Monday, May 22, 2006

Pour some 70's on me

Play it: Yeah! Def Lep covers these
Play it: Def Leppard Yeah! (link should work beginning 05/23/2006)
Stream: Free AOL full album stream of Yeah!

Tomorrow sees the release of the comeback album for Def Leppard. One wouldn't expect that a comeback album consisting of all 70's covers would work, but for some reason it does. Def Leppard have always had some glam roots, and they show it off here covering the masters - Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople and Sweet. They don't stop there, with their covers though, as they also tackle some power pop (The Nerves/Blondie "Hanging on the Telephone" and Badfinger's "No Matter What") and even, in what might be the highlight of the album, ELO's orchestral pop of "10538 Overture." Of course, any album of covers begs to hear the originals, and I've assembled them here as best as possible (12 of the 14, plus Blondie in lieu of The Nerve's "Hanging on the Telephone" which isn't digitally available.)

Won't be on my 'best of' list by any means, but Yeah! is a pleasant enough surprise to be worth checking out.

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Yeah! Def Lep covers these

* "20th Century Boy" - T. Rex
* "Rock On" - David Essex
* "Hanging On The Telephone " - Blondie
* "10538 Overture" - Electric Light Orchestra
* "Street Life" - Roxy Music
* "Drive In Saturday" - David Bowie
* "Little Bit Of Love" - Free (Rock)
* "The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll" - Mott The Hoople
* "No Matter What" - Badfinger
* "He's Gonna Step On You Again" - John Kongos
* "Don't Believe A Word" - Thin Lizzy
* "Stay With Me" - The Face