Def Leppard to release ‘The Early Years 79-81’ boxset

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On 20th March 2020, legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard will release ‘The Early Years 79-81’ Boxset – the definitive collection of the band’s early music – on UMC/Virgin.

‘The Early Years 79-81’ boxset represents 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.

The album also features an instant grat track, the much sought-after Nick Tauber produced version of ‘Rock Brigade’, which was originally pencilled as a single for the UK but was never released at the time. Today, 40 years on, the track receives its first release. Listen to the track HERE

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

2020 will see Def Leppard tour the USA with Mötley Crüe (with support from Poison and Joan Jett) – one of the most eagerly anticipated tours of the year. For USA tour dates please see www.defleppard.com

‘The Early Years 79-81’ boxset formats and track listing below
‘The Early Year 79-81’ 5CD Boxset
CD ONE: ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  7. Wasted
  8. Rocks Off
  9. It Don’t Matter
  10. Answer to The Master
  11. Overture

CD TWO: HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625
  6. You Got Me Runnin’
  7. Lady Strange
  8. On Through the Night
  9. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  10. No No No

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

  1. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  2. It Could Be You
  3. Rock Brigade
  4. Satellite
  5. Medicine Man
  6. Answer to the Master
  7. When the Rain Falls
  8. Sorrow Is a Woman
  9. Good Morning Freedom
  10. Don’t Matter to Me
  11. Overture
  12. Lady Strange
  13. GetchaRocks Off
  14. Hello America
  15. Wasted
  16. Ride into The Sun

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

  1. Ride into The Sun – The Def Leppard EP
  2. Getcha Rocks Off – The Def Leppard EP
  3. The Overture – The Def Leppard EP
  4. Wasted -Single
  5. Hello America – Single
  6. Rock Brigade – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
  7. Glad I’m Alive – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
  8. Good Morning Freedom – Single
  9. Let It Go – Single Edit
  10. Switch 625 – Single Edit
  11. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Single Edit
  12. Me and My Wine – Original Version
  13. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Remix
  14. Me and My Wine – Remix

CD FIVE: RAW – EARLY BBC RECORDINGS

  1. Glad I’m Alive (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  2. Sorrow Is A Woman (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  3. Wasted (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  4. Answer to The Master (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  5. Satellite (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  6. Rock Brigade (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  7. Wasted (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  8. Good Morning Freedom (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  9. Satellite / When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  10. Medicine Man (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  11. The Overture (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  12. Lady Strange (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  13. Getcha Rocks Off (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

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

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  7. Wasted
  8. Rocks Off
  9. It Don’t Matter
  10. Answer to The Master
  11. Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1CD)
Disc 1

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625
  6. You Got Me Runnin’
  7. Lady Strange
  8. On Through the Night
  9. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  10. No No No

ON THROUGH THE NIGHT (1LP)
Side One

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Side Two

  1. Wasted
  2. Rocks Off
  3. It Don’t Matter
  4. Answer to The Master
  5. Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1LP)
Side One

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625

Side Two

  1. You Got Me Runnin’
  2. Lady Strange
  3. On Through the Night
  4. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  5. No No No