Def Leppard maintains one of rock music's greatest legacies, consistently delivering airtight songcraft and top-flight performances. That's why they've moved over 100 million records worldwide. It's why they're "one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S." And it's why their music endures over forty years since their 1977 formation in Sheffield, UK. The CD Collection: Volume One is a 6CD box set documenting the band's unprecedented early career magic and gathering the albums: On Through The Night, High 'n' Dry, Pyromania, Hysteria, Live At The L.A. Forum, 1983, Rarities Volume One and The Def Leppard EP.
In 1980, the platinum On Through The Night introduced Def Leppard on a global scale. Right out of the gate, they set a rigorous standard for touring and even touched down stateside for the first time. 1981's double-platinum High 'n' Dry saw them begin a storied creative partnership with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange powered by signature singles "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" and "Bringin' On the Heartbreak." Then the boys set everything on fire. Def Leppard lit up Pyromania in 1983 alongside Lange. Fueled by singles such as "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," "Foolin'," and more, the record eventually became a Diamond-seller, moving over 10 million units in the U.S. alone by 2004. A 2017 Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" ranked Pyromania at #52.
A household name at this point, Hysteria cemented them as icons in 1987. Their best-seller to date, it sold in excess of 30 million copies globally and 12 million in North America, standing out as the "51st best-selling album ever in the states." Hysteria spent 96 weeks in the Top 40 - a feat shared only by Born in the U.S.A. A critical favorite, Rolling Stone named it among the coveted 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and a poll in Q placed it on the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. Beyond clinching #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and UK Albums Chart, this epic spawned the Top 5 juggernauts "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Animal," "Love Bites," "Hysteria," "Rocket," and "Armageddon It."