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15 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Songs From The Sparkle Lounge UK Release

Songs From The Sparkle Lounge 2008. UK Deluxe Edition

Def Leppard released their ninth studio album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge on this day in 2008 in the UK.

The ninth studio album of all original material was released on this day as a physical edition.

It had been released digitally in the UK on 27th April and on 29th April in North America.

The official digital release date was 28th April (as used on posters) but the album was made available on the 27th via iTunes and other platforms.

This UK version was a Deluxe Edition housed in a hardback book cover sleeve featuring the main CD album and a bonus DVD.

The DVD featured a making of feature called 'Behind The Curtain', the 'Nine Lives' Promo video and the Sparkle Lounge commentary with band members talking about the songs.

Two bonus tracks were included on the CD. 'Love (Piano Version)' and the 'Nine Lives (Def Leppard Version)' featuring only Joe on lead vocals and no Tim McGraw.

In late April 2008 "" UK album website was launched to promote to release featuring previews of each track and short video clips.

The recording process for this album began on the 2006 YEAH! tour in the USA.

'The Sparkle Lounge' was the name given to the room where the band recorded new ideas in the backstage area of various venues. In March 2007 Phil Collen revealed they were using 'Sparkle Lounge' as the album's working title.

This room would be decorated with lights and carpets and was jokingly named by the crew members. Much of the album's recording was done during this tour with the band then working at Joe's Garage studio in Dublin for the first few months of 2007.

It would be another year before the album would be released as the band took a break to tour North American again in 2007. In contrast to the latest album most of the songs were written individually. The epic ballad 'Love' had been worked on by Sav for almost 15 years according to Vivian.

The more stripped back and rocking sound of the album was heavily influenced by the recording sessions for the 'YEAH!' covers album of 2006. The 2007 Dublin sessions were also filmed for use on the accompanying 'Sparkle Lounge' DVD. A first for the band.

It was finally released in April/May 2008. Six years after the 'X/Ten' album and was once again produced by the band with Ronan McHugh.

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