Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 2005 double-disc set Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection is the second Def Leppard compilation to be released in the U.S. The first, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits, appeared ten years earlier, and while the band was active in the decade separating the two albums, charting fairly consistently, it didn't have any major hits during that time, so the chief appeal of Rock of Ages versus Vault is that it covers more ground. Vault had 15 songs. Rock of Ages has 35, including all of the songs on Vault. Actually, the first disc of Rock of Ages functions as an expanded version of that earlier comp, adding two cuts. The second disc skips around their career, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 2005 double-disc set Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection is the second Def Leppard compilation to be released in the U.S. The first, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits, appeared ten years earlier, and while the band was active in the decade separating the two albums, charting fairly consistently, it didn't have any major hits during that time, so the chief appeal of Rock of Ages versus Vault is that it covers more ground. Vault had 15 songs. Rock of Ages has 35, including all of the songs on Vault. Actually, the first disc of Rock of Ages functions as an expanded version of that earlier comp, adding two cuts. The second disc skips around their career, wisely concentrating on their early-'80s albums, which were somewhat under-represented on Vault, and adding a new song for good measure a cover of Badfinger's "No Matter What," which is from their "forthcoming covers album". While this may be too much Def Leppard for some casual fans -- for those listeners, the 2004 import-only collection Best of Def Leppard is a good choice, since it expands on Vault -- it nevertheless is the best overview of the group's career yet assembled, since it has not only the hits, but the sleek, glammy pop-metal that earned them the reputation as one of the biggest and best bands of the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 602498293560
  • Catalog Number: 000464702
  • Sales rank: 7,770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pour Some Sugar on Me (4:52)
  2. 2 Photograph (4:08)
  3. 3 Love Bites (5:47)
  4. 4 Let's Get Rocked (4:55)
  5. 5 Two Steps Behind (4:19)
  6. 6 Animal (4:03)
  7. 7 Heaven Is (3:34)
  8. 8 Foolin' (4:33)
  9. 9 Rocket (4:07)
  10. 10 When Love & Hate Collide (4:17)
  11. 11 Armageddon It (5:22)
  12. 12 Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad (5:19)
  13. 13 Rock of Ages (4:08)
  14. 14 Hysteria (5:56)
  15. 15 Miss You in a Heartbeat (4:04)
  16. 16 Bringin' on the Heartbreak (4:33)
  17. 17 Switch 625 (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock Rock (Till You Drop) (3:55)
  2. 2 Let It Go (4:44)
  3. 3 High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night) (3:28)
  4. 4 Too Late for Love (4:29)
  5. 5 No Matter What (2:53)
  6. 6 Promises (3:59)
  7. 7 Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes) (4:07)
  8. 8 Women (5:42)
  9. 9 Another Hit and Run (4:59)
  10. 10 Slang (2:38)
  11. 11 Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion) (4:33)
  12. 12 Rock Brigade (3:08)
  13. 13 Now (3:58)
  14. 14 Paper Sun (5:27)
  15. 15 Work It Out (4:49)
  16. 16 Die Hard the Hunter (6:17)
  17. 17 Wasted (3:44)
  18. 18 Billy's Got a Gun (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell Guitar
Steve Clark Guitar
Phil Collen Guitar
Rick Savage Bass Guitar
Pete Willis Guitar
Rick Allen Drums
Joe Elliot Vocals
Technical Credits
Def Leppard Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom Producer, Audio Production
Louis Austin Engineer
Vivian Campbell Composer
Richard Chycki Engineer
Steve Clark Composer
Phil Collen Composer
Joe Elliott Composer
Marti Frederiksen Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Nigel Green Engineer
Pete Ham Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dick Plant Engineer
Rick Savage Composer
Mike Shipley Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Pete Willis Composer
Pete Woodroffe Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Vartan Art Direction
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Dave Ling Liner Notes
Ronan McHugh Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Richard Savage Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Ho-Hum

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Leppard that put out High 'n Dry and Pyromania. But, of course, this album for the most part concentrates upon the hits, mostly from Hysteria, some from Pyromania, and others from the interchangeable albums that came after Hysteria. The only reason I have this album is that it is, for now, the only place to get remastered tracks from either High 'n Dry or Pyromania. Too many of the songs are edited versions, either for radio play or to fit the then-prevalent MTV video format. Luckily for me, the second disc concentrates on cuts from H'n'D and Pyromania, so basically I got a single good disc out of a 2-CD set. And believe me, the second High 'n' Dry and Pyromania are remastered, I'll give away this compilation. Excellent for a person who knows nothing about Leppard, nonessential for those who remember when they were a metal band.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate!!!!!

    All of Def's masterpieces digitally remixed awesome collection!!!!! Rock of Ages!!!! Photograph!!!!! They are all there..... so many songs so little time :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Greatest band playing the greatest music

    Greatest collection assembled

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    leppardpower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is the best collection. 2 cds 35 tracks over 2 and a half hours of riding on the def leppard train/ def leppard has made some great music threw there 25 year carrer/ and this collection has it all. let it go now/ rock of ages/etc this is a must for any def leppard fan and i just got this cd today /and it rocks/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE DEF LEPPARD

    I LOVE THEM SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH I HAVE EVEY CD AND THEY ALL ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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