Def Leppard Share 40th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Pyromania’

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Def Leppard have shared a deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1983 album Pyromania. The release has arrived with a special merchandise collection.

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The new collection includes tracks like “Photograph – Rough Mix Version (Unfinished Vocal),” an unreleased demo version from the band’s vaults.

The album, which reached No.2 in the US charts and is certified Platinum, was the first to feature Guitarist Phil Collen, who had replaced Pete Willis.

This deluxe edition was prepared with singer Joe Elliott, who acted as executive producer on the set. The mastering was done by the band’s long-serving sound engineers Ronan McHugh and Andy Pearce.

This deluxe set comes with four CDs, consisting of the original album, a whole disc of unheard demos discovered during lockdown by Joe Elliott, an unreleased song called “No You Can’t Do That,” and two live shows from the era.

The Blu Ray accompaniment contains an Atmos mix of the album (overseen by Giles Martin) as well as 5.1 / Stereo and instrumental mixes. Other bonus features include promo videos from the time and a debut on Blu Ray for a live show from Westfalen Halle in Germany (Dortmund).

The accompanying book contains the history of the album written by Mojo and Classic Rock writer Paul Elliott (no relation), who conducted new interviews with band members. The book also includes rare and unseen photos by noted photographer Ross Halfin. The album will also be available as a Half Speed Master for the first time.

Regarding the reissue, Joe Elliott said, “A labor of love and I loved every minute of it!! Rediscovering dusty old cassettes which were brilliantly restored by Ronan and finding the long lost unfinished ‘11th track’ was a journey only few of us are lucky enough to take…what a trip !!”

Phil Collen added, “Pyromania is a really special album for obvious reasons. It was the first time we all worked together with Mutt Lange, and I was able to play with my incredible friend Steve Clark—who was such a gifted and wonderful guitarist. I am incredibly proud of the album and what we collectively achieved.”

Rick Savage concluded, “Right from the very early days we had a specific idea of how we wanted to sound. A massive wall of guitars and drums supporting huge vocals and melodies. That vision came to fruition with the making of Pyromania. Even now it still has that special quality that made it such a ground-breaking record. It’s a testament to the songs that they remain the fans’ favorites and true cornerstones of any Leppard show. 40 years?? It doesn’t even seem like 40 days.”

Buy or stream the Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition of Pyromania and exclusive merch.