Def Leppard reveals details of five-disc ‘Early Years’ box set

New 04/02/2020

Def Leppard has confirmed details of a previously mentioned box titled The Early Years 79-81.

Due for release on March 20, the five-disc set will include remasters of 1980’s On Through the Night and 1981’s High ‘N’ Dry, along with B-sides, rarities, Radio One sessions, Live From Reading and the first-ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed 1980 show from Oxford.

Singer Joe Elliott executive produced the box set, with mastering done by Ronan McHugh, the band's longtime sound engineer.

Elliott described the Oxford recording as a "warts and all" affair. "It's us live in 1980. We were discussing off-mic ... about lip-syncing or overdubbing. You can't have it. You can't expect a 59-year-old me to go in and clean up a 20-year-old vocal. You know what I mean? So, it is what it is."

Of special note is the inclusion of a version of 1979's "Rock Brigade," produced by Nick Tauber, which was penciled in as a single in the UK but never saw release. You can listen to it below.

"As I said in the liner notes, if you peel through the curtain of uncertainty that was my voice back in those days, you can hear the beginnings of a really great band,” said Elliott.

Def Leppard has no immediate plans for new music, with their last release being the self-titled 2015 album. Elliott said touring is the band’s main priority at this point. "We still wanna make new music — don't get me wrong, we absolutely do," he noted.

See the full details of the box set here. See below for the full tracklist:

‘The Early Year 79-81’ 5CD Boxset 

CD ONE: ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  7. Wasted
  8. Rocks Off
  9. It Don’t Matter
  10. Answer to The Master
  11. Overture

CD TWO: HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625
  6. You Got Me Runnin’
  7. Lady Strange
  8. On Through the Night
  9. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  10. No No No

CD THREE: WHEN THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN – LIVE IN OXFORD 26/04/1980

  1. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  2. It Could Be You
  3. Rock Brigade
  4. Satellite
  5. Medicine Man
  6. Answer to the Master
  7. When the Rain Falls
  8. Sorrow Is a Woman
  9. Good Morning Freedom
  10. Don’t Matter to Me
  11. Overture
  12. Lady Strange
  13. GetchaRocks Off
  14. Hello America
  15. Wasted
  16. Ride into The Sun

CD FOUR: TOO MANY JITTERBUGS – B-SIDES AND RARITIES

  1. Ride into The Sun – The Def Leppard EP
  2. Getcha Rocks Off – The Def Leppard EP
  3. The Overture – The Def Leppard EP
  4. Wasted -Single
  5. Hello America – Single
  6. Rock Brigade – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
  7. Glad I’m Alive – Unreleased Nick Tauber produced version
  8. Good Morning Freedom – Single
  9. Let It Go – Single Edit
  10. Switch 625 – Single Edit
  11. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Single Edit
  12. Me and My Wine – Original Version
  13. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Remix
  14. Me and My Wine – Remix

CD FIVE: RAW – EARLY BBC RECORDINGS

  1. Glad I’m Alive (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  2. Sorrow Is A Woman (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  3. Wasted (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  4. Answer to The Master (Andy Peebles Session – 07/06/1979)
  5. Satellite (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  6. Rock Brigade (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  7. Wasted (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  8. Good Morning Freedom (Friday Rock Show Session – 03/10/1979)
  9. Satellite / When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  10. Medicine Man (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  11. The Overture (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  12. Lady Strange (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)
  13. Getcha Rocks Off (Live at the Reading Festival – 24/08/1980)

ON THROUGH THE NIGHT – RE-MASTERED (1CD)

Disc 1

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down
  7. Wasted
  8. Rocks Off
  9. It Don’t Matter
  10. Answer to The Master
  11. Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1CD)

Disc 1

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625
  6. You Got Me Runnin’
  7. Lady Strange
  8. On Through the Night
  9. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  10. No No No

ON THROUGH THE NIGHT (1LP)

Side One

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down

Side Two

  1. Wasted
  2. Rocks Off
  3. It Don’t Matter
  4. Answer to The Master
  5. Overture

HIGH ‘N’ DRY – RE-MASTERED (1LP)

Side One

  1. Let It Go
  2. Another Hit and Run
  3. High N Dry (Saturday Night)
  4. Bringin’ On the Heartache
  5. Switch 625

Side Two

  1. You Got Me Runnin’
  2. Lady Strange
  3. On Through the Night
  4. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)
  5. No No No