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4.0 out of 5 stars Pyromania Gets The Deluxe Treatment., June 23, 2009
This review is from: Pyromania [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
Released in 1983 "Pyromania" was the album that broke Def Leppard in America but primarily due to MTV's playing the videos of "Photograph", "Foolin'" and "Rock Of Ages". Again, with Robert John "Mutt" Lange doing the producing as well as co-writing most of the songs "Pyromania" had it's share of great songs starting with the hits "Photograph", "Foolin'", "Rock Of Ages", and "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)", etc. More polished than the band's 1981 album "High N' Dry" (but in my opinion not necessarily better) it was ex-Girl guitarist Phil Collen's debut replacing original guitarist and founder Pete Willis. "Pyromania" seems to have a more commercial sound than the previous albums and the band seems to be getting away from their NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) roots. The remastering on this Deluxe Edition is far superior when compared to the older non-remastered single disc. I hear a crispness and more midrange in this newly remastered version that the older version lacked. The bonus disc (running just over seventy minutes long) from a concert in 1983 at the L.A. Forum is extremely well recorded and is a treat for Def Leppard fans as it includes not only material from "Pyromania" but from "High N' Dry" and "All Through The Night". Songs such as "Rock Brigade", "Wasted", "High N' Dry (Saturday Night)", "Another Hit And Run" and "Let It Go" have never been recorded "live" on cd or dvd for commercial release as far as this reviewer remembers so this is a first. Queen's Brian May even makes an appearance joining the band in playing the Creedence Clearwater classic "Travelin' Band" (the ending mixed with Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll"). The packaging of this Deluxe Edition of "Pyromania" is excellent with both discs securely mounted and there's also a fairly lengthy booklet with colorful photos of the band. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2011 7:57:16 AM PDT
Barron
I had this material before this came out (the bonus material) and way more, it is a great remaster & a good band to see live.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 1:09:39 PM PDT
Did Andy Pearce do the remastering? His are the only deluxe editions worth it since the they aren't just volume-bloated like the rest.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 7:00:22 AM PST
J. Maher says:
Does the Deluxe Edition come with a plastic outer slipcover (like the HYSTERIA Deluxe Edition) or does it just have a "Deluxe Edition" sticker that wraps around the bottom of the digipak?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2014 12:09:11 PM PDT
I don't own it (yet) but I'm going to guess that it has a plastic sleeve. Every one of the UMG Deluxe Editions I've seen like this have had the sleeve.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2014 12:44:12 PM PDT
Yes, has the plastic sleeve like Hysteria.
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