’90S ROCK BLAST: DEF LEPPARD – RETRO ACTIVE

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RETRO ACTIVE

Released: October 5, 1993
Genre: Hard Rock/Glam Rock
Duration: 56:04
Label: Mercury
Producer(s): Def Leppard
Singles: “Two Steps Behind”, “Desert Song”, “Miss You In A Heartbeat”, “Action”, ““Two Steps Behind (re-issue)”
Certified: Platinum (RIAA)

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OVERVIEW

Def Leppard released four albums during the 90s but this time I will specifically focus on “Retro Active”, despite “Adrenalize” being their most commercially and critically successful 90s record. I wanted to talk a little bit more about “Retro Active” because of its unique format that combines groomed up versions of unreleased/B-sides tracks and a couple of covers from previous albums. The album carries with it Def Leppard’s genuine and classic ‘80s sound, making it their most deserving work that came out in the ‘90s. Don’t get me wrong, “Adrenalize” and “Euphoria”, for instance are groundbreaking albums, but they cannot match the variety and character of “Retro Active”. Fuelled up with first-class production quality and of course, the dynamic and charismatic spirit of Def Leppard, the record is the ultimate cause for celebration, especially for die-hard fans of the band, like me. On top of it all, the band gives us one more chance to honor the late Steve Clark (RIP) by revisiting his legacy and experiencing his enormous talents and contributions all over again. We get to hear the first recordings with the new guitarist Vivian Campbell, as well.

In terms of songs, “Retro Active” is an absolute rock festival from start to finish. We get to enjoy a couple of gorgeous ballads -“Miss You in a Heartbeat” and “Two Steps behind You”, both presented in acoustic and electric versions.  Listening to those excellent pieces of art makes me such a proud fan of Def Leppard. “Miss You in a Heartbeat”, especially, is one in a lifetime kind of song – memorable and easy to sing with chorus, heartbreaking lyrics and an unmatchable classy aura. I have always been entranced by Joe’s vocals on this track. “She’s too Tough”, originally released on the “Heaven Is” single (1993) is such a delightful surprise and definitely my favorite moment of “Retro Active”. Energizing and empowering, the track is definitely something to anticipate as you go from start to finish. Playful, even sexy lyrics that generate an immediate visual in your mind, which is one of the reasons why I love Def Leppard so much – they tell a story with their music and make things so much more interesting. Kicking things off gently and then quickly teleporting us to a pure solid hard rock realm, “I Wanna Be Your Hero” is another groundbreaking point. On “Retro Active”, you get to find tons of other deserving rockers, such as the covers “Action” (Sweet) and “Only After Dark” (Mick Ronson). The mind-blowing first two opening tracks “Desert Song” and “Fractured Love”, both from Hysteria sessions, are bringing us back to Def Leppard’s early raw roots. The epic “Ride into the Sun” is another personal favorite of mine, probably due to the long history it carries with it – the track was actually featured on Def Leppard’s first ever self-produced EP, released back in 1979 before it was rerecorded in 1987 as a B-side to the “Hysteria” single. “Retro Active” wraps things up with a hidden track – a tender piano version of “Miss You in a Heartbeat”. Leaving us absolutely speechless, you can’t but go on the “Retro Active” journey once again, after the final song is over; the feeling is just that strong!

This album is for everyone, though I do believe that die-hard fans of Def Leppard would enjoy it much more than everyone else. The collection of songs offers a little something for all the rock souls out there – from attractive hard rockers to sentimental ballads, “Retro Active” provides you with the ultimate Def Leppard experience. The album is important also because it’s a final farewell to Steve Clark, the irreplaceable force, without which the band wouldn’t have reached such heights. Grab a copy and enjoy the superb production and quality of this record. Definitely in my top 5 Def Leppard albums! That should tell you something!


