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Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, and Hard Rock & Metal album by Def Leppard

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The Epitome of Eighties Hard Rock

  • Feb 3, 2004
Def Leppard set itself apart from the rest of the Eighties hard rock bands by having a unique, loud sound and power ballads that weren't quite as gushy as the other guys. When you hear a Def Leppard song, you know it. You won't confuse this group with anybody else. That's what makes Def Leppard so outstanding. They had a distinctive sound that connected all of their songs, yet none of their songs sounded alike. This perfect formula led to a slew of hits, most coming from "Hysteria."

Yes, I know "Hysteria" is probably over-represented on this particular disc, but that's the album that catapulted them into the big leagues. You cannot say that any of the "Hysteria" songs contained herein don't belong. The rest of the cuts here deserve top honors as well. Personal favorites include "Armageddon It," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," and "Foolin."

If you're just beginning to listen to hard rock/hair/metal bands of the Eighties and early Nineties, this album is a must have. If you're like me, a man still caught in his childhood, this disc will bring back great memories.

If you could make a list of the best greatest hits albums of all time, this one would definitely be included in the top ten. It represents a group that perfected its sound and set itself apart from the pack.

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review by . November 22, 2002
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I really like to try to keep an open mind to exploring different styles of music. However, this greatest hits compilation by Def Leppard shows this band to be mediocre at best and unlistenable at their worst.It starts with their lead vocalist. The man just screetches and scratches his way through nearly every song especially the hard rockers. The man hardly even tries to sing. The sond comming out of his mouth is more like a drunken yell. Now I like my share of hard rock n roll singers. David Lee …
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To have resisted Def Leppard's radio power in their heyday, you'd have to have been a critic--and even some of us could hardly argue with the likes of "Photograph," "Animal," and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."Vaultcovers a decade and a half of hits by the one-time wonder boys of the new wave of British metal, but perhaps inevitably concentrates on singles from the multiplatinumPyromaniaandHysteria. It offers little meaning beyond fun fun fun, but there are hooks here that Noel Gallagher would punch a paparazzo for.--Rickey Wright
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Label: Island, Mercury
Artist: Def Leppard
Release Date: October 31, 1995

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