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When Love And Hate Collide finally surfaced on the Vault collection
on 21 October 2015
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.