In December last year, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott revealed the band were planning on releasing a box set titled The Early Years.|
That news came after he previously stated they were planning on launching a "warts and all" show recorded in Oxford in 1980.
Now full details of the box set have been revealed - and it's going to be packed with material, with the package coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Def Leppard's debut album On Through The Night.
The Early Years 79-81 box set will be released on March 20 through UMC/Virgin and will contain remastered editions of 1980's On Through The Night and 1981's High 'N' Dry, which were overseen by Elliott, who acted as executive producer, and mastered by Def Lep's longtime sound engineer Ronan McHugh.
The collection will be spread across five discs, with the albums joined by the previously revealed Oxford show, along with b-sides, remixes, further live cuts and more.
In addition, The Early Years 79-81 will include the Nick Tauber-produced version of Rock Brigade which was planned to launch as a single but remained in the vaults- until today. Listen to it below.
Elliott says: "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 box set together and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did working on it."
In addition to the music, the box set will include a history of the band's first two albums written by Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott which will feature "personal insights from the band on the making and releasing of those early records as well as rare photos and memorabilia."
The Early Years 79-81 is now available to pre-order, while a full list of contents can be found below.
In addition, On Through The Night will be released on blue vinyl, while High 'N' Dry will be pressed on red vinyl on March 20. Both are now available to pre-order.
Def Leppard will head out on the road across the US next summer with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts on their highly anticipated stadium tour.
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