Closing out a banner 2018, legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees Def Leppard reveal a string of upcoming releases. The group assemble a brand new greatest hits collection entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of, arriving in stores and online November 30th. The collection will be available on 2 CDs comprised of 35 tracks, single CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2 LP vinyl and digital.
Among a blockbuster track listing loaded with timeless smashes, all four versions feature three new songs, including the official recording of the band’s recent fan favorite Depeche Mode cover “Personal Jesus,” “Rock On (Remix),” and the original holiday song “We All Need Christmas.” As a bonus for collectors, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive 7″ single of “Personal Jesus” and “We All Need Christmas.”
The pre-order unlocks an instant grat download of “Personal Jesus.” Of the latter, Rolling Stone claimed it “features a little more of the group’s signature giant vocals…and to great effect.”
Additionally, Def Leppard shared “We All Need Christmas” as a standalone digital single. A delicate acoustic ballad, the track proves fireside-ready with its uplifting, hopeful spirit and sense of seasonal soul.
Be on the lookout for the music video’s debut soon.
Essential for newcomers and longtime fans alike, The Story So Far plays out like the ultimate Def Leppard set upheld by stadium-size hits.
Next up on November 30th, the group will release Hysteria: The Singles, a new limited edition, 10 disc vinyl box set featuring all of the 7″ singles from their eponymous multi-platinum album Hysteria, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Hysteria: The Singles features repressed versions of all eight 7-inch vinyl singles for Hysteria including their Top-5 hits “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites,” “Hysteria,” “Rocket” and “Armageddon It.” Two bonus singles, “Excitable”/”Run Riot” (Album Version) and “Love and Affection”/”Don’t Shoot The Shotgun”(Album Version), are only available in this box set.
Housed in a box with a lift-off lid, Hysteria: The Singles features new cover art made up of all ten of the single’s sleeves, including the special Spanish “Animal” single, plus a booklet with a full band discography and an introduction written by Joe Elliott.
Essential listening for fans across the board, Hysteria dominated multiple charts, capturing No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, and indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group’s second consecutive RIAA diamond-certified record (ten million sales in the U.S.), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the U.S. Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by Born in the U.S.A. Rolling Stone touted it on the prestigious 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and a poll in Q placed it among the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Capping off this robust release schedule, Def Leppard will unveil a special color vinyl edition of their RIAA diamond-certified third full-length, Pyromania, out December 7th. This is part of the CE Sound of Vinyl series. More info coming soon.
Everything sets the stage for what promises to be an even bigger 2019. Be on the lookout for more from Def Leppard soon.
- Pour Some Sugar On Me
- Love Bites
- Let’s Get Rocked
- Armaggedon It
- Two Steps Behind
- Heaven Is
- Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
- Make Love Like A Man
- When Love & Hate Collide
- Rock of Ages
- Personal Jesus
- Let’s Go
- Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
- Rock On (Radio Remix)
- Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw)
- Work It Out
- Stand Up
- C’Mon C’Mon
- Man Enough
- No Matter What
- All I Want Is Everything
- It’s All About Believing
- Kings Of The World
DISC ONE: Women / Tear It Down (US Version)
DISC TWO: Animal / I Wanna Be Your Hero (US Version)
DISC THREE: Hysteria / Ride in To the Sun (Int Version)
DISC FOUR: Pour Some Sugar on Me / Ring of Fire (US Version)
DISC FIVE: Love Bites / Billy’s Got A Gun (Live)(Int Version)
DISC SIX: Armageddon It / Release Me (Can Version)
DISC SEVEN: Rocket / Woman (Live) (US Version)
DISC EIGHT: Excitable / Run Riot (Album Version)
DISC NINE: Love and Affection / Don’t Shoot Shotgun (Album Version)
DISC TEN: Animal / Tear It Down (Spanish Artwork Version)
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