DEF LEPPARD – “Hysteria (2013 re-recorded version)” (iTunes single)
Just in time for their Viva! Hysteria & More tenure in Vegas, comes another re-recorded “forgery” (Joe’s words). This one is really good. It takes a bit to figure out which version it is, in fact. Musically, you can barely hear any differences, although the production sounds slightly less shimmery and saturated. A few guitar parts (probably Vivian) sound mildly different. Vocally, you can slightly tell it’s not the same version, but what’s incredible is how much Joe Elliott 2013 sounds like Joe Elliott 1987. I read that Joe spent a lot of time getting his voice into that shape again.
“Hysteria” has long been one of my favourite Def Leppard songs, probably since I first heard it. I think it’s an incredible song, one of the best from this commercial phase of Def Leppard’s career. Time stands still when I hear it. An original version is always going to mean more to the real fan. That’s just the way it is, that’s psychology. These forgeries were designed so Leppard could sell their music on iTunes on their own terms (ie; make more money than the label was offering them). It’s business — I have no problem with it. For $1.29, I have an alternate version of this track. I didn’t have to, I wasn’t tricked into it, and the song is clearly labelled as a 2013 re-recording.
Necessary for those who “have to own it all”, or those who want a quick easy cheap way of getting a studio version of the song online (like, say people downloading it for a wedding). This will be of little value to anyone else.