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Title - 'Hits Vegas - Live At Planet Hollywood' [3LP]
Artist - Def Leppard

For those not in the know, the soon-to-be released Def Leppard limited edition transparent blue 3LP vinyl set Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood (December 11th, 2020 via Eagle Rock Entertainment) is a 28-song deep dive into not only their greatest hits, but rarities such as 'Too Late For Love,' 'Billy's Got A Gun,' 'Promises,' and even the criminally under-rated 'Slang.'

Highlighting Def Leppard's versatility, and presenting a livewire stage show with two stages and video walls, punctuated with intimate, acoustic renditions of rarely performed songs 'Let Me Be The One,' 'We Belong,' 'Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad,' and 'Two Steps Behind," trust me when I say that this could quite possibly be the most "ultimate" Def Leppard release EVER!

Side A:
1. 'Die Hard The Hunter'
2. 'Animal'
3. 'Excitable'
4. 'Foolin'
5. 'Too Late For Love'

Side B:
1. 'Billy's Got A Gun'
2. 'Slang'
3. 'Promises'
4. 'Paper Sun'
5. 'Let It Go'

Side A opens with one of their earlier tracks from 1983's Pyromania, the pulsating 'Die Hard The Hunter,' and then they back that up with a throaty 'Animal' (although the audience seems to be singing all the chorus themselves) and the fun jaunt of 'Excitable' (both from Hysteria), and then goes back to their aforementioned third album to round out the first side with the foot-pounding 'Foolin' and the rock ballad 'Too Late For Love.'

Side B continues on with more Pyromania content in the form of the mid-tempo rocker 'Billy's Got A Gun,' and then switches beats to one of their most under-appreciated songs ever, the always-magnificent, rock-pop-rap of 'Slang' from 1996.

Jumping to their next album, Euphoria, we get the rockin' ballad 'Promises' and the low slung ballad 'Paper Sun,' with this side coming to a close on the the opening track from their 1981 album High 'n' Dry, the searing guitar work of 'Let It Go.'

Side C:
1. 'Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)'
2. 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak'
3. 'Switch 625'
4. 'Let Me Be The One'
5. 'We Belong'

Side D:
1. 'Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad'
2. 'Two Steps Behind'
3. 'Now'
4. 'Rocket'
5. 'Let's Get Rocked'

Side C opens with a few more cuts from that album, such as 'Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)' (although, weirdly, it sounds nothing like Elliot singing), and then we cruise into the sweeping rock guitar ballad 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak,' with this side rounding out on the full on instrumental 'Switch 625,' jumping up to 2002's X album and then 2015's self-titled, for the acoustic ballads 'Let Me Be The One' and 'We Belong' respectively.

Continuing the acoustic ballad theme, Side D opens with 1992's 'Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad' and the unsung hero from their under-played 1993 Retro Active album, 'Two Steps Behind,' before the rockers get back to doing what they do best for 'Now' and then the magnificently adrenalized pairing of both 'Rocket' and 'Let's Get Rocked' (although the latter sounds like Elliot's vocals are being strained at this point).

Side E:
1. 'Hysteria'
2. 'Love Bites'
3. 'Armageddon It'
4. 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'

Side F:
1. 'Let's Go'
2. 'Action'
3. 'Rock Of Ages'
4. 'Photograph'

With only the big hits coming at us from here on in, Side E opens with the breathtaking 'Hysteria,' a lushly-orchestrated, reverb enhanced 'Love Bites,' another foot-stompin' beauty in 'Armageddon It,' closing on a totally righteous, and massively vibrant, audience participation-enhanced 'Pour Some Sugar On Me.'

The final vinyl, Side F, keeps the party going with the thunderous 'Let's Go' (which was also their first single from their self-titled album), backing that with their cover (on Retro Active) of the old Sweet song, 'Action,' closing out this magnificent live experience (and with Elliot's vocals shredded at this stage) on two cuts from Pyromania, 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Photograph.'

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