Feature LP: Def Leppard – Hysteria (1987) 9pm ET

July 22, 2014
Editor In Chief

HysteriaHysteria is the fourth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records. It is the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Hysteria was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 auto accident and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is also the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, however, their next album, Adrenalize is the last to feature Clark’s songwriting.

The album is the follow-up to the band’s 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria’s creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of the 31 December 1984 car accident that cost Allen his left arm. Subsequent to the album’s release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine Senior Editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s.

Hysteria has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources. In 1988 Q magazine readers voted it as the 98th Greatest Album of All Time, while in 2004, the album was ranked at #472 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. – Wikipedia

 

 

Feature LP: Def Leppard – Pyromania 10pm ET

February 12, 2013
Editor In Chief

Def_Leppard_-_PyromaniaPyromania is the third studio album by British rock band Def Leppard, released on 20 January 1983. It featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The album charted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on the UK Albums Chart. It was a huge success, selling over ten million copies in the US, and thus being certified diamond by the RIAA. – Wikipedia

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)” Steve Clark, Rick Savage, Mutt Lange, Joe Elliott 3:52
2. “Photograph” Clark, Pete Willis, Savage, Lange, Elliott 4:12
3. “Stagefright” Savage, Elliott, Lange 3:46
4. “Too Late for Love” Clark, Lange, Willis, Savage, Elliott 4:30
5. “Die Hard the Hunter” Lange, Clark, Savage, Elliott 6:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Foolin'” Clark, Lange, Elliott 4:32
2. “Rock of Ages” Clark, Lange, Elliott 4:09
3. “Comin’ Under Fire” Lange, Clark, Willis, Elliott 4:20
4. “Action! Not Words” Lange, Clark, Elliott 3:49
5. “Billy’s Got a Gun” Clark, Savage, Willis, Elliott, Lange 5:56

 

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