Def Leppard – Pyromania 40 Review

Def Leppard's Iconic 'Pyromania': A Rock Legacy...

Label: Universal Music Recordings

Genre: Classic Rock

 

 

The 4-CD / Blu Ray Box tracklisting is as below

 

CD One: Album Re-Mastered

Rock Rock (Til You Drop)

Photograph

Stagefright

Too Late for Love

Die Hard the Hunter

Foolin’

Rock Of Ages

Comin’ Under Fire

Action! Not Words

Billy’s Got a Gun

 

CD Two: Rarities

No You Can’t Do That – Out-Take

Untitled 1 – Demo

Untitled 2 – Demo

Untitled 3 – Demo

Untitled 4 – Demo

Untitled 5 – Demo

Untitled 6 – Demo

Rock Rock (Til You Drop) – Demo

Too Late for Love – Demo

Comin’ Under Fire – Demo

Billy’s Got a Gun – Demo

No You Can’t Do That – Demo

Rock Rock (Til You Drop) – Rough Mix Version

Photograph – Rough Mix Version (Unfinished Vocal)

Stagefright – Rough Mix Version

Too Late for Love – Rough Mix Version

Die Hard the Hunter – Rough Mix Version

Foolin’ – Rough Mix Version

Rock Of Ages – Rough Mix Version

Comin’ Under Fire – Rough Mix Version

Action! Not Words – Rough Mix Version (Chorus Only)

Billy’s Got a Gun – Rough Mix Version

 

CD Three: Live Westfalen Halle, Dortmund, Germany / 18th December 1983

Rock Rock (Til You Drop)

Billy’s Got a Gun

Foolin’

Rock of Ages

Let It Go

Wasted

 

CD Four: Live at the LA Forum / 11th September 1983

Rock Rock (Til You Drop)

Rock Brigade

High And Dry (Saturday Night)

Another Hit and Run

Billy’s Got a Gun

Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes)

Foolin’

Photograph

Rock Of Ages

Bringing Back the Heartache

Switch 625

Let It Go

Wasted

Stage Fright

Travellin’ Band

 

Blu Ray: Atmos / 5.1 / New Stereo / Instrumental

Rock Rock (Til You Drop)

Photograph

Stagefright

Too Late for Love

Die Hard the Hunter

Foolin’

Rock Of Ages

Comin’ Under Fire

Action! Not Words

Billy’s Got a Gun

 

Videos

Photograph – Official Video

Rock Of Ages – Official Video

Foolin’ – Official Video

Too Late for Love – Official Video / Supersonic (Historia)

Rock Rock (Til You Drop) – Official Video / Japanese Show (Historia)

 

 

The significance of releases such as this lies in the value they provide discerning enthusiasts. Def Leppard’s seminal ‘Pyromania’ is a cornerstone of rock history, widely acknowledged even among the most ardent fans. While ‘Hysteria’ often commands attention, the profound impact of its precursor in 1983 is undeniable. Selling over 10 million copies in the US alone, ‘Pyromania’ propelled the band to global acclaim, a status solidified by ‘Hysteria,’ ensuring Def Leppard’s enduring presence as arena headliners.

Complementing the musical offerings, the release features a comprehensive booklet, meticulously crafted liner notes, and an illuminating interview with esteemed rock journalist Paul Elliott. However, the pièce de résistance undoubtedly lies in the inclusion of Dolby Atmos mixes on the Blu-ray edition. Helmed by Giles Martin, these immersive mixes, alongside 5.1/Stereo and instrumental renditions, elevate the listening experience from nostalgic indulgence to indispensable sonic immersion. A truly remarkable achievement.

The meticulously remastered original album, curated under the stewardship of Joe Elliott, delivers a contemporary, yet faithful rendition that preserves the essence of the original recordings. However, it is the expansive 4-CD set that truly captivates aficionados, offering a wealth of previously unreleased material. Unearthed demos, notably the previously undisclosed “No You Can’t Do That,” along with two captivating live performances from renowned venues in the US and Germany, stand out as noteworthy highlights.

While personal preferences may vary, live recordings may hold less appeal for some due to the absence of firsthand experience. Nonetheless, discerning collectors, particularly overseas, demonstrate a keen appetite for such archival offerings, underscoring the robust market demand, particularly within Def Leppard’s expansive fanbase.

 

Reviewed by: Adrian Hextall

Score: 9/10 

 

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