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Hysteria [Vinyl]

Def LeppardVinyl
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  • Vinyl (July 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B001A2ADGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Women
2. Rocket
3. Animal
4. Love Bites
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me
6. Armageddon It
7. Gods of War
8. Don't Shoot Shotgun
9. Run Riot
10. Hysteria
11. Excitable
12. Love and Affection

Editorial Reviews

Vinyl pressing of Hysteria by Def Leppard. Four years after Pyromania, Def Leppard were a comparative write-off. Dismissed by critics, seemingly dogged by bad luck, with drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in a car accident, Hysteria had to be an album to turn heads. In retrospect, it sounded like the first true Hard Rock record for the CD generation. Ambitious arrangements and remixes on songs such as "Rocket" and "Armaggedon It," a crisp single in "Animal," and a dense paean to love with "Love Bites," all bets were off. Def Leppard had created an intriguing language of ideas that still speaks volumes more than a decade on.

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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to do with a great record? Expand on it! October 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Def Leppard has never been able to climb past the commercial or creative success they achieved with Hysteria. Some might argue that Pyromania was their finest effort. Truth is, Hysteria was the record that made them a success not only in thier home country of England, but also broke them to a worldwide audience like no other hard-rock/ heavy metal act before them.

This Hysteria Deluxe Edition puts that whole era in perspective, with the inclusion of live B-sides, studio outtakes, and extended remixes of their succesful singles. Disc One brings together the original album and the studio b-sides while Disc Two is an additional disc of all the B-sides off the 7 (yes, count them, SEVEN) singles released to promote the record. Four of those B-sides come on the first disc, and the idea works well, because those songs are actually studio outtakes that did not make the final cut. Therefore, their presence here only adds to what they were working on at the time. Of particular interest is Ride Into The Sun, off their independent debut EP which they re-recorded in 1987.

The second disc starts with several LIVE versions of 5 songs (Elected, Love and Affection, Billy's Got a Gun, Rock of Ages, Women) and goes on to include remixes for ANIMAL (extended version), POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME (extended version), ARMAGEDDON IT (The Nuclear Mix), EXCITABLE (Orgasmic Mix), ROCKET (The Lunar Mix). It is important to mention that while Rock of Ages has the same name as their famous song off Pyromania, the version here is actually a medley including parts of the classic rock anthems "Not Fade Away," "My Generation," "Radar Love," "Come Together" and "Whole Lotta Love".
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop-metal at its best December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Def Leppard's Hysteria was their first album after the tragic car accident which left their drummer Rick Allen with one arm. Before this unfortunate incident, the band was riding high on the success of their first #1 album Pyromania which vaulted them to superstar status and made them the unquestioned kings of hard rock. But Def Leppard would not be denied. Using a custom made electronic kit, Rick Allen would continue to not only drum for the band but also become their inspiration. With producer Mutt Lange manning the boards, the band would alter their sound more towards a pop direction while still maintaining some of their metallic crunch. Lead singer Joe Elliott also toned down his vocals and began singing in a more intelligible and softer tone than his previous raspy voice ala Brian Johnson from AC/DC. As a result, the band did the near impossible. They released an album that would be even more successful than Pyromania spawning 6 huge hit singles. Also, worth noting is that this album helped revolutionize the music industry with both its glossy production and its album length at 63 minutes at a time when most albums were still around 45 minutes long. These aspects would lead to longer and more polished albums in general for most popular music.

The songs presented here are nearly all top notch with the best featuring catchy hooks that were instantly recognizable and stayed in your head for years upon hearing them. The tracks "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and the ballads "Love Bites" and "Hysteria" were huge hits and still sound great. "Armageddon It", "Animal", and "Rockit" were also top 20 hits and feature memorable riffs and catchy choruses. What really makes the album work though is that the some of the remaining songs were on the same level as the hit singles.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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"Hysteria" was huge. Three long years after exploding into the pop culture arena with their album "Pyromania" and the phenomenal single, "Photograph", Def Leppard came roaring back, determined to take their music all the way to the top of the charts (where a little album called "Thriller" had previously kept them at number two).

Yes, their drummer lost an arm. Yes, they went through three producers...the trials and tribulations of the making of this album are well-described in a lovely liner note essay.

They came up with a monster album filled with classic songs, killer riffs, exquisite sonics...this album is the best example of the marriage of pop music to metal that exists. Period.

First, the remastering of the record sounds spectacular. Given the density of the tracks here, you can spend hours listening to songs over and over again, finding new little details, or appreciating more subtle touches.

"Subtle"? Did I say "subtle"? On an album whose first four songs are, in order, "Women", "Rocket", "Animal" and "Love Bites"?

Well, yes. Robert John "Mutt" Lange's productions are famous for layer upon layer of vocals, instruments, percussion, noise, samples...and you can dissect each and every one for days. Elegant little synth lines hidden in bludgeoning anthems, or operatic harmonies that seem to fit together like puzzle pieces...

Def Leppard also have a healthy sense of humor and wit. This is a fun record. Again, look at the names of the first four songs...

The record starts off weak, as I have always felt "Women" to be one of the least interesting things on the platter. "Rocket" gets things moving; it's an homage to the poppy, glam-rock heroes of their youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have 80's classic not fully available on itunes
Published 2 days ago by Ian A Van Wert
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
the music is great, its the cd that's no good. dont waste your money on buying cd's from amazon
Published 7 days ago by JAMES L. BRANNEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria Stereo CD $9.00
Tried to get this on ITunes but unavailable. I am glad Amazon had this as it is my favorite Def Leppard CD. I had the orginal CD but gone somewhere. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mark D Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Times platinum over and Gold once? How can you not love this...
Im a extreme die hard fan of Def Leppard, and absolutely love this album, then again who doesn't!? (considering this or Adrenalize is the only Album people can name from Def... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Maverick
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 years old gold, nothing to rate
You either like Def Leppard or you don't LOL. Steve Clark is on this album and a one-armed drummer yo!
Published 20 days ago by R. Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars an 80s gem
as someone else in a review said, it's pop-rock-metal at its best. I wasn't old enough to remember any music from this period, but I've been into eighties pop and rock for the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
my boyfriend says that he loves this album, and the cassette tape is what he wanted. I have not used it but he says its great.
Published 1 month ago by Amy Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Been Looking for months for one!
Great CD! Been trying to find one locally for a while now. We like the CD version better than the new 2012 re-release.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria
If your a fan Of Def Leppard this is a great addition to your collection or if your just starting to listen to the group this is a must have album
Published 1 month ago by Denise M. Bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars Pour some attention on this classic.
At some point during the grunge era, this melodic pop-rock album (and Def Leppard themselves) fell out of critical and public fashion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JLR
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Tear it Down
Yes, the version of "Tear It Down" on this CD is the "raw/earthy" less polished version than the one on Adrenalize. In fact, I've been looking for this version for years! It rocks much harder than the Adrenalize version. The guitars are much louder in the mix without all...
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Right, hysterical when you listen and some one burps in the background
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