Sunday, July 30, 2017

CD/DVD Review: Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" With New Super Deluxe Box Set

The year was 1984 and Def Leppard recently became one of the biggest bands in the world with their breakthrough album "Pyromania." With the help of radio and music videos, the album hit #2 on the Billboard album chart. Now Def Leppard were faced with the dilemma of recording their next album and continuing the hot streak started with "Pyromania." Then tragedy hit. First, drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a horrific car accident and then producer Mutt Lange suffered his own car accident. Recordings for their follow-up album would go on for 3 years, until finally the world was introduced to "Hysteria" on August 3rd 1987.

The album topped the charts in the U.K. upon its release, but did very little in the U.S., that was until the single "Pour Some Sugar On Me" was released. The song propelled the album to the top of the charts along with the other six singles released from the album. The album "Hysteria" has since gone on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the biggest selling albums of all-time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this monumental album, Universal Music Group in association with Mercury Records is releasing a 5CD/2DVD super deluxe box set.

The first disc of the set contains a new remaster of the album, which certainly gives the music a cleaner sound. You may discover things in the songs that were buried in other releases. The melodic guitar solo at the beginning of "Gods Of War" get moved to the front and the drums of "Don't Shoot Shotgun" pack more of a punch and are much more striking than the original release of the album.

The second and third discs contain all of the B-sides and songs released on the "Retro-Active" album that were recorded during the "Hysteria" sessions, but did not appear on the album. These discs also contain the radio edits and extended mixes of the album's seven singles that were released. Songs like "Rocket," "Armageddon It," "Animal" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" get stretched out with added drum beats and alternate vocals mixes. Diehard fans will already have multiple copies of these songs, but this box set brings everything together in one really nice package.

The fourth and fifth discs contain the (previously unreleased on CD) live show that was featured on the "In Your Face, In The Round" DVD. It was recorded while Def Leppard was on their "Hysteria" world tour during 1987/1988. The setlist features a great mix of songs from "Pyromania" and "Hysteria," as well as some deep cuts like "Gods Of War" and "Die Hard The Hunter." The sound for this show is exceptional and features the classic guitar work of Steve Clark, before his passing in 1991.

The 2 DVDs contained in this set feature all of the music videos for the singles from this album that were featured on MTV, along with some live videos. Also included is the documentary for VH1's "Classic Albums," which covers everything about the recording of the "Hysteria" album, as well as bonus footage that did not appear in the original broadcast. There are also four books that contain photos and a written history of how this album came to become that band's best selling album of all time.

This new 30th anniversary edition of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" will also be available as a 3CD deluxe version, a single CD version of the album and a double colored vinyl version. To find out more about the new 30th anniversary super deluxe anniversary version of the album "Hysteria," please visit defleppard.com.

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