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High 'N' Dry Import

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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001DVD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 85 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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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this classic 1981 album from the Rock legends. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008.


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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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. I really can't just blame the guy that sold it to me but it could have been wrapped alittle better
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 will discuss. It boggles my mind that the back catalogue of bands like Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have yet to be remastered, while Ozzy and Sabbath's has been redone at least twice each. It makes no sense.

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:
"Lady Strange"
"Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)"
"High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)"
"You Got Me Runnin'"
"Another Hit And Run"
"Switch 625"

Unlike modern Def Leppard, this album was all about the riffs and the screaming! Hard to believe it's the same band.
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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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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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Format: Audio CD
I agree that high & dry did mark a transition period for def leppard, but the rawness of the guitar on this recording combined with the early production of mutt lange create one of British heavy metals finest works. From the opening riff of "let it go" this album will probably please listeners who enjoy 80's iron maiden, judas priest, ac/dc and early ozzy. I personaly find much in common with ac/dc's back in black - another fine mutt lange recording. The lead guitar work of Pete Willis is strongly blues based yet aggressive and quite appropriate for this record. Also, if you enjoy Joe Elliot's vocal timbre and melodies then you should have a degree of comfort with high & dry. A bit of caution. If you expect high & dry to sound like the richly crafted hysteria, it does not. The massive ooh-ahh vocals which became a def leppard trademark on later albums had not fully developed at the time of this recording. Nor do samples and lushly layered effects color high & dry's songs to the degree of later works. In conclusion, high & dry is a personal favorite; well recorded, good composition and unique vocal stylizations marking a period in def leppard's histoy just before they became hugely successful.
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