Def Leppard was a surprise arrival in the Rock world back in 1977. With young Joe Elliott as vocalist, and a high intensity guitarist, Steve Clark, the band immediately entered the charts with a Rock fan satisfying collection of tracks found on their 1980 debut, On Through The Night. It delivered a series of hits, some in the UK, and some in the US. The album itself was a high placement on both the UK and US charts.
With a catalog of eleven studio sets that includes the massive Pyromania (1983), with over ten million units sold, and the even greater selling Hysteria (1987), with over twenty million copies in fans’ hands, the catalog of Def Leppard is a valuable and exciting commodity. It has been undergoing an updating of which these boxed sets are a part of.
On June 1, Mercury Records will release two separately available boxed sets, one for CD, and one for vinyl LP. Both sets will be known as The Collection, Volume One.
The CD Collection will be six CDs, while the vinyl box will contain seven LPs. There will a special booklet housed in the case with the discs. The Rarities disc is the catch here as it is expected to contain radio sessions from the band’s early years. For the CD Box, the EP might be included on the Rarities CD.
The albums included will be:
- 01 – On Through The Night
- 02 – High ‘n’ Dry
- 03 – Pyromania
- 04 – Hysteria
- 05 – Live At The L.A. Forum 1983
- 06 – Rarities Volume One
- 07 – The Def Leppard EP
More details will follow in a future update.
The interest surrounding the young band, Def Leppard, was near a fever pitch on radios and written media. The band, which formed in 1977, had a drummer, aged fifteen, and a lineup with all of the power of a well-staged rock band. Their first album was released in 1980 to good reviews. It wouldn’t be long before maturity and a conformity to Rock and Roll’s ’80s-styled metal would produce albums like Pyromania (1983, sales of 15 million worldwide), Hysteria (1987, over 25 million in sales worldwide), and Adrenalize (1992, around 10 million in sales worldwide). After Adrenalize, the band’s output would cool significantly largely due to changes in the taste of music in the ’90s.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Hysteria, Universal will release a 5CD/2DVD Super Deluxe Box, (as well as a 3CD set). This box will be jammed with the original album remastered as well as a second and third CD filled with radio edits of hits, B-sides, extended versions, live tracks, and other nuggets. The set is rounded out further by CDs four and five filled with a live show, In the Round, In Your Face (the audio portion of their 1989 DVD video). The two DVDs will provide a series of promo videos, documentary, and other bits of fascination for devout fans.
The Super Deluxe Box will include four books (The Story Of, a photo book, a detailed discography, and a replica Hysteria tour program with a tour poster).
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Hysteria will be released on August 4. There will be this 5CD/2DVD Box, a 3CD set, an album only CD set, and a 2LP black vinyl edition.