Tag: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Wednesday 2/17/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Long After Dark (1982)

Long After Dark is the fifth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released November 2, 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the MTV hit “You Got Lucky”, the album was also the band’s first to feature Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein’s vocals are prevalent throughout the album and from that point on, became an integral part of the Heartbreakers’ sound.

Two other singles from the album were released, “Change of Heart” and “Straight into Darkness”. The first of these joined “You Got Lucky” in the Billboard top 40. In July 2018, “Keep a Little Soul”, an outtake from Long After Dark, was released as the first single to promote Petty’s box set An American Treasure. “Keeping Me Alive”, another outtake from the sessions for the album, was a Petty favorite, and was eventually released on his and the Heartbreakers’ 1995 box set Playback, as well as on An American Treasure.

1. “A One Story Town” 3:06
2. “You Got Lucky” 3:37
3. “Deliver Me” 3:28
4. “Change of Heart” 3:18
5. “Finding Out” 3:36
6. “We Stand a Chance” 3:38
7. “Straight into Darkness” 3:49
8. “The Same Old You” 3:31
9. “Between Two Worlds” 5:12
10. “A Wasted Life” 4:35

Tom Petty – lead vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string, lead on “We Stand a Chance”), Prophet 5 synthesizer
Mike Campbell – guitars (lead, 12-string), organ on “We Stand a Chance”
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, synthesizer, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Ron Blair – bass guitar on “Between Two Worlds”
Phil Jones – percussion

Thursday 8/20/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Pack Up the Plantation: Live! (1985)

Pack Up the Plantation: Live! is the first official live album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released November 25,1985. It was primarily recorded at the Wiltern Theatre during their 1985 tour but also includes several tracks from previous tours. It was released as a double LP or single cassette and compact disc.

A concert film of the Wiltern Theatre performance, also titled Pack Up the Plantation: Live! was released on home video in 1986. It included songs that did not make the album, such as originals “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, as well as covers such as “Little Bit O’ Soul” and “Route 66”.

Stevie Nicks, who has collaborated with Petty and has appeared with him on tour frequently, sings with Petty on two songs on the record. The first is a cover of the Searchers’ 1964 hit “Needles and Pins”, which was released as a single and climbed into the Billboard top 40. Nicks’ second track is “Insider”, one of two cuts from Petty’s 1981 LP Hard Promises that feature her.

No other singles were released from the album in the US, although a cover of the Byrds’ 1967 hit “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” was released in Europe. “Refugee” was also issued in Europe on a four-track EP. Another fan favorite, “Breakdown”, appears at the end of side one. It is notable because the audience takes over from Petty at the start, singing the first two verses and the chorus loud enough to be picked up by the mics. He quipped, “You’re gonna put me out of a job”, to huge applause, and then launched back into a reprise of the second verse.

The recording garnered somewhat mixed reviews, with Sandy Robertson, writing for Sounds, describing it as “a turgid four-sided video soundtrack”. Jimmy Guterman, writing for Rolling Stone, said that Petty “sounds impassioned and impressive when he lays into his early songs” and that the Heartbreakers are “an undeniably great band”.

1. “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” 3:30
2. “Needles and Pins” 2:23
3. “The Waiting” 5:08
4. “Breakdown” 7:43
5. “American Girl” 3:50
6. “It Ain’t Nothin’ to Me” 6:05
7. “Insider” 5:16
8. “Rockin’ Around (With You)” 3:20
9. “Refugee” 5:22
10. “Southern Accents” 5:20
11. “Rebels” 6:10
12. “Don’t Bring Me Down” 3:40
13. “Shout” 9:30
14. “Stories We Could Tell” 3:55

Tom Petty – lead vocals, 6 and 12-string electric guitars, acoustic guitar
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string, lap steel, slide guitars
Benmont Tench – keyboards, vocals
Howie Epstein – bass, mandolin, harmony vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, vocals
Additional musicians

Ron Blair – bass on “Insider”, “Needles and Pins”, “Stories We Could Tell”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”
Phil Jones – percussion on “Insider”, “Needles and Pins”, “Rockin’ Around (With You)”, “Shout”
Bobby Valentino – violin on “Stories We Could Tell”
Stevie Nicks – vocals on “Insider”, “Needles and Pins”
Soul Lips Horns (on tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theater)

