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Australian edition best of from Def Leppard containing 17 of the band’s biggest hits. Mercury. 2004.

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  • Whew – about time! So hard to please everyone in the greatest hits arena, but I think the Leps did an admirable job with this collection. Hard to believe I’m withholding an entire star due to its lacking one song – “Me and My Wine” – but, c’mon, fellas, that is one ultra-rare track that actually has its own video/was a semi-hit here in the States. Sure hope it’ll make a domestic comp ’cause that is one kickin’ song. OK, make it 4.5 stars…

    Really digging the non-sequential ordering of the tracks, too. I’ve always been a fan of such a collection since, if ordered properly, I think it lends itself to more of a concert setting. Mellencamp just did it on his double-disc hits and nice to see the Leps following suit (must be a Polygram thing).

    Oh, to the reviewer who bemoaned the fact there’s only one song from On Through the Night, methinks you miss that both Wasted and Rock Brigade are from that album. No biggie and hate to slag a fellow fan, but facts am facts.

    A nice addition to the first four albums for me and a “hell yeah!” to the band for sparing me having to get anything besides Slang from the post-Hysteria era.

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Def Leppard is my favorite band ever. I love pretty much everything these guys do. I loved these guys since I got a copy of 1995’s greatest hits “Vault”. That 15 song collection was a very good starting point for Leppard fans like myself, but when I finished listening to it, I immediately knew I was missing out on a lot of other great stuff.

    Well, now there are two single disc Def Leppard collections out on the market. One is the American release “Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection” and the other in is simply titles “Best Of”. Now, I only have the American release of this album, which save for a few tracks, the sequencing on disc two and a much better cover, is identical to the import version. Which one should you by? Here’s my review.

    If you’re a beginning Leppard fan, than either of these collections should suit you fine. Either way you slice it, you’re going to get all time rock classics like “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Armageddon It” and “Photograph”. You’re also going to get a second disc of lesser known gems like “Let It Go”, “Die Hard The Hunter” and “Billy’s Got A Gun”, plus one new song (The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” on this version, Badfinger’s “No Matter What” on the other.

    However, while both are excellent, “Rock Of Ages” has the advantage. Here are a few reasons why:

    1)This cd does not include the unedited version of “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” that leads into “Switch 625″, and “ROA” does. These two songs belon together. Plain and simple.
    2)”ROA” has “Mirror Mirror” and “Miss You In A Heartbeat” on it. These songs are amongst their most underrated work, and they belong on any Lep collection
    3) Better cover art! The one on here looks like dull, but “ROA’s” screamd Def Leppard!

    So in conclusion, this is good, but I’d recommend “Rock Of Ages” instead.

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As of June 2006, Def Leppard has released 3 compilations: “Vault”, “Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection”, and this set, the “Best Of”. (If you want to inlcude the hard-to-find “Rock Vault”, which includes Vault and a seperate disc of previously released tracks, then it would be 4 compilations). And in my opinion, this one is their best so far, but not by much.

    Why? What makes this collection better than “Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection”?

    It’s true that both this set and “ROA” have almost the same set of songs, including the usual suspects, like “Photograph”, “Bringing On The Heartbreak” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.

    It’s the songs that one contains that the other one doesn’t, that really makes the difference for me, regardless of the price.

    The songs on “Best Of” that are not on “ROA” are:
    “Action”, “Long, Long Way To Go”, “Make Love Like A Man”, “Waterloo Sunset”

    The songs on “ROA” that are not on “Best Of” are:
    “Miss You In A Heartbeat”, “Switch 625″, “No Matter What”, “Mirror, Mirror (In My Eyes)”, “Paper Sun”

    Also, there are edited versions of “Rocket” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” on “ROA” as opposed to the album versions that are on “Best Of”. But “ROA” has a total of 35 tracks as opposed to “Best Of” which has 34. And “ROA” costs about $10 USD less than “Best Of”.

    My preference is “Best Of”. But, which one should YOU buy? It all depends on which one has the tracks you really want and how much you want to spend? But, hey, you can always buy both, right?

