Retroactive.. . to Steve Clark Import
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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!)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite Def Leppard albums, not far behind Hysteria. This shows the band in a more polished song writing stage than probably any more recent Leppard album. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. P. A. Brown
It might be a compilation/rarities album but that doesn't stop it being one of the better DL albums! Arrived in good condition.Published 9 months ago by Simon Hunter
Really good album from Def Leppard once again. Great to hear the stuff that was recorded but previously unreleased.Published 10 months ago by Jade Chapman
I don't know why this isn't available for download from any sites (hint hint amazon), as this is my favourite Def Leppard album. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miss K Staples