Before Def Leppard, heavy metal was associated with leather, studs, and motorcycles. After a pair of mega-platinum albums in the '80s, Leppard proved that pop hooks, hard rock, and good looks could equal massive success, hatching a slew of imitators in the process. Despite numerous setbacks such as drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in an accident, followed by the death of guitarist Steve Clark, the British band persevered, achieving even more popularity. Though they inspired legions of hair metal bands, their longevity is a testament to their enduring musical legacy.
Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this classic 1981 album from the Rock legends. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won''t believe it''s the same CD! Universal. 2008.
Although it's difficult to remember through the smoke of Pyromania, this 1981 album, the quintet's second, hoisted Def Leppard to the apex of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Building on raw metal anthems, the band adds subtle melodic touches, catchy guitar riffs, and simpler lyrical themes. Producer Mutt Lange, a longtime associate of AC/DC, absorbs these pop-oriented changes without severely blunting the metal edge. While the album foreshadows Leppard's multiplatinum success, it also retains the aggressive power and rough-edged distortion of heavy metal. The power ballad "Bringing on the Heartbreak" ushered in a style that would come to define 1980s metal. Although later albums showcase well-crafted songwriting and glossy production, this one catches Leppard at the peak of their true metal years. --Marc Greilsamer
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If you like the commercial songs of "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" you wont like
"High N Dry" nor the bands debut "On Through The Night". Emerging from The New
Wave Of British Heavy Metal" (NWOBHM) in the late seventies/early eighties, Def
Leppard were a bunch of extremely talented teenagers, especially guitarists
Steve Clark (RIP) and Pete Willis. "High N Dry" released in 1981 and the bands
second effort in my opinion was their best release. The band smokes on every
track and the song "Bringin On The Heartbreak" gave the band a hit thanks to its
heavy video rotation on MTV. Other standouts include "Let It Go", "High N Dry
(Saturday Night)", "Another Hit And Run", "Lady Strange" and On Through The
Night". This cd was released prior to Ex-Girl guitarist Phil Collen joining the
group replacing Pete Willis. Collen would make his debut on 1983s "Pyromania".
From there the bands music became much more commercial with hits like
"Photograph", "Animal", "Armageddon It", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", etc.
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Not the best, May 2, 2008
This wasnt Def Leppards best album, but its a great snapshot of the bands
musical evolution and maturing style.
"Bringin on the Heartbreak" is one of my
favorite songs...Great for live shows.