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Hysteria [Deluxe Edition]
     

Hysteria [Deluxe Edition]

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by Def Leppard
 

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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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498430477
catalogNumber:
984304
Rank:
12436

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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
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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Hysteria 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Wow the cd is cool wicked love the songs glad i have the cd Def Lepard Rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is bar none the greatest album of all time! All killer, no filler! You must buy this album. This is one of the defining albums of an era, and a must for every CD collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Def Leppard's Hysteria album is the best metal cd ever!! From Pour Some Sugar on Me to Rocket to Love Bites, every song is a masterpiece!! Every time I listen to this cd I can't just listen to it one time..I always listen to it multiple times..If I had to choose one cd to own from Def Leppard this cd would be it! I never get bored listening to it..Even in the new millenium, it's still my fav metal cd!! The best songs are Pour Some Sugar On Me, Rocket, Animal, Love Bites, Hysteria, Armageddon It. If you don't own this cd, buy it. You won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
80's Rock at it's best, this album contains all of the classics. No 80's rock collection is complete without this album, every track is good, and some you can only get on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hysteria is by far my favorate cd by Def Leppard to date. I love Def Leppard and have ever sicnce i first heard Pour Some Sugar On Me. Def Leppard is one of my favorate bands and this is my favorate album. :-D
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