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HYSTERIA

Def Leppard Vinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums)— continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic ... Read more in Amazon's Def Leppard Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: PHONOGRAM
  • ASIN: B0044PM79E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful stuff 8 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
i first heard "animal" at the end of 1987 driving home from work on the A38. the radio played listlessly in the background, on through habit more than anything else. But hang on - what's this? A classic driving rock song emerges from the tinny speakers- a minute later triumphant soaring chord heralds the chorus "AND I WANT!! AND I NEED !!. I bought the album "hysteria" the next day from woolies . The melodies, the harmonies, the guitars,the personalities!!!!. This album is one of the all time rare pleasures in life, an album of music guaranteed to uplift. There is no nostalgia about this record because it has'nt dated unlike its predecessor "Pyromania" which although excellent has got 1982 written all over it.
Along with "Slippery When Wet" this album ushered in an era of heavy guitars, singalong choruses and loads of hair and spandex.
You know what? it was great.............
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut glass metal 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although not the best album ever, this is very close. From opener "Women" with its anthemic chorus, through "Animal" and "Gods of War" ith their, er, anthemic choruses, this is damn near perfect. I just wish "Love and Affection" hadn't made it onto the CD, as it wasn't on the vinyl album; I just don't think it's as good as the rest of the album. But buy it anyway!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest rock albums of all time 23 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
WHen you mention Def Leppard, most people think they are a heavy U.S band. Wrong on both counts. Infact Sheffield's finest truly surpassed themseleves on this album, and many would consider it as one of the finest rock albums of all time (consistently coming in top 10, 20's etc). Animal is probably the best track since its appeals to such a wide spectrum of listeners with its catchy lyrics and riff lines - true poprock.Other highlights are (for me) Hysteria and Gods of War. At no point does this album get too heavy or even repetative. Its in a simliar vein to Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet (the other great pop rock album of the time)with catchy tunes you'll keep singing in your head for days. I have been listening to this album almost continuosly for over 13 years - now, that can't be bad can it?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait 30 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hysteria was the first rock album I purchased after hearing Animal. I wasn't disappointed! Gods of War is also a big favourite - much heavier than the rest of the songs. If you are going to start a Leppard collection - pick this one!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Hysterical about Hysteria 9 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Def Leppard's finest work and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. I have had the album since it's release in 1987 and I still play it and never grow tired of it. It's to Def Leppard's credit that they made this album.
It's an album that nearly was never made Rick Allen the drummer lost an arm in a car accident after the success of Pyromania, disagrements with producers, scrapping songs plus other mishaps but when all seem lost enter their white knight Robert John "Mutt" Lange who helped put the band's confidence back together, contributed to the songwriting and produced what can be best described as the most polished clinically clear rock album that has ever been made.
The songs are just wonderfully catchy from the opening bars of Women to the heart churning Love and Affection. This album produced 6 hit singles in the UK now that is highly unusual from a Rock album and 7 hit singles in the band's spiritual home the USA even though they orginally from Shefield UK.
The album hit no1 on both sides of the Atlantic. So many classic tunes on the album you will be listening to them for years. The clever sexual inuendo lyrics of Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Armageddon It! But the best track and probably the greatest song they've writtten is the clever 'Gods Of War' a damming indicment back in the late 80's of Reagan and Thatcher's lust for conflict with Libiya.
Now the song's clever lyrics and addition of Reagan and Thatcher's voices add gravitas to the track. Now you could quite easily substitute both for Dubya and Blair Iraq for Libiya.
Just lie back close your eyes and enjoy this superb piece of Rock masterclass.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 3 Feb 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Hysteria' is my favourite Def Leppard album by far, released in 1987, it is in many ways a typical hard rock album of the decade but has nevertheless aged very well.

There are so many classic songs on this CD that the first half of the track listing might look to the causal listener to be that of a greatest hits album. 'Animal', 'Love Bites', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and the title track are all here and the rest of the songs are all virtually worthy of a mention.

I agree with many of the other reviewers who say that this is one of the best albums to come from the 1980s, it's certainly the best Def Leppard record and an essential addition to every classic rock collection.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Get It 11 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An album of its time, Hysteria was created for and because of the hair-rock/metal stranglehold on pop in the beginning to mid 80s. Despite this it still holds up well today albeit whilst smiling at the cheese. The first 7 tracks are all wonderful but then it gets slightly patchy.

Opener 'Women' is trademark Def Leppard circa 1986/7. Sleazy, slow and mid-paced, impecably produced and really rather good. 'Rocket' is actually very similar but even slightly better! 'Animal' is quality 80s stadium fare. Single-length and all shiny and electric and high pitched with a nice singalonga chorus. Job done. 'Love Bites' is classic and very listenable today. One of their all-time great tracks. As is 'Pour Some Sugar...'. Classic, fun and catchy. 'Armageddon It' is very good but has less of a pull for me, but that's a purely personal opinion - it's still a great song.

'Gods of War' is my pick from the album (along with 'Love Bites'). It wasn't a single and it is long and anything with Maggie Thatcher's voice just sounds wrong, BUT it is a fantastic tune, a style they revisited in their follow up with 'White Lightning' - another cracker! Then it all gets a bit pants for a couple of tracks. 'Don't Shoot...' is quite average and compared to the company it's keeping it fails to excite. It's one of those DL party tunes that don't really have any real tune at all. 'Run Riot' is slightly better but still isn't excellent. Title track, however, is pretty darn excellent. Understated, catchy and enjoyable. 'Excitable' is as 'Don't Shoot...' really - not great at all. 'LOve & Affection' is ok but for an album of this stature the closer really needs to be astounding and it really isn't.

Despite the inclusion of 3 or 4 unwanted MOR party-crashers, Hysteria is an album to treasure and, more importantly enjoy. It's not a noodle-scratcher, it's just meant to be there for when you're feeling in a particularly 80s mood and need to ROCK OUT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by alan edmends
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days
Always loved this album. Takes me back to very happy times. Glad to have it back in my car. Try not play too loud though. ;-)
Published 23 days ago by Emma Henshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase!
I used to have this album on tape & when everything went to CD, I missed hearing it so couldn't wait to hear it again so bought it from Amazon recently - it was great to put it up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen
First ever Def Leppard CD I have purchased and was not dissapointed, really enjoyable to the extent I may purchase further discs
Published 1 month ago by Karen johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Every track on this album is an absolute classic. Albums as good as this are few and far between. A must have for any rock fan.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Def Leppard Stuff
Fantastic album from Def Leppard. I am in the process of getting all of the band's albums to get a collection of great songs...
Published 3 months ago by J. Scobie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album & great service
I bought this as my original CD was scratched. I was pleased to still be able to get this great album, wrapped, and as new. It also arrived in good time considering I am in the UK.
Published 3 months ago by McShadysranch
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria - Def Leppard
I have always been a big fan of Def Leppard and this CD did not disapoint - as with my other recent purchases of Def Leppard CDs I lovedit. What more needs to be said?
Published 4 months ago by Geoff H
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
Considering its age, the quality of the cd and packaging was grand. Worth the money and I will buy secondhand again.
Published 5 months ago by Jo H
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
I remember the hype when this album was released and could'nt wait to get the album, although I thought it was good I remember thinking I preferred Pyromania, and having had a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark A
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