This section looks at the 'Vault' greatest hits album entering the UK chart on this day in 1995 at Number 3. The fourth album in a row to enter the UK chart inside the Top Five.
"The greatest hits is like closing a chapter."
Def Leppard's Vault Greatest Hits album entered the UK album chart at Number 3 on this day in 1995.
The first greatest hits release by the band which became their fourth consecutive Top Ten album in the UK.
The album had been released onin the UK/Ireland.
It debuted at Number 3 on 4th November 1995. The third UK Top 5 album for the band after 'Hysteria' in 1987 and 'Adrenalize' in 1992.
'Slang' became the fourth in 1996 when it also debuted at Number 3.
'Vault' remained inside the Top 10 for two more weeks at 5 and 9 and in all spent 16 weeks on the Top 100 chart. The first 12 weeks of which were spent inside the Top 40.
Earlier in the week on 1st November the album had been certified Silver (60,000), Gold (100,000) and Platinum for sales of over 300,000 copies in the UK.
On the same day the 'When Love & Hate Collide' single (which had reached Number Two in the charts) was certified Silver with 200,000 sales.
This meant the band had sold over 500,000 albums and singles in just over one month in the UK making it one of their most successful periods for sales in their homeland.
Despite being the new song on 'Vault', 'When Love & Hate Collide' had become their most successful single in the UK and the biggest selling.
The album was the highest of three new entries in the chart. Simply Red were at Number One with 'Life' containing the single 'Fairground' which kept WLAHC off the top spot a couple of weeks earlier.
Other rock acts in the Top 40 that week were Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Green Day and Bon Jovi.
UK Top Five Albums - 4th November 1995
- 01 - Simply Red - Life
- 02 - Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
- 03 - Def Leppard - Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 - (New Entry/Peak Position)
- 04 - Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (New Entry)
- 05 - Roxette - Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus - Greatest Hits (New Entry)
Def Leppard UK Album/Single Certifications - 1st November 1995
- Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 - (Silver - 60,000 copies)
- Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 - (Gold - 100,000 copies)
- Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 - (Platinum - 300,000 copies)
- When Love & Hate Collide - (Silver - 200,000 copies)
October 1995 Interview Quotes
Joe - "It's the perfect time to do it as far as we're concerned. You know looking at our career overall. We've got a brand new album that's nearly finished coming out in the Spring of next year. And it is a slightly different sound to anything we've done in the past."
Joe - "To have done a Greatest Hits after that record I think would have been a bit opening up the 80s again. And it's something that you know this is a chapter that we think it needs closing off."
Sav on WLAHC - "You hope that that's gonna become a hit as well. I mean it would look a bit out of place if it didn't. But it seems to be doing well. So I mean we're fortunate in that respect. But you need - we wanted to put a new song out there just to actually let people know what is happening. It's basically a good advertisement for the album you know. If the single does well it's like it's a brand new track as well as far as people as concerned."
Joe - "All it's done really is maybe put Slang back two, two/three months back and the way that I would justify that is Def Leppard are putting two albums out in seven or eight months which is a change from one every four years."
Joe - "We just shot a video for When Love & Hate Collide which other than being on your feet for 12 hours which gets a bit tiring. We were literally only there for 12 hours."
Vivian Campbell 1995 Interview Quote
"I'll be honest, when I first heard that there was going to be a greatest hits album before Slang, I thought, "Oh bollocks!". But then, if you think about it, it's the perfect time for Def Leppard to do a hits album because we want the new record to be perceived as something new, so the greatest hits is like closing a chapter. And if the greatest hits is successful, it'll provide a good springboard to release the new album."
Rick Savage - 1995 Interview Quotes
On Including A New Song
"No I don't think it's cheeky. I mean you hope that that's gonna become a hit as well. I mean it would look a bit out of place if it didn't, but it seems to be doing well. So I mean we're fortunate in that respect. But we wanted to put a new song out there just to actually let people know what is happening and it's basically a good advertisement for the album. If the single does well. It's like well it's a brand new track as well as far as the people are concerned."
"We're very strong internally. We have a lot of respect for each other's musical ability and personalities. And we give each other the right amount of space. I think that helps."
"We've always wanted to be in a position to be able to put a greatest hits album out. And we now are in that position, We've had 16 or 17 songs around the world, singles that somewhere around the world where hits. And it's great to put them all on one album you know. And this is not the end of Def Leppard by a long chalk. Hopefully there's loads more hits to come. But it's basically just ending a chapter as such. that's the first 15 years."
Joe Elliott - 1995 Interview Quote
Playing Live/Next Album
"We have to go wherever we're needed, wherever we're wanted. If somebody's says come play, you can play now like South Africa, we've never been, well now go."
Rick Savage - 1995 Interview Quote
"It's an old cliche but you can't beat playing live you know. And it's a bit Spinal Tap and what have you, but it's true. It's the only reason you ever start a group in the first place is actually just go out and perform. Whether it's ten people or ten thousand doesn't make any difference."
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