1. Two Steps Behind (Electric Ver
2. Miss You In A Heartbeat (Elect
3. I Wanna Be Your Hero
4. Ring Of Fire
5. From The Inside
6. Ride Into The Sun
7. Only After Dark
8. Miss You In A Heartbeat
9. She's Too Tough
10. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic Ver
12. Fractured Love
13. Desert Song
- RETRO ACTIVE is a collection of B-sides, alternate versions and rarities from the Def Leppard vaults.
- Def Leppard: Joe Elliot (vocals, guitar, piano); Rick Savage (guitar, keyboards, acoustic & electric bass, background vocals); Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen (guitar, background vocals); Steve Clark (guitar); Rick Allen (drums).
- Additional personnel: Pete Woodroffe (piano); Robert Mutt Lange, P.J. Smith (background vocals).
- Engineers include: Pete Woodroffe, Ronald Prent, Albert Boekholt.
- Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland; Rainbow Studios and Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany; Bow Lane Studios and Joe's Garage, Dublin, Ireland.
- If you spent several years meticulously preparing each release like Def Leppard, you'd have countless unused ditties lying around too. This bounty forms the basis for 1993's RETRO ACTIVE.
- The collection includes B-sides and rarities that will be familiar to only the most die-hard fans--including such rockers as "She's Too Tough," "Ride Into the Sun," and "Ring of Fire," plus the ballads "Miss You in a Heartbeat," and "Two Steps Behind." Usually such compilations are of variable quality, but RETRO ACTIVE is sequenced so cunningly it's almost comparable to a Def Leppard studio album.
Rolling Stone (11/25/93, p.114) - "...RETRO ACTIVE is a powerful package...[Def Leppard's] chief strength has been in the songs they write and RETRO ACTIVE underscores that appeal..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/8/93, p.54) - "...Hard rock, '80s style, is supposed to be fun, and that's just what zillion-selling Def Leppard delivers...mostly the band just rocks out--which is pretty damn welcome..." - Rating: A-
Q (12/93, p.130) - 3 Stars - Good - "...[RETRO ACTIVE] creates a pleasantly patterned patchwork that is...preferable to [Def Leppard's] more contrived, overtly commercial releases...."