Posted: 10:31 am Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
By Pete Rizzo
It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Five working class rockers from Sheffield, England first crossed paths with an ultra-reclusive record producer extraordinaire from South Africa. They unveiled the first fruits of their labor 35 years ago this month.
Def Leppard’s second album, “High & Dry” came out on July 11, 1981. It would turn out to be the first album of the landmark Mutt Lange/Def Leppard trilogy, with the legendary “Pyromania” and ‘Hysteria” to follow in the coming years.
An outstanding album, some of my favorites off of ‘High & Dry” include the excellent opener,…
,…the equally powerful title track,…
,…and the terrific instrumental that would be become synonymous with late guitarist Steve Clark:
How about you? What’s your favorite tune off of “High & Dry”?
About the Author
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends. I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better! When I’m not on the air, I’m either training in martial arts, deciding which tattoo I should get next, reading a good book (I still enjoy turning actual pages), or my wife and I are planning our next big travel excursion. I’m on every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also follow me on on Twitter @PeteRizzoWBAB. I’d love to hear from you.