Def Leppard - Mirror Ball: Live And More (2011) [2 CD + DVD Edition]
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Full DVD | NTSC format | VIDEO_TS folder | Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound (224 Kbps) | 2,93 GB
Hard Rock | TT - 119:28 / + 58 minutes | Label: Bludgeon Riffola Ltd. | Catalogue Number: MBD 9511
Mirrorball (also known as Mirror Ball: Live and More) is a live album by British rock band Def Leppard released on 7 June 2011. It is Def Lepard's first ever live album that was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates on The Sparkle Lounge Tour 2008/2009. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits. With their creative juices at full flow, the band also added three new studio tracks: "Undefeated", It's All About Believin'", and "Kings Of The World", that are undeniably Def Leppard and take their place with ease within this classic setlist. The album comes with a bonus DVD that features live footage, music videos, behind the scenes footage and band interviews.
Of all the ‘80s bands that once ruled the hair metal roost, few soldiered through the following decades with as much tenacity as Def Leppard, who scored hits during the grunge era (“Let’s Get Rocked,” “Two Steps Behind”) and the late-‘90s teen pop revival (“Promises”) before quietly fading from the charts. The group then whipped itself into a touring juggernaut, spending nearly every summer on the road with AOR titans like Journey and REO Speedwagon. On Mirror Ball -- the band’s first live release, unless you count the out of print Live: In the Clubs, In Your Face EP from 1993 -- the guys are all pushing 50, yet the band doesn’t sound all that removed from its Reagan-era heyday. The biggest telltale sign that these songs were recorded during 2008’s Sparkle Lounge tour (as opposed to, say, the Hysteria heyday of 1987) is Joe Elliot’s voice, which has morphed from a metallic screech into a coarse croon. He now flips into this falsetto on the high notes, and his bandmates continue to chime in with their usual harmonies, which sound far more human when divorced of Mutt Lange’s studio production. The set list focuses on the band’s greatest hits -- “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Foolin’,” “Photograph,” “Love Bites,” “Let’s Get Rocked” -- and only reaches into the archives for “Switch 625” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak,” the latter of which is given the same treatment it received during the band’s 1980s performances: an acoustic beginning, followed by lots of audience baiting and -- finally -- an epic, electric finish. Three new studio recordings are tacked onto the end of disc two, with the Queen-like “Kings of the World” standing out as the best of the bunch. They’re all fine songs, really, but the meat of this album is the live material, which is far better than most fans will expect it to be.
-- Andrew Leahey, allmusic.com
01. Rock! Rock! ('Til You Drop)
04. C'mon C'mon
05. Make Love Like A Man
06. Too Late For Love
08. Nine Lives
09. Love Bites
10. Rock On
01. Two Steps Behind
02. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
03. Switch 625
05. Armageddon It
07. Pour Some Sugar On Me
08. Rock Of Ages
09. Let's Get Rocked
11. Bad Actress
12. Undefeated [New Studio Track]
13. Kings Of The World [New Studio Track]
14. It's All About Believin' [New Studio Track]
Produced by Def Leppard and Ronan McHugh.
Additional Musicians: Piano and Backing Vocals on "Kings Of The World" by Dick Decent.
Recording Location: Live: Various venues worldwide during the“Sparkle Lounge” Tour 2008 & 2009.
Studio Tracks: Recorded at Joe’s Garage, Dublin Ireland & Phil’s Sweat Shop & Rick’s Place, California, USA.
01. Nine Lives [Music Video]
02. C'mon C'mon [Music Video]
03. Rock Rock (Till You Drop) [Live]
04. Rick Allen Returns to Donington *
05. Quebec, Canada *
06. 2009 Country Music Awards *
07. Hysteria [Live]
08. Backstage at Download 2009 *
09. Armageddon' It [Live]
10. Japan / Australia Tour *
11. Pour Some Sugar On Me [Live]
12. Making of the Mirror Ball *
* - Behind The Scenes on the Sparkle Lounge Tour 2008-2009.
Running time: ~ 58 minutes. NTSC format.Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound (224 Kbps)
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