Note: my edition is not the 2006 Deluxe Edition.
Another pop metal home run from Def Leppard and Mutt Lange. All you really need to know is that this is the album that contains my pick for all-time top Def Leppard song, Pour Some Sugar On Me. When I bought this CD at a Walmart in north San Antonio around 1994, I immediately skipped to that song (track 5), rolled down the windows of my Ford Explorer and blasted the song as loud as I could. Yeah, I was that guy.
Much of the album's success can be attributed to MTV which, by 1987, had pretty much turned its back on New Wave/alternative and showed more metal than anything else. But don't discount the fact that it's a solid release. In fact, critic Steve Huey writes that the album is "arguably the best pop-metal ever recorded."
Clocking in at 62 and a half minutes, the album was one of the longest albums issued on a single vinyl record. By comparison, Sting's album released around the same time (...Nothing Like The Sun) was 55 minutes spread across a two album set.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (5 weeks)
Lots of hits on this one:
|U.S. charted singles:||Hot 100||Rock|
|Pour Some Sugar On Me||2||25|
To recap, 7 of the album's 12 tracks charted. I'll rank those 7 for ya:
- Pour Sugar On Me
- Armageddon It
- Love Bites
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: this is a "Lost Summer of Mark" album.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Tales From The Sparkle Lounge (2008)