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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this classic 1993 compilation album from the Rock legends. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.
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Top Customer Reviews
While these were outakes and unfinshed tracks, the results here were dramatically differnt. Here Clarks influence in songwriting and his actual guitar tracks were present. Also, the production here was their most stripped down since High and Dry, the result is a solid album full of rockers and a couple of high quality ballads.
Not to say the album doesnt have a couple of duds, such as the cover of Mick Ronsons Only After Dark, plus the electric versions of Miss you in a heartbeat and Two steps behind, but otherwise this is a top shelf effort. The real shame here is this album was not released 3 or even 2 years earlier than it was, it would have topped the charts for months and sold millions of copies, but it came out in 93, 2 years after Nirvana hit. None the less any fan of 80s style hard rock, a era that emerged with Van Halens debut in 78 should get this CD, it was a fun 15 years, and this album is a fitting end.
This is the album hard-Leppard fans have been waiting for since Pyromania; one that rocks the hell out without massive 'A Night At the Opera'-ish overdubbing. Songs like Ring of Fire, Fractured Love, and Action obliterate most of the hits from Hysteria and Adrenalize. The ballads are hardly as generic as 'Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad', either.
Leppard cleared the decks for this album and did a damn good job of it. It's only shortcoming is the inclusion of electric versions of Miss You in a Heartbeat and Two Steps Behind. These could've been scrapped in favor of B-sides from On Through the Night or High n Dry. As is, Retroactive will satisfy even people who don't like Leppard.
When Def Leppard reached the nineties, things weren't what they used to be. Guitarist Steve Clark had died at the beginning of the new decade, and the band recruited replacement Vivian Campbell (previosuly of Sweet Savage, Dio, and Whitesnake). The band wasn't ready to record a full-blown album with Campbell yet, but at the same time they didn't want to keep their fans waiting. Accordingly, in 1993, the band released a collection of B-Sides - Retro Active. Read on for my review.
-If you're the Def Leppard die-hard who wants those hard-to-find B-Sides from the Hysteria era, you've come to the right place! There is no shortage of rare material here.
-The version of Ride Into The Sun (2-2) featured here features an opening piano solo by ex-Mott The Hoople vocalist Ian Hunter!
-These tracks have received some remixing and revamping so they sound better than ever (for example, the acoustic version of Two Steps Behind now has a string arrangement - done by the one and only Michael Kamen!).
-For two of the tracks, Miss You In A Heartbeat and Two Steps Behind, you get acoustic AND ELECTRIC versions! Don't overlook the less popular electric versions; they're better than their well-known acoustic counterparts.
-There is a hidden bonus track - an all-piano version of Miss You In A Heartbeat (wait for a while after the last listed track ends (god, I hate Nirvana for starting that trend... but I DO like their music.))
-Honestly, is it humanly possible NOT to like the cover of this compilation?
-This set is a wasted opportunity, plain and simple, because there are NO TRACKS FROM THE PETE WILLIS PERIOD!Read more ›
Regardless of what type of person you are, Leppard Hater, Leppard Lover, Leppard "They [stunk] since Hysteria" -er, Leppard "I stumbled on this page by accident" -er, or other - er -, if you, like me, wish the real Def Leppard would please stand up, buy Retro Active and prepare to get more of your 15 bucks worth than you have in awhile. It's been a decade since this last great Def Leppard Album, but a decade isn't as much as one might think, given it would take another quick decade after this to go back to their Pyromania days. And the bottom line is that, not so long ago, they really were on a role, musically speaking. I can't believe how much I almost forgot how much I loved this band till I threw this on the stereo a few weeks ago - and subsequently haven't been able to stop listening to it. "X" really is a bad album, so bad, it brainwashed me into temporarily losing too much respect for the band.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have never been disappointed with a Def Leppard and this album is no exception. Two Steps Behind is a beautifully crafted ballad and was included on the Last Action Hero... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2006 by Jason Hutton
Not too long ago, Def Leppard was one of the most exciting bands in rock; they were popular AND talented, a dynamite combination of one part brain, one part heart, and one part... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by D. Rausch
Very good album, unfortunitly it gets overlooked. If you like the Steve Clark era of Def Leppard you'll like this album.Published on Sept. 6 2003 by aka sr
Despite bad reviews, I like this cd. I like it better than adrenalize for sure. One of my favs. is there cover of "Action" the sweet classic.Published on Aug. 23 2003 by Greg Stossel
If I hadn't read it here I wouldn't have believed that this was an album of B-sides. If so, this has to be the best album of B-sides that I've ever heard. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002 by Joe Herr
Retro active, Def Leppard's compilation album of B-sides totally rocks, the songs are really heavy and the ballads are perfect, Desert song is an awesome opening song with an... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002
This was an excellent experiment and throwback to the glory days of their beginnings. Desert Song is a driving and anthemic beginning and Two Steps Behind and Miss You In A... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by ChiefSanch
I thought most of the other reviwers summed it up really well, this album of B-sides and throw away tracks are better that most bands A-sides. Read morePublished on April 5 2002