Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

by Def LeppardDef Leppard


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The 2005 double-disc set Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection is the second Def Leppard compilation to be released in the U.S. The first, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits, appeared ten years earlier, and while the band was active in the decade separating the two albums, charting fairly consistently, it didn't have any major hits during that time, so the chief appeal of Rock of Ages versus Vault is that it covers more ground. Vault had 15 songs. Rock of Ages has 35, including all of the songs on Vault. Actually, the first disc of Rock of Ages functions as an expanded version of that earlier comp, adding two cuts. The second disc skips around their career, wisely concentrating on their early-'80s albums, which were somewhat under-represented on Vault, and adding a new song for good measure (a cover of Badfinger's "No Matter What," which is from their "forthcoming covers album"). While this may be too much Def Leppard for some casual fans -- for those listeners, the 2004 import-only collection Best of Def Leppard is a good choice, since it expands on Vault -- it nevertheless is the best overview of the group's career yet assembled, since it has not only the hits, but the sleek, glammy pop-metal that earned them the reputation as one of the biggest and best bands of the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498293560
catalogNumber: 000464702
Rank: 12602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Def Leppard   Primary Artist
Vivian Campbell   Guitar
Steve Clark   Guitar
Phil Collen   Guitar
Joe Elliott   Vocals
Rick Savage   Bass Guitar
Pete Willis   Guitar
Rick Allen   Drums

Technical Credits

Def Leppard   Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer,Audio Production
Louis Austin   Engineer
Vivian Campbell   Composer
Richard Chycki   Engineer
Steve Clark   Composer
Phil Collen   Composer
Joe Elliott   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Nigel Green   Engineer
Pete Ham   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dick Plant   Engineer
Rick Savage   Composer
Mike Shipley   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pete Willis   Composer
Pete Woodroffe   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Vartan   Art Direction
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Dave Ling   Liner Notes
Ronan McHugh   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rick Allen   Composer

Customer Reviews

Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SS70 More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Leppard that put out High 'n Dry and Pyromania. But, of course, this album for the most part concentrates upon the hits, mostly from Hysteria, some from Pyromania, and others from the interchangeable albums that came after Hysteria. The only reason I have this album is that it is, for now, the only place to get remastered tracks from either High 'n Dry or Pyromania. Too many of the songs are edited versions, either for radio play or to fit the then-prevalent MTV video format. Luckily for me, the second disc concentrates on cuts from H'n'D and Pyromania, so basically I got a single good disc out of a 2-CD set. And believe me, the second High 'n' Dry and Pyromania are remastered, I'll give away this compilation. Excellent for a person who knows nothing about Leppard, nonessential for those who remember when they were a metal band.
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Billyboy More than 1 year ago
All of Def's masterpieces digitally remixed awesome collection!!!!! Rock of Ages!!!! Photograph!!!!! They are all there..... so many songs so little time :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest collection assembled
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best collection. 2 cds 35 tracks over 2 and a half hours of riding on the def leppard train/ def leppard has made some great music threw there 25 year carrer/ and this collection has it all. let it go now/ rock of ages/etc this is a must for any def leppard fan and i just got this cd today /and it rocks/
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