Def Leppard - Pyromania & Adrenalize Deluxe Editions (Reissues)
'Pyromania' and 'Adrenalize' bookended Def Leppard's career defining magnum opus, 'Hysteria'.
Now, on the brink of headlining the UK's massive Download Festival, the band have reissued deluxe editions of these two multimillion selling albums.
Each comes with a live second CD.
'Pyromania' is the more interesting.
It saw the band - with considerable help from Robert "Mutt" Lange - make serious strides toward distancing themselves from their NWOBHM roots. The further you go into 'Pyromania' the closer you get to 'Hysteria'.
The songwriting is sharper, more focused. The melodies richer, more generously applied. The production is polished to within an inch of its life, with its British Heavy Metal baggage surgically removed - only a few bloody remnants remain - and consigned to the bin of hard rock history.
If you cast aside the juvenile notions and the stunted lyrics, it's an almost unadulterated concentrate of eighties pop-rock-metal. What everybody was aiming for but few attained, apart perhaps from Bon Jovi and Boston.
 In a neat reversal of convention, Lange's trick of using full-on backing harmonies to takeover lead vocal on the chorus works a treat on this album, not least on the sublime 'Photograph' - a roughed out blueprint for the 'Hysteria' album, and 'Rock Of Ages', one of 'Pyromania's standouts.
'Too Late For Love's Waspish sting and the ambitious 'Die Hard The Hunter's brassy veneer ensure the metal content is optimised, sitting very comfortably with 'Comin Under Fire's and 'Foolin's hardbodied, grown up resonance .
The "bonus" CD in this Deluxe package is a remarkably powerful recording of the band's LA Forum gig, in 1983.
It's a 15 track sonic boom of a live disc, full of tight, high level band performances, with Elliott in particularly good voice, overdub free.
All the songs you would expect are here, with others sounding so much more nuanced than you would anticipate for such a young, exhuberant band, like the extended version of 'Another Hit And Run' and the fiery, big production number,  'Bringing On The Heartbreak', both originally from the 'High'N'Dry' release.
Given the excellent remastering of the original release and the informative liner notes from David (Rolling Stone) Fricke, this is a winning attempt at re-packaging past glories.
While 'Pyromania' sold 10 million worldwide, 'Adrenalise' "only" sold 7 million.
All things are relative.
Bands would willingly sacrifice an unimportant member of their family to achieve these kinds of numbers nowadays.
If  'Hysteria' was 'Pyromania's bigger, much better looking brother, then 'Adrenalize' was the wannabe cousin who bore a close resemblance. For many fans this only went skin deep, believing the album to lack the sheer weight and sophistication of its predecessor.  But, can 7 million people be wrong?
In addition, while 'Pyromania' is the more interesting package, 'Adrenalize' is perhaps the better value.
Mainly because Disc 2 is a fabulous collection of rare live stuff and "B-sides".
There's 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and 'Lets Get Rocked' from the Bonn gig of the "In The Clubs, In Your Face" tour.
There's 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' - a cover of the 'Stones' classic, the B side of 'Have You Ever Needed'. There's the acoustic version of 'Two Steps Behind', the B-side of 'Tonight'.
And there's a worth-buying-the-album-for cover of Hendrix's 'Little Wing', recorded with The Hothouse Flowers. 
12 tracks in all, and every one a winner.
In essence, two great value packages, each with its own attractive characteristics and both with bonus material that's well worth owning.
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Written by Brian
Friday, June 12, 2009
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Pyromania will always be THE album for me from Def leppard. Somehow I never got into Adrenalize, maybe it was the wrong time with all the grunge stuff around. Adrenalize ain´t bad but could not meet the demand IMO. After Adrenalize this band totally died and has not done one single song i can listen to.

But Pyromania is a fantastic album and High´n dry very close. I do enjoy Hysteria but the sound is too Popish and can´t help think of all the wannbe metal heads that bought this album and thought wow i am listening to metal :0) Think that bug me a little even though i should´nt

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I totally agree with Brian's review.
Pyromania place Def Leppard away from the NWOBHM original roots.

In the mid 80's there was 2 bands competing for the Hard-Rock MTV Hall of fame: This guys from Sheffield and Van Halen.
Both bands had all commercial ingredients to be successful: Easy listening songs and a more fashion dresscode, just perfect for the MTV audiences.

Pyromania is a Hard Rock reference, setting the sound concept to Leppard's biggest success ever: Hysteria

Well..Adrenalize was born under the grunge years, the kids were looking now into a different direction (however still was a commercial hit worldwide).

Pyromania: 8.5
Adrenalize: 7

Rating: 8/10

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Rock! Rock!! (Til You Drop)
Too Late For Love
Die Hard The Hunter
Rock Of Ages
Comin' Under Fire
Action! Not Words
Billy's Got A Gun

Rock! Rock!! (Til You Drop)
Rock Brigade
High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)
Another Hit And Run
Billy's Got A Gun
Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)
Rock Of Ages
Bringin' On The Heartbreak
Switch 625
Let It Go
Travellin' Band

Let's Get Rocked
Heaven Is
Make Love Like A Man
White Lightning
Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)
Personal Property
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
I Wanna Touch U
Tear It Down

Hysteria - In The Clubs In Your Face - Bonn 29/05/92
Photograph - In The Clubs In Your Face
Pour Some Sugar On Me - In The Clubs In Your Face
Let's Get Rocked - In The Clubs In Your Face
You Can't Always Get What You Want - B-Side
Little Wing With Hothouse Flowers - B-Side
Tonight (Version 2-Demo Version) - B-Side
Now I'm Here (Live) - B-Side
Two Steps Behind (Acoustic) B-Side
Tonight (Acoustic) - B-Side
Too Late For Love (Live) - B-Side
Women (Live) - B-Side

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