Thursday, August 3, 2017

Def Leppard releases "Hysteria" 1987

Def Leppard released their 4th studio album, Hysteria, August 3 1987, and has become their best-selling album to date.  It has received critical acclaim from all over the world, selling over 12 million albums (certifying it diamond, i.e. >10M) in the U.S. where it reached #1 on the Billboard 200.  Currently, it is the 51st best-selling album of all time.

According to Wikipedia, Q Magazine readers voted it the 98th Greatest Album of All Time.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #464 on the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time.

The album was released over 3 years after Pyromania, their breakout album, in 1983.  Drummer Rick Allen lost an arm after a car crash in 1984.  Producer Mutt Lange dropped out early in the album's production but returned a year later.  Lange was also involved in an auto accident but recovered quickly and Joe Elliott suffered a bout of mumps.  Still, they managed to pull off one of the greatest!

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