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Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995 (1995)

Vault Greatest Hits 1980-1995.

  • UK Release Date - 23rd October 1995.
  • US Release Date - 31st October 1995.
  • World Release Date - 15th June 2018 (Vinyl Reissue).
  • Album Type - Compilation/Greatest Hits.
  • Formats - 2CD/2LP/CASS.
  • Producer - Def Leppard/Pete Woodroffe (When Love & Hate Collide).
  • Engineer - Pete Woodroffe.
  • Backing Vocals - Stevie Vann Courtesy of Silvertone Records (Tracks 05/09).
  • String Arrangments - Michael Kamen (Track 09).
  • Studio - Joe's Garage, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Live Tracks - Recorded 6th June 1993 in Sheffield, England.
  • UK Record Label - Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury.
  • US Record Label - Island/Mercury.
  • Special Formats - UK 'Live In Sheffield' Bonus CD with nine live songs.
  • Special Formats - Japan 1CD Red Edition. Jewel case with large booklet/Jap-Eng lyrics/album covers poster.
  • Special Formats - Japan 2CD Blue Edition. Jewel case in slipcover with 64-page booklet/lyrics/band history.
  • UK Chart - 3 (4th November 1995/14 weeks on chart)
  • US Chart - 15 (18th November 1995/66 weeks on chart)
  • Irish Chart - 1 (29th October/9 weeks on chart)
  • US Chart (Catalog Albums) - 1 (25th August 2001/337 weeks on chart)

Album Notes By dltourhistory

The first greatest hits compilation album released by the band. The album contained 15 hits and one new original song. The single 'When Love & Hate Collide' reached number two on the UK singles chart, the highest ever for a single alongside 'Let's Get Rocked'. The inner booklet featured a three page introduction by co-manager Peter Mensch. A live pic was included from the Nuremburg 1986 show. Small comments were listed for each song by Joe, Phil and Sav as well as a personal band message to friends and fans on the last page and the slogan 'more to come'.

The black and white bar photo on the last page of the inner booklet was shot at Barney's Beanery in Hollywood. The distinctive windows can be seen against Joe's head with him holding a cigarette.

To promote the release day of the album the band played three acoustic concerts on three different continents on the same day. Setting a new world record. The shows became part of a two month world promo tour during which they aired two new tracks from the upcoming 'Slang' album. Various formats had four other tracks including another new song. In the UK nine songs from the Don Valley show of 1993 were released on a second bonus disc. The UK version is now discontinued. The album has been released again in various countries before the release of the 'Best Of' in 2004. The live version of 'Rocket' was edited down slightly with the 'Whole Lotta Love' snippet removed.

UK Limited Edition CD Band Message

"We hope you enjoy this collection of hits from the first fifteen years. In case you're wondering when you'll get a chance to hear some totally new Leppard music, we're happy to report that we've been hard at work for the last year & a half recording "Slang", the new album (and we are probably working like madmen to finish it up as you're reading this!)"

"So be on the lookout for "Slang" - the first Def Leppard album of all new material since "Adrenalize". It will definitely be out in the Spring of '96 (we promise!...Hopefully!)"