Def Leppard have shared the Nick Tauber-produced version of ‘Glad I’m Alive’ from their new The Early Years ’79-’81 box set, which is set for release tomorrow, 20 March, through UMC/Virgin. You can check ‘Glad I’m Alive’ out below.
‘Glad I’m Alive’ was recorded during a session for ‘Wasted’, the first single from Def Leppard’s debut album, 1980’s On Through The Night. All four songs from the session are included on The Early Years, as well as a June 1979 Andy Peebles BBC Radio 1 live recording of ‘Glad I’m Alive’.
The Early Years box set is spread across five discs, with remastered editions of 1980’s On Through The Night and 1981’s High ‘N’ Dry joined by B-sides, remixes, live cuts and more.
Frontman Joe Elliott said: “Well the fans asked, and we listened! Really excited to have our early years reworked with a load of rare material including the newly unearthed Live at the Oxford New Theatre, recorded on the 1980 UK tour.
“It’s been a trip putting this box set together and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we did working on it.”
On Through The Night, Def Leppard’s debut album, was released in 1980 and immediately put the rock world on notice. The band were destined for big things with the album charting at No. 15 in the U.K. and No. 51 in the U.S. Produced by Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath), it featured many of the band’s live favourites and some updated versions of early singles. The album achieved platinum status in 1989.
High ‘N’ Dry, the first of Def Leppard’s albums to be produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange, was released in 1981. It reached No. 26 in the U.K. charts and No. 38 in the US, further cementing the bands status.
In addition to the music, The Early Years will include a history of the band’s first two albums written by Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott which will feature “personal insights from the band on the making and releasing of those early records as well as rare photos and memorabilia.”
The Early Years ’79 – ’81 is out on 20 March and can be bought here.