Hysteria [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Where Pyromania had set the standard for polished, catchy pop-metal, Hysteria only upped the ante. Pyromania's slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sell-out perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit. But Def Leppard's music had always employed big, anthemic hooks, and few of the pop-metal bands who had hit the charts in the wake of Pyromania could compete with Leppard's sense of craft; certainly none had the pop songwriting savvy to produce seven chart singles from the same album, as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Where Pyromania had set the standard for polished, catchy pop-metal, Hysteria only upped the ante. Pyromania's slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sell-out perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit. But Def Leppard's music had always employed big, anthemic hooks, and few of the pop-metal bands who had hit the charts in the wake of Pyromania could compete with Leppard's sense of craft; certainly none had the pop songwriting savvy to produce seven chart singles from the same album, as the stunningly consistent Hysteria did. Joe Elliott's lyrics owe an obvious debt to his obsession with T. Rex, particularly on the playfully silly anthem "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and the British glam rock tribute "Rocket," while power ballads like "Love Bites" and the title track lack the histrionics or gooey sentimentality of many similar offerings. The strong pop hooks and "perfect"-sounding production of Hysteria may not appeal to die-hard heavy metal fans, but it isn't heavy metal -- it's pop-metal, and arguably the best pop-metal ever recorded. Its blockbuster success helped pave the way for a whole new second wave of hair metal bands, while proving that the late-'80s musical climate could also be very friendly to veteran hard rock acts, a lead many would follow in the next few years. [The record was reissued in 2006 with a wealth of extras and remastered sound. Along with an expanded booklet, the package includes all the B-sides of the album's singles, both studio and live, as well as remixes of "Animal," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Armageddon It," "Excitable," and "Rocket."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498430477
  • Catalog Number: 984304
  • Sales rank: 22,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Women (5:42)
  2. 2 Rocket (6:37)
  3. 3 Animal (4:04)
  4. 4 Love Bites (5:46)
  5. 5 Pour Some Sugar on Me (4:26)
  6. 6 Armageddon It (5:22)
  7. 7 Gods of War (6:37)
  8. 8 Don't Shoot Shotgun (4:26)
  9. 9 Run Riot (4:39)
  10. 10 Hysteria (5:55)
  11. 11 Excitable (4:19)
  12. 12 Love and Affection (4:38)
  13. 13 Tear It Down (3:39)
  14. 14 Ride into the Sun (3:07)
  15. 15 I Wanna Be Your Hero (4:34)
  16. 16 Ring of Fire (4:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Elected (4:18)
  2. 2 Love and Affection (4:50)
  3. 3 Billy's Got a Gun (5:21)
  4. 4 Rock of Ages: Not Fade Away/My Generation/Radar Love/Come Together/Whol (8:42)
  5. 5 Women (6:28)
  6. 6 Animal (4:41)
  7. 7 Pour Some Sugar on Me (5:37)
  8. 8 Armageddon It (7:41)
  9. 9 Excitable (6:26)
  10. 10 Rocket (8:43)
  11. 11 Release Me - Stumpus Maximus and the Good Ol Boys (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Def Leppard Primary Artist
Steve Clark Guitar, Group Member
Phil Collen Guitar, Group Member
Joe Elliott Vocals, Group Member
Rick Savage Bass, Group Member
Philip Nicholas fairlight
Rick Allen Drums, Group Member
Bankrupt Brothers Background Vocals
Stumpus Maximus and the Good Ol Boys Track Performer
Technical Credits
Def Leppard Producer
John Lennon Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Nigel Green Engineer
George Kooymans Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Erwin Musper Engineer
Ronald Prent Producer, Engineer
David Fricke Liner Notes, Essay
Pete Wooliscroft Engineer
Philip Nicholas Programming
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Stumpus Maximus and the Good Ol Boys Producer
Allen Scobill Producer, Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What were they thinking?

    As brilliant as the original recording was, I anticipated that any reissue/remix okayed by the group who wrote and recorded the 1987 issue would be awesome in the true sense of the word. Unfortunately, the deluxe edition isn't. The second disc is superfluous. The extended versions included seem more like mindless cut and paste rather than well thought-out enhancements. So...why the reissue?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have!

    Def Leppard's Hysteria is and probably will always be one of the best Pop-Hard Rock (Metal) albums made. It hosts track after track of hits, that were heard on the radio and dance floors across this country (and others). Never before or after has a hard rock / heavy metal band affected mainstream music as much. Twenty years later Pour Some Sugar On Me still draws a crowd onto the dance floor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hysteria is fabulous!

    For the rabid Leppard fan like myself, the high quality live tracks are something you can really sink your teeth into. I especially like the orgasmic mix of Excitable. Yeah, baby, I could dance to it forever. Hysteria is one of the best albums ever recorded and has staying power. Every song is great! It’s nice hearing the extended versions and the live things that aren’t on other albums. Playing this album very loud is a must! Every big Leppard fan needs to own this. Malvin, I hope you didn’t hurt yourself singing “Release Me.” All I can say is that the guys must love you very much. :) Pour some sugar on me? I can continue to say anytime and anywhere. When is the next tour??? ...Carla... Erin Tyler Suspense Series. Author of The Incentive, Apothecary, Jaded. "Where suspense meets rock star romance."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still in great hysteria

    just got the deluxe version of this cd today and it sounds incredible. it sounds even better then ever. the orginal 12 tracks that were remasterd well job done. and also the bouns material b sides live b sides remixes make this album thats almost 20 years old a true winner. i remember hearing the live rock of ages medley on the radio. quite a few times and allways wanted a copy of that. now with it being on this disc its awesome and sounds great. the last track release me that was a cover done by some other band was the down side of the disc and could of been done with out. but this cd rocks and hope they will put out a dvd audio version of this disc. def leppard rocks

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    Posted August 31, 2010

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