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It's back to 1996 today (Tuesday) for Def Leppard as they re-release their album from that year, Slang, in a deluxe format.

Slang marked a big change for the band as they abandoned their over-the-top production sound that they had mastered on their previous albums with producer Mutt Lange and recorded a more stripped down, raw collection of songs to fit in with the times. Singer Joe Elliott tells us, "The Slang album doesn't compare to anything in our back catalog... And that's one of the reasons that we wanted to release it... You know, with the perspective of 15 years, listen to it and see what's happened since and it doesn't stand out so sore thumb-like anymore."

It is available in four formats:

  • A CD Deluxe Edition and a Digital Edition will each contain the album's original 11 tracks, which have been remastered, along with rare bonus tracks made up of demos, alternate versions and mixes with a series of new songs recorded during the time the band was creating Slang. Most of these bonus tracks have never been released.
  • A special iTunes release will have everything from the Digital Edition, plus a further set of additional bonus tracks.
  • A double vinyl Deluxe Edition will feature the original album with its own set of exclusive songs.