Jimmy Zavala – saxes, harmonica
Lee Thornburg – trumpets, flugel horn
Nick Lane – trombones, euphonium
The Rebeletts (on tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theater)

Pat Peterson – backing vocals, percussion
Caroll Sue Hill – backing vocals, percussion

Mike Campbell – production
Tom Petty – production
Don Smith – engineer
Alan Weidel – assistant engineer

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature:  James Taylor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grass Roots, Elton John, Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Cliff Richard, Narvel Felts, Gary Glitter, David Bowie, Sylvia, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and more . . . 

Sunday 12am: Saturday Night Rock Show

This week on the Rock Show:
Smashing Pumpkins, Robin Trower, AC/DC. Deep Purple, Seether, Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Electric Light Orchestra, CJ Ramone, Neil Young, Judas Priest, Jackyl, Snow Patrol, Journey, Pilot, Meat Loaf, and many more.  12am – 6am  ET on RadioMaxMusic.



Monday 9pm: Feature LP – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes (1979)

Damn the Torpedoes is the RIAA Triple Platinum-certified third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in late 1979. This was the first of three Petty albums originally released by the Backstreet Records label, distributed by MCA Records. It built on the commercial success and critical acclaim of his two previous albums and reached #2 on the Billboard album chart.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 313 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Monday 8:30pm ET – Feature LP – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It (1978)

You’re Gonna Get It! is the second album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1978. Originally, the album was to be titled Terminal Romance. Like its self-titled predecessor, this album includes tight melodic songs awash in ringing guitars and organ. It reached #23 on Billboard’s Top LP’s & Tapes chart in 1978.

Many reviewers rated You’re Gonna Get It! only a notch lower than their moderately well-received debut album. Some reviews such as in Rolling Stone at the time noted the “impressive stylistic cohesiveness” between the two. It did chart higher, however, than its predecessor.

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Monday 8pm: Feature LP – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single “Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single “Breakdown” cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and “American Girl” became an FM radio staple that can still be heard today.

The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio, Hollywood, California.

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Artist Countdown: Tom Petty Top 60 Hits 1pm ET @tompetty

tom_pettyThomas Earl “Tom” Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury] and Mudcrutch.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock and even stoner rock. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows.Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. – Wikipedia 

1 I Won’t Back Down
2 Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (Stevie Nicks)
3 Free Fallin’
4 Learning to Fly
5 Mary Jane’s Last Dance
6 Don’t Come Around Here No More
7 Refugee
8 The Waiting
9 Handle with Care  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
10 End of the Line  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
11 A Face in the Crowd
12 Jammin’ Me
13 You Don’t Know How It Feels
14 Runnin’ Down a Dream
15 You Got Lucky
16 Into the Great Wide Open
17 You Wreck Me
18 Don’t Do Me Like That
19 Change of Heart
20 Walls
21 It’s Good to Be King
22 Something in the Air
23 She’s My Baby  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
24 Breakdown
25 Make It Better (Forget About Me)
26 Needles and Pins (with Stevie Nicks)
27 Here Comes My Girl
28 Free Girl Now
29 A Higher Place
30 Kings Highway
31 Yer So Bad
32 Rebels
33 A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)
34 I Need to Know
35 Saving Grace
36 Listen to Her Heart
37 Out In The Cold
38 Last Night  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
39 Runaway Trains
40 Love Is A Long Road
41 Heading for the Light  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
42 So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
43 Inside Out  (Traveling Wilbury’s)
44 Swingin’
45 Feel A Whole Lot Better
46 All Mixed Up
47 Room at the Top
48 The Last DJ
49 Makin’ Some Noise
50 Too Good to Be True
51 I Will Run To You (Stevie Nicks)
52 Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll
53 Think About Me
54 American Girl
55 I Should Have Known It
56 Tweeter and the Monkey Man   (Traveling Wilbury’s)
57 Wilbury Twist   (Traveling Wilbury’s)
58 Straight into Darkness
59 All or Nothin’
60 Depending On You