Mojo

Mojo

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by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
     
 

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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirtySee more details below

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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it was when they gave all their home movies, outtakes, and live footage to director Peter Bogdanovich to create the Grammy-winning four-hour career documentary Runnin' Down A Dream. There have been side projects and experiments since the band last went into the studio to cut a new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album. With Mojo, they have taken their recent freedom and experimentation to heart. They have gone off the reservation and all signs indicate they aren't coming back.

The first thing that hits you about Mojo is that the spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is the sound of a band playing together in a room - not a studio - facing each other, all singing and playing at the same time. The music is alive, with no overdubs or studio trickery. What you hear is what they created on the spot at that time.

Tom Petty says, "With this album, I want to show other people what I hear with the band. Mojo is where the band lives when it's playing for itself."

As for the songs, Mojo showcases a wide variety of American music from rock 'n' roll to country and both electric and acoustic blues. And then there are the images in Petty's lyrics which slip in on the melodies and set up a home in your head: The barefoot girl in the high grass chewing on a stick of sugar cane, the run-in with the law that begins when a carload of buddies decide to party with the motel maids, and the hilariously audacious idea of opening an album with an electric blues rocker about Thomas Jefferson's love affair with Sally Hemings. Petty would probably chuck a rock at anyone who called him a poet, but he sure is a southern writer of humor and sensitivity.

Mojo has juice and guts but it also has some sweet balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike anything that Heartbreakers have done before. It's the kind of album nobody's supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in time. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624966807
catalogNumber:
523971
Rank:
7358

Tracks

  1. Jefferson Jericho Blues  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  2. First Flash of Freedom  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. Running Man's Bible  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  4. The Trip to Pirate's Cove  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  5. Candy  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  6. No Reason To Cry  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  7. I Should Have Known It  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  8. U.S. 41  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  9. Takin' My Time  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  10. Let Yourself Go  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  11. Don't Pull Me Over  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  12. Lover's Touch  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  13. High In the Morning  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  14. Something Good Coming  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  15. Good Enough  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist
Tom Petty   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Ron Blair   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Percussion,Drums
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Harmonica

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Mike Campbell   Composer,Producer
David Greene   Drum Technician
Ryan Ulyate   Producer,Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Chris Bellman   Mastering
John Heiden   Art Direction
Tony Dimitriades   Management
Steve Winstead   Backline Technician
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Jimbo Neal   Backline Technician
Brian Brown   Backline Technician
Greg Looper   Engineer,Monitor Engineer
Mary Klauzer   Management
Laurence Freedman   Management
Mark Carpenter   Transportation
Travis Weidel   Recording Assistant

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