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Buy This Album. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200.,
This review is from: High 'n' Dry (Audio CD)
This is Def Leppard's best album, and that is saying a lot. "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" are two of the best recordings ever put on tape, but High 'N' Dry is better. Nearly 20 years after its original release, it still sounds as fresh as the day it came out.
"High 'N' Dry" isn't quite as polished as Lep's later stuff. There's fewer synths, and the production's not as strong. Once you hear it, you'll quickly realize that this is a good thing. It lays the raw power of Def Leppard bare, and the listener quickly notices that these guys are even more capable than "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" would indicate.
There simply isn't a bad or even a mediocre song on this album. No filler here for sure. Any one of the tracks on "High 'N' Dry" would justify the price of the CD. "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" set the standard for power ballads, and in my opinion has yet to be topped by anybody. The title track, "Let It Go," "Another Hit And Run," "You Got Me Running," and "Lady Strange," however, show that there is a lot more to "High 'N' Dry" than "Heartbreak." These songs rock like nobody's business. It's a real shame that Joe Elliot and the guys have pretty much disowned this album except for "Heartbreak". If they were to make a new album that even came close to "High 'N' Dry," they'd attract a whole new generation of fans in short order.
The CD and later LP versions add two bonus tracks, a remix of "Heartbreak" and "Me And My Wine," that weren't on the original LP release in 1981. The original "Heartbreak" is the better of the two, but the remix and "Me And My Wine" are still a plus. As if there wasn't plenty there already.
If you don't have this album, buy it now. If you have it on LP or cassette, this one's well worth upgrading to CD. This is truly a landmark recording, and is not to be missed.
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2011 12:34:02 PM PDT
R. Vickery says:
It's hard to believe, but this album is so underrated. When I first heard it I actually blew out a window with an incredible stereo system my brother in law had. I was playing No, No, No at the time and I will never forget the moment the window shattered. It was worth the money it cost me. No doubt better in style and flair than either Pyromania or Hysteria. Even doing a Zeppelinesque thing by putting a song title of their previous album on this one. Brilliant!!!
Posted on Aug 15, 2013 9:08:49 AM PDT
HECTOR SANCHEZ CHAPA says:
This does not include the remix of "Heartbreak" and "Me And My Wine" as you stated, which was what I was looking for.
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