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Friday, March 13, 2015

Def Leppard "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" Isolated Guitar

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Def Leppard is one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and their recordings are great examples of excellent production, thanks to producer Mutt Lange.

Here's an isolated guitar track from a hit off of the band's second album (High n' Dry) called "Bringin' On The Heartbreak." There are a number of things to listen for (it starts at 1:05):

1. You need headphones to hear this because it's barely audible, but at :55 you can hear the intro guitars on the left and someone giving the count ("one, two, three four") on the right side.

2. The verse begins at 1:05 with a doubled clean guitar that's spread left and right. Listen to how precise the picking is.

3. On the beginning of the B section at 1:55 there's a distorted guitar only on the right side, which turns into a big double distorted guitar spread left and right at 2:00. Once again, listen to how precise the picking is.

4. The chorus is interesting in that it's only a single note line. This is the same in every chorus.

5. Check out how the rhythm of the 3rd B section changes to increase the intensity.

6. Listen through to the end to hear a part that didn't make the record.



Dave Lopez said...

A great track and pure Mutt Lange.

I never realized how intricate the verse guitar melody is. And nothing repeats in the entire 4 bars.

The placement of the distorted sting in the second half of the B section on the 'and of 4' creates great tension.

I also never realized that the chorus guitar is only a single line. The chorus sounds huge! I guess when you add those amazing Mutt layered BG vocals anything sounds big.

Thanks for the share, Bobby!

Anonymous said...

FYI - The part at the end that "didn't make the record" is the opening notes of the next song, Switch 625. So it's not some rare, unreleased outtake...


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