on 28 September 2014
Of the re-recordings, this one for me isn't as good as Hysteria. Its not bad, but somehow it feels a little bit placed and safe. Its hard to explain exactly what's wrong - I know they were trying to emulate the original as closely as possible, but somehow, almost imperceptibly, they seem to have lost some of the riotous joy of the song. I don't know why, I don't think it can be to do with Steve Clarke or Mutt Lange's absence as Def Leppard rock this track live as well as they ever did.
Still worth downloading for a Leps fan, if only to draw your own conclusion, but otherwise, better to buy the CD and rip it in my opinion!
on 1 January 2013
Personally I prefer this newer version and I actually would like to see more bands update their old hits. Whitesnake's Here I Go Again USA radio remix is another example of an old track being bettered. It's a rarity that a band of Def Leppard's age still sounds as good now as they did 20 years ago, both in the studio and more impressively, live. Put simply - no band covers Def Leppard better than Def Leppard.
on 7 June 2012
I'm a huge Def Leppard fan. For years I have anticipated every release and have all the bands albums from various periods on heavy rotation. I don't understand why a band as big and popular as Def Leppard have to resort to rerecording old hits!
Both Pour Some Sugar On Me and Rock Of Ages have been given the rerecorded treatment and soundwise they are pretty much exactly the same as the originals. I understand the point of this exercise; to get their biggest hits back out into the public to coincide with the Rock Of Ages Movie. Whilst I have no problem with this, why can't the originals be used for this task?
One thing I always admired about Leppard was that apart from their own Hits albums, very rarely is their back catalogue thrown about into various 'Classic Rock' compilations and movie soundtracks, so to get tracks you had to buy the albums. The only other bands I can think of who work similar to this are Metallica and Led Zeppelin. So why now?
Rock music from the 80's has been having a resurgence over recent years with 'classic' acts like Motley Crue, Poison, Europe and others still working and in Motley & Europe's case, still producing good new albums. Newer bands like Work Of Art and Lionville have taken on the Leppard asthetic. In Def Leppards case, the new tracks they released on their Mirrorball album were the best things they have released since Euphoria in 1999. Why start rerecording older hits now? If the digital domain is where the sales are now, work out the legalities and get the original albums available.
I'd like to stress that I have been a fan of Def Leppard for almost 25 years. I've read in various articles that due to the sales slump of the traditional album format, one-off singles and obviously rerecorded versions of their own songs is the way to go. I hope not. For me, Leppard are as valid now in this musical climate as they have ever been and to never get the chance for one more full length well produced long player from them would be very sad and indicative of the poor musical landscape today, where songs are made for quick consumption and left to rot as a digital file in the ether.
With regard to the rating, I would give both new versions 5 out of 5 as they are both still great songs and the new versions do have great production values and Joe Elliott still sounds full of vitality. The reason for the 3 stars is simple: The old adage states 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.