Damn the Torpedos [Deluxe Edition]

Damn the Torpedos [Deluxe Edition]

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by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
     
 

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Not long after You're Gonna Get It, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' label, Shelter, was sold to MCA Records. Petty struggled to free himself from the major label, eventually sending himself into bankruptcy. He settled with MCA and set to work on his third album, digging out some old Mudcrutch numbers and quickly writing new songs. Amazingly, through all the…  See more details below

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Not long after You're Gonna Get It, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' label, Shelter, was sold to MCA Records. Petty struggled to free himself from the major label, eventually sending himself into bankruptcy. He settled with MCA and set to work on his third album, digging out some old Mudcrutch numbers and quickly writing new songs. Amazingly, through all the frustration and anguish, Petty & the Heartbreakers delivered their breakthrough and arguably their masterpiece with Damn the Torpedoes. Musically, it follows through on the promise of their first two albums, offering a tough, streamlined fusion of the Stones and Byrds that, thanks to Jimmy Iovine's clean production, sounded utterly modern yet timeless. It helped that the Heartbreakers had turned into a tighter, muscular outfit, reminiscent of, well, the Stones in their prime -- all of the parts combine into a powerful, distinctive sound capable of all sorts of subtle variations. Their musical suppleness helps bring out the soul in Petty's impressive set of songs. He had written a few classics before -- "American Girl," "Listen to Her Heart" -- but here his songwriting truly blossoms. Most of the songs have a deep melancholy undercurrent -- the tough "Here Comes My Girl" and "Even the Losers" have tender hearts; the infectious "Don't Do Me Like That" masks a painful relationship; "Refugee" is a scornful, blistering rocker; "Louisiana Rain" is a tear-jerking ballad. Yet there are purpose and passion behind the performances that makes Damn the Torpedoes an invigorating listen all the same. Few mainstream rock albums of the late '70s and early '80s were quite as strong as this, and it still stands as one of the great records of the album rock era. [Universal's 2010 Deluxe Edition of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' breakthrough 1979 album Damn the Torpedoes adds a full disc of rarities to a nicely remastered version of the original LP. This second disc doesn't serve up many unreleased songs -- there's the quite nice "Nowhere," a solid pop song that does feel like an outtake compared to what made it to the finished album; "Surrender," which popped up as a bonus track on 2000's Anthology; "It's Rainin' Again," which showed up on the 1995 box set -- but the quality of cuts here is quite strong, particularly the live recordings taken from a March 1980 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, highlighted by a barnstorming cover of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else." Add to these rarities the cool grooving B-side "Casa Dega" and its accompanying affecting demo and a spare alternate take of "Refugee" and this is an entertaining collection of odds and ends that's a nice addition to a classic album.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527486345
catalogNumber:
001473902
Rank:
46154

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Tom Petty   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Guitar,Accordion,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals
Ron Blair   Bass Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Stan Lynch   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Waterphone,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Noah Shark   Engineer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Ryan Ulyate   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Charles Kaplan   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Chris Bellman   Mastering,Remastering
John Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Dimitriades   Management
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Bob Cochran   Composer
Mary Klauzer   Management
Laurence Freedman   Management

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