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High 'N' Dry [Import]

Def Leppard Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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1. Let It Go
2. Another Hit And Run
3. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
4. Bringin' On The Heartbreak
5. Switch 625
6. You Got Me Runnin'
7. Lady Strange
8. On Through The Night
9. Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
10. No No No

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Although it's difficult to remember through the smoke of Pyromania, this 1981 album, the quintet's second, hoisted Def Leppard to the apex of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Building on raw metal anthems, the band adds subtle melodic touches, catchy guitar riffs, and simpler lyrical themes. Producer Mutt Lange, a longtime associate of AC/DC, absorbs these pop-oriented changes without severely blunting the metal edge. While the album foreshadows Leppard's multiplatinum success, it also retains the aggressive power and rough-edged distortion of heavy metal. The power ballad "Bringing on the Heartbreak" ushered in a style that would come to define 1980s metal. Although later albums showcase well-crafted songwriting and glossy production, this one catches Leppard at the peak of their true metal years. --Marc Greilsamer

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - an early Def Leppard masterpiece Dec 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
High 'N' Dry (1981.) Def Leppard's second album.
In 1980, a little band from Sheffield called Def Leppard began taking the world by storm. Following a tour of America headlined by ACDC, the world began to get a taste of what this little band might be capable of. For the band's sophomore effort, they recruited legendary record producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Foreigner, ACDC.) His production had a definite impact on the band's stylings. But was this a good thing? Read on for my review of High 'N' Dry.
The album is kicked off with two classic hard power rockers, Let It Go and Another Hit And Run. Although these two tracks never became big hits for the band, they are still excellent and worth listening to. The title track is also severely underrated. The opening guitar riffs are priceless, and the lyrics are unforgettable. It was this, the band's second album, that scored them their first big hit - Bringin' On The Heartbreak. It's one of their darker "gloom and doom" ballads, and probably the closest thing on the album to the stuff from their first album, On Through The Night. This track DESERVES its high status. And ONLY on this album, you get the FULL LENGTH version, which fades into the Steve Clark guitar instrumental Switch 625! Another underrated gem is You Got Me Runnin'. Although it's not the best song on the album, it's still excellent. What is the best song on here? A little number called Lady Strange. This is classic hard rock with a "harder edge" to it than their later rockers. Mirror Mirror has got to be one of the bands most underrated songs ever. Don't skip it! The band finishes off the album with No No No, a song which seems to get very mixed opinions here on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Powerful July 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
High and Dry captures the true essence and one of a kind sound of Def Leppard...just on the edge of superstardom !! The songs are a little less radio friendly (a good thing), a little longer, a little harder....the sound of a great band hungry to make it !! This album really showcases the raw power of Steve Clark's Les Paul...the lonesome, minor power chords that he made famous and nobody was really able to copy !! The songs on this one play like a great set in a large smokey bar venue...less glitz....more hard honest rock transitioning into what was to become Heavy Metal......not the stadium crapola that came later !! The songs on this album stand the test of time and while you won't hear many of them played today...or see them on a greatest hits album....these were the tunes that really make Def Leppard a great band !! Lady Strange (a glimpse of things to come...the muting of the guitar followed by clean, hard power chords), Hit and Run (a great showcase of the power of Joe Elliot), Bringing on the Heartbreak (feel that classic bending and sad sound created by the haunting master Steve Clark), and my favorite....Mirror, Mirror (you can hear shades of Pyromania in this song....the sound is strong, soulful and powerful...nobody does it like this !!!)
This is a great album and a must for Heavy Metal fans !! This one is the dark horse among Def Leppard's albums and was overshadowed by their later works...but this is the real deal....the real drums, the real stripped down guitars, the hungry vocals !! 5 stars all the way !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Def Lep before all the "-IA" albums June 29 2003
By Bryan
Format:Audio CD
Before PYROMANIA, HYSTERIA, and EUPHORIA there was HIGH N DRY, their 2nd album from 1981. This is one of my all time favorite albums. This is the "heavy metal" Def Leppard before PYROMANIA and HYSTERIA. It is is 22 years later and I still consider this their best album. If you only know the band by their "hit" CDs, then this CD will not sound like the same band to you. I like the other albums but this one is without a doubt, their most rockin'. Songs like "Another Hit And Run", "You Got Me Runnin'" and "Let It Go" are up tempo guitar heavy tracks and "Switch 625" is a very cool short instrumental. The band tried another instrumental years later on the "Euphoria" CD but it wasn't that good to be honest. A must buy for any Def Lep fan old and new. A NWOBHM(new wave of british heavy metal) classic. Also check out "Screaming For Vengeance" by Judas Priest and "Killers" by Iron Maiden. These 3 bands, in my opinion, defined british rock in the early and mid-80's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the debut May 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Def Leppard's second album "High 'n dry" (1981) is quite good but not as good as the debut "On through the night" released the previous year. The production is rather raw even 'tho it was produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange, who later helped Def Leppard abandon anything good they had in the beginning. The first two songs on the album is nothing special at all, but when the captivating "High 'n' dry" comes along and is followed by the beautiful ballad "Bringin' on the heartbreak" the album begin to take off. "You got me running" is a good melodic tune and "Mirror, mirror" have a bit of hit potential. "No, no, no" is the fastest and most rocking number on the album, and it have a slight connection the Led Zeppelin's "Rock and roll". But the real highlight on this effort is the very attractive "Lady strange", in which the band manage to create a rock tune with a very catchy chorus - clearly one of Def Leppard's best songs ever!
The albums "High 'n' dry" and "On through the night" both show a raw and unpolished approach from a young and hungry band. These two albums stand together and represent the early Def Leppard era of their own. As we all know the third one: "Pyromania" was the real start for Def Leppard's journey towards what they are today, even if Def Leppard on "Pyromania" still could rock.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Aliitle dissappointed
When I received the record the covered was totalled falling apart and that is not how it was shown in the pic. I haven't tried the record yet as it is a Christmas gift. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diana Angus
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Def Leppard became Def Leppard
A year after releasing their debut, Def Leppard teams up with successful record producer Mutt Lange and "High `N' Dry" comes out in 1981. Read more
Published on May 3 2011 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Overdue for a remastering!
Now that Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize have been remastered and reissued with bonus tracks, it is High 'N' Dry that needs to be remastered next, for several reasons that I... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for a remaster
Don't get me wrong, this is excellent Def Leppard. If you're into Def Leppard and AC/DC, then this is their best album. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2007 by Simon Martineau
5.0 out of 5 stars Leppard's best
As most every reviewer here has said, this is Def Leppard at its finest. They're tighter and more refined than on "On Through the Night" (the blue Kenworth album) yet... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Renee A. Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Influenced Hard Rock
I rated this album three stars because there is some filler on here, but there's a lot of good stuff, too. I enjoy most of it, but like I said, some of it can be quite filler. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM EVER
This is without a doubt def leppards finest album , if you are are true 8o's fan of the hair band glam type rockers, minus the glamour, these guys were hungry , and they kicked it... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by John T. Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars Grade C-
Def's HIGH-N-DRY, should be named low-n-damp. The cd only on one occasion rises above the metal of that day, and that is on the classic BRINGIN ON THE HEARTBREAK. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Eric J. Weik
4.0 out of 5 stars just what metal needed
This record was released when disco was all but dead,(i hated disco)and radio needed something to play and rock needed a shot in the arm. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Def Leppard at its best.
Forget about the new junk like "X" or "Slang". What a ridiculous attempt at trying to please thirteen year old girls. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Chris Jordan
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