Fans of formerly be-mulleted Sheffield Neo-Glam Rockers Def Leppard felt their hearts skip a beat when it was announced that next month, Universal Music will release the band’s 1987 album Hysteria as a 7-Disc 30th Anniversary edition.
You may remember that in 2007, the same label produced a double-disc version of the same album on its 20th Anniversary, but this time round, they’re going bigger than Mutt Lange’s production values.
The Leps had a pretty tough time of it in the mid-Eighties. Yes, their 1983 LP Pyromania was a huge seller, but on New Year’s Eve 1984, drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a horrific car crash. To their eternal credit, the rest of the band didn’t replace him, instead waiting for him to recuperate, and then learn to drum in a completely new way with a custom kit.
When they finally got around to concentrating on the next album, long-time producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, was unavailable, and the band undertook some disastrous sessions with bombastic music aficionado and friend-of-Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman. Eventually, Mutt Lange’s schedule allowed him to join Leppard in the studio, and the result was the 25-million-selling Hysteria album, spawning six hit singles including ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, ‘Animal’, and ‘Love Bites’.
So, what’s on the new box set? Well, 5 CDs, 2DVDs, and 4 books. The CDs include the original album remastered, a double-disc B-Sides and rarities set, and the band’s In The Round In Your Face live set recorded during the 1987/88 World Tour. The first DVD houses promo videos and TV appearances, while the second is the Classic Albums: Hysteria documentary from 2002.
According to www.superdeluxeedition.com, the books included are a history of the album, a worldwide discography, a reprint of the original tour program, and a photo-book of images taken by long-term Leppard snapper Ross Halfin.
This release is obviously aimed at those who believe Hysteria to be one of the greatest Rock albums ever made. It’s not designed as an introduction to Def Leppard, rather an opportunity to further immerse yourself in Hysteria’s greatness.
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