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Def Leppard / The Early Years 79-81

2020 box set - studio/live album/rarities

A 5CD box set reissue of the band's first two studio albums and live material from 1979 to 1981.
Including a previosuly unreleased live album recorded in April 1980 with the line-up of Steve Clark and Pete Willis.


The Early Years 79-81 2020.

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  • Released - 20th March 2020.
  • Album Type - Studio Reissue.
  • Formats - CD/LP/Digital MP3.
  • Record Label - UMC (Universal Music Catalogue).
  • Record Label - Virgin EMI.
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Tracklisting - CD1/Disc 1


album information

Details of the 5CD reissue box set and separate reissues of 'On Through The Night' and 'High 'n' Dry' with quotes from band members.

Joe Elliott (2020)

“Well the fans asked, and we listened! Really excited to have our early years reworked with a load of rare material including the newly unearthed Live at the Oxford New Theatre, recorded on the 1980 UK tour.
It’s been a trip putting this boxset together and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did working on it! ”

Joe Elliott (2019)

"There's a...as a companion piece to On Through The Night there is a brand new just mixed live performance from the Oxford Theatre in 1980 from that tour.
Which has never been heard. And it is what it is. It's warts and all. It is what it is. It's us live in 1980."

Joe Elliott (2019)

"As I said in the liner notes when you peer through the curtain of uncertainty that my voice was back in those days there is a fantastic band on stage.
It was some band. You know and when you hear it it's spectacular."


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The Early Years 79-81 versions

The Early Years 79-81
High 'n' Dry 1981
On Through The Night 1980
High 'n' Dry 1981
High 'n' Dry 1981
On Through The Night 1980
High 'n' Dry 1981



The Early Years 79-81 / album credits


band members

guest musicians

  • Dave Cousins - Spoken Intro Voice (1980).

chart info

  • UK Chart - (info to follow).
  • UK Vinyl Chart - (info to follow).
  • US Chart - (info to follow).

2020 release

original albums/singles

  • Producer/Mixer - Robert John 'Mutt' Lange.
  • Producer - (Colonel) Tom Allom (1980).
  • Producer - Def Leppard (1979).
  • Producer - Nick Tauber (1979).
  • Engineers/Mixers - Nigel Green/Mike Shipley.
  • Assistant Engineer - Craig Thomson (1983).
  • Assistant Engineer - Bryan New (1983).
  • Engineers - Louis 'Snook' Austin/Dick Plant (1980).
  • Engineers - Roy Neave/Keith Herd (1979).
  • Mixer - Nick Cartwright (1979).

original b-sides

  • Producer - Def Leppard.



The Early Years 79-81 / album news

Def Leppard News
29th January 2020

DEF LEPPARD To Reissue First Two Albums On Blue-Red Vinyl In March 2020

Def Leppard have today announced coloured vinyl versions of the On Through The Night and High 'n' Dry albums for March 2020.

Def Leppard News
29th January 2020

DEF LEPPARD Confirm THE EARLY YEARS 79-81 Box Set Release For March 2020

Def Leppard have today confirmed The Early Years 79-81 box set details which will be released in March 2020.

Def Leppard News
7th January 2020

JOE ELLIOTT Confirms DEF LEPPARD's Box Set Will Include Rare 1980 Songs

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by a member of Tesla recently and confirmed details of the new Early Years box set.





related releases

CD/Vinyl Collection Volume 2 2019
CD/Vinyl Collection Volume 1 2018
Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition 2017





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