The Early Years - Box SetDef Leppard
- Pre-Order Now: Release Date 20th March 2020
- Format: 5CD Box Set
- Label: UMC/Mercury
As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA Diamond Certification, Pyromania and Hysteria.
They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. The band was ranked No. 31 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked No. 70 in “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and in 2019 were inducted to the Rock n Roll hall of fame.
‘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 is 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.