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Artist: Def Leppard

Title: On Through The Night

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Def Leppard On Through The Night Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1980

Label: Polygram

Catalog Number: 822533-2


Joe Elliott vocals
Pete Willis guitar
Steve Clark guitar
Rick Savage bass
Rick Allen drums


1.  Rock Brigade  
2.  Hello America  
3.  Sorrow is a Woman  
4.  It Could Be You  
5.  Satellite  
6.  When the Walls Came Tumbling Down  
7.  Wasted  
8.  Rocks Off  
9.  It Don't Matter  
10.  Answer to the Master  
11.  Overture  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: james Date: November 8, 2001 at 18:49
Rock Brigade and Waysted are great songs. If you don't know them you are missing out.

From: wadelink@pot.co Date: November 12, 2001 at 19:18

From: The_Judas Date: December 9, 2001 at 14:56
Great album much different from their later staff.That's a solid rock-metal lp with great songs.

From: gimo Date: March 1, 2002 at 6:19
this is by far their best album. answer to the master and overture are excellent material.

From: dokken6008 Date: March 17, 2002 at 4:05
Def Lep's debut album. It is much different than their latter pop metal material such as Pyromania, Adrenalize or Hysteria. If you were a Leppard fan and had never heard the band's first two records (this one & 'High 'N' Dry), you would have a very difficult time trying to hear the similarites between the two. As mentioned by others, 'On Through The Night' IS a solid rock cd, but definitely not Lep's best. I'm glad that Def went further away from this direction & on to something more original.

From: jason Date: May 10, 2002 at 16:41
I have to say, It would have been pretty cool to have seen Def Leppard in a club back in the beginning, just to hear one song live. That one song is 'It Could Be You'. That is a kickin' tune! Yes, this album is different than the others and we know why! So I won't even mention his name (Mutt Lange). Oops! I mentioned his name......

From: Knuckles Date: May 15, 2002 at 12:32
Buy it

From: detective Date: June 25, 2002 at 22:44
Saw these guys open for Ted Nugent when they were just here for the 1st time. They opened with 'It Could be You', flashpots and all. They had 10 arms and five sets of balls back then, unlike circa Hysteria and after. Believe it or not they were the critics darlings of the NWOBHM and they rocked it balls to the wall!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: August 8, 2002 at 17:17
Long gone are the days when Def Leppard made albums like this. Maybe Mutt Lange created a monster? Mutt always tried to make rock bands more pop sounding. That is one reason that AC/DC stoped using Mutt to produce their albums. Oooooh yes........... Long gone are the days of albums defined by one powerful word.............. RAW!!...... 'It could be you!, It could be me!, It could be anyone!!!'

From: jarett r. Date: August 13, 2002 at 13:55
i've heard that ALL the songs on ON THROUGH THE NIGHT have earlier versions recorded before this album.

From: Michael Davis Date: September 19, 2002 at 16:24
All I got to say is 'Getcha Rocks Off', and 'Hello America', this is a good album.

From: J Scott Date: November 1, 2002 at 20:53
Straight ahead cd. Not their best, but still worthy of having in the collection. Back when they were just a rock band and none of the over-production that seemed to haunt them latter.

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From: Jez Date: November 16, 2002 at 7:20
Remember bying this the day it came out and seeing them at St. Albans Civic Centre, supporting Magnum i think it was. Still one of my favorite releases by them.

From: ARXONTAS Date: December 21, 2002 at 18:45
The day that this album released a legend was born.10 for historical worth ,8 for my personal taste...ABSOLUTELY NO ALTERNATIVE...

From: RichieRocker Date: December 21, 2002 at 19:30
'Rock Brigade' and 'Rocks OFF 'are my favorites, i like some other songs on this album but these are my favorites, this albumn is a must procure for any rock fans.

From: Date: January 6, 2003 at 15:13
you can definately hear the Thin Lizzy influences on this album...which is a good thing of course!

From: jarett r. Date: January 14, 2003 at 13:40
pete willis later recorded with the bands gogmagog and roadhouse.

From: Blue Tequila Date: January 29, 2003 at 1:05
Def Leppard's first release was an E.P. called (are you ready for this?) THE DEF LEPPARD E.P. It was released in 1979 and on the black and white cover was a leopard next to one of those old time record players and it had the songs 'Ride Into The Sun', 'Getcha Rocks Off', and 'The Overture' all of which were different versions than what would be released later. you can see a picture of the cover at http://www.angelfire.com/home/defleppdaz/ep.html

From: rising power Date: March 24, 2003 at 4:09
It's strange to think that a band that's become a symbole for commercial pop-rock started as a rough NWOBHM band with all the stuff you asociate with British HM. It's hardcore what you hear on this album. Just listen to songs like Rock Brigade,Wasted,Rocks off or the majestic Overture and you no what I mean

From: poserway Date: April 14, 2003 at 16:39
give me some poser taste

From: 80s metal freak Date: May 2, 2003 at 21:16
All I have to say is WOW!!!I say this in two aspects. One is for the fact of just how much they DO NOT sound like def leppard on this realease. The second one is for how freakin good of an all out rock album it is. Don't get me wrong, i'll always hold High'N Dry as there best, but On through the night has got to be one of the best debut albums i've EVER heard! As well as one of the best Def leppard albums EVER,HANDS DOWN! This was when they didn't give a damn about production and really rocked!

