DEF LEPPARD Rocking With Reissues

May 4, 2009

David J. Prince of reports: DEF LEPPARD is set to release deluxe editions of two of its classic records — 1983's "Pyromania" and 1992's "Adrenalize" — on June 23. Both double-disc sets will come on Bludgeon Riffola/Island/UMe and feature previously unreleased material including b-sides, demo versions and live recordings.

"'Adrenalize' was Number One the week of the L.A. riots," LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen remembers in an exclusive interview with "I know it was the Nineties, but it really was the end of the Eighties. You had this whole new genre — NIRVANA and the grunge thing — which I loved when it really shook everything up. But we got lumped into the Eighties hair metal bands."

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Both deluxe editions will feature deluxe digipack gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period. Liner notes come from Rolling Stone's David Fricke.

"Pyromania", DEF LEPPARD's third album originally released in 1983, was the album that took the band to the global stage. Produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange, the album sold over 10 million copies in the USA alone and spawned the huge singles "Photograph", "Rock Of Ages" and "Foolin'". The deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original album and a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 15-track show from The Forum in Los Angeles in 1983.

The full track listing follows:

Disc One - Pyromania:

01. Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
02. Photograph
03. Stagefright
04. Too Late For Love
05. Die Hard The Hunter
06. Foolin'
07. Rock Of Ages
08. Comin' Under Fire
09. Action! Not Words
10. Billy's Got A Gun

Disc Two - Live L.A. Forum 1983:

01. Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
02. Rock Brigade
03. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
04. Another Hit And Run
05. Billy's Got A Gun
06. Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
07. Foolin'
08. Photograph
09. Rock Of Ages
10. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
11. Switch 625
12. Let It Go
13. Wasted
14. Stagefright
15. Travellin' Band

"Adrenalize", DEF LEPPARD's fifth studio album from 1992, followed the enormous "Hysteria" (released in 1987) and cemented the band as the dominant arena rock band. The album was recorded following the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark — with Phil Collen recording all guitar parts — and dedicated to his memory. The album featured huge singles such as "Let's Get Rocked" and "Make Love Like A Man" and debuted at No. 1 in both the U.K. and USA (and went on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide). The album was produced by DEF LEPPARD and Mike Shipley with Robert "Mutt" Lange as executive producer. The deluxe edition features a remastered version of the original album with a bonus disc of rare, live, acoustic and demo versions.

The full track listing follows:

Disc One - Adrenalize:

01. Let's Get Rocked
02. Heaven Is
03. Make Love Like A Man
04. Tonight
05. White Lightning
06. Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)
07. Personal Property
08. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
09. I Wanna Touch U
10. Tear It Down

Disc Two - Rare, Live, Acoustic and Demo:

01. Hysteria - In The Clubs In Your Face (Bonn 29/05/92)
02. Photograph - In The Clubs In Your Face
03. Pour Some Sugar On Me - In The Clubs In Your Face
04. Let's Get Rocked - In The Clubs In Your Face
05. You Can't Always Get What You Want - B-Side
06. Little Wing With Hothouse Flowers - B-Side
07. Tonight (Version 2-Demo Version) - B-Side
08. Now I'm Here (Live) - B-Side
09. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic) B-Side
10. Tonight (Acoustic) - B-Side
11. Too Late For Love (Live) - B-Side
12. Women (Live) - B-Side

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