Def Leppard have been milking the Hysteria album for years and why not as it is their most popular album. It was an album that would reach Diamond status with well over 10 million copies sold. It would produce 7 singles in the US and even 6 in it’s home country of the UK.
In celebration of the albums 30 years, they released a beautiful box set of the full album which I reviewed a long while back (Hysteria). Now, they have decided to release the Singles Box set to celebrate those 7 singles and for fun they released two more singles plus gave us an extra Spanish Version of one of their singles (Spanish cover, not sung in Spanish although that would’ve been cool). This gives us a nice set of 10 singles plus their B-Sides.
There were two things that made the Hysteria Singles so special. One was the cover of those singles were a puzzle piece that when put together, they created the album artwork. The second thing was that the B-Sides were all unreleased tracks. As a collector, they were awesome.
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May 18th, 2017. A sad day for music fans everywhere. Chris Cornell died and left this world, but lucky for us, he left a tremendous music legacy. For the first time, a collection has been released that is a wonderful retrospective view of his entire career.
The 4CD set (64 Tracks) takes you on a remarkable journey through the life of Chris Cornell starting with his early days of Soundgarden from as early as 1987 through to his work with Audioslave and his solo output with one brand new track that had never previously been released. There are also 10 unreleased live tracks with some outstanding performances from throughout his career.
The first CD is basically a greatest hits collection of Soundgarden tracks with the exception of two songs from Temple of the Dog and one solo track The collection spans the late 80’s and the 90’s.
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Def Leppard is on a mission to release Four Box Sets each collection a specific period in the band. On June 1st, they started with Volume One…of course. They aren’t Chickenfoot and aren’t going to skip around with title numbers. Volume One covers the early years of the band capturing the first 4 albums of release. The set also includes 2 bonus albums, a book and a 7″ Single. Now, I have the first four albums on vinyl and CD so that was not what I was after. I wanted the bonus material. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice having new remastered, 180 gram vinyl for all of the albums. I am not complaining. But this set is for serious fans because it isn’t cheap!!
The article is not really a full review as it would take pages and pages of writing to fully review each album in the set. It is really a picture chronicle of the set because really there is no reason you shouldn’t own it if you are a fan. You can get it in CD or Vinyl. I chose vinyl. What you get is another fantastic package from the band and if this is an indication of what is to come for Volumes Two – Four, I better start saving now.
Why don’t we start with a picture of everything you get…
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I have been wanting this box set since the day it was announced. I finally was able to get my hands on a copy and couldn’t be happier. Well, almost. Let’s first talk about what is wrong with this box set. There is a HUGE OMISSION of several albums. The albums ‘Motley Crue’, ‘Generation Swine’ and ‘New Tattoo” are for some strange, f**king reason are not included in this box set. I am sure they had a reason, but a good reason it was absolutely not!
Now that I got that out of the way…the Motley Crue Box Set is to commemorate the 35 years of the band. The set goes through their final show on December 31st, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Motley Crue were
- Vince Neil – Vocals
- Nikki Sixx – Bass
- Mick Mars – Guitar
- Tommy Lee – Drums
I mentioned briefly what was wrong, now let’s go through what was included in the box set and what they did get right.
The Case: As you can see from the featured image, the case is actually quite large. It is a grave headstone marking the death (or ‘The End’) of Motley Crue. My youngest daughter thought that it was weird, but it is actually quite fitting for the occasion. When full, the case is rather heavy and seems durable enough for its purpose. The only down side is it won’t fit in my LP cabinet as you can see from the picture as well. However, it is nice enough to be a nice accent to the cabinet when I place it on top.
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