This is the debut album that Def Leppard should have made. Instead Leppard gave us the inconsistent and, at times, immature On Through the Night. Heavy Pettin's Lettin Loose should have been a landmark debut album like Van Halen's first album or Thunder's Back Street Symphony -debuts that take on classic status that are hard to follow. While Heavy Pettin certainly found it hard to follow, they didn't get the recognition they should have.
Lettin Loose was produced by Queen's Brian May and that band's long time producer, Mack, or Reinhold Mack to give him his full name. And it was probably because of the band's association with May that they got some prime support slots in support of this album.
Originally released in 1983, Lettin Loose is chock full of brilliant melodic rock, a mixture of Leppard, Van Halen and Gun - who followed later. With classy riffs, cool melodies, songs like In and Out of Love, Love on the Run, Victims of the Night, Love Times Love and Rock Me, are the type of songs that many bands aspire to but few actually manage to carry off.
This CD has been remastered and includes two bonus tracks, Roll the Dice is a single that preceded the album by a year and didn't actually end up on the original album. Although it's not a bad song, you can see that it has more in common with a softer Saxon than what eventually ended up on this album.
Sadly, Heavy Pettin lost all credibility when they entered the Eurovision Song Contest with Romeo in 1987 - a disappointing Journey-esque tune. It was a bad career move and the band were never cool again. Hailing from Glasgow, the band split up shortly after, but their debut Lettin Loose is a CD that every self-respecting rock fan should have in their collection.