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On Through The Night

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 21-NOV-1988

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rock Brigade
  2. Hello America
  3. Sorrow Is A Woman
  4. It Could Be You
  5. Satellite
  6. When The Walls Came Tumbling Down
  7. Wasted
  8. Rocks Off
  9. It Don't Matter
  10. Answer To The Master
  11. Overture


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • ASIN: B000001F7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Basically Def Leppard emerged from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in 1979. Groups such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard were about the only groups from that period to find success. Saxon was never popular in the U.S. but was huge everywhere else. Iron Maiden made it here in the U.S. like Def Leppard. I first heard "Rock Brigade" played on one South Florida radio station and I immediately went out to buy it. The entire l.p. was solid hard rock, not commercial stuff! Just listen to songs such as "Rock Brigade", "Wasted", and "Rocks Off". Great guitar licks courtesy of Steve Clark and Pete Willis are spread throughout this debut l.p. If your looking for Def Leppard commercialized stuff (ex."Photograph") you won't find it on this release. Also their followup l.p. High N' Dry" is a masterpiece. Yes it does have their hit "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" which became commercialized thanks to MTV, but it also showed that Def Leppard could write great ballads as well as rock. Other than that, the l.p. just smokes and is even better than "On Through the Night". Highly recommended!
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4.5 Stars

If someone played you "On Through the Night," without telling you who it was at first, you may be very surprised to learn that it's Def Leppard's debut album. Released in early 1980, before the band hooked up with its sixth unofficial member, producer John "Mutt" Lange, "On through the Night" sounds nothing like any other album in the British quintet's catalogue. While Def Leppard, along with Van Halen, proved to be the decade's innovators, more or less in inventing the formula known as "pop-metal," on their debut, Def Leppard was just another band from the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). In addition, with a hint of blues-based metal and Jimmy Page-esque riffs and arraignments, there is a clear influence of Led Zeppelin on "On Through the Night." Tom Allom, who produced such Judas Priest classics as "British Steel" (1980) and "Screaming for Vengeance," (1982) was on board for "On Through the Night" and it shows.

While Def Leppard's debut is somewhat derivative of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Led Zeppelin, it's still an excellent album. The thing that immediately strikes the listener is how young the band sounds. At the time of its release, the members of Def Leppard were in their late teens and early 20s. The band sounds so youthful, so hungry, and so wanting to rock. Singer Joe Elliot sounds great, doing the best Robert Plant/Rob Halford/Bon Scott impersonation that anyone could hope for. Guitarists Steve Clarke (lead) and Pete Willis (rhythm) provide tremendous instrumental firepower. While their playing isn't groundbreaking, they sound alive and invigorated. Steve Clarke shows early on that he was "the riff-master," delivering killer song after song.
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My friends and I in high school became Def Leppard fans because of this album. The real item of interest when this was released was that the guys, except for Joe Elliot, were all teenagers. The drummer, if I recall, was only 16. However, to my ear, the guitar playing and drumming, from a technical standpoint, are better on this album than the follow-ups. I seem to recall the band recorded it in a very short period of time due to budget constraints, which makes it all the more impressive. Many Def Leppard fans may not like this album because it sounds so different from the band's later work. Joe's vocals don't have the rough edge we're all used to (though they're good). And the songwriting is very different -- very riff oriented. More influenced by UFO than AC/DC. But even if this doesn't sound like the Def Leppard everyone grew to love, the songs are still good. Some, like "Wasted" and "Rock Brigade," are very good. This release will help fans reali! ze what a huge influence Mutt Lange (and probably AC/DC) had on the band. When it came out, "On Through the Night" stood on its own as a strong British metal release. And when the follow-up, "High and Dry," came out, we thought we had all died and gone to heaven. . .
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From the heavily distored opening riffs off 'Rock Brigade,' to the slow building and fading of the closing song 'Overture,' there are sensational guitar solos, some amazing druming, and catchy lyrics, set against an all around "Stop, Drop, and Rock" album. This was produced in an abandoned warehouse in December of 1979 and released the following month. The minimal production is almost non-apparent, and one of the only indications that Def Leppard was running on a very low budget was the absent of there trademark Byzantine guitar layering. But a harder, rawer, sound is what makes this album so esential. Much darker and heavier than any effort after 1983's "Pyromania," this album is the reason why I consider Def Leppard, together with such late 70's-early 80's bands as Motley Crue and Van Halen to be one of the main influences on later eighties bands like Poison and Cinderella to name a few. This album has a little of eveything on it: No-holds-barred arena rock can be found on 'Rock Brigade,' 'Hello America,' the live cut of 'Rocks Off,' and 'Satellite.' There is evidence of almost poetic lyrics in 'Answer to the Master,' (My favorite song off the album) and 'When the Walls Came Tumbling Down,' (Which starts off like an english fairy tale narrated by Richard Kyle and progresses in an almost Metallica like prophecy of doom) 'Wasted,' is about a man driven to an almost suicidal drug addiction by a woman, a song that would later come eerily true when their first lead guitarist Steve Clark O.D.'d on Pills and Alcohol. Tracks like 'Sorrow is a Woman,' and 'It Don't Matter,' are angrier and up-tempo precursors to the later hits 'Bringin' on the Heartbreak,' and 'Love Bites.Read more ›
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