As has been rumoured for the last few months, Def Leppard has now confirmed details of their box set which will concentrate on the early part of their career.
The box set, titled ‘The Early Years 79-81,’ is due on March 20. It is a five-disc set that will include remasters of the albums, 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.
The band’s lead vocalist, Joe Elliott, had a major hand in compiling the music, as he served as the box set’s executive producer. In particular, Elliott spoke about the Oxford recording as a “warts and all” affair. “It’s us live in 1980,” he said. Elliott confirmed that the band were hesitant about releasing music that showed the band, not at the top of its game. “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.”
Elliott also pointed out 1979’s ‘Rock Brigade,” which was originally slated to be a single in the U.K., but never saw release. The link to the audio is below. He continued, “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.”
Def Leppard’s last original release was in 2015. At present, there are no immediate plans for new music. Elliott said that while the band still wants to make new music, its priority right now is touring.