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26 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Release The SLANG Album In The UK

Def Leppard 1996. Slang 1996

Def Leppard released their sixth studio album Slang 26 years ago on this day in 1996 which marked a change in their sound.

The sixth studio album of all original material was released on 13th May in the UK and around the world.

It would be issued a day later in North America where Work It Out was the first single release.

This album was the first to be recorded with 'new guy' Vivian Campbell who had joined the band in February 1992.

He wrote the song Work It Out and contributed to the writing of many others on an album which marked a radical change in direction for the band's sound.

Work began on the album in late 1993 when band members wrote songs at their homes around the world before coming together to record in May 1994. Recording took place in a house in Marbella, Spain by the coast. The band co-produced the album with Pete Woodroffe and recorded many songs live.

The recording lasted for around 8 months in Spain before the band headed back to Dublin. Further work was done in early 1995 before the band took a break from July to November to work on the release of the Vault - Greatest Hits album and embark on a two month acoustic promo tour.

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