To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the bands debut album, Def Leppard put together quite an impressive box set. The debut album was ‘On Through the Night’ which arrived in 1980. The band didn’t stop with that album to commemorate, they decided to cover the 4 years of major transition from the band. They are gong back to their humble beginnings of 1978 and up through 1981 and the album ‘High & Dry”. The last album before the band blew up in to major Rock Star status. And man they were huge.
This set is 5 CDs. And they consist of the following:
- ‘On Through the Night’ (Remastered)
- ‘High ‘N Dry’ (Remastered)
- When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the New Theatre, Oxford – 1980)
- Too Many Jitterbugs (Rare and bonus tracks)
- Raw (Early BBC Recordings)
It is over 4 1/2 hours of music. And believe it or not, there are some things on here I did not have which is why I bought the whole set. The packaging is pretty sweet. The box it comes in looks like a box to hold a collection of 45’s and the front and back covers even show the wear of records being included which is a nice touch. The CD’s themselves come in a tri-fold cardboard folder that is pretty durable and it looks like this… Continue reading “Def Leppard – ‘The Early Years 78-81’ Box Set – Album Review”