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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans MUST buy this album
This is by far the best album Def Leppard have released - only it isn't an album; it's a collection of B sides and nearlys. Some great non-traditional Def Leppard tracks like Desert Song and Fractured Love as well as some good old rock tracks like Ride into the Sun and Ring of Fire. There's also a storming cover of an old sweet song - Action - and was released as a...
Published on 1 Jun 2003 by NJ Thomson

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3.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary B-Side compilation
Most b-side album tend to feature very weak songs. Which is probably why such songs never made it to the final album.

However, Retro Active is a rarity. Most of the songs were b-side from Hysteria and Adrenalize, and two completly new songs "Desert Song" a grunge sound with a Led Zepplin Kashmire influence, and Factured Love. The sound of the album is quite...
Published on 4 Mar 2009 by G. M. Radcliffe


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans MUST buy this album, 1 Jun 2003
This review is from: Retro Active (Audio CD)
This is by far the best album Def Leppard have released - only it isn't an album; it's a collection of B sides and nearlys. Some great non-traditional Def Leppard tracks like Desert Song and Fractured Love as well as some good old rock tracks like Ride into the Sun and Ring of Fire. There's also a storming cover of an old sweet song - Action - and was released as a single. Ballads are not missing, buut don't be surprised to hear Miss You in a Heartbeat no less than three times on the album! I can't wait till the next B-side collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a collection of cutting room sweepings!, 27 Mar 2002
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M. D. Rathbone (Runcorn, Cheshire - UK) - See all my reviews
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Although billed as an album of fillers, cast-offs and 'b' sides it is more than that, with gems such as "Miss You in a Heartbeat", "Two Steps Behind" and "Desert Song" standing out as classic Leppard tracks.
There is some padding and alternative versions of the same songs but I'd dare to say as an album it is better than "Slang" and on a par with the Leps first two albums (in my opinion!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLANT, 1 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Retro Active (Audio CD)
A compilation of Def Leppard b-tracks from through the out years.Best tracks are 'Fractured Love', She's too tough', Only After Dark' and 'I Wanna be your Hero'. A really good cd, which like DEF LEPPARD seems to be severely under rated.Buy it, as it is better then many band's actual albums, after all these are B-sides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... BE YOUR HERO" Are CLEARLY And by far the BEST songs on the album but even the other Songs ..., 6 Aug 2014
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This Album is a MUST If you are a Fan of the Band and even if you are not it is HIGHLY RECCOMENDED "DESERT SONG" "ACTION" "SHE'S TO TOUGH"I MISS YOU IN A HEARTBEAT "ONLY AFTER DARK" "RING OF FIRE" and "I WANNA BE YOUR HERO" Are CLEARLY And by far the BEST songs on the album but even the other Songs such as "FRACTURED LOVE and "RIDE INTO THE SUN" are Catchy I Must say all the tracks on the album are EXCELLENTLY PRODUCED and STRIKINGLY CLEAR In SOUND and MUSIC Quality.Making it clear that DEF LEPPARD Are MASTERS OF THERE CRAFT This album is MUCH BETTER than a album of 4 Stars out of 5 and I am very glad that I have it!!!!!!!!,"4.6 out of 5 for me"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Def Leppard Stuff, 29 Mar 2014
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Fantastic album from Def Leppard. I am in the process of getting all of the band's albums to get a collection of great songs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem, 27 Mar 2014
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This album is fantastic. I had ignored Leppard for years as I thought they were no longer the band I grew to love in my youth. My bias meant I ignored this album on release. It was only the impact of seeing them live that rekindled my interest. Having read the other positive reviews on Amazon I gave this a go. How right they were. Every track is worthy of being on he album and the album is in my opinion better than their classics as it is not as over produced/mixed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended, 17 Mar 2014
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well packaged, as described. if you like def leppard, then this is a must. well worth the listen a great cd
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4.0 out of 5 stars retro, 7 Feb 2014
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this isnt def leppards best album but it is still a very good listen aspecially if you are a fan of 80s style rock n roll
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Leppard, 19 Aug 2013
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With a varied selection of unreleased and B-sides, this makes a very enjoyable listen. Including a fired up version of the classic song by The Sweet Action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Metal, 19 May 2013
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Tang T. Yu (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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Awesome as a collection! It never gets tired running the tracks over and over again after many years have passed...
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