Desert Song

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"Desert Song"
Single by Def Leppard
from the album Retro Active
Released 1994
Format CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:51
Label Bludgeon Riffola
Producer(s) Def Leppard
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Action"
(1994)
"Desert Song"
(1994)
"Miss You in a Heartbeat"
(1994)

"Desert Song" is a song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their 1993 rarities and 'b-sides' album Retro Active. This song was an outtake from the songwriting sessions that produced 1987's Hysteria. Self-produced, it became one of the last songs to be released by Def Leppard bearing the songwriting and guitar-playing of Steve Clark, who died on 8 January 1991. It was a hit on U.S. rock radio, reaching number twelve on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was recorded as an instrumental for their album Hysteria (1987) but left off the album and was largely forgotten until the band decided to commit the song for Retro Active. On a day off during their 7 Day Weekend Tour, Elliott composed lyrics whilst listening to the track. Elliott assembled the band and remains the only Def Leppard song to feature both Clark's guitar playing and Clark's successor Vivian Campbell on background vocals.

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