From: Dean Date: June 1, 2003 at 14:20
The first 3 Def Leppard albums are classics and even some of their b-sides were killer but this band just went downhill after that. Obviously judging by their record sales I'm in the minorty with this opinion. The later albums made me almost embarrassed to have Def Leppard in my collection. But one listen to their older stuff still puts a smile to my face.

From: Dean Date: June 1, 2003 at 14:21
Oops-sorry about the spelling mistakes on the previous post.

From: Pierre Date: June 1, 2003 at 14:28
'The first 3 Def Leppard albums are classics (...) but this band just went downhill after that...' WHAT?????????? Downhill ? With an album like 'HYSTERIA' ? Oh the humanity...

From: Gar Date: June 3, 2003 at 17:14
'Hello America' is their cheesiest song ever, but aside from that this is a damn good album. Well ... except for the lame cover art.

From: 80s fan Date: October 17, 2003 at 10:10
I love the album cover. The truck carry a giant guitar. Cool. HELLO AMERICA, IT COULD BE YOU, WASTED, and IT DON'T MATTER are my favorites on the album.

From: ED Date: January 20, 2004 at 13:27
Super cool! DEF LEPPARD sounded more harder in their first 2 albums.

From: steelreign Date: January 29, 2004 at 13:26
This is classic NWOBHM!!! Back when they ruled, before 120 tracks were required for vocals.... lol Essential!

From: manugol Date: February 19, 2004 at 22:34
empieza la leyenda de la banda britanica mas grande de la historia.

From: Dave........ Date: February 25, 2004 at 13:53

From: axmeister2674 Date: June 11, 2004 at 11:02
If youre a Def Leppard fan & you havent heard this before, youre missing out!! Quite a bit of Thin Lizzy influence on this disc, but thats not a bad thing. 'Satellite' has a cool wah solo on it, & 'When the Walls came tumbling down' absolutely rocked live!! If you can find it, the bootleg album Def Leppard/First Strike has quite a few songs from this cd as well as some unreleased stuff on it

From: Big Papa K Date: June 26, 2004 at 1:38
The young start of one of the biggest bands of the 80's. While it is their rawest album, it is not, as a lot of people say a really heavy album. It just is very raw sounding. 'Wasted' is the classic track. 7/10

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 9:57
F###### great album. Nothing beats the original line-up, for which I am greatful to have seen. Awesome album.

From: Geoff Date: March 3, 2005 at 3:21
I know I will be completely on my own here, but I think this album is horrid. I love Def Leppard and have all their other discs, but I sold this one. Not a trace of what they were to become on this one. Just below average, featureless hard rock, IMO of course.

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 21, 2005 at 6:21
I just listen to this cd yesterday and i think this album is the most 'metal' album of all def leppard's album. It is certainly their heaviest to date and you can see the diffence between this album and hysteria and adrenalize. This is more pure metal,somewhere between the lines of heavy metal and hard rock,much like ac/dc's back in black. Wasted is undoubtedly the hightlight. While def leppard is part of the nwobhm,def leppard are really more interested in big,glitteing hooks of glam rock

From: GLAM ROCK Date: April 21, 2005 at 6:27
than production menacing and gothic themes of maiden,venom or motorhead. If this album was a bit more heavier(in my opinion,this album is heavier than screaming for vengeance) and if it's lyrics focus on cult and menacing lyrics instead of love,girls and party-like anthem,this album would definitely belong in the brutalmetal site. Regardless of that,this album is one of the best british metal debut release that rank along the likes of iron maiden's iron maiden and Dio's holy diver. ratings:8.5/1

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 21, 2005 at 6:30
One thing that i notice is why do def leppard put on through the night(the song)on the high'n'dry album instead of this one. It's very misleading. That's why all the while i heard high'n'dry,i though on through the night was a song(although it's a song) instead of an album. Thta's why it took me ages to get this fantastic mwobhm gem.

From: TIM (2) Date: April 21, 2005 at 6:39
GLAM FAN, you're rating of 8.5/1 is very generous indeed. I like to rate albums myself but usually do it out of 10. Using your rating system I wouldve given this 0.7934765/1.

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 26, 2005 at 5:31
Oops..my mistake. I forgot to put a zero. Anyway,my rating is 8.5/10!

From: headbanger4life Date: December 1, 2005 at 5:06
Man this release was phenominal. I am a died hard Leps fan but I wish they would listen to this one for inspiration before they make their next album. Rock Brigade and Hello America are some of their best songs.

