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Def Lep­pard Hys­te­ria 30th An­niver­sary Edi­tion (Mer­cury)

30 years on from its re­lease, Def Lep­pard’s fourth al­bum, Hys­te­ria, still sounds like it could be a band’s great­est hits col­lec­tion – a mix of Mutt Lange’s finely honed stu­dio de­tail and gen­uinely in­fec­tious rock. For those who can’t af­ford to splash out on the packed Su­per Deluxe Edi­tion pack­age (which in­cludes five CDs, two DVDs and four books), the good news is that the high­light bonus of the au­dio from the Live: In the Round, In Your Face video re­lease, avail­able for the first time in this for­mat, is also in­cluded with the three-CD Deluxe Ver­sion edi­tion. It’s tes­ta­ment to how well the de­fin­i­tive Lep­pard duo of Phil Collen and Steve Clark could de­liver Hys­te­ria live, and that the band could never re­ally be the same af­ter Clark’s tragic pass­ing in 1991. [DH] Stand­out track: An­i­mal For fans of: Queen, Thin Lizzy

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