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Def Leppard Prep 'The Early Years 79-81' Box Set

Def Leppard officially have a new five-disc box set on the way that compiles their first two LPs, On Through the Night and High ‘N’ Dry, as well as live recordings, outtakes, and more.

Executive-produced by frontman Joe Elliott and mastered by their longtime sound engineer Ronan McHugh, The Early Years 79-81 will be available as remastered single-CD editions, and vinyl editions on either black or limited-edition colored LPs.

“Well, the fans asked, and we listened,” Elliott said in a statement. “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!”

Also included in the set will be a history of the band’s first two albums written by music writer Paul Elliott.

The Early Years 79-81 comes out March 20.

See The Early Years 79-81 tracklist below.

Disc One: On Through the Night — Remastered

  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”

Disc Two: High ‘n’ Dry — Remastered

  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”

Disc 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. “Getcha Rocks Off”
  14. “Hello America”
  15. “Wasted”
  16. “Ride Into the Sun”

Disc 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)

Disc Five: Raw — Early BBC Recordings

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

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