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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001E21
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Desert Song
2. Fractured Love
3. Action
4. Two Step's Behind (Acoustic Version)
5. She's Too Tough
6. Miss You In A Heartbeat
7. Only After Dark
8. Ride Into The Sun
9. From The Inside
10. Ring Of Fire
11. I Wanna Be Your Hero
12. Miss You In A Heartbeat (Electric Version)
13. Two Steps Behind (Electric Version)
14. Miss You In A Heartbeat

Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
While Def Leppard had an an "official" album a year earlier, Adrenalise, it was lacking they very important songwriting influence of Steve Clark due to his passing a year earlier, and as a result the focus was lacking, and also the result was dramatically overproduced.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
On the surface, this album sounds subpar: A bunch of old b-sides, one-offs, 10-year old songs that didn't make the cut, and peiced-together arrangements. Only Def Leppard can turn these ingredients into one of their best works.
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.
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[The reason I am being so critical here is because I'm a Def Leppard fan.]
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.
PROS:
-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?
CONS:
-This set is a wasted opportunity, plain and simple, because there are NO TRACKS FROM THE PETE WILLIS PERIOD!
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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 libido, that mixed up one of the best formulas around. Unfortunately, critics started blaming them for just that - "The Formula." Then, in recent years, as they've been trying to fight their way out of "The Formula" label, fewer people have been noticing/caring, and critics that DO notice make sure to slam them for trying to be something they are not. Alas, in the case of Def Leppard, I DO agree with that unfortunate claim.
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.
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