DEF LEPPARD HIGH 'N' DRY ( West-Germany ) 12" Vinyl LP Album

"High 'n' Dry" is the second studio album by British heavy metal band Def Leppard, released on 11 July 1981.

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"High 'n' Dry" is a classic hard rock album by English band Def Leppard, released in 1981. With powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocals, the album showcases the band's signature sound, blending heavy metal with pop hooks. Songs like "Let It Go" and "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" became instant hits, while the title track remains a fan favorite. The album marked a turning point in Def Leppard's career, establishing them as a major force in the 80s rock scene.

This album "DEF LEPPARD - High 'n' Dry" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal NWOBHM New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 

Album Production information:

The album: "DEF LEPPARD - High 'n' Dry" was produced by: Robert John "Mutt" Lange

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Mike Shipley, Nigel Green

Nigel Green a British Sound Engineer who has worked on a dozen of Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s for bands like: "Def Leppard"; "Dio", "Bruce Dickinson" and "Iron Maiden".

This album was recorded at: Battery Studios

Battery Studios London a recording studio located in London, England. Established in the late 1970s, it has been a popular destination for musicians, producers and engineers seeking a top-notch recording facility. The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art recording gear and technology, and is known for its spacious, acoustically treated rooms, which provide ideal conditions for capturing great-sounding recordings.

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Battery Studios has played host to a wide range of musicians and artists over the years, and has been the site of many iconic recordings. From rock and pop to Bhip-hop and electronic music, the studio has seen its share of diverse and talented musicians come through its doors.

The studio is also known for its commitment to quality and its friendly and professional staff, who are dedicated to ensuring that each recording session is a success. Whether you are an up-and-coming artist or an established performer, Battery Studios provides a world-class recording experience, and the chance to capture your music in the best possible light.

Album cover design: Hipgnosis

Hipgnosis was an English art group founded in 1968 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell, and Peter Christopherson. The group was known for their innovative and creative album covers, which became iconic in the music industry. Hipgnosis worked with some of the most influential musicians of their time, including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Yes.

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The group's name, "Hipgnosis," was a play on the words "hypnosis" and "hip." They believed that their art had the power to hypnotize people and transport them to another world, which was reflected in their album covers. The group's style was surreal and often incorporated elements of fantasy, science fiction, and the occult. Their designs were highly detailed and often required extensive planning and preparation.

One of the group's most famous album covers was for Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." The cover featured a prism refracting light into a rainbow, which became one of the most recognizable images in rock history. The design was so successful that it became synonymous with the band and their music. Another iconic design was for Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy," which featured a group of naked children climbing on a rock formation. The image was highly controversial but helped to solidify the band's rebellious image.

Hipgnosis also worked with a number of other influential musicians, including Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, and Genesis. They designed the cover for Peter Gabriel's first solo album, which featured a photograph of Gabriel wearing a mask with only his eyes visible. The image became another iconic design and was later referenced in Gabriel's music video for "Sledgehammer."

The group's success continued into the 1980s, with designs for bands such as Scorpions and Styx. However, the rise of digital technology and the decline of album sales led to the group's decline. Hipgnosis disbanded in 1983, but their legacy lives on in the countless album covers they created.

Hipgnosis was not just an art group, but a collective of artists who had a significant impact on the music industry. Their innovative designs helped to define the visual style of rock music in the 1970s and 1980s. Their work was not just a complement to the music, but an essential part of the overall experience. They created a world that fans could enter into and lose themselves in, just like the music they were listening to.

Here is a web-page with a gallery of album covers created by Hipgnosis

Album cover photography: Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis is a highly accomplished British photographer renowned for his exceptional work in the field of music photography. With a career spanning several decades, Ellis has captured iconic moments and personalities in the music industry, leaving an indelible mark on the visual representation of music culture. His work has been prominently featured in esteemed publications such as NME (New Musical Express), Melody Maker, Kerrang, and Sounds, earning him widespread recognition and acclaim.

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Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Robert Ellis developed an early passion for photography and music. In the 1970s, he embarked on his professional journey as a photographer, immersing himself in the music scene of the era. Ellis quickly established himself as a talented and versatile photographer, capturing the energy, spirit, and raw emotion of live performances.

Ellis's keen eye and ability to capture the essence of musicians in their element soon caught the attention of leading music-related publications. His work became highly sought after, and he started receiving assignments from prestigious magazines, including NME, Melody Maker, Kerrang, and Sounds. These publications were instrumental in shaping the music culture and disseminating information about emerging and established artists, making Ellis's photographs an integral part of the narrative.

Throughout his career, Robert Ellis had the opportunity to photograph numerous influential musicians, bands, and artists. From capturing intimate portraits of legendary figures such as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Mick Jagger to documenting the explosive energy of performances by bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Clash, Ellis consistently delivered stunning images that resonated with audiences worldwide.

One of Ellis's notable strengths as a photographer was his ability to establish a rapport with his subjects, putting them at ease and capturing their authentic selves. His photographs often reflected the deep connection he formed with the artists, revealing the vulnerability and passion behind their public personas. Whether in the chaos of a live concert or the stillness of a backstage moment, Ellis's images told stories that transcended the music itself, creating a visual legacy that would endure for years to come.

