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25 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's RETRO-ACTIVE Album At Number 6 In UK

Def Leppard Retro-Active 1993. Retro-Active 1993

Def Leppard's compilation album Retro-Active entered the UK album chart at Number 6 on this day in 1993.

The first compilation released by the band became their third consecutive Top Ten album in the UK.

The album had been released on 4th October 1993 at entered the Top 10 at Number 6 on 16th October 1993.

It fell to 18 in week two and by week four was at 57.

Three weeks were spent inside the Top 40.

It later re-entered the chart for two weeks in February 1994 following the release of the 'Action' single. In all spending six weeks on the album charts.

Meatloaf was the Number One album in the same week.

'Retro-Active' was the fourth highest new entry with fellow UK artists M People, The Wonder Stuff and Go West entering above them.

Other notable rock artists in the Top 40 that week were Nirvana (11), Bon Jovi (31) and U2 (35).

UK Top Six Albums - 16th October 1993

  • 01 - Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell
  • 02 - M People - Elegant Slumming (New Entry)
  • 03 - Pet Shop Boys - Very
  • 04 - The Wonder Stuff - Construction For The Modern Riot (New Entry)
  • 05 - Go West - Aces And Kings the Best Of Go West (New Entry)
  • 06 - Def Leppard - Retro-Active - (New Entry/Peak Position)

Retro-Active 1993.

The Making Of Retro-Active In Def Leppard's Own Words - October 1993

Joe Elliott

"We thought about it last December, starting working on it in our heads in January, physically started working on it in May and we finished it in August."

"The majority of the recording was done in Dublin in nine days. I had a nine o'clock flight to Japan one morning, and I was still in the studio at 8:20 having been in all night working on the intro to 'Fractured Love'. I just made the flight!."

"I've got my fingers crossed that we can keep that mentality when we go in to do the next record. I'm hoping we won't freeze up again!. The attitude of the band has changed so much since the start of '92. It's a different animal."

Read the full article on the Making of the Retro-Active album and it's 25th anniversary.

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