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30 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's RETRO-ACTIVE Certified Gold/Platinum In USA

Def Leppard Retro-Active 1993. Retro-Active 1993

Def Leppard's compilation album Retro-Active was certified both Gold and Platinum in the USA 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 in the UK and a day later in North America.

It peaked at Number 6 in the UK and got to Number 9 in the USA.

On 21st December 1993 it was certified both Gold and Platinum in the USA.

Reaching over 1 million sales in just under three months since its release.

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Retro-Active 1993.

Retro-Active Album - USA Certifications

  • 21st December 1993 - Gold - (500,000 Album Sales)
  • 21st December 1993 - 1x Platinum - (1 Million Album Sales)

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."

Def Leppard 1993.

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