Record Label Information:

Vertigo 6359 045

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

1981 Made in West Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DEF LEPPARD - High 'n' Dry
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Joe Elliott – lead vocals

    Joe Elliott is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the legendary rock band, Def Leppard. Born on August 1, 1959, in Sheffield, England, Elliott showed an early interest in music and formed his first band at the age of fifteen.

    In 1977, Elliott co-founded Def Leppard, and they released their debut album, "On Through the Night," in 1980. The band's second album, "High 'n' Dry," was released in 1981 and catapulted them to international fame. Over the years, Def Leppard has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

    Aside from his work with Def Leppard, Elliott has also been involved in other musical projects, including the Mott the Hoople tribute album, "All the Young Dudes," and the supergroup, Down 'n' Outz.

    In addition to his musical career, Elliott is also an accomplished producer and has worked with artists such as Ricky Warwick, Black Star Riders, and Last in Line. He is also a radio DJ and hosts a show on Planet Rock.

    Joe Elliott's contributions to rock music have earned him numerous accolades and honors, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

  • Rick Allen – drums, vocals
  • Pete Willis – lead guitar, vocals
  • Steve Clark – lead guitar, vocals
  • Rick Savage – bass guitar, vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "DEF LEPPARD - High 'n' Dry"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DEF LEPPARD - High 'n' Dry" is:

    Track-listing:
  1. "Let It Go" (Pete Willis, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott) – 4:43
  2. "Another Hit and Run" (Rick Savage, Elliott) – 4:59
  3. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" (Clark, Savage, Elliott) – 3:27
  4. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Clark, Willis, Elliott) – 4:34
  5. "Switch 625" (Clark) – 3:03
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "You Got Me Runnin'" (Willis, Clark, Elliott) – 4:23
  2. "Lady Strange" (Willis, Clark, Rick Allen, Elliott) – 4:39
  3. "On Through the Night" (Clark, Savage, Elliott) – 5:06
  4. "Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)" (Clark, Elliott) – 4:08
  5. "No No No" (Savage, Willis, Elliott) – 3:13
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DEF LEPPARD A Thunderous Legacy - The Complete Discography of One of the Greatest Rock Bands of All Time

  Def Leppard is a British rock band that formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England. Over the course of their career, they have achieved significant success, selling over 100 million records worldwide and earning a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 Def Leppard's early years were marked by lineup changes and a relentless touring schedule. Their first two albums, "On Through the Night" and "High 'n' Dry," were moderate successes, but it was their third album, "Pyromania," that propelled them to international fame. Released in 1983, "Pyromania" was a commercial and critical success, featuring hit songs like "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," and "Foolin'." The album's blend of hard rock and pop sensibilities helped to define the sound of 1980s rock music.

 Def Leppard's next album, "Hysteria," was released in 1987 and became one of the best-selling albums of the decade. Its success was due in part to the band's innovative use of studio technology, such as multi-layered vocals and electronic drum sounds. "Hysteria" spawned hit singles like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Love Bites," and "Armageddon It," and cemented Def Leppard's place in the pantheon of rock legends.

 Despite setbacks, including the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991, Def Leppard continued to release successful albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Their music has evolved over the years, incorporating elements of grunge and alternative rock, but they have always maintained their signature sound: catchy melodies, big hooks, and anthemic choruses.

 Def Leppard's influence on rock music is significant. They helped to define the sound of 1980s rock, and their use of technology in the studio paved the way for future innovations in rock production. Their music has inspired countless musicians, and their live performances are legendary for their energy and showmanship. In addition, their success as a British band in America helped to pave the way for other UK acts, such as Guns N' Roses and Nirvana, to find success on the US charts.

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Vertigo LEP 101 / Bludgeon Riffola , 1987 , England

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Vertigo 6359 045 , 1981 , West-Germany

This German release of Def Leppard's "High 'n' Dry" features the same track listing as the UK release. The German version was produced by Phonogram and released on the Vertigo Records label, which was founded in 1969 and has been the home of many notable rock acts. The album helped establish Def Leppard as a prominent force in the 80s rock scene.

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This Netherlands release of Def Leppard's "High 'n' Dry" is the band's second album, originally released in 1981. It features classic hard rock tracks such as "Let It Go" and "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)". The Netherlands release features the same track listing as the UK release. The album's production and songwriting helped solidify Def Leppard's place in the 80s rock scene.

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Mercury 832 962-1 , 1987 , USA

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DEF LEPPARD - Hysteria 12" LP
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Bludgeon Riffola 830 675 , 1987 , Holland

Def Leppard's "Hysteria" is a rock classic, released in 1987. The album showcases the band's talent for big hooks and anthemic choruses, featuring hits like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Love Bites". The production is polished and innovative, incorporating electronic elements and layered harmonies.

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Vertigo 6360 180 , 1979 , Germany

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DEF LEPPARD - Pyromania (Netherlands Release) 12" Vinyl LP
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Vertigo 6359 119 , 1983 , Holland

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DEF LEPPARD - Pyromania (German release) 12" Vinyl LP
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Vertigo 6359 119 , 1983 , West Germany

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DEF LEPPARD - Pyromania (British Release) 12" Vinyl LP
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Vertigo VERS 2 , 1983 , England

The English release of Pyromania the third album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1983. It broke the band across North America and in Japan, and would sell over 10 million copies worldwide. It featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. 

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