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  • Lep’s first album can either be viewed two ways…. as a raw, unpolished, rock out that they’d never attempt again, or as a warm-up of an extremely talented band that’s only beginning to find out what they’re about. On Through the Night, in most ways, sounds completley different from the ‘well-known’ material, and even their follow-up to this, High n Dry, sounds almost like a different band (and it was only recorded a few months after this one). Perhaps it’s production, because Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange wouldn’t come into the Lep’s life until High n Dry, Tom Allom handles the knobs here. A few other things stand out, though, take them positive or negative. Joe Elliot hasn’t found his voice yet, it would take him until Pyromania for that, but this album, he’s not the best singer in the world. Steve Clark is relegated almost entirely to rhythm guitar, while Pete Willis takes center stage (and he’s quite good), this would also change by next album, with the twin-guitar interplay coming into effect. This album’s highlights are Rock Brigade, Wasted, and The Overture. Just to go into detail on the latter, the Overture is easily one of the best songs Leppard has ever done, suprising at this stage in their careers. It’s the most majestic ‘epic’ they’ve ever recorded, and every fan should hear it. Another highlight of the album is Rick Allen, once upon a time he had two arms and he used them quite well here. He’s easily the most accomplished musician of the band, at that point in time, and he was the youngest, too, barely 17 at the time this album was released. His drumming rivals some of the great names of the day. He’s no better or worse anymore but his style certainly has changed, he’s merely different. On Through the Night won’t appeal to Leppard fans who like their ‘Have you Ever Needed Someone So Bad’ or their ‘Goodbye’. It’s a metal album, not a pop-rock album. But it’s a damn good metal album, unpolished, but good, and while their subsequent albums bordered on perfection, one can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened had Leppard never even met Mutt Lange.

    Posted on January 5, 2010