Tracklist:

“Desert Song” (Steve Clark, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage)
Outtake from the Hysteria album sessions (1984–87)

“Fractured Love” (Clark, Elliott, Savage) – 5:08
Outtake from the Hysteria album sessions

“Action” (Andy Scott, Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Mick Tucker)
Original version released on the “Make Love Like a Man” single (1992)

“Two Steps Behind” (Acoustic version) (Elliott)
Original version released on the “Make Love Like a Man” single
Originally released on the Last Action Hero soundtrack (1993)

“She’s Too Tough” (Elliott)
Original version released on the “Heaven Is” single (1993) and is the bonus track for the Japanese pressing of Adrenalize (1992)

“Miss You in a Heartbeat” (Phil Collen)
Original version released on the “Make Love Like a Man” single

“Only After Dark” (Mick Ronson, Scott Richardson)
Original version released on the “Let’s Get Rocked” single (1992)

“Ride into the Sun” (Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage)
Original version released on the “Hysteria” single (1987)
First recording of the song released on The Def Leppard E.P. (1979)

“From the Inside” (Elliott)
Originally released on the “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” single

“Ring of Fire” (Clark, Collen, Elliott, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Savage)
Original version released on the “Armageddon It” single (1988)

“I Wanna Be Your Hero” (Clark, Collen, Elliott, Lange, Savage)
Original version released on the “Hysteria” single

“Miss You in a Heartbeat” (Electric version) (Collen)
This was the Japanese bonus track for Adrenalize

“Two Steps Behind” (Electric version) (Elliott)

“Miss You in a Heartbeat” (Piano version) (Hidden track)) (Collen)

She’s Too Tough

Miss You In A Heartbeat

I Wanna Be Your Hero

Action

Two Steps Behind

Desert Song


References:
“Retro Active” Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro_Active
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
The publication expresses my personal opinion and in no way is trying to make a generalized statement. Please be kind and considerate when you read and/or comment.
Cheers~

TESLA Released a Brand New MV With Def Leppard’s Phil Collen

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California rockers Tesla released a brand new song – “Save the Goodness”, written and produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

Tesla‘s bassist – Brian Wheat heard the song and told Phil, “We should record this song and you should produce it.”

The song comes as a bonus to their live album – “Mechanical Resonance Live!” which will be released on the 26th of August. The album will contain live recordings of their classic album in celebration for its 30th anniversary.

“Thirty years later and the songs on our first album still rock,” Tesla’s guitarist Frank Hannon said. “Making this new live album of Mechanical Resonance was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla.”

“Our new video for ‘Save That Goodness’ captures the essence of the song. It’s a feel-good message with a hint of spirituality,” said Hannon about the new MV.

Watch the MV below:


 

References and Quotes:
TESLA Releases Video For New Song ‘Save That Goodness’ Featuring DEF LEPPARD’s PHIL COLLEN, retrieved from http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/tesla-releases-video-for-new-song-save-that-goodness-featuring-def-leppard-phil-collen/#H0bkvEJjctuxH77S.99
Watch Tesla’s Fun New Video for ‘Save That Goodness’ With Phil Collen, retrieved from Watch Tesla’s Fun New Video for ‘Save That Goodness’ With Phil Collen

[’80s Rock Album Focus] Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry

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High ‘n’ Dry

Released: July 11, 1981
Length:
42:15
Label:
Mercury (US), Vertigo (UK and Europe)
Singles: “Let It Go”, “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak”,
Certified:
2xPlatinum (RIAA)
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Tracklist:

“Let It Go”
“Another Hit and Run”
“High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)”
“Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
“Switch 625
“You Got Me Runnin”
“Lady Strange”
“On Through The Night
“Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
“No No No”
+ 2 Bonus Tracks on the Re-issued version in 1984
“Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” (Remix)
“Me & My Wine” (Remix)

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 OVERVIEW:

It’s the 35th anniversary of Def Leppard’s “High ‘n’ Dry” record and I thought it’s the perfect time to share my thoughts and feelings on their sophomore album. Don’t forget to share your favorite photos or memories of it on social media by using the #HighNDry35 and of course, #DefLeppard.

 

Def Leppard’s “High ‘n’ Dry” has always been somehow ignored or even forgotten due to their ultimate smashing hit records “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” that follow it. Yes, those two albums are the ultimate masterpieces of the ’80s rock scene and definitely two of the greatest and best polished rock records of all time.  However, “High ‘n’ Dry” offers something different and its beauty definitely lies in its raw hard rock energy, rough heavy metal sound and straight-up clean production.

