me running" and "Lady Strange" are? And i think "On through the night" is raw and shows a young NWOBHM hungry to make their mark.

From: James Date: November 19, 2004 at 15:41
I must agree that the first two albums are overlooked. The first is just pure raw energy and is a very fun album. High And Dry, again great. Pyro, Hysteria again great, standards which all hard rock albums will be measured. Adrenalize is so-so for me and it has been so-so ever since. Euphoria was my fav out of Slang, Euphoria, Retro and X but X has it's charm also. Minus the first two songs I really enjoy X a lot.

From: Artie Date: November 19, 2004 at 19:02
Def Leppard is such a great band that I just stick with their studio albums. No point in me getting their "Greatest Hits", as great as it is. While Adrenalize may not be on par with Pyromania or Hysteria, it's still pretty damn good in its own right. Mutt Lange was too busy banging Shania Twain at the time (or getting ready to) to give his full attention to the production of Adrenalize like Def's previous albums.

From: Kristian Date: November 19, 2004 at 21:53
Def Leppard made 3 excellent records. Pyromania, Hysteria, and Adrenalize. Retro Active was a decent record, so was Euphoria. The rest is just bad. I wish they'd go back to the sound they had back in the Pyromania and Hysteria days. That's what made them who they are. I hate it when they're embarrasing themselves with this modern pop-Bon Jovi crap.

From: James Date: November 20, 2004 at 6:22
Artie, there was like a three year gap between this and when he and Shania started working together so the comment about Shania is off by a bit. Also Mutt only Executive Produced the Adenalize album, It was Produced by Mike Shipley and Def Leppard, so I take it that Mutt was busy with prior commentments or that Lep wanted something new with this album, but it sounds like mostly Hysteria leftovers but does have some bright spots.

From: Dean Date: November 20, 2004 at 8:28
In defense of Mutt Lange-If you were working on banging Shania Twain-wouldn't your focus be off just a little also?

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 20, 2004 at 9:39
I don't know what the deal was with Mutt but I agree with Dean about it, OTTN was very raw yes, like garage production, HND was AC/DC sound with more talent,Pyro was just excellent and the reason I sold my soul to Hard Rock,Hysteria took time but is now my fave record, Adrenalize was excellent liked it as soon as I put it in but I knew something was missing and it was the riffmaster I was deeply sadened and surprised it was so good.

From: james Date: November 20, 2004 at 10:59
Shania wasn't even a thought when this cd was being made. she wasn't even on the radar at this time. this was done 3 years before they ever met

From: Dusty Date: November 22, 2004 at 3:20
A lot of weird stuff being said here, including: "Steve and Phil are a two man guitar Firestorm, they are better than anyone, Eddie VH nor George Lynch etc can touch them" WTF??? Steve and Phil are ok players, they know what they do, but that's all. Eddie is a lot better than they are, because he is an original creative player, and thats a quality the guys from DefLep miss. The are good at what they do, but nothing new. That said i'd like to add that i love their music, especially Retro,

From: Dusty Date: November 22, 2004 at 3:22
some very good tunes on that one. This greatest hits is ok, but i already own Vault, and i have most of the songs on the second cd, so i wouldn't buy this one. But for someone who's new to the Leps it's a great collection of tunes

From: loman Date: November 23, 2004 at 15:20
still a brilliant album, all defleppard albums rock,

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 23, 2004 at 20:54
Ok dusty, listen dude VH is not that creative, every album they had only had maybe 3 good songs on it at the most, and he never had a cool riff just alot of slides and hammers and wamm bar bits that made it sound cool. GLynch is good but couldn't hold a candle to Steve or Phil, Steve and Phil, even when they are live always had a very smooth and flowing sound to their parts and it totally envelopes you, and they were great songwriters, something eddie defintely lacks. Steve and Phil Forever!!!

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 23, 2004 at 20:57
Oh yeah, Eruption may have sounded cool, but I've heard Steve and Phil do stuff even faster and with even more notes than that several times Live. So Eddie knows what he's doing but thats all, no new stuff from him. The Terror Twins will never be beat.

From: Dean Date: November 23, 2004 at 21:52
Man, I shouldn't get involved in this pissing contest but when you're talking about good guitar duos in this genre my opinion is Frank and Tommy from Tesla have Steve and Phil smoked. Steady, consistant quality all the way though- both live and in the studio.

From: Knuckles Date: November 24, 2004 at 5:48
Long time reader very rare poster What about Alex Lifeson?.A very very under rated player. Oh and then there is Mattias Eklundh.Not confirmed,but his fingers have to bleed after each session. John Petrucci who is great. But my personal fav tandom which I have yet to hear anything close is Karl Groom/Nick Midson from Threshold.Those dogs hunt.

From: Dusty Date: November 24, 2004 at 5:55
Hey DefLeppard8192, without EvH, Phil and Steve probably wouldn't play the way they do. Eddie is the last one who really did something for guitarplaying, aftyer Jimi Hendrix. After him, it is all copying of styles. So a lot of new stuff came from Eddie. And about Eddies riffs, Aint talkin' bout love is a classic, and he's done some truly creative stuff on F.U.C.K. and Balance (check the riff from Amsterdam, it's brilliant). I haven't seen a lot of live stuff from the Leps (only from teh dvds)...

From: Dusty Date: November 24, 2004 at 5:59
...but i haven't heard any new and creative things from them (and i've seen Viv kick Phils ass on the live stuff from the Video Archive dvd, when they both do solo's he's a lot better). But this is my opinion of it anyway, you have a right to you're own. I just don't agree with it. Peace.

