DEF LEPPARD – Pour Some Sugar On Me / Rock of Ages 2012 (iTunes exclusive single)
As the title suggests, Def Leppard have re-recorded two of their biggest hits, “Pour Some Sugar” and “Rock of Ages”. This obvious move was made to capitalize on that new Rock of Ages movie that I have no desire to see. Also, the songs coincide with a summer tour.
Apparently, you can’t get Def Lep’s studio versions on iTunes for contractual reasons with the label, and the band didn’t want to miss the window of opportunity afforded by the movie. So they re-recorded both songs and put them up on iTunes.
These will never replace the original songs in any universe, but they’re actually not bad. Both tracks are very, very close to the originals. Knowing Def Leppard I am certain that this was intentional and done with surgical precision. Aside from some additional guitar parts and sounds added to “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, the recordings are nearly identical. This surprised me particularly on “Rock of Ages” since you don’t hear Joe do the high voice that often anymore.
For $1.29 a piece, I’m not going to complain too much. I doubt I’ll listen to this very often, but the obsessive compulsive collector in me is glad to have these recordings. I’d advise serious music fans to just buy the original two albums, Hysteria and Pyromania. Both albums are loaded to the gills with hits so you can’t go wrong, plus I believe songs are best enjoyed in the context of the albums.
Having said all this, I hope some kind of limited edition physical release is forthcoming. The collector in me would like that.