“High ‘n’ Dry” was definitely a step up in song craft in comparison with their debut album – “On through the Night” – the riffs were more tasteful and Joe Elliott definitely improved his vocal performance. Overall, the album cannot classify as “original” or “innovative”, however there’s simply no weak or “filler” song in it. What’s quite impressive about it is that the record was released at the very beginning of the ‘80s – at that time the hard rock/metal/pop recipe hadn’t been fully mastered; however, those guys somehow managed to come up with a very definitive sound. With this album, Def Leppard were setting the tone for the decade. Along with that, the band was also looking for inspiration and establishing their signature sound and identity. To help them with discovering their greatest strengths, none other than the famous world-class producer Mutt Lange came to the rescue.  With his precision and obsession with achieving studio perfection, he managed to create an absolute rock solid album and skilfully captured the young and quite aggressive spirit of the band.

“High ‘n’ Dry” is a simple album with catchy rockers and mild, even innocent lyrics. The instant pop standout and the album’s finest moment has to be “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”. With this song, Def Leppard set the standard for power ballads. It is probably the band’s least-cheesy sounding power ballad of their career. In addition, the track received heavy rotation on MTV and was one of the greatest examples of a radio-friendly rocker. “On Through the Night” and “Another Hit and Run” are heavier tracks with catchy hard riffs and loud climaxes. “High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)” is the obligatory song about letting loose and having fun. “Switch 625” pleases with its fine melody and vocal intensity. It has to be their greatest instrumental so far.

“High ‘n’ Dry” shows a young, maturing band, hungry for success and ready to take over the world. It is definitely one of those “feeling good” old rock ’n’ roll records that you cannot expect to listen nowadays. Def Leppard were at their rawest, truest and more genuine finest here. Later on, they would become the ultimate rock monsters. Before that, however, it was the distorted heavy metal sound, combined with the pop feels of “High ‘n’ Dry” that took Def Leppard to the peak of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. The record simply foreshadowed DL’s success.

Happy 35th anniversary!


Let It Go

High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night)

Bringin’ On the Heartbreak


References:
High ‘n’ Dry” official Wikipedia webpage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_%27n%27_Dry
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
The publication expresses my personal opinion and in no way is trying to make a generalized statement. Please be kind and considerate when you read and/or comment.
Cheers~~

20 Classic Rock Songs for the Perfect Summer

Summer’s here! It’s time to think about those long road-trips and visits to the beach. Make sure that for every summer adventure, experience or party, you have these 20 classic rock songs in your playlist to ensure your perfect mood. Among these songs, I have included absolute classic rockers that can instantly change your mood and give you that amazing summer vibe.

Playlist:

Van Halen – Summer Nights
Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Alice Cooper – School’s Out
Chicago – Saturday in the Park
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A
The Who – Summertime Blues
AC/DC – This House is on Fire
Steve Perry – Summer of Luv

Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
Blondie – In The Sun
Led Zeppelin – Dancing Days
Def Leppard – Ride into the Sun
Ramones – Rockaway Beach
Kiss – Rock N’ Roll All Nite
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Eric Clapton – I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart
Sammy Hagar – Mas Tequila
Survivor – High on You


Van Halen – Summer Nights

Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69

The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun

Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City

Alice Cooper – School’s Out

Chicago – Saturday in the Park

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A

The Who – Summertime Blues

AC/DC – This House is on Fire

Steve Perry – Summer of Luv


Don Henley – The Boys of Summer

Blondie – In The Sun

Led Zeppelin – Dancing Days

Def Leppard – Ride into the Sun

Ramones – Rockaway Beach

Kiss – Rock N’ Roll All Nite

Billy Idol – Hot in the City

Eric Clapton – I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart

Sammy Hagar – Mas Tequila

Survivor – High on You


 

Def Leppard Release a Brand New Video for “Man Enough”

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Def Leppard released a brand new music video for “Man Enough” – the 3rd single from their 2015 self-titled album.

