Def Leppard Releasing ‘The Early Years 79-81’ Box Set (with Unreleased Material) in March Ahead of This Summer’s ‘Stadium Tour’

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2020 is poised to be another gigantic year for Def Leppard, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will head out on the Stadium Tour alongside Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts this summer.

A few months before that mega-tour begins — on March 20, to be precise — Def Leppard will celebrate some of its formative years with a new box set, The Early Years 79-81, capturing the band’s first two albums, On Through the Night (1980) and High ‘N Dry (1981), with previously unheard material tossed into the mix for good measure.

Executive produced by singer Joe Elliott, this is sure to be a hit with fans. Said Elliott in a statement:

“Well the fans asked, and we listened! Really excited to have our early years reworked with a load of rare material including the newly unearthed Live at the Oxford New Theatre, recorded on the 1980 UK tour …. It’s been a trip putting this box set together and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did working on it!”

As a preview, here’s a version of “Rock Brigade” produced by Nick Tauber that, until now, didn’t exist in widely available format:

And here’s the track listing for the 5-CD set of The Early Years 79-81:

The Early Years 79-81’ 5CD Boxset
CD ONE: ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED
1. Rock Brigade
2. Hello America
3. Sorrow Is A Woman
4. It Could Be You
5. Satellite
6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
7. Wasted
8. Rocks Off
9. It Don’t Matter
10. Answer to The Master
11. Overture

CD TWO: HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED
1. Let It Go
2. Another Hit and Run
3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
5. Switch 625
6. You Got Me Runnin’
7. Lady Strange
8. On Through the Night
9. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
10. No No No

CD THREE: WHEN THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN – LIVE IN OXFORD 26/04/1980
1. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
2. It Could Be You
3. Rock Brigade
4. Satellite
5. Medicine Man
6. Answer to the Master
7. When the Rain Falls
8. Sorrow Is a Woman
9. Good Morning Freedom
10. Don’t Matter to Me
11. Overture
12. Lady Strange
13. GetchaRocks Off
14. Hello America
15. Wasted
16. Ride into The Sun

CD FOUR: TOO MANY JITTERBUGS – B-SIDES AND RARITIES
1. Ride into The Sun – The Def Leppard EP
2. Getcha Rocks Off – The Def Leppard EP
3. The Overture – The Def Leppard EP
4. Wasted -Single
5. Hello America – Single
6. Rock Brigade – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
7. Glad I’m Alive – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
8. Good Morning Freedom – Single
9. Let It Go – Single Edit
10. Switch 625 – Single Edit
11. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Single Edit
12. Me and My Wine – Original Version
13. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Remix
14. Me and My Wine – Remix

CD FIVE: RAW – EARLY BBC RECORDINGS
1. Glad I’m Alive (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
2. Sorrow Is A Woman (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
3. Wasted (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
4. Answer to The Master (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
5. Satellite (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
6. Rock Brigade (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
7. Wasted (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
8. Good Morning Freedom (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
9. Satellite / When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
10. Medicine Man (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
11. The Overture (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
12. Lady Strange (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
13. Getcha Rocks Off (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

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