This section looks at the 'Vault' greatest hits album entering the USA Billboard chart on this day in 1995 at Number 15. It would go on to sell over 4 million copies in the USA alone by 2005.
"The greatest hits is like closing a chapter."
Def Leppard's Vault Greatest Hits album entered the US album chart at Number 15 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 USA/Canada.
It debuted at Number 15 on 18th November 1995.
The first album to chart outside the Top 10 since the 1984 'High 'n' Dry' reissue and the original version which peaked at 26 in 1981.
The single 'When Love & Hate Collide' had not been a hit in the USA and would only go on to reach Number 58.
The previous compilation release 'Retro-Active' had peaked at Number 9 in October 1993.
The second greatest hits release 'Rock Of Ages The Definitive Collection' would be their next Top 10 album in the USA.
The replacement for 'Vault' peaked at Number 10 in June 2005.
Rap act The Dogg Pound were at Number One in this week with their album 'Dogg Food'.
Other rock acts in the Top 40 that week were Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bush, AC/DC and Silverchair.
USA Album Chart - 18th November 1995
- 01 - The Dogg Pound - Dogg Food
- 02 - Mariah Carey - Daydream
- 03 - Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill III (Temple Of Boom)
- 04 - Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
- 05 - Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
- 15 - Def Leppard - Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 (New Entry)
'Vault' had entered the UK album chart aton 4th November 1995.
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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