High 'N' Dry Import
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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|
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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High 'N' Dry was first issued on CD, the sound was rather tinny. That has yet to be dealt with on CD, although this CD does include two songs not on the original LP: Remixes of "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" and "Me and My Wine" (the versions that were used for the music videos). However, the track "No No No" has been edited for length, cutting short the outro. For that, you have to pick up an old vinyl copy (which I did). When will this, and the weak sound, be corrected?
It's especially a crime since High 'N' Dry may well be Def Leppard's best album to some. Personally I will always hold Hysteria up to that lofty spot just due to the sheer magnificence of sound and and songwriting. High 'N' Dry, which featured Pete Willis on guitar instead of Phil Collen, is a raw, rough, AC/DC sounding rock album. This is the heaviest album Leppard ever made. Joe Elliot's vocals cords shred the high pitched raunch on every song. Truly, this is the best album AC/DC has never made.
Not one weak song on the entire disc. Not one! My personal faves:
"Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)"
"High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)"
"You Got Me Runnin'"
"Another Hit And Run"
Unlike modern Def Leppard, this album was all about the riffs and the screaming! Hard to believe it's the same band.Read more ›
On "High 'N' Dry" the band still sounds somewhat raw, energetic and rocking.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2013 by Diana Angus
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 morePublished on Aug. 30 2007 by Simon Martineau
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 morePublished on June 17 2004 by Renee A. Lindsey
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 morePublished on May 2 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
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 morePublished on April 23 2004 by John T. Cole
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Eric J. Weik
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2003
Forget about the new junk like "X" or "Slang". What a ridiculous attempt at trying to please thirteen year old girls. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Chris Jordan