Euphoria (Def Leppard album)

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Euphoria
Studio album by Def Leppard
Released 8 June 1999 (1999-06-08)
Recorded 1998-1999 at Joe's Garage in Dublin, Ireland
Genre Hard rock, glam metal[1]
Length 51:01
Label Mercury
Producer Pete Woodruff and Def Leppard
Def Leppard chronology
Slang
(1996)
Euphoria
(1999)
X
(2002)
Singles from Euphoria
  1. "Promises"
    Released: May 1999 (worldwide, except Europe)
  2. "Promises/Back in Your Face"
    Released: 3 July 1999 (Europe)
  3. "Paper Sun"
    Released: 1999 (US)
  4. "Goodbye"
    Released: September 1999
  5. "Day After Day"
    Released: 2000 (US)
  6. "21st Century Sha La La La Girl"
    Released: 2000 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]

Euphoria is the seventh studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1999. The album aimed to return to their signature sound made famous by the band in the 1980s. It was produced by the band with Pete Woodruff.The album charted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200[5] and No. 11 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] The album is also known for including the song "Promises", which hit the number one spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.[7] The pop metal tune has been performed on numerous tours since, with 440 plays according to Setlist.fm publicly.

Overview[edit]

Following Slang, the band was initially unsure of which direction to take for their next release,[citation needed] upon reconvening in April 1998.

The band would enlist the aid of former producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange for four days in a more limited role. Three songs were co-written with Lange, who lent background vocals (as he had on other albums): "It's Only Love", "All Night" and "Promises".

A song first recorded by Vivian Campbell's side band Clock, "To Be Alive", received a Leppard makeover. For the first time since 1981's High 'n' Dry, an instrumental was included (Phil Collen's "Disintegrate"). This instrumental was known before as "Spanish Sky", a ballad that evolved into this track.[citation needed]

1996 Formula One racing champion Damon Hill, a neighbour of Rick Savage, would contribute a guitar solo to the track "Demolition Man".

In its first week of release, Euphoria sold over 98,000 units in the US and just missed the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, reaching No. 11. First single "Promises" topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in June 1999, a spot the band had not held in six years.

Euphoria would later be certified gold in the US, Canada and Japan. The album-supporting tour stretched from May 1999 to September 2000.

Upon the album's ten-year anniversary in June 2009, The Record Review noted that "the band has yet to match it with any release since (despite the stiff competition of 2002's X) and it still stands between leaders Hysteria and Pyromania as the band's best album."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Demolition Man"   Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Joe Elliott 3:24
2. "Promises"   Collen, Mutt Lange 3:59
3. "Back in Your Face"   Elliott, Collen 3:20
4. "Goodbye"   Rick Savage 3:36
5. "All Night"   Collen, Lange 3:38
6. "Paper Sun"   Collen, Campbell, Elliott, Savage, Pete Woodroffe 5:27
7. "It's Only Love"   Elliott, Lange, Savage, Campbell 4:06
8. "21st Century Sha La La La Girl"   Collen, Elliott, Savage 4:06
9. "To Be Alive"   Campbell, P.J. Smith 3:53
10. "Disintegrate" (Instrumental) Collen 2:51
11. "Guilty"   Collen, Savage, Elliott, Campbell, Woodroffe 3:47
12. "Day After Day"   Collen, Elliott, Campbell 4:36
13. "Kings of Oblivion"   Elliott, Collen, Savage 4:18
bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "I Am Your Child (Japanese Bonus Track)"   Elliott, Collen, Savage 3:27
15. "Under My Wheels (Unmixed Version)* (Alice Cooper Cover)"   Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin 3:21
16. "Worlds Collide "   Elliott, Savage 3:45
17. "Immortal "   Elliott 3:44
18. "Burnout "   Allen, Campbell, Collen, Elliott, Savage 4:08

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold
Canada CRIA Gold

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Charlotte Ritchie and 2 Boys – hey's on Back on Your Face
  • 3 Boys - claps on Back on Your Face
  • Mutt Lange – additional vocals on "Promises" and "All Night", additional guitar on "All Night"
  • Damon "Demon" Hill – end guitar solo on "Demolition Man"

Production[edit]

  • Pete Woodruff – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Def Leppard – producer
  • Ger McDonnell – engineer
  • Ronan McHugh – engineer
  • Tom Stanley – mix assistant
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Andie Airfix – artwork
  • Andy Earl – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Greg Kot (8 July 1999). "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Tom Lanham (11 June 1999). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Blake, Mark. "Review: Def Leppard – Euphoria". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 106. 
  5. ^ "Allmusic (Def Leppard charts and awards) Billboard albums". 
  6. ^ "Def Leppard chart stats". 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/euphoria-r417101/charts-awards
  8. ^ Ian Rice (6 August 2009). "Ten Years Later: Def Leppard". Recordreview.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  • Euphoria (CD booklet). Def Leppard. London, England: Mercury. 1999. 314,546,212-2.