Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' debut was released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk. They weren't as reckless or visionary as the Ramones, but they shared a similar love for pure '60s rock and, for the Heartbreakers, that meant embracing the Byrds as much as the Stones. And that's pretty much what this album is -- tuneful jangle balanced by a tough garage swagger. At times, the attitude and the sound override the songwriting, but that's alright, since the slight songs "Anything That's Rock 'N' Roll," to pick a random example are still infused with spirit and an appealing surface. Petty & the Heartbreakers feel ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' debut was released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk. They weren't as reckless or visionary as the Ramones, but they shared a similar love for pure '60s rock and, for the Heartbreakers, that meant embracing the Byrds as much as the Stones. And that's pretty much what this album is -- tuneful jangle balanced by a tough garage swagger. At times, the attitude and the sound override the songwriting, but that's alright, since the slight songs "Anything That's Rock 'N' Roll," to pick a random example are still infused with spirit and an appealing surface. Petty & the Heartbreakers feel underground on this album, at least to the extent that power pop was underground in 1976; with Dwight Twilley providing backing vocals for "Strangered in the Night," the similarities between the two bands adherence to pop hooks and melodies, love of guitars become apparent. Petty wound up eclipsing Twilley because he rocked harder, something that's evident throughout this record. Take the closer "American Girl" -- it's a Byrds song by any other name, but he pushed the Heartbreakers to treat it as a rock & roll song, not as something delicate. There are times where the album starts to drift, especially on the second side, but the highlights -- "Rockin' Around With You," "Hometown Blues," "The Wild One, Forever," the AOR staples "Breakdown" and "American Girl" -- still illustrate how refreshing Petty & the Heartbreakers sounded in 1976.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227817725
  • Catalog Number: 78177
  • Sales rank: 13,614

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Primary Artist
Tom Petty Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Seymour Background Vocals
Mike Campbell Guitar
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano
Ron Blair Electric Bass, Cello, Bass Guitar
Stan Lynch Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ken Perry Mastering
Benmont Tench Contributor
Denny Cordell Producer
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Stan Lynch Contributor
Noah Shark Engineer
Zox Art Direction
Max Reese Engineer
Bill Flanagan Liner Notes
Vigon Nahas Vigon Logo Design
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
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