Hard Promises

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Damn the Torpedoes wasn't simply a culmination of Tom Petty's art; it happened to be a huge success, enabling him to call the shots on its successor, Hard Promises. Infamously, he used his first album as a star to challenge the record industry's practice of charging more for A-list artists, demanding that Hard Promises should be listed for less than most records by an artist of his stature, but if that was the only thing notable about the album, it would have disappeared like Long After Dark. Instead, it offered a reaffirmation that Damn the Torpedoes wasn't a fluke. There's not much new on the surface, since it continues the sound of its predecessor, but it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Damn the Torpedoes wasn't simply a culmination of Tom Petty's art; it happened to be a huge success, enabling him to call the shots on its successor, Hard Promises. Infamously, he used his first album as a star to challenge the record industry's practice of charging more for A-list artists, demanding that Hard Promises should be listed for less than most records by an artist of his stature, but if that was the only thing notable about the album, it would have disappeared like Long After Dark. Instead, it offered a reaffirmation that Damn the Torpedoes wasn't a fluke. There's not much new on the surface, since it continues the sound of its predecessor, but it's filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound. The opener, "The Waiting," became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting "A Woman in Love It's Not Me," "Nightwatchman," "Kings Road," "Insider," and "The Criminal Kind," album tracks that would become fan favorites. If Hard Promises doesn't have the sweep of Damn the Torpedoes, that's because its predecessor was blessed with good timing and an unusually strong set of songs. Hard Promises isn't quite so epochal, yet it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811240028
  • Catalog Number: 112400
  • Sales rank: 5,389

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Tom Petty Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Stevie Nicks Vocals, Background Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell Guitar, Harmonica, Accordion, Autoharp, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Ron Blair Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Sharon Celani Vocals, Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Phil Jones Percussion
Stan Lynch Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Alan Weidel Piano
Phil & Debi Jones Percussion
Technical Credits
Tom Petty Producer
Benmont Tench Collage
Joel Bernstein Collage, Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Greg Calbi Mastering
Henry Diltz Collage
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Lynn Goldsmith Collage
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Tommy Steele Art Direction, Cover Design
Christine Cano Repackaging
Dennis Callahan Collage
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favorite of all TP/TP & Heartbreakers

    I've been a Tom Petty fan for close to 30 years. Hard Promises stands to this day as my favorite. The album cover suggests to me that there may have been some discord during production, but whatever happened behind the scenes didn't weaken the final cut. I enjoy all my Tom Petty music (except maybe "you're gonna get it" even though I've tried), but Hard Promises stands--for me--as the definative recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good album

    This is a good album,Stevie Nicks sings on Insider and it's awesome- it's my favorite song on the album. Stevie and Tom fans should get this.

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