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well, if I had some extra money, I’d buy this version as well, but I’m waiting for the U.S. version which will be titled ROCK OF AGES: The Definative Collection, which is due out May 17th. Go to the band’s website if you want to see the cover art, which is MUCH better then this version! Here are other differences between the 2

    Action, Long Long Way To Go & Make Love Like A Man will not be on this version, the latter one baffles me because MLLAM was actually a hit here in the U.S.

    However, Switch 625, Miss You In A Heartbeat, Mirror Mirror & Paper Sun WILL be on this version!

    Foolin’ is on disc 1 instead of disc 2, given that it was a much bigger hit here in the U.S.

    The tracks on disc 2 are in a different order.

    There will be a different cover song on this version, a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What”

    I’m definately looking forward to getting this to hear what the older tracks sound like remastered, as well as having all of these great songs on 2 cds!.

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • (This review was written before the release of North America’s “Rock Of Ages” compilation which is a very similar release.)

    If one were to compile a true two-disc “Best Of” Def Leppard, truly using their best music, I imagine all you’d have to do is squeeze High ‘N’ Dry, Pyromania, and Hysteria onto two discs. Those three records encapsulated the most incredible music from the prime of Def Leppard. While they did some good music both before and after that, those three records were about Def Leppard creating magic.

    This compilation, therefore, would be better titled as “Def Leppard’s Anthology”, because that is more accurate. While not chronological, Best Of Def Leppard is nicely sequenced with rockers & ballads, old songs & new songs, for a great listening experience. While many fans will quibble with the inclusion of some songs (perhaps “Now” or “When Love & Hate Collide”), just as many will argue about the exclusion of others (“Love And Affection” or “Mirror Mirror” to name two). I would have liked to have seen the criminally underrated Slang record be better represented here.

    I won’t bore you with details of what songs could or should have been included; you can read the track list and decide these things for yourself. But here are the facts: Def Leppard’s catalogue has not been remastered as of yet, and this CD sounds great. It’s your chance to get excellent sounding versions of these songs for the first time. Another fact: You can quibble about the track list as much as you want, but it’s a fine listen all the way through. It paints a great picture of Def Leppard’s history, and it flows very well. Fact three: Lots of great rare pictures in the booklet. One more fact: The liner notes are very decent, basically an expanded version of the ones in the Vault album. Some are a bit more candid than one might expect, such as Phil Collen admitting several times that he doesn’t like playing ballads. All this time I’d pretty much blamed him for the progression (regression?) of Def Leppard’s sound over the last few years, but perhaps I shouldn’t have.

    Some facts in the negative: The cover art is as bland and boring as any cover Def Leppard’s done since Hysteria. This is a band who, for a brief while, had album covers that had their own unique identity and screamed DEF LEPPARD. When you saw a Leppard cover, you knew who it was without reading the name, just like Iron Maiden. Now, for this album celebrating more than two decades of music, we get a logo over something that looks like sheet metal. C’mon, guys.

    More factoids: Def Leppard shamefully bait us with one (I repeat–ONE) new song: A cover of “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks. You can’t go and buy it on a single, you have to get it here. And, shamefully, the boys even tell us in the liner notes that this is just a teaser for the covers album that they recorded this year.

    Now, if you’re reading this, you are one of two types of people: A Def Leppard fan who’s trying to decide about adding this to your collection, or someone who’s trying to decide if this should be their very first Leppard purchase. For the new fans, this is an excellent introduction, very well rounded and even. Just make sure it’s not your last purchase, as there is so much more great music by this band for you to enjoy. And, for the old fans…yes, you should probably pick this up. Not for the one new song, but for the fact that it’s a trip listening to it! Read the liner notes, relive the music, invite your friends over to listen to it and debate about the track selections and your favourite Def Leppard albums.

    This anthology of Def Leppard’s two decades (plus!) of rock and roll is best appreciated loud. And isn’t that really the way rock music should be?

    Posted on December 1, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now