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 26, 2005 at 23:33
So glad to see people recognize this asskicker for what it is. Leppard refuse to play these classics today but they should be proud of such a killer slab of savagry. I used to put this on when Lep was big and it would scare those who only thought the band was just pouring suger and one arm bandits. Wasted, Rock Brigade and Rocks off will crack open your cranium....

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 7, 2007 at 16:17
This is a much rawer and in most ways heavier sound than most are used to for Def Leppard and while I really like the intensity, I felt the songs were lacking in melody overall and for me that's a factor because I like the more melodic side of this band better. Don't get me wrong, there are still some very good songs here like 'Rock Brigade', 'Waysted', 'Rocks Off', and the ultra cheesy 'Hello America'. It's just their weakest effort IMO. Still a very good rock album.

From: 7Sinner Date: June 18, 2007 at 18:33
This is a really bad release. Thank god I picked up 'High N'Dry' first rather than this one or I would have written them off...........

From: z4roxx Date: June 19, 2007 at 16:14
7Sinner is so right here...

From: Remastered Reason Date: June 19, 2007 at 18:22
Not hardly. Old School Def Leppard RULES the rock world.

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 10:48
This is very good Debut,buy it.

From: Jimmy D Date: April 19, 2008 at 22:43
I love playing 'Rocks Off' and 'Wasted' on my car stereo for unsuspecting people who don't realize that...yes... the band who sing 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'...They used to be a heavy metal band. 'Who is that?', they ask. 'Really?'

From: edwithmj Date: August 18, 2008 at 13:45
Losing Pete Willis was the worst thing to happen to this band. He's great. Excellent album full of great riffs. Still amazes me they turned into a ballady rock band.

From: rbrigade Date: December 24, 2008 at 20:17
This one blows pyromania and hysteria away! This is real music, not lame pop songs...

From: Flavio Gasperini Date: March 7, 2009 at 15:50
This is a very good debut from the leps. I agree that the sound is very raw,but you can feel the melodic sense that can be heard on the next releases. Standout tracks for me are : "The Overture" (a real classic epic song),"Rocks Off" (I wonder why they wanted to sound like a live version),Steve Clark's "Wasted" and "When The Walls Came Tumbling Down".A very good rock n' roll album.

From: WookieEnthal Date: July 10, 2009 at 2:25
Damn I love this disc...I can't listen to this without listening to High N' Dry immediately afterwards. Awesome stuff.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 27, 2009 at 14:58
Well, this isn't the Def Leppard the soccer mom next dor knows and loves, that's for sure. You get glimpes of those famous harmonies on songs like "Rock Brigade" and "Hello America," but this is a very stripped-down, scrappy sound. The songs are faster and have a bit of that NWOBHM gallop, and the vocals are clipped-sounding and not quite as melodic. For some reason, this disc has always reminded me of Iron Maiden's debut in some way I wasn't able to put my finger on. Maiden was obviously heavier from the start, but on their respective debuts, it's easy to see how the two bands began as musical cousins. On Through The Night is about as close to Hysteria as the Scorps' Animal Magnetism is to Crazy World. An interesting disc, but not necessarily my favorite Leppard release. Best track, hands down, is "Wasted."

From: 123charpenay Date: February 11, 2013 at 10:46
debut album from this legendary english band ,reminds me when i was young, french radios played often "rock brigade" and "waysted".good souvenir.no trace of a o r on this record.only hard rock.the production is not terrific.this album sound old.nothing in common with their very brillants follow up.no bonus track on the japan import.

From: hair metal again Date: October 15, 2014 at 1:33
excellent debut by the mighty DEF LEPPARD and from the start you could realize that there was something special about them!of, course this is raw,powerful hard rockin ,but also very very professional for a first step and with many hooks that show a certain ability in songwriting!many great songs like 'rock brigade","hello america","sorrow is a woman" and "satellite"!essential

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 14, 2015 at 13:02
Debut album from these lads from Sheffield,England...the NWOBHM was at the very highest and these guys were part of it along with the likes of Saxon,Iron Maiden and so on...tracks 1,2,4,7,8 & 9 are my faves...84/100

From: AJManiac666 Date: June 19, 2021 at 2:18
The classic NWOBHM Leppard! Along with Iron Maiden, Saxon and Venom I recommend you to buy this because it is an NWOBHM collectible. Joe Elliot has the talent to sing metal in this one but in Hysteria he gets to sound wimpy in that album just like Bon Jovi. Rick Allen got talent too in this one but sadly he lost his arm. So this is my recommendation to buy this beauty!

From: AJManiac666 Date: June 19, 2021 at 2:34
The classic NWOBHM Leppard! Along with Iron Maiden, Saxon and Venom I recommend you to buy this because it is an NWOBHM collectible. Joe Elliot has the talent to sing metal in this one but in Hysteria he gets to sound wimpy in that album just like Bon Jovi. Rick Allen got talent too in this one but sadly he lost his arm. So this is my recommendation to buy this beauty!

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