Tag: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Monday 11/15/21 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

Wednesday 10/20/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Top 30 Hits

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. His hit singles with the Heartbreakers include “Don’t Do Me Like That” (1979), “Refugee” (1980), “The Waiting” (1981), “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985) and “Learning to Fly” (1991). Petty’s hit singles as a solo act include “I Won’t Back Down” (1989), “Free Fallin'” (1989), and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994). In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour.

Petty released 13 studio albums as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in addition to three solo albums.

1I Won’t Back Down
2Learning to Fly
3Free Fallin’
4Mary Jane’s Last Dance
5Don’t Come Around Here No More
7The Waiting
8Runnin’ Down a Dream
9A Face in the Crowd
10Jammin’ Me
11You Don’t Know How It Feels
13You Got Lucky
14Free Girl Now
15Don’t Do Me Like That
16You Wreck Me
18Into the Great Wide Open
19Change of Heart
20It’s Good to Be King
21Saving Grace
22Here Comes My Girl
23Make It Better (Forget About Me)
24Needles and Pins (with Stevie Nicks)
25A Higher Place
26Climb That Hill
27Room at the Top
28Yer So Bad
29The Last DJ
30Kings Highway

Monday 7/26/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open (1991)

Into the Great Wide Open is the eighth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in July 1991. The album was the band’s last with MCA Records. The album was the second Petty produced with Jeff Lynne after the success of Full Moon Fever.

The first single, “Learning to Fly”, became the band’s joint longest-running No. 1 single (along with “The Waiting” from 1981’s Hard Promises) on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, spending six weeks at the top spot. The second single, “Out in the Cold”, also made No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, albeit for two weeks.

The music video for the title song stars Johnny Depp as “Eddie”, who moves to Los Angeles as a teenager to seek rock stardom, along with Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, Matt LeBlanc, Terence Trent D’Arby and Chynna Phillips.

  1. “Learning to Fly” 4:02
  2. “Kings Highway” 3:08
  3. “Into the Great Wide Open” 3:43
  4. “Two Gunslingers” 3:09
  5. “The Dark of the Sun” 3:23
  6. “All or Nothin'” 4:07
  7. “All the Wrong Reasons” 3:46
  8. “Too Good to Be True” 3:59
  9. “Out in the Cold” 3:40
  10. “You and I Will Meet Again” 3:42
  11. “Makin’ Some Noise” 3:27
  12. “Built to Last” 4:00

Tom Petty – lead vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string), keyboards, percussion
Mike Campbell – guitars (lead, 12-string, bass, resonator, slide), keyboards, backing vocals on “Learning to Fly”
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, accordion
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion
Jeff Lynne – guitars, bass, backing vocals, piano, synthesizer, percussion, sound effects, producer
Roger McGuinn – backing vocal on “All The Wrong Reasons”
Richard Tandy – synthesizer on “Two Gunslingers”

Monday 4/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye (2014)

Hypnotic Eye is the 13th and final studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in the UK on July 28, 2014 and in the United States on July 29, by Reprise Records. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the only Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album ever to top the chart. Hypnotic Eye was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

  1. “American Dream Plan B” 3:00
  2. “Fault Lines” 4:28
  3. “Red River” 3:59
  4. “Full Grown Boy” 3:26
  5. “All You Can Carry” 4:34
  6. “Power Drunk” 4:39
  7. “Forgotten Man” 2:48
  8. “Sins of My Youth” 3:49
  9. “U Get Me High” 4:11
  10. “Burnt Out Town” 3:05
  11. “Shadow People” 6:37

Tom Petty – vocals (all tracks), rhythm guitar (all tracks but 10), lead guitar (track 9 right channel only, track 10, track 11 outro), fuzz bass (track 3), high bass (track 7), bass (track 9)
Mike Campbell – lead guitar (tracks 1-8, track 9 left channel only, 11), rhythm guitar (track 10, 12)
Benmont Tench – piano (tracks 1-7, 10-12), electric piano (track 1, 6, 11) organ (1-3, 5-9, 11-12), mellotron (tracks 4, 8, 11), synthesizer (track 5)
Scott Thurston – rhythm guitar (tracks 1, 3, 5-8, 11), 12-string guitar (track 4), harmonica (track 2, 10, 12) tambourine (track 9), lead guitar (track 12)
Ron Blair – bass guitar (all tracks but 9)
Steve Ferrone – drums (all tracks), percussion (track 6, 7, 12)
Josh Jové – fuzz guitar (track 7)
Ryan Ulyate – background vocals (track 8)

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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