DEF LEPPARD – Slang [2CD Deluxe Edition] (2014)
DEF LEPPARD is reissuing today a Deluxe Edition of “Slang” available in three formats: a double CD, vinyl LP and Digital editions, containing the original 11 album tracks re-mastered and numerous bonus tracks previously unreleased.
“Slang” was their first record with guitarist Vivian Campbell following the death of Steve Clark in 1991. The album saw Def Leppard reacting to the grunge era by moving away from the ultra-polished sound masterminded by Mutt Lange – and although it didn’t sell as well as had their previous records it has come to be regarded as their most underrated work.
The truth is that many melodic rockers never heard “Slang” in its entirety. A pity, because it’s a damn fine record.
So what do you get for your money with this “Slang Deluxe Edition”? Well for a start you get the album itself – 11 tracks. Then you get another five tracks on the disc, including “Move With Me Slowly” (the Japanese bonus track), the single b-sides “Burn Out” and “Worlds Collide”, “Truth?” in its original version, and “Can’t Keep Away From The Flame” (Japanese Bonus Track from Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) and B-Side from “Slang” Souvenir Pack).
On the second disc you get another 14 tracks of which almost all are alternative versions of songs from the album – demos, rough mixes and early versions. All are really interesting and some quite different from the originals, you can hear Phil Collen on lead vocals and Vivian Campbell ‘acclimating’ to the Def Lepp style and sound.
So instead of just the original 11 track album you get 30 songs with this version.
The album itself has a much harder rock feel to it. They’ve got rid of the highly produced sound from the previous recordings and instead there’s a more natural feel to it, more reflective of a live performance than their earlier studio work.
I must admit that this album passed me by when it was first issued, and coming after ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Adrenalize’ I can see it would have been a shock to the fans, but listening to it now I do like the heavier raw sound that the band have used on this album.
The huge amount of bonus material makes this “Slang Deluxe Edition” a mandatory puchase for Def Leppard fans and a great opportunity to any Melodic Hard Rock aficionado to re-discover this very good, underrated record.
It’s definitely interesting listening to some of the rough mixes or early drafts of the songs to hear how they changed, and also to hear some of the other songs that weren’t on the album.
One that was overlooked by many at the time of its original release, so it’s great to see it being given a re-release and to see so much bonus material included.
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2. Turn To Dust
4. All I Want Is Everything
5. Work I Out
6. Breathe A Sigh
7. Deliver Me
8. Gift Of Flesh
9. Blood Runs Cold
10. Where Does Love Go When It Dies
11. Pearl Of Euphoria
12. Move With Me Slowly
13. Truth? (Original Version)
14. Burn Out
15. Worlds Collide
16. Can’t Keep Away From The Flame
1. Turn To Dust (1st Draft – Phil Verse Vocal)
2. Raise Your Love
3. All I Want Is Everything (1st Draft)
4. Work It Out (1st Draft)
5. Breathe A Sigh (Rough Mix)
6. Deliver Me (Rough Mix)
7. Black Train
8. Blood Runs Cold (Rough Mix)
9. Where Does Love Go When It Dies (1st Draft)
10. Pearl of Euphoria (Rough Mix)
11. All On Your Touch (2012 revisit)
12. Anger (Deliver Me – 1st Draft)
13. Move On Up (Viv Demo)
14. Gift of Flesh (Phil Vocal)
Joe Elliott – lead vocals, additional guitar and bass
Phil Collen – electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals
Vivian Campbell – electric and acoustic guitars, dulcimer, vocals
Rick Savage – bass, acoustic guitars, synth bass, vocals
Rick Allen – drums, percussion
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