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Classic Albums: Def Leppard - Hysteria (2002)

One of the most successful hard rock bands, Def Leppard was plagued by death and tragedy. Hysteria is the band's most successful album, and here the surviving members explain its making as ... See full summary »

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One of the most successful hard rock bands, Def Leppard was plagued by death and tragedy. Hysteria is the band's most successful album, and here the surviving members explain its making as they sort through the original tapes. We also get impromptu acoustic performances and demos. Written by Anonymous

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Classic Albums: Def Leppard - Hysteria (2002)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

With seventeen million copies sold and seven top singles, Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' gets this installment of the Classic Albums series. Everyone from the band as well as the sound mixers and producers are on hand here being interviewed about what was going on with the band during this time as well as the impact the final album had on them. As with other episodes, we're basically taken through the entire album song by song as we hear about various decisions that were made throughout the production. We learn about the first few songs completed and then we hear about some rather big tracks that almost didn't make the album. There's a discussion of how 'Love Bites' originally wasn't on there and how the producer Robert Lang had to fight for it. We also learn that 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' wasn't on the album and the band had to fight to record company to have it included. Throughout the 50-minute documentary many people mention that the group wanted this album to be like a greatest hits album meaning that every song was great and that the entire album would offer different sounds. There's also some discussion about the previous album, which was a hit in America but the British group still couldn't sell out small clubs in their own country. There's also talk about the accident, which caused the drummer to lose his arm and the new set-up he came up with to continue playing. Fans of the band or music in general should really be entertained by this behind-the-scenes look at the album.


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