For My Sunday Song #126, the instrumental we will be covering is “Switch 625” by none other than Def Leppard. For a band that is not noted for doing instrumentals, when they did one, they definitely got it right. The song is off the band’s second album ‘High & Dry’ and is still played today in concert as a tribute to the writer of the song, the late, great Steve Clark.
The song bleeds effortlessly after “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” with such a smooth transition you would swear it is part of the song. The long, unedited version of the song. The song itself is a beautiful representation of all that was great about the god-given gift of Steve’s guitar playing.
I love the dual guitars battling it out. I can picture Pete & Steve going back and forth and playing off each other (now I am making an assumption that Pete played on the recorded version). It also has such a great melody and if it had lyrics would have made for another great Def Leppard ballad I am sure.
In fact, producer Mutt Lange wanted to add lyrics but after battling out with Joe Elliot, no lyrics were added. Joe felt the song was perfect the way it was and no need to mess it up with his voice (of course that isn’t a direct quote, I’m making assumptions but the story itself is true).
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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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Today, July 11th, marks the 35th Anniversary of Def Leppard’s best and heaviest album, ‘High & Dry’. Everyone knows the albums ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’, but the album that started it for me was ‘High & Dry’. My brother had their first album on vinyl ‘On Through the Night’, but that album didn’t really do much for me. I liked it, but it was lacking in a lot of areas.
It was this album that changed my views on Def Leppard. This album is what a Rock & Roll album was supposed to sound like. Once I heard this album, my world was never the same. Def Leppard became a part of my life and has not stopped since.
What was so special about this album? For starters, the producer was the legendary, Mutt Lange. He went on to produce ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’ as well. Mutt Lange was able to take the elements that were missing on their first album and put them together here. The improvements from their first album to here are huge. They sounded like a band that had a plan and an idea of who they were that they didn’t have before.
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