1. (00:03:01) Def Leppard - Truth?
2. (00:04:22) Def Leppard - Turn To Dust
3. (00:02:38) Def Leppard - Slang
4. (00:05:20) Def Leppard - All I Want Is Everything
5. (00:04:50) Def Leppard - Work It Out
6. (00:04:07) Def Leppard - Breath A Sigh
7. (00:03:04) Def Leppard - Deliver Me
8. (00:03:48) Def Leppard - Gift Of Flesh
9. (00:04:27) Def Leppard - Blood Runs Cold
10. (00:04:05) Def Leppard - Where Does Love Go When It Dies
11. (00:06:20) Def Leppard - Pearl Of Euphoria
Playing Time.........: 01:54:28
Total Size...........: 328.37 MB
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Def Leppard are an English rock band from Sheffield, who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Largely on the strength of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top-selling rock bands throughout the 1980s, selling over 65 million albums worldwide, including over 35 million in the United States alone. Def Leppard are ranked #31 on VH1's "Greatest Artists of Hard Rock"
Slang is the sixth studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1996. The album marked a radical musical departure from their signature sound, and was produced by the band with Pete Woodroffe.
Between the releases of Retro Active and Slang, Def Leppard endured hardships including Phil Collen's divorce, the death of Rick Savage's father and Savage's battle with Bell's Palsy, and the arrests of both Rick Allen and Joe Elliott for spousal abuse and assault, respectively. Though the band says Adrenalize was recorded during a bleaker time, the absence of Mutt Lange (for the first time on a Def Leppard record since 1981) made it possible for the band to show what they were really feeling. Says Joe Elliott, "There was a period with Mutt where if you came out with anything slightly negative, it was 'Fuck it!' and it was gone!" Continues Phil Collen, "We've all got personal things that have happened during the recording of Slang, and we've just ploughed on and some of it has come out on the record."
Doing without the services Mutt Lange, the band changed another habit by recording together as a band, in a townhouse in Marbella, Spain. Slang would feature less production in favor of a more organic sound, catalyzed by drummer Rick Allen's reversion to a semi-acoustic kit. "We'd got so sick of recording the old way. We didn't want to do it any more. We wanted the music to be more personalised and let the character of the individuals to come out," explains Rick Savage.
Songs such as "Turn to Dust" introduced sarangi and other instrumentation atypical for the band. The album's lyrical content featured a darker and more introspective turn for the most part, with lighter fare restricted to the Prince-influenced "Slang".
Slang was the first Def Leppard album to fail to achieve platinum sales in the US. Elsewhere, the album performed better: it placed four singles on the UK charts, and did go platinum in Canada. On the supporting tour the band performed for the first time in Southeast Asia, South Africa and South America.
A limited edition release included a 6-track bonus disc, "Acoustic in Singapore", recorded live in October 1995.
* Joe Elliott – lead vocals, additional guitars, keyboards (1977–present)
* Phil Collen – guitars, backing vocals (1982–present)
* Vivian Campbell – guitars, backing vocals (1992–present)
* Rick Savage – bass, keyboards, additional guitars, backing vocals (1977–present)
* Rick Allen – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1978–present)
1. "Truth?" Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Vivian Campbell 3:00
2. "Turn to Dust" Collen 4:21
3. "Slang" Collen, Elliott 2:37
4. "All I Want Is Everything" Elliott 5:20
5. "Work It Out" Campbell 4:49
6. "Breathe a Sigh" Collen 4:06
7. "Deliver Me" Collen, Elliott 3:04
8. "Gift of Flesh" Collen 3:48
9. "Blood Runs Cold" Collen, Elliott 4:26
10. "Where Does Love Go When It Dies" Elliott, Collen 4:04
11. "Pearl of Euphoria"
Review from Allmusic.com.-----------
After the lackluster performance of Adrenalize, Def Leppard realized it was time to abandon their trademark wall-of-guitars sound. Jettisoning producer Mutt Lange — who, admittedly, was busy producing his wife, country singer Shania Twain — the group stripped its sound to the basics for Slang. There are very few layers-of-guitar effects on the album, just straight, crunching chords. Most notably, Rick Allen has returned to playing acoustic drums after playing an electronic kit for nearly a decade. The change in approach is apparent and welcome — Def Leppard hasn't sounded somore… immediate since Pyromania. Furthermore, they decided to expand their musical vocabulary slightly, working elements of R&B and funk into the rhythms. Not all of the experiments work, but Def Leppard sound revitalized, particularly when they attack a straightforward rocker. Slang would have been even better if they had come up with a set of hooks that sounded as alive as their performance, but the album is a much-needed return to form for the group.