Part Thirty-Two of the Def Leppard Review Series
Hard truth: A lot of the Yeah! bonus tracks were better than the album itself. Bonus tracks were issued to iTunes, Best Buy, Target, and Japan, but Walmart received an entire bonus CD. If you could only afford two versions, Walmart would have been the way to go. Sold separately, their bonus CD included both Japanese bonus tracks, three exclusive songs, and three exclusive backstage interview tracks. That means if you owned this CD, you didn’t have to track down the Japanese printing to get all the songs. You just had to buy three other different versions too!
The five songs on the Walmart set are as follows:
- “American Girl” (Tom Petty)
- “Search & Destroy” (The Stooges)
- “Space Oddity” (David Bowie)
- “Dear Friends” (Queen)
- “Heartbeat” (Jobriath)
Because these tracks are included on a disc called Yeah! II in The CD Collection Vol. 3, we will review them individually (along with the other five bonus tracks) when we get there. For now we’ll just give you some spoilers. The Petty song is incredible, surprisingly so. “Dear Friends” features Rick Savage on vocals and all instruments, and is completely different from Queen’s original (in a good way). In fact all the songs tend to spotlight one or two members without the full band. When we get to that disc in The CD Collection Vol. 3 then we’ll spill all the beans.
The CD Collection does not include the interviews, which isn’t surprising. They remain exclusive to the Walmart CD. They are in the 2-3 minute range and total just 7:55 combined. Still, that’s better listening than 45 minutes of Lars Ulrich in the Metallica box set.
Backstage interview #1 is compiled from all five members, and concerns the 2005 tour, and Leppard’s longevity. It was Joe’s first tour as a non-smoker, though they didn’t get around as much as they would have liked.
Interview #2 is about the Yeah! album. Joe is credited with the idea by Phil, having wanted to do his version of Bowie’s Pin-Ups album. Coincidentally, someone at the record label thought it would be a good idea to do right at the same time that Joe felt the same way at the end of the X tour.
In interview #3, Joe discusses the reasoning for picking the songs. There were three rules: all songs had to be hits, British, and pre-date Leppard signing their record deal. Clearly, these rules applied to the core album only and not the bonus tracks! When it came down to the members agreeing on covers, things went much more smoothly than anyone expected.
With the very cool exclusive songs here alongside the interviews, this Walmart CD was a must! It’s less so today due to the songs now being reissued in box set form, but Leppard fans will certainly enjoy giving it a spin.
- The Early Years Disc One – On Through the Night
- The Early Years Disc Two – High N’ Dry
- The Early Years Disc Three – When The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Live at the New Theater Oxford – 1980
- The Early Years Disc Four – Too Many Jitterbugs – EP, singles & unreleased
- The Early Years Disc 5 – Raw – Early BBC Recordings
- The Early Years 79-81 (Summary)
- Pyromania Live – L.A. Forum, 11 September 1983
- Soundtrack From the Video Historia – Record Store Tales
- In The Round In Your Face DVD
- “Let’s Get Rocked” – The Wait for Adrenalize – Record Store Tales
- Live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
- Vault: Def Leppard’s Greatest Hits / Limited Edition Live CD
- Video Archive
- “Slang” CD single
- I Got A Bad Feeling About This: Euphoria – Record Store Tales
- Rarities 2
- Rarities 3
- Rarities 4
- Cybernauts – Live
- Cybernauts – The Further Adventures of the Cybernauts (bonus disc)
- Best Of (UK)
- Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection
33. Yeah…Nah! (Record Store Tales)