Def Leppard's new album featuring recordings of 16 of their classics with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Drastic Symphonies,’ is out today.
The album was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, and the band mixed in audio from the original tapes and then performed alongside the Orchestra. At different points fans can hear Joe Elliott singing along with his younger self. The album also includes new vocals and guitars.
Guitarist Phil Collen said when that when they were approached about the idea, they had one stipulation:
“We don’t want anyone messing with our stuff, so we actually needed full control over it. So, while we were doing all the Diamond Star Halo stuff (their last album), we started kind of getting this thing together – kind of reworking these songs, you know. Re-recorded some of them. Re-recorded certain parts. Got rid of instruments completely. Redone sounds and everything. And, over the period of the last year, we got it all finished. So here we are, a brand new album as well that sounds so radically different to anything we’ve ever done before.”
‘Drastic Symphonies’ is out on CD, black vinyl, colored vinyl, picture disc, CD/Blu-Ray (Atmos) and digitally.Here’s a look at the song list on the album:
- "Turn to Dust"
- "Paper Sun"
- "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Stripped version)
- "Love Bites"
- "Goodbye for Good This Time"
- "Gods of War"
- "Angels (Can’t Help You Now)"
- "Bringin’ on the Heartbreak"
- "Switch 625"
- "Too Late for Love"
- "When Love & Hate Collide"
- "Kings of the World"
- "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" - vinyl & Atmos versions
Def Leppard will celebrate the release with a special show tonight at The Leadmill in their hometown of Sheffield, England. It will be also be streamed Veeps at 3 p.m. (Central). For tickets click DefLeppard.Veeps.com.
Portions of the proceeds will go to Music Venue Trust, a charity that aids grassroots music venues.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]