From: Dean Date: November 24, 2004 at 8:52
Knuckles-that best guitarist topic is so potentially huge it would be fun to debate in the message board(if it's not there already) I agree the guys from Threshhold are awesome but i was trying to stay within the hard rock genre with bands that are similar to Leppard.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 24, 2004 at 10:04
Dean you're right man it is an opinion thing, but as for viv kicking phils ass in Video archive is simply untrue, vivs stuff sounds way out of tune and totally rough no smoothness whatsoever, you can hear him bumping other strings with his fingers by accident in several songs. But rock on!!!

From: Kristian Date: November 25, 2004 at 8:29
If Steve Clark had still been alive Def Leppard would still be as great as they were in the 80's. I feel like the band went downhill after his death, and the productivity just died out. I've never been a fan of Viv Campbell and I never will be. He just doesn't fit in with the Leps. From what I understand Steve Clark played an important role in the producing of new songs. I doubt that Def Leppard will ever be the band they were in the 80's again. Sadly.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 25, 2004 at 18:39
Kristian I totally agree, you hit the nail right on the head, and I think the exact same way, Def Leppard would still be great if Steve was still here. As for actually getting someone to attempt to take his place the best choice would have been Pete Willis.

From: Def Leppard8192 Date: November 27, 2004 at 15:11
I'm just curious, I should have said this in my last post, but, does anybody who has commented on this greatest guitarist topic I seem to have started, actually play guitar, I do, and I was just wondering. Anyway, remember, in the words of Dee Snider, If It Aint Metal, its CRAP!!

From: Dusty Date: November 30, 2004 at 5:16
Yes, I play guitar (and bass too)

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: November 30, 2004 at 13:53
Thats awesome man!! Is bass any harder to play than guitar? And what kind of guitar do you play? Mine is a Peavey (I don't know exactly what the name of it is, but it sounds cool) and I have the 5150 peavey amp. Rock On!!

From: Dusty Date: December 1, 2004 at 2:49
I actually started with bass, and then switched to guitar (I still play bass though) Bass isn't any harder, but it's different. You have to play with a different feel. But it's fun to do! I have a Jackson Kelly (not a USA model, but some japanese serie or something, but it's good). I use an old amp of my dad, don't kow what it is. still saving for a new one. My bass is Ibanez, with a Fender sidekick amp.

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: December 1, 2004 at 14:03
So how long have you been playing, I've only been seriously playing for about a year, but I'm getting alot better. I mostly play Def Leppard, AC/DC, Poison, Ratt, Skid Row etc.

From: Dusty Date: December 2, 2004 at 4:54
I've been playing bass for about 5 years, and guitar 4. I don't play a lot of stuff from other bands, mostly my own stuff, but I play some songs of Motley Crue, Kiss and Van Halen. But I never had any lessons, and most of the time you learn playing songs a lot when you have. I learned to play myself, so I started with chord structures and scales and stuff. I have a few songs I learned to play, but I like to write my own stuff. (not that I'm very good at it, but I'm growing

From: CC Date: December 2, 2004 at 10:49
Can I suggest you take this over to the message board as this section is about commenting on the albums! Thanx!

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: December 2, 2004 at 12:49
CC are you some kind of moderator or something? Dusty I tried teaching myself from the time I got an acoustic guitar when I was 11 but I only learned a few chords and the scales. Then in the past year I started taking lessons and I started learning lots of songs, and I've really improved, I've only tried writing songs a couple of times with no success, but its was fun. Anyway talk to you later.

From: James Date: December 2, 2004 at 17:45
CC is correct. the converstation's belong on the message board. Moderator on not, those are the rules the owner of this site has asked all of us to follow. Not trying to make you all mad but the comment page's are for the band and album reviews.

From: James Date: December 2, 2004 at 17:48
you may ask where these rules are stated??? They are right above the space you add your name and comment's in bold red type, right below the large "add your comments!" tag line

From: Dusty Date: December 5, 2004 at 12:53
You're right, maybe we should continue this conversation on the message board or something. I'll start some topic on guitar playing

From: Dusty Date: December 5, 2004 at 13:27
I've started a guitarplayer topic in the Music section, we can continue our discussioon there DefLeppard8192.

From: Dusty Date: December 5, 2004 at 13:58
I meant conversation

From: DefLeppard8192 Date: December 5, 2004 at 15:19
Alright see you there.

From: WhiteLion Date: January 1, 2005 at 12:08
Cd is a good one for those not having all the DF cds. If you have them all. I don't think it's a good buy. For other's Great one, 2 cds set with pretty much all time popular one. 8/10

From: Pyromaniac Date: January 25, 2005 at 20:03
Now, all we need is a "In the round, in your face" CD and we have the BEST LIVE CD ever! My dying wish is too see the Leps come up with a kick in the butt "TOP 10" single one more time to show those American idol losers where the REAL TALENT lies.

From: Dennis Clark Date: January 27, 2005 at 8:18
Do you really wanna have a 2-CD greatest hits??? -> PYROMANIA and HYSTERIA, they're all you need (though I always consider ADRENALIZE just being a B-side to HYSTERIA).

From: njfmagee Date: June 9, 2005 at 7:42
as a die hard lep fan n with most bands who ave been around as long as the leps its only natural that every1 thinks their early stuff is the best n so slags off the newer releases well ur r all entitled to ur opinion but as greatest hits go this is definetly recommened sure i would ave preferred alot more older tunes but every1 has 2b satisfied none more so than the !!!!fuckin label!!!!.

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 11, 2007 at 17:07
Now that's more like it!!! Like I said when reviewing "Vault", "It would take two discs for a Leppard Best of". Well, here it is! Well, it's really "Vault" plus a bonus disc of more Leppard hits. Pure perfection, almost. "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love" are missing. Making it, not quite perfect, but close. Everything any Leppard fan could ever need in one 2 disc set. Now that is pure perfection!!! Very essential stuff!!!

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