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Def Leppard - The Story So Far... The Best Of

Def Leppard - The Story So Far... The Best Of

Label : Universal Music Group | Archive under hardrock / aor

Release type: Full-length CD

Richard V. : Just like Kiss and Aerosmith, Def Leppard is one of those bands who releases a new compilation album every few years. Other giants in the genre such as Metallica and AC/DC refrain from doing so. The argument is that they want to make a compilation for every generation. Complete nonsense of course, because a compilation is an easy cash grab. To make the compilation attractive for the fans who already own all albums, they usually add one or two new songs. These are often songs that did not reach the final cut of the last studio album.

This time Def Leppard has added a cover of Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus' and a remix of 'Rock On'. The vinyl buyers get another bonus, the new song "We All Need Christmas." The cover of Depeche Mode sounds quite different from the songs that Def Leppard compose themselves. Your reviewer is therefore not convinced that this cover will be liked by the fans. 'The Story So Far' is jam-packed with hits like 'Photograph', 'Animal', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', 'Love Bites', 'Rocket' and 'Promises'. It is remarkable how well the songs from the albums produced by Mutt Lange, still sound today. Thirty years on and the production still makes quite an impact. If we compare this compilation to previous compilations ('Vault', 'Best Of' and 'Rock Of Ages'), we notice a huge overlap in songs. Fortunately, it is not a 100% copy because the band has added all three bonus songs from the live album 'Mirrorball' namely 'Undefeated', 'It's All About Believing' and 'Kings Of The World'. That is a nice move.

This compilation is a great start for those who do not have anything from Def Leppard yet and are charmed by the slick sound of the band. Fans of the band will already own most of the material can skip this one.

Disc 1:
01. Animal (Remastered 2017) (4:04)
02. Photograph (4:07)
03. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Remastered 2017) (4:26)
04. Love Bites (Remastered 2017) (5:47)
05. Let’s Get Rocked (4:56)
06. Armaggedon It (Remastered 2017) (5:22)
07. Foolin’ (4:33)
08. Two Steps Behind (String / acoustic version) (4:17)
09. Heaven Is (3:33)
10. Rocket (Remastered 2017) 6:36 (
11. Hysteria (Remastered 2017) (5:56)
12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad (5:20)
13. Make Love Like A Man (4:13)
14. Action (Revised version) (3:40)
15. When Love & Hate Collide (4:!6)
16. Rock Of Ages (4:07)
17. Personal Jesus (Remix) (3:52)

Disc 2:
01. Let’s Go (5:01)
02. Promises (3:59)
03. Slang (2:37pm)
04. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Remastered 2018) (4:34)
05. Rock On (Radio edit / remix) (2:36)
06. Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw) (3:32)
07. Work It Out (4:48)
08. Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) (4:31)
09. Dangerous (3:26)
10. Now (3:58)
11. Undefeated (4:39)
12. Tonight (4:03)
13. C’mon C’mon (4:09)
14. Man Enough (3:54)
15. No Matter What (2:54)
16. All I Want Is Everything (5:19)
17. It’s All About Believin’ (4:22)
18. Kings Of The World (6:12)

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