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5.0 out of 5 stars What to do with a great record? Expand on it!, October 24, 2006
This review is from: Hysteria [2 CD Deluxe Edition] (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".

Finally to close the second disc they have included another studio b-side, a humorous version of "Release Me," credited to Stumpus Maximus & The Good Ol' Boys. Which proves that Def Leppard and particularly Hysteria might not be the most serious music ever made, but they were indeed serious about having fun.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2006 4:46:27 AM PDT
D. J Ryan says:
While it is correct the band never climbed past the commercial success of Hysteria, they most certainly did exceed this album creatively as they moved on through the 90's. The problem is most of the world wants to live in the late 80's when it comes to Def Leppard.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2006 8:45:07 AM PDT
WilM. says:
Well, it was mostly an opiniion, for, as much as I enjoy Adrenalize, Yeah!, Slang (the song) and Euphoria (my favorite Lep songs are from the 90s), I can't see the kind of growth or uniqueness they brought with Hysteria

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2006 11:26:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2006 8:51:36 PM PST
Hugo says:
Opinions and Realities. "Hysteria" is the summit - the ultimate top of it all. This is the Leppards'& Heavy Metal's finest hour! It doesn't get any better than this album, even creatively. [I own all their albums, various Vinyl Lps/"45's", Cds, Videos, Dvds.] The Leppards out shine even the god fathers of metal - Led Zeppelin on this consistent album, because the Zeppelins blues'd everything to death, which gets quite monotonous after repeated listenings. This is the one and only time a Metal band ever dominated the Top 40 Radio/Singles/Album Charts nonstop for almost two years with the irresistably captivating seven hit singles culled from this highly charming collage. "Hysteria" as a whole, redfined heavy metal and included a smorgasboard of agressive and attractive Pop sounds into the bombastic melodic mix - it sounds even fresher here now, 20 years later.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2007 2:37:40 AM PST
Joy says:
You can't deny the 80's rules! If I could live in one decade forever, the 80's would be it!

Posted on Dec 27, 2008 4:51:59 PM PST
my all time favorite album. just FLAWLESS

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2010 8:53:29 AM PST
i agree!! this is the best rock album ever made!! It will ALWAYS be my personal favorite! :)

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 9:47:41 AM PDT
Diana Hizar says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2011 5:27:22 PM PDT
R. Pievaitis says:
yes dianna but how does the band get paid when you illegally download tracks.ok exclude def leppard who are all exceedingly rich now but if it was my music you were illegally downloading then i could count you as a thief !
why do you just not go and buy the blessed cd and burn to itunes etc etc .any cd will sound so.......much better than a mp3 reduction personally i just do not get it you pay for all other aspects of your life so why do you seem to consider than music is free !
some one somewhere as paid for the instruments,the recording costs,the cost of production etc etc all so you can listen and enjoy their work but if you then go and steal it how do they/i get paid how do i afford to live and record my next million seller (here's hoping !?!?!).
please think it through or we will be just left with no new music at all just endless repeats of past glories like a big jukebox on repeat after a time it will become boring when you have heard all the songs x number of times.

Posted on May 15, 2014 5:47:21 AM PDT
Alwaysjer says:
The listing this review is under only shows one disc...what version did you get so I can find it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2014 5:52:48 AM PDT
WilM. says:
Hi Jerri, if you go to "Product Details" right under the album cover, you will notice it mentions "Number of Discs: 2". In the track listing it mentions 27 tracks without separating them into the two discs they come in, but yes, it is a double disc.
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