DEF LEPPARD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

HYSTERIA

(1987)
LABEL:

MERCURY

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, High-pitched vocals
""Hysteria" is one of the greatest metal albums of the 80s, and Def Leppard's finest achievement."
ALADDIN_SANE (29.02.2008)  
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Attention, masterpiece! Or at least, it could be described as a classic of the New Wave of British heavy metal, a musical movement that brought together a number of English hard rock bands of the early '80s. Def Leppard dreamed of this album, and with the help of a number of collaborators, they finally made it a reality, but it was not without pain.

Above all, "Hysteria" is all about numbers. After selling 6 million copies of their previous album "Pyromania" in the U.S. alone, Def Leppard knew they had to create a best-of album, or even a classic, to raise the bar. In the end, "Hysteria" boasts an impressive pedigree: 7 singles and almost 18 million albums sold worldwide to date.

The story of this album is also a veritable soap opera punctuated by tragedies - drummer Rick Allen loses an arm in a traffic accident, guitarist Steve Clark has alcohol issues - and twists and turns with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange initially unavailable, replaced by Jim Steinman, then by Nigel Green, who finally returns to re-record everything.

Above all, "Hysteria" is a collection of wonderful songs. All the tracks are stadium anthems, skilfully blending heavy metal and pop ('Gods Of War' being a perfect example, with its guitar riff borrowed from the Police's 'Message In A Bottle') or glam rock, as on 'Rocket', a reference to Lou Reed's 'Satellite Of Love' and quoting, among others, Roxy Music and David Bowie. The sound is huge, the backing vocals sound like Queen and the choruses are instantly memorable ('Armageddon It'). Of course, as with any good '80s metal band, the ballads are not to be outdone, with 'Love Bites' a match for Scorpions' 'Still Loving You' and the less exuberant but equally euphoric 'Hysteria'. The end of the album is a little less exciting, but still of a very high standard.

In 2006 and again in 2017, Def Leppard re-released "Hysteria" in a remastered version including b-sides, remixes and live b-sides (including a superb medley of 'Rock Of Ages/Not Fade Away/My Generation/Radar Love/Come Together/Whole Lotta Love'), paying tribute to one of the greatest metal albums of the 80s.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Women - 5:42
02. Rocket - 6:38
03. Animal - 4:05
04. Love Bites - 5:47
05. Pour Some Sugar On Me - 4:27
06. Armageddon It - 5:24
07. Gods Of War - 6:38
08. Don't Shoot Shotgun - 4:27
09. Run Riot - 4:39
10. Hysteria - 5:55
11. Excitable - 4:19
12. Love And Affection - 4:37

LINEUP:
Joe Elliott: Chant
Phil Collen: Guitares
Rick Allen: Batterie
Rick Savage : Basse
Steve Clark: Guitares
   
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