High 'n' Dry

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High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.jpg
Cover art by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released6 July 1981 (UK)
11 July 1981 (US)
RecordedMarch – June 1981[1]
StudioBattery Studios, London
GenreHeavy metal[2]
LabelVertigo (UK)
Mercury (USA)
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard chronology
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
Singles from High 'n' Dry
  1. "Let It Go/Switch 625"
    Released: July 1981
  2. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak/Me & My Wine"
    Released: 13 November 1981
  3. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak (Remix)/Me & My Wine (Remix)"
    Released: May 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[5]

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on July 1981.[6] High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200[7] and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart.[8] "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[9] Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.[7]

High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:

  • "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.[10]
  • "Me & My Wine" (Remix), a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.

Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the US mid-1990s re-releases of the album, although other countries' releases did include them, but returned when Def Leppard and Mercury came to terms in 2018 and the album was put on digital streaming and downloading platforms.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Let It Go"Pete Willis, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott1st - Clark, 2nd - Clark, 3rd - Clark, Ride Out Licks - Willis4:43
2."Another Hit and Run"Rick Savage, Elliott1st - Clark, 2nd - Willis4:59
3."High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)"Clark, Savage, ElliottWillis3:27
4."Bringin' On the Heartbreak"Clark, Willis, ElliottClark4:34
5."Switch 625" (Instrumental)ClarkClark3:03
Side two
6."You Got Me Runnin'"Willis, Clark, ElliottWillis4:23
7."Lady Strange"Willis, Clark, Rick Allen, ElliottClark4:39
8."On Through the Night"Clark, Savage, ElliottClark5:06
9."Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)"Clark, ElliottClark4:08
10."No No No"Savage, Willis, ElliottWillis3:13
1984 & 2018 reissue bonus tracks
11."Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix)Clark, Willis, Elliott4:34
12."Me & My Wine" (Remix)Savage, Clark, Elliott3:40
  • On vinyl and cassette releases, "Me & My Wine" (Remix) is added to the end of side one, while "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) leads off side two. On CD releases, "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) and "Me & My Wine" (Remix) follow "No No No".
  • The last lyric, 'no', in "No No No" repeats infinitely on the original vinyl album release. The original cassette features "no" being screamed 46 times and then ending abruptly when the cassette finished. On later releases the no's simply fade out.


Def Leppard[edit]




Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[12]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[13]


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  2. ^ V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra and S. T. Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock: the Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, 3rd edn., 2002), ISBN 0-87930-653-X, pp. 293–4.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. High 'n' Dry at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 978-1894959315.
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