LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 08: (L-R) Musicians Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Phill Collen of Def Leppard perform at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Rock Of Ages” at Hollywood and Highland on June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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”?
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