Def Leppard

The Early Years

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"The Early Years" box set represents the band’s first two albums: "On Through the Night" (1980) and "High ‘N’ Dry" (1981) and has been prepared in conjunction with singer Joe Elliott who has acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering has been done by the band’s long serving sound engineer Ronan McHugh.

"On Through the Night", the band’s debut album, was released in 1980 and immediately put the rock world on notice. The band were destined for big things with the album charting at #15 in the UK and #51 in the US. Produced by Tom Allom, it featured many of the band’s live favourites and some updated versions of early singles. The album achieved platinum status in 1989.

"High ‘N’ Dry", the first of Def Leppard’s albums to be produced by Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, was released in 1981. It reached #26 in the UK charts and #38 in the US, further cementing the bands status.

This deluxe set comes with 5 CDs consisting of the original albums, various B-sides and re-mix versions, Radio One sessions, Live from Reading and the first ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980.

Inside the box are a history of the albums written by Mojo and Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott (no relation) featuring personal insights from the band on the making and releasing of those early records as well as rare photos and memorabilia.


5CD :
CD1: "On Through The Night" (remastered)
Rock Brigade
Hello America
Sorrow Is A Woman
It Could Be You
When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
Rocks Off
It Don't Matter
Answer to The Master
CD2: "High ‘N’ Dry" (remastered)
Let It Go
Another Hit and Run
High N Dry (Saturday Night)
Bringin' On the Heartache
Switch 625
You Got Me Runnin'
Lady Strange
On Through the Night
Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
No No No
CD3: "When the Walls Came Tumbling Down – Live In Oxford 26/04/1980"
When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
It Could Be You
Rock Brigade
Medicine Man
Answer to the Master
When the Rain Falls
Sorrow Is a Woman
Good Morning Freedom
Don't Matter to Me
Lady Strange
GetchaRocks Off
Hello America
Ride into The Sun
CD4: "Too Many Jitterbugs - B-sides and rarities"
Ride into The Sun - The Def Leppard EP
Getcha Rocks Off - The Def Leppard EP
The Overture - The Def Leppard EP
Wasted -Single
Hello America - Single
Rock Brigade - Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
Glad I'm Alive - Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
Good Morning Freedom - Single
Let It Go - Single Edit
Switch 625 - Single Edit
Bringin' On the Heartbreak - Single Edit
Me and My Wine - Original Version
Bringin' On the Heartbreak - Remix
Me and My Wine - Remix
CD5: "Raw - Early BBC Recordings"
Glad I'm Alive (Andy Peebles Session - 07/06/1979)
Sorrow Is A Woman (Andy Peebles Session - 07/06/1979)
Wasted (Andy Peebles Session - 07/06/1979)
Answer to The Master (Andy Peebles Session - 07/06/1979)
Satellite (Friday Rock Show Session - 03/10/1979)
Rock Brigade (Friday Rock Show Session - 03/10/1979)
Wasted (Friday Rock Show Session - 03/10/1979)
Good Morning Freedom (Friday Rock Show Session - 03/10/1979)
Satellite / When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the Reading Festival - 24/08/1980)
Medicine Man (Live at the Reading Festival - 24/08/1980)
The Overture (Live at the Reading Festival - 24/08/1980)
Lady Strange (Live at the Reading Festival - 24/08/1980)
Getcha Rocks Off (Live at the Reading Festival - 24/08/1980)