Def Leppard - Hysteria

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Arts Documentary published by ISIS Productions broadcasted as part of Classic Albums series in 2006 - English narration

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Hysteria is the fourth studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released on August 3, 1987. It is the band's best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, and spawning seven hit singles. It was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.The second single from the album, "Animal," reached #6 in the UK and finally turned the band into stars in their home country. Hysteria immediately topped the charts in its first week of release. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, relating to his experiences during the time of his auto accident, and the worldwide media coverage that followed.

The album was the follow-up to the band's 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Its creation process was one of the longest ever for a rock album, taking over three years, and was plagued by many trials, such as the December 31, 1984 car accident that cost Rick Allen his left arm.

US album sales were relatively slow (compared to Pyromania) until the fourth single, "Pour Some Sugar on Me." The song hit Number 2, and Hysteria finally reached the top of the US Album Charts in July 1988. The "Pour Some Sugar on Me" video was #1 on Dial MTV for a record 73 days (from May 26-September 5, 1988). In October, the power ballad "Love Bites" would become Def Leppard's first (and only) Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100, and in January 1989, the band scored another US Top 5 hit with "Armageddon It."

Hysteria is one of only a handful of albums (and the third in rock history) that has charted seven singles or more on the US Hot 100: "Women" (#80), "Animal" (#19), "Hysteria" (#10), "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (#2), "Love Bites" (#1), "Armageddon It" (#3), and "Rocket" (#12). It remained on the charts for three years and has sold 18 million copies worldwide.

Equally as successful was the accompanying Hysteria World Tour, which ran for 15 months and saw Def Leppard perform "In The Round." The concept proved wildly popular with fans, as evidenced in the videos for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Armageddon It" (and was later used again for the Adrenalize tour).

In 1989, Def Leppard won Favorite Heavy Metal Artist, as well as Favorite Heavy Metal Album (for "Hysteria") during the American Music Awards. It was the first time that a heavy metal category was added to the awards show.

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All songs written by Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Mutt Lange and Rick Savage.

[edit] Side one

  1. "Women"
  2. "Rocket"
  3. "Animal"
  4. "Love Bites"
  5. "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
  6. "Armageddon It"

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  1. "Gods of War"
  2. "Don't Shoot Shotgun"
  3. "Run Riot"
  4. "Hysteria"
  5. "Excitable"
  6. "Love and Affection"

Note: Some CD versions of the album include a live version of "Love and Affection" as a bonus track.

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  1. "Tear It Down"
  2. "Ride into the Sun" (Elliott, Collen, Clark, Savage, 1987 re-recording)
  3. "I Wanna Be Your Hero"
  4. "Ring of Fire"

[edit] Disc two

  1. "Elected" (Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, live in Tilburg, Holland)
  2. "Love and Affection" (live in Tilburg, Holland)
  3. "Billy's Got a Gun" (Elliott, Pete Willis, Clark, Savage, Lange, live in Tilburg, Holland)
  4. "Rock of Ages Medley: Not Fade Away/My Generation/Radar Love/Come Together" (Elliott, Clark, Lange, live in Tilburg, Holland)
  5. "Women" (live in Denver)
  6. "Animal (Extended Version)"
  7. "Pour Some Sugar on Me (Extended Version)"
  8. "Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix)"
  9. "Excitable (Orgasmic Mix)"
  10. "Rocket (The Lunar Mix)"
  11. "Release Me" (Elliott, Collen, Clark, Savage, Rick Allen, Malvin Mortimer, credited as Stumpus Maximus & The Good Ol' Boys)

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Image: Def-Leppard-Hysteria-Screen0.jpg

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Video Bitrate: 1901 kbps
Video Resolution: 656x432
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.519:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 49:32.440
Part Size: 744MB
Subtitles: no
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