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Adrenalize is the fifth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 31 March 1992 through Mercury Records.

Instead, the band took matters in their own hands and produced the album themselves along with longtime engineer Mike Shipley; [7] with Lange credited as executive producer.Yet regardless of the time spent in the studio, Def Leppard’s albums never seem especially labored or overwrought. Def Leppard remain one of only five rock groups who can claim two separate original 10 million plus selling albums in the US, the others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen.

At the same time guitarist Steve Clark had been suffering from alcohol addiction since 1989, spending six sessions in rehab. Because truth be told, it’s far easier to prop up several couplets of self-revelation with a few heavy-metal riffs than it is to turn an idea as commonplace as romantic desire into a song as memorable as “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad. The albums cover art featured an excited eye (adrenal - eyes) which was a picture of a human eye, model Miles Kendrick, later enhanced with computer imaging by Satori. With the album’s lead cut, the ridiculously infectious “Let’s Get Rocked,” setting the tone, Adrenalize again delivered in spades.The band tried to continue the recording process, going back into the studio the day after Clark's death to cope with the loss, but it took several months before they were able to work to what they felt was a satisfactory standard.

Cumulatively, all this activity led to Adrenalize yielding further multi-platinum rewards for this seemingly invincible quintet blessed with an inherent knack for facing down the odds and coming up triumphant. Having sold over 65 million albums worldwide since their debut release in 1980 and proved themselves one of rock music’s hardest working and consistently powerful live bands (playing to over 50 million fans in the last 15 years alone), this timely deluxe expanded edition is a must for any discerning music fan. Yet, after Allen courageously mastered a customized kit, Leppard played on, with Hysteria living up to its name, selling a whopping 25 million copies worldwide and spawning no less than seven hit singles. White Lightning" is dedicated to the memory of Clark, [7] who has writing credits on six of the album's ten tracks. It's like with Pink Floyd: to me, Adrenalize was our Wish You Were Here and Hysteria was our Dark Side of the Moon.The album was recorded following the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark--with Phil Collen recording all guitar parts--and dedicated to his memory.

In fairness, the band’s tardiness isn’t entirely the product of foot dragging, as the death of guitarist Steve Clark undoubtedly slowed this album (and doubled fellow guitarist Phil Collen’s workload) even more than the loss of drummer Rick Allen’s arm complicated the completion of Hysteria. It is the first album by the band recorded without guitarist Steve Clark, who died in 1991, although most songs were written and partially demoed before his death, they were re-recorded solo by Phil Collen in 1991-1992. Keen to reassure fans they were back for good, Def Leppard recruited versatile former Dio/ Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell to partner Phil Collen, and set out on an 18-month world tour, kicking off in the wake of the band’s much-acclaimed appearance at the star-studded Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, in April ’92.in the UK and cracked the Billboard Top 20, the album planted its flag at the summit of the UK and US album charts. Fans would have been forgiven for worrying whether Def Leppard could survive Steve Clark’s loss, yet when Adrenalize was released, on March 31, 1992, they could breathe a collective sigh of relief. Miles had his eyelids sellotaped open and his head stuck to a serving hatch while the picture was taken. Clark was involved in writing six of the songs on the album, [8] but was given an ultimatum over his alcoholism in September 1990, and put on a six-month leave of absence. Seven singles/videos were released in various forms around the world including the biggest hit 'Let's Get Rocked'.



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