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Retroactive.. . to Steve Clark Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B000006Y4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: 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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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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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2001
Format: 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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Not what I was expecting not sure what I was expecting but it is growing on me . So I am glad I bought it . I think it's because it's when they were younger . As I've only followed this group for 2 yrs
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Bought this after reading the reviews. I have to agree this is one excellent album and probably should have been released after Hysteria.
All songs are great Def Leppard anthems.
Hard to believe that most of them are b-sides or songs that did not make the final cut.
Recommended.
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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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Considering this was a stop-gap release following the Adrenalize album and tour, it was meant to clear the cupboards from Def Leppard’s past. It was to be the final say on the Steve Clark era, welcome Vivian Campbell to the band and hint at a slightly harder edge style the band were heading in. Well, sort of.

Firstly, the Steve Clark era only really finished with a completed version of a song Steve helped write for Adrenalize. When Love And Hate Collide finally surfaced on the Vault collection.

It didn’t really usher in Vivian as apart from some guitar work, he was not a writer on any of the ‘new’ material offered.

But Retro Active is brilliant. It’s not cohesive like a normal album because the band go from very strong rockers like Desert Song and Fractured Love (Hysteria leftovers) to From The Inside (a folk song with Hothouse Flowers). Then there’s Ride Into The Sun (a re-recorded song from their 1979 E.P.), Miss You In A Heartbeat, the best ballad the band have produced (added to the Adrenalize tour edition CD), a cover of the Sweet’s Action and some Hysteria and Adrenalize B-Sides. It’s all over the place, but all the better for it.

It’s more than a stop-gap release. I treat this as a genuine album which fits snugly between Adrenalize and Slang. Great cover art too.
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I first bought this album on tape, when it came out in the mid 90s,was pretty good then. The tape has long worn out"so has the tape deck",so finaly got round to buying on CD,i should have got long ago,this is a really good album of B sides,and lost tunes,really gose well with albums 3-5,lots of good stuff,def leppard at there best,so if you have albums 3-5,this is well worth buying,enjoy Justin. ps the cover,seems to be two things,when you lookc at it from close on,and afar,exellent.
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