As light alloy masters, Def Leppard get set to release their first ever live effort, Mirrorball on June 7th, guitarists Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen, have taken the band’s music to another extreme…The lullaby.
On June 28th, eOne Music will release Rock The Cradle: Dreamin’ With Def Leppard. The record features 12 classic Def Leppard hits re-imagined as lullabies. Unlike similar albums of this ilk, Dreamin’ With Def Leppard features a full band, including both Campbell and Collen.
According to the label: “These lullabies are not simple keyboard and xylophone productions. Underneath all the shredding on Def Leppard‘s biggest hits lie some incredible melodies. In approaching the Leppard “lullification” process we extracted those great melodies and put a warm blanket around them. If nothing else, going through this process proved that these guys wrote some great songs. Only top-notch material can be morphed to such a degree as we have attempted on this album.”
At the core of Def Leppard‘s music exist incredible melodies, and Campbell and Collen are two of the most legendary guitarists of their generation. Now as they and their original clutch of fans reach parent and grandparent status, they have given us a record that are the memories of our youth passed on to our own children and (gulp) grandchildren.
Hell, this album’s even great for getting our adult mellow on, and lying back in a good soak with a glass of wine. Even headbangers need moments of relaxation.
Dreamin’ With Def Leppard shows off a distinctly unique aspect of the guitarists abilities. From very bluesy moments, to warm jazzy shades, and even some flashes of soft rockabilly, we are treated to the timelessness of Leppard’s work.
1. Pour Some Sugar On Me 5:09
2. Hysteria 4:57
3. Photograph 4:59
4. Love Bites 4:37
5. Foolin’ 3:51
6. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad 3:58
7. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak 4:31
8. Too Late For Love 3:59
9. Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) 4:13
10. Promises 4:45
11. Animal 4:33
12. Rock Of Ages 4:34
Now, the toddler set has a rockin’ way to go to sleep. This truly is a “Rock of Ages!”
This will truly be the summer of the Leppard as the band gives us lullabies, live, and even a new ManRaze album, punkfunkrootsrock, from Collen, due out August 2nd.