The song impresses with its captivating beats and thrilling lyrics. Now, more than six months after the release of their latest album, the fans are finally rewarded  with a MV for the song. To me personally, “Man Enough” can easily be pointed out as the finest moment of the album. There’s just something so raw and hypnotizing about that bass…I could listen to it for days.

Overall, the band remained faithful to their futuristic and a little bizarre cyber themed style they demonstrated before. I do enjoy the darker scenes where we get to see just a glimpse of a guitar or Joe and the band singing!

Watch the MV below and let me know what you think about it!

 

[Playlist] 50 Songs For When You Want to Dance and ROCK!

I have to admit – this was indeed one of the most interesting and enjoyable playlists I’ve ever made (and believe me I’ve made a lot of playlists throughout my life). It’s June, summer is right around the corner, everyone is in a good mood and I truly believe that the best way to let loose and embrace this awesome summer feeling is through music! I collected 50 songs from various genres – classic/hard/soft/pop/ rock, etc. and came up with this playlist of songs perfectly suitable for your dance + rock mood! I do hope you enjoy it! I am jumping from one era to another but that doesn’t really matter – these rock tunes are here to make us feel good and DANCE!

Listen to some of the tracks and check the playlist below the videos:

 

Playlist:

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Tina Turner – Steamy Windows
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
David Bowie – Fame
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
INXS – Need You Tonight
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Steve Perry ft.  Kenny Loggins  – Don’t Fight It
Van Halen – Jump
Chubby Checker – Twist
Bryan Adams – She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancing
Def Leppard – Make Love Like a Man
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Queen – I Want to Break Free
Roxette – The Look
Van Halen – Summer Nights
Van Halen – Jump
Van Halen – Dance The Night Away
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Genesis – I Can’t Dance
ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
Eric Clapton – Cocaine
Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
Hall & Oates – Maneater
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Bon Jovi – Bed Medicine
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Queen – We Will Rock You
ZZ TOP – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69
Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Duran Duran – Skin Trade

Foreigner – Reaction To Action
Foreigner – Hot Blooded
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Def Leppard – Rock Rock Till You Drop
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode


 

10 of the Saddest Classic Rock Songs Ever

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There can be many reasons to break down in tears – a broken heart, unrequited love, death of a friend or a family member, losing your way in life, a happy memory that can no longer exist…Such things happen to everyone and they can truly have a very strong emotional impact on our existence.

Artists have always been channeling their emotions and feelings through music. Whether it’s true tearful lyrics or through melancholic melodies, throughout the years we have witnessed the success and effects of countless sentimental classic rock tunes. Grab your tissues and prepare yourself for the following playlist:

PLAYLIST:

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven (1992)
Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976)
Cheap Trick – The Flame (1988)
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
Guns n’ Roses – November Rain (1991)
The Rolling Stones – As Tears Go By (1965)
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (1975)
Eric Clapton – Bell Bottom Blues (1991)
Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song (1973)
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Def Leppard – Love Bites (1987)
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (1979)


Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven (1992)

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven…


Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976)

Love hurts, love scars, love wounds
And marks, any heart
Not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud
Holds a lot of rain
Love hurts……


Cheap Trick – The Flame (1988)

Another night slowly closes in
And I feel so lonely
Touching heat freezing on my skin
I pretend you still hold me
I’m going crazy, I’m losing sleep
I’m in too far, I’m in way too deep over you
I can’t believe you’re gone
You were the first, you’ll be the last…


Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here…


Guns n’ Roses – November Rain (1991)

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
Don’t you know I feel the same

‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain…


The Rolling Stones – As Tears Go By (1965)

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Smiling faces I can see
But not for me
I sit and watch
As tears go by…


The Who – Behind Blue Eyes (1971)

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you…


Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (1975)

I took my love, took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
‘Til the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?


Eric Clapton – Bell Bottom Blues (1991)

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay…


Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song (1973)

These are the seasons of emotion and like the wind they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion – I see the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient – Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall.
It’s just a little rain…


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Def Leppard – Love Bites (1987)

I don’t wanna touch you too much baby
‘Cos making love to you might drive me crazy
I know you think that love is the way you make it
So I don’t wanna be there when you decide to break it…


Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (1979)

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying…