Retro Active

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Retro Active is a collection of outtakes and leftovers spanning Def Leppard's entire career. Kicking off the disc, "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love" are two of its most distinctive tracks, harkening back to the band's early pre-success days with their rough power chords. After paying homage to some of their heroes with a set of covers Sweet's "Action" and Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark", the band tackles a couple of solid, but hardly groundbreaking ballads -- "Two Steps Behind" and "Miss You in a Heartbeat" -- before stretching out with mixed results on the folky "From the Inside." Taken from the Hysteria sessions, the classy "I Wanna Be Your Hero" is another ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Retro Active is a collection of outtakes and leftovers spanning Def Leppard's entire career. Kicking off the disc, "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love" are two of its most distinctive tracks, harkening back to the band's early pre-success days with their rough power chords. After paying homage to some of their heroes with a set of covers Sweet's "Action" and Mick Ronson's "Only After Dark", the band tackles a couple of solid, but hardly groundbreaking ballads -- "Two Steps Behind" and "Miss You in a Heartbeat" -- before stretching out with mixed results on the folky "From the Inside." Taken from the Hysteria sessions, the classy "I Wanna Be Your Hero" is another pleasant surprise, and the band reaches all the way back to the beginning by re-recording their first demo "Ride into the Sun." Overall, this is an interesting release which marks the end of a long chapter in the band's history, following the death of guitarist and guiding force Steve Clark. While casual fans might find it confusing, Leppard fanatics will revel in its diversity and informative liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1993
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731451830525
  • Catalog Number: 518305
  • Sales rank: 36,050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desert Song (5:19)
  2. 2 Fractured Love (5:08)
  3. 3 Action (3:41)
  4. 4 Two Steps Behind (4:16)
  5. 5 She's Too Tough (3:41)
  6. 6 Miss You in a Heartbeat (4:04)
  7. 7 Only After Dark (3:52)
  8. 8 Ride into the Sun (3:12)
  9. 9 From the Inside (4:13)
  10. 10 Ring of Fire (4:42)
  11. 11 I Wanna Be Your Hero (4:29)
  12. 12 Miss You in a Heartbeat (4:58)
  13. 13 Two Steps Behind (4:29)
  14. 14 Miss You in a Heartbeat (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist
Ian Hunter Synthesizer
Michael Kamen Strings
Vivian Campbell Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Vibes
Steve Clark Guitar
Phil Collen Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Joe Elliott Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Performing Ensemble
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Background Vocals
Steve McGaughlin Strings, Overdubs
Erwin Musper Vocals
Fiachna O'Braondin Whistle (Instrument)
Liam Ó Maonlaí Piano
Peter O'Toole Mandolin
Rick Savage Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
P.J. Smith Background Vocals
Pete Woodroffe Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Overdubs
Rick Allen Drums
Technical Credits
Def Leppard Producer
Michael Kamen Arranger
Janfred Arendsen Engineer
Albert Boekholt Engineer
Phil Collen Composer, Sound Effects
Giles Cowley Engineer
Freek Feenstra Engineer
Nigel Green Engineer
Niall O'Sullivan Engineer
Ronald Prent Engineer
Robert Scovill Engineer
Mike Shipley Engineer
Pete Woodroffe Producer, Engineer
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