Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Def Leppard's Phil Collen
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:35:14
Def Leppard are breathing new life into Slang. The 1996 album, which marked a change in sound and style of recording for the band, is on iTunes now.
It's also stocked with odds and sods.
Get the lowdown here in the space of Take Aim. Questions have been changed this edition, since it's guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard and he gets special treatment.
Everything we need to know about Slang? Why reissue this, your sixth album, which came out in 1996, and signified a change in sound.
In a nutshell, we got it back from the label. We own the masters.
"Owning the masters" - what does that mean? Owning masters is mastering your destiny, but some of our readers might not "get" the meaning. So tell us in an artist's words.
When Prince changed his name and was the artist formerly known as Prince, the record company owned the record and the rights at a high percentage. You work for someone else with them owning your stuff. Owning your masters means you get it back and can do what you like -- release it, sell it, whatever you want. Most of the time, most albums are owned by the label. After a time period, when contract runs out, in some cases, ownership of an album reverts back to the artist. In our case, we own and can do what we want. We thought it was a great thing to do. This is the first album we have back. Not many records get sold anymore and sales are digital.
There are 19 songs -- whoa! A good collector's piece, huh?
It really is. Most albums we've done, we've had 12 songs and that's all we concentrated on. It was a live band experience, not like other albums, where you do everything separately. We went to a villa in Southern Spain and recorded live and did takes, like a traditional band, so it was a different experience, which lead to bonus material. It's a shame to let it sit.
This is clearly meant for a diehard Def Leppard fan and there's a lot to sift through – what do we check out first?
'Curl of Euphoria.' It's very dark and it's my favorite track. It is diverse, the whole album. On 'Turn to Dust,' we used Indian instruments. We just experimented. When we did the strings on that song, we went into a little studio in London, an orchestra were not used to playing Indian melodies so we mapped it out. It's great hearing it back, as an artist, to experiment, after Adrenalize, Hysteria and Pyromania, like a trilogy. This was against the grain for us. It was liberating. More than a change of pace, and Vivian's first album with us. We didn't want to do the same old, same old.
What else on the docket?
We think we're going to tour this year. We are getting some new songs together and that is really exciting. The new ideas are fantastic. That will be an album or an EP or a track for a movie. We have no idea. We will just write and record. They are on the horizon.
Will you sling with Slang?