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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
On Through The Night 1980
High 'n' Dry 1981
On Through The Night 1980
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.
  • 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
20th march 2020

DEF LEPPARD's THE EARLY YEARS 79-81 Box Set Now Available (Listen)

Def Leppard's new 5 disc The Early Years 79-81 box set is now available worldwide and can be streamed online.

Def Leppard News
13th march 2020

DEF LEPPARD 1979 GLAD I'M ALIVE (Early Version) Single Released

Def Leppard have released a third track from The Early Years 79-81 box set with the Glad I'm Alive (Early Version) now available to stream/download.

Def Leppard News
21st february 2020


Def Leppard have released a second track from The Early Years 79-81 box set with Good Morning Freedom now available to stream/download.

related releases

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

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