Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album HYSTERIA
One of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of Hysteria (Remastered 2017). Set to debut on August 4, the remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe—Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, & limited edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for “In The Round In Your Face (Live)” on CD for the first time.
Frontman Joe Elliott says “It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the release of Hysteria…..In some respects it really does seem like only yesterday. So, to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road. We hope it means as much to you as it does to us.”
Added Phil Collen, “I look back at the whole Hysteria experience with excitement along with fond and tragic memories. It was our commercial zenith thanks to Mutt Lange’s insistence that we create an artistic hybrid between hard rock and pop top 40 music using every genre available as an inspiration. It was a rock album that would garner seven hit singles. Mission accomplished.”
Among the new versions, the Super Deluxe Edition boasts 5-CD/2-DVDs including four books—Story Of; a Ross Halfin photo book; Discography; Hysteria Tour Program and Tour Poster. The Deluxe Versionfeatures 3 CDs, the Vanilla Version is 1-CD, and the Vinyl Version is 2 Black LPs. In addition, there will be a limited-edition, 2-LP Colored Vinyl available via D2C channels for the first time.
The deluxe edition really does look spectacular, have a look below.
Featuring Seven singles that were released Worldwide, the album has reached RIAA Diamond status in the US and Double Platinum in the UK, but it wasn’t all plain sailing.
The album is the follow-up to the band’s 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria’s creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of the 31 December 1984 car accident that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm.
While Pyromania contained traces of Def Leppard’s original traditional heavy metal sound found on their first two albums, they were removed in favour of the latest sonic technology available at the time.
As with the previous album, every song was recorded by each band member in the studio separately instead of the whole band. The multiple vocal harmonies were enhanced by Mutt Lange’s techniques, even pitching background vocals on all tracks. The guitar parts were focused more on emphasising melody than hard rock’s more basic and cliched riffs.
In addition, all of the album’s drum sounds were samples recorded by Lange and the engineers, then played from the Fairlight CMI.
Anyway, enough about the album, for more details on the newly released edition, check out the official Def Leppard website.
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