Def Leppard To Release “The Early Years 79-81” Boxed Set

In what is shaping up to be a huge year for 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Def Leppard, they are releasing a new boxed set. Def Leppard The Early Years 79-81 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic On Through The Night album, with tons of remastered vinyl, CDs, a gang of unreleased material from their early years, live concerts, and hopefully shine a spotlight on guitarist Steve Clark who was one of the driving forces of the early days of the band. The set features more highlights like the never before released Nick Tauber produced version of ‘Rock Brigade’ among others. Releasing on March 20th The Early Years 79-81’Boxset, the definitive collection of the band’s early music coming from UMC/Virgin. 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. This deluxe set comes with 5-CDs consisting of the original album remastered, B-sides, rarities 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. These remasters have been highly anticipated, and much requested, by Def Leppard fans globally. Def Leppard will co-headline with Motley Crue on the stadium tour in North America 2020, with Poison and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts this summer. Listen to ‘Rock Brigade’ right now!

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Joe Elliott says, ‘Well the fans asked, and we listened! Really excited to have our early years reworked with a load of rare material including the newly unearthed Live at the Oxford New Theatre, recorded on the 1980 UK tour …. It’s been a trip putting this boxset together and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did working on it! ”

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 (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath), 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.

The Early Years 79-81’ boxset includes a history of the band’s first two 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.

Both albums have been remastered and will be available on 1CD version, black vinyl, and limited edition coloured vinyl.

Pre-order ‘The Early Years 79-81’ boxset here – https://defleppard.lnk.to/EarlyYears

The Early Years 79-81’ boxset formats and tracklisting below

The Early Year 79-81’ 5CD Boxset

CD ONE: ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED

Rock Brigade

Hello America

Sorrow Is A Woman

It Could Be You

Satellite

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wasted

Rocks Off

It Don’t Matter

Answer to The Master

Overture

CD TWO: HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED

Let It Go

Another Hit and Run

High N Dry (Saturday Night)

Bringin’ On the Heartache

Switch 625

You Got Me Runnin’

Lady Strange

On Through the Night

Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)

No No No

CD THREE: WHEN THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN – LIVE IN OXFORD 26/04/1980

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

It Could Be You

Rock Brigade

Satellite

Medicine Man

Answer to the Master

When the Rain Falls

Sorrow Is a Woman

Good Morning Freedom

Don’t Matter to Me

Overture

Lady Strange

GetchaRocks Off

Hello America

Wasted

Ride into The Sun

CD FOUR: TOO MANY JITTERBUGS – B-SIDES AND RARITIES

Ride into The Sun – The Def Leppard EP

Getcha Rocks Off – The Def Leppard EP

The Overture – The Def Leppard EP

Wasted -Single

Hello America – Single

Rock Brigade – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version

Glad I’m Alive – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version

Good Morning Freedom – Single

Let It Go – Single Edit

Switch 625 – Single Edit

Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Single Edit

Me and My Wine – Original Version

Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Remix

Me and My Wine – Remix

CD FIVE: RAW – EARLY BBC RECORDINGS

Glad I’m Alive (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)

Sorrow Is A Woman (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)

Wasted (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)

Answer to The Master (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)

Satellite (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)

Rock Brigade (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)

Wasted (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)

Good Morning Freedom (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)

Satellite / When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

Medicine Man (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

The Overture (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

Lady Strange (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

Getcha Rocks Off (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED (1CD)

Disc 1

Rock Brigade

Hello America

Sorrow Is A Woman

It Could Be You

Satellite

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wasted

Rocks Off

It Don’t Matter

Answer to The Master

Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1CD)

Disc 1

Let It Go

Another Hit and Run

High N Dry (Saturday Night)

Bringin’ On the Heartache

Switch 625

You Got Me Runnin’

Lady Strange

On Through the Night

Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)

No No No

ON THROUGH THE NIGHT (1LP)

Side One

Rock Brigade

Hello America

Sorrow Is A Woman

It Could Be You

Satellite

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Side Two

Wasted

Rocks Off

It Don’t Matter

Answer to The Master

Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1LP)

Side One

Let It Go

Another Hit and Run

High N Dry (Saturday Night)

Bringin’ On the Heartache

Switch 625

Side Two

You Got Me Runnin’

Lady Strange

On Through the Night

Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)

No No No

 

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