DEF LEPPARD “Pyromania” /CD/

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Re-release of the third full-length album by legendary British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
While Def Leppard had obviously wanted to write big-sounding anthems on their previous records, "Pyromania" was where the band's vision coalesced and gelled into something more. More than ever before, the band's songs on "Pyromania" are driven by catchy, shiny melodic hooks instead of heavy guitar riffs, although the latter do Pop up once in a while. But it wasn't just this newly intensified focus on melody and consistent songwriting (and heavy MTV exposure) that made "Pyromania" a massive success - and the catalyst for the '80s Pop-Metal movement. Robert John "Mutt" Lange's buffed-to-a-sheen production - polished drum and guitar sounds, multi-tracked layers of vocal harmonies, a general sanding of any and all musical rough edges, and a perfectionistic attention to detail - set the style for much of the melodic Hard Rock that followed. It wasn't a raw or spontaneous sound, but the performances were still energetic and committed. Leppard's quest for huge, transcendent Hard Rock perfection on "Pyromania" was surprisingly successful; their reach never exceeded their grasp, which makes the album an enduring (and massively influential) classic!
Song "Rock! Rock! ('Till You Drop)" was performed as early as 1980, originally as a song called "Medicine Man", with different lyrics.
"Pyromania" has received mostly positive reviews, being commonly considered, along with its follow-up "Hysteria", one of the band's finest efforts to date. It is the first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was a huge success, charting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. It was selling over 10 million copies in the US, and thus being certified Diamond by the RIAA.
Vertigo/Phonogram Ltd. (London)/Universal Music Group, 1983/2013 (810 308-2). Made in Germany.

1. Rock Rock (Till You Drop) 3:52
2. Photograph 4:12
3. Stagefright 3:46
4. Too Late For Love 4:30
5. Die Hard The Hunter 6:17
6. Foolin' 4:32
7. Rock Of Ages 4:09
8. Comin' Under Fire 4:20
9. Action! Not Words 3:52
10. Billy's Got A Gun 5:27
Total playing time: 44:57


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