Drastic Symphonies Def Leppard
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- 1Turn To Dust05:30
- 2Paper Sun05:34
- 4Pour Some Sugar On Me05:27
- 6Love Bites06:43
- 7Goodbye For Good This Time04:27
- 9Gods Of War06:47
- 10Angels (Can't Help You Now)04:58
- 11Bringin' On The Heartbreak04:33
- 12Switch 62503:04
- 13Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad04:55
- 14Too Late For Love05:38
- 15When Love & Hate Collide04:14
- 16Kings Of The World06:19
Info for Drastic Symphonies
Rock and Classical royalty unite on Drastic Symphonies - a brand-new euphoric album featuring Def Leppard's greatest produced tracks dramatically reimagined, and sounding more exhilarating than ever before, via the band teaming with London's iconic The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This album represents a bold new approach to Def Leppard's most loved songs. Def Leppard have deconstructed and rebuilt not only some of their most well-known tracks, but also some of their hidden gems as well. By and large, they have intertwined the audio from the original tapes and performed them alongside The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, consistently ranked as one of the world's leading orchestras. The album additionally includes new vocals and guitars that culminate in stunningly beautiful symphonic arrangements, which at different points you can hear Joe Elliott duetting with his younger self.
Vocalist Joe Elliott says, "Def Leppard has always enjoyed veering off the expected path - working with the likes of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Alison Krauss for example. So, when the offer to revisit some of our back catalogue with the Royal Philharmonic was presented to us, we all jumped at it. Although we're far from the first band to ever do this, working directly with an orchestra at Abbey Road on some of our more orchestrated songs seemed too good of an opportunity to pass up."
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road in March 2022 and is produced by Def Leppard, Ronan McHugh & Nick Patrick (producer of the following RPO/Orchestral albums - xElvis, Roy Orbison, Beach Boys and Buddy Holly), with arrangements by Eric Gorfain (Neil Diamond, Ryan Adams, Christina Aguilera).
Guitarist Phil Collen says, "When the offer of doing an orchestral album with the RPO was suggested, we were honoured. But we didn't just want an orchestra plonked over our previous recordings. We decided to create something special where we would have something classic but present it in a brand new way that would involve making everything work in the context of Drastic Symphonies. Recording new parts, remixing previous sounds, taking some of our instruments out so the orchestra could breathe, and literally making a new album. It was an amazingly inspirational process culminating in the live recording of the RPO at Abbey Road studios in London. An absolute team effort that took a good part of a year. It's a new Def Leppard album, it's a greatest hits plus album with some songs rarely heard before, it's a live RPO album and we think it's perfect. We're so proud of how Drastic Symphonies turned out and can't wait to share it to the world."
Joe Elliott, vocals
Phil Collen, guitar, backing vocals
Vivian Campbell, guitar
Rick Savage, bass, backing vocals
Rick Allen, drums, backing vocals
Stephen Maynard Clark, backing vocals
Robert John "Mutt" Lange, backing vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Ziegler, conductor
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios
Produced by Ronan McHugh, Nick Patrick, Def Leppard
Formed in Sheffield in 1977, Def Leppard have gone on to be one of the UK's greatest-ever rock bands. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in a career that spans three decades. Def Leppard’s influential career includes dozens of huge hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums – including two of the best-selling records of all time, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria”, both of which have been given the Diamond Award (over 10 million sales in the USA alone). These two albums alone contain 10 hit singles including the classic Leppard tracks "Rock of Ages,” “Animal," "Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Foolin'.”
Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) – continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Def Leppard's epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading the Rock Legends to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry.
Def Leppard are currently in the midst of a sold out Arena tour in the USA. They will tour the UK and Eire in December 2015 with Whitesnake and Black Star Riders.
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