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June 7th, 2009

Album: Def Leppard – Pyromania: Deluxe Edition

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Def Leppard
Pyromania Deluxe Edition
Universal Music
08 June 2009

by Luke Morton

Few bands today are able to call themselves legends and still be on tour. Some have given us all they could 10 or so years ago and then faded away in obscurity, but some have kept rocking for the past 30 years; Def Leppard are one of those bands. Having played to millions of fans worldwide, Def Leppard are widely regarded as one of the best New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands.

With this prestige firmly under their belts sees the Deluxe Edition release of their 1983 album Pyromania, the album that propelled them onto the global main stage. Produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange who had previously worked with rock icons AC/DC, Pyromania is one of the best heavy metal albums of the 80s.

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Kicking off with ‘Rock Rock (‘Til You Drop)’ there is a sense of pure rock & roll at its finest, being belted out through catchy riffs and even catchier choruses. The age old technique of repeating the song title doesn’t wear thin for Def Leppard, it just spurs on another chorus to bang your head to.

The first single to be released from Pyromania is ‘Photograph’, which is a prime example of what Def Leppard are all about. Filled with classic guitar riffs, harmonised vocals and lyrics all about women and rock music. In a change of pace to the album opener, this track proves Leppard aren’t just a one trick pony in terms of song style.

No Def Leppard album is complete without tremendous guitar solos and Pyromania brings them with force. One of the best examples is during ‘Foolin” which in itself is another great example of Leppard’s song writing and musical ability, a true singalong rock anthem – bring on Download! Following in the singalong fashion is ‘Rock Of Ages’ which gives angsty teens everywhere the opportunity to don their black tees and scream “I want rock ‘n’ roll!” at the top of their lungs.

The Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus disc of a previously unreleased 15 track show from the LA Forum in 1983. Featuring a collection of songs from Pyromania and from their previous two albums (On Through The Night and High ‘N’ Dry), it’s definitely worth a listen. Starting with Pyromania opener ‘Rock Rock (‘Til You Drop)’, it’s obvious Def Leppard are just as good live as on CD. There’s no lost quality in terms of musical ability and the raw energy from the band is incredible.

Watch the video to ‘Photograph’ by Def Leppard

Interspersed with the odd bit of crowd interaction, “are you out there?” and “are you listening?” making a few appearances, the live disc is basically a greatest hits from the first three albums. The passion Def Leppard have for rock music is obvious in their energy as they never let up, never sounding tired and putting it all into each song.

‘Let It Go’ is a great piece of live rock music, kicking off with a wailing guitar solo then rushing into the AC/DC-esque rock anthem with lyrics “let it rock/let it roll” you know Leppard are all about the music and having a good time. However the highlight of the live show is a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Travellin’ Band’ which features Queen’s Brian May on guitar duties. The crowd’s response is electric and the song itself is fuelled by May’s guitar-work and Leppard‘s own unique style which brings the song into it’s own.

This Deluxe Edition is a must for any discerning music fan, encompassing both arguably Def Leppard’s best album and a powerful live show which proves exactly what Leppard are capable of. Catch them at Download Festival or miss out on something big.

5.5/6

Sounds Like: AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin
Top Tracks: Rock Of Ages, Photograph, Travellin’ Band

Def Leppard – Pyromania Deluxe Edition tracklisting
Rock Rock (‘Til You Drop)
Photograph
Stagefright
Too Late For Love
Die Hard The Hunter
Foolin’
Rock Of Ages
Comin’ Under Fire
Action! Not Words
Billy’s Got A Gun

Rock Rock (‘Til You Drop)
Rock Brigade
High ‘N’ Dry
Another Hit And Run
Billy’s Got A Gun
Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
Foolin’
Photograph
Rock Of Ages
Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Let It Go
Wasted
Stagefright
Travellin’ Band




Comments

  • Striker

    Oh fuck I remember the first time haha

  • Striker

    Oh fuck I remember the first time haha

  • Jason

    Photograph haha. Amazing.

  • Jason

    Photograph haha. Amazing.

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  • patochan

    shitty album. fucking terrible.

  • patochan

    shitty album. fucking terrible.

  • jon macvean

    will def leppard be recording studio album in 2010 is it titled yet thanks jmv

  • http://na jon macvean

    will def leppard be recording studio album in 2010 is it titled yet thanks jmv

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