Mirror Ball: Live & More

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Of all the '80s bands that once ruled the hair metal roost, few soldiered through the following decades with as much tenacity as Def Leppard, who scored hits during the grunge era "Let's Get Rocked," "Two Steps Behind" and the late-'90s teen pop revival "Promises" before quietly fading from the charts. The group then whipped itself into a touring juggernaut, spending nearly every summer on the road with AOR titans like Journey and REO Speedwagon. On Mirror Ball -- the band's first live release, unless you count the out of print Live: In the Clubs, In Your Face EP from 1993 -- the guys are all pushing 50, yet the band doesn't sound all that removed from its Reagan-era ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Of all the '80s bands that once ruled the hair metal roost, few soldiered through the following decades with as much tenacity as Def Leppard, who scored hits during the grunge era "Let's Get Rocked," "Two Steps Behind" and the late-'90s teen pop revival "Promises" before quietly fading from the charts. The group then whipped itself into a touring juggernaut, spending nearly every summer on the road with AOR titans like Journey and REO Speedwagon. On Mirror Ball -- the band's first live release, unless you count the out of print Live: In the Clubs, In Your Face EP from 1993 -- the guys are all pushing 50, yet the band doesn't sound all that removed from its Reagan-era heyday. The biggest telltale sign that these songs were recorded during 2008's Sparkle Lounge tour as opposed to, say, the Hysteria heyday of 1987 is Joe Elliot's voice, which has morphed from a metallic screech into a coarse croon. He now flips into this falsetto on the high notes, and his bandmates continue to chime in with their usual harmonies, which sound far more human when divorced of Mutt Lange's studio production. The set list focuses on the band's greatest hits -- "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Foolin'," "Photograph," "Love Bites," "Let's Get Rocked" -- and only reaches into the archives for "Switch 625" and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," the latter of which is given the same treatment it received during the band's 1980s performances: an acoustic beginning, followed by lots of audience baiting and -- finally -- an epic, electric finish. Three new studio recordings are tacked onto the end of disc two, with the Queen-like "Kings of the World" standing out as the best of the bunch. They're all fine songs, really, but the meat of this album is the live material, which is far better than most fans will expect it to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2011
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • UPC: 698268951105
  • Catalog Number: 9511
  • Sales rank: 24,989

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop) (3:55)
  2. 2 Rocket (4:29)
  3. 3 Animal (4:02)
  4. 4 C'Mon C'Mon (4:00)
  5. 5 Make Love Like a Man (5:56)
  6. 6 Too Late For Love (5:17)
  7. 7 Foolin' (5:06)
  8. 8 Nine Lives (3:35)
  9. 9 Love Bites (7:28)
  10. 10 Rock On (5:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Two Steps Behind (4:29)
  2. 2 Bringin' on the Heartbreak (5:08)
  3. 3 Switch 625 (4:14)
  4. 4 Hysteria (6:20)
  5. 5 Armageddon It (5:19)
  6. 6 Photograph (4:35)
  7. 7 Pour Some Sugar On Me (5:05)
  8. 8 Rock of Ages (6:11)
  9. 9 Let's Get Rocked (6:11)
  10. 10 Action (4:01)
  11. 11 Bad Actress (3:31)
  12. 12 Undefeated (4:40)
  13. 13 Kings of the World (6:12)
  14. 14 It's All About Believin' (4:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
  2. 2 Armageddon It
  3. 3 Pour Some Sugar On Me
  4. 4 Hysteria
  5. 5 Nine Lives
  6. 6 C'Mon C'Mon
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell Guitar, Background Vocals
Phil Collen Guitar, Background Vocals
Joe Elliott Vocals
Rick Savage Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Effects Pedals
Rick Allen Drums, Background Vocals
Dick Decent Piano, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Def Leppard Producer, Art Direction
David Essex Composer
Steve Clark Composer
Phil Collen Composer
Joe Elliott Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer
Rick Savage Composer
Pete Willis Composer
Ronan McHugh Producer, Engineer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Richard Proctor Art Direction
Preston Pope Engineer
Cj Vanston Engineer
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