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.