Jul 25

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Echo (1999/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:02:04 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 1997–98

Echo is the tenth studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. First released in April 1999, the album reached #10 on the Billboard 200 aided by the singles “Free Girl Now,” “Swingin’” and “Room At The Top”, which hit #5, #17 and #19 respectively on Billboard ’​s Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1999. The album was the band’s last collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, and was also the last to feature contributions from longtime bassist/vocalist Howie Epstein, who died of a heroin overdose in 2003. Echo was certified Gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in July 1999, only three months after it was released. Echo is the only Heartbreakers’ album to contain a lead vocal from another member of the band: Mike Campbell on “I Don’t Wanna Fight.” An outtake entitled “Sweet William” appeared as the B-side (or second song) on the “Room at the Top” CD single.
Only certain songs were played on the band’s tour that year. The record was largely written during a period when Petty was going through a painful divorce (influencing the lyrics of songs such as “Lonesome Sundown” and the title track), and Petty has cited that as the reason for his preference not to play any songs from the album in concert. However, “Room at the Top”, “Free Girl Now” and “I Don’t Wanna Fight” all appear in the concert film “High Grass Dogs: Live at the Fillmore” and a version of “Billy the Kid” appears on “The Live Anthology”.

Although the stripped-down, immediate production of She’s the One was reminiscent of Wildflowers, Tom Petty’s forays into Lindsey Buckingham-inspired pop turned out to be a passing thing, since Echo, his first full-fledged record with the Heartbreakers since 1991’s Into the Great Wide Open, is an extension of Wildflowers, at least in terms of sound and feel. The weird thing is, Echo sounds like a sinewy band recording, but its sentiment makes it feel like a solo record. To be blunt, much of Echo feels like a by-product of Petty’s divorce from his wife of over 20 years; even the intoxicating hard rock of “Free Girl Now” has a layer of sorrow and regret. That weary melancholy is the bond that keeps Echo together, bridging the gap between the ballads and the rockers, providing an emotional touchstone that makes the record more than just another Petty record. Then again, the music on Echo manages to sound like every other Petty album, yet it stays fresh. Petty, Mike Campbell, and Rick Rubin (along with some help from George Drakoulias) keep the spirit of Wildflowers alive by keeping the production uncluttered, direct, and muscular — which just reveals what a strong, versatile band the Heartbreakers are. And while there are no surprises, Petty once again delivers an album that works as a whole while having several clear highlights — which is a pretty neat trick, actually. At times, the disc feels a little long, but all the pieces work individually and illustrate that Petty is the rare rocker who knows how to mature gracefully. Although the album is spiked with sadness and regret, nothing on the album feels forced or self-conscious, either lyrically or musically — and he is one of the few rockers of his generation that can make such a claim. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Room At The Top 05:00
2 Counting On You 04:05
3 Free Girl Now 03:30
4 Lonesome Sundown 04:32
5 Swingin’ 05:29
6 Accused Of Love 02:45
7 Echo 06:36
8 Won’t Last Long 04:22
9 Billy The Kid 04:08
10 I Don’t Wanna Fight 02:48
11 This One’s For Me 02:42
12 No More 03:16
13 About To Give Out 03:14
14 Rhino Skin 03:57
15 One More Day, One More Night 05:40

Personnel:
Tom Petty – guitars, harmonica, vocals
Mike Campbell – lead guitars, bass, lead vocals on “I Don’t Wanna Fight”
Benmont Tench – pianos, organ, chamberlin, clavinet
Howie Epstein – bass, harmony/background vocals
Scott Thurston – acoustic and electric guitars, background vocals
Steve Ferrone – drums
Lenny Castro – percussion

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 25

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – She’s The One – Songs And Music From The Motion Picture (1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz  | Time – 00:51:42 minutes | 611 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: 1992–96 at Sound City, Village Recorders and Andora Studios

Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” is the ninth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first released in August 1996. The album served as the soundtrack for the 1996 film She’s the One, written and directed by Edward Burns.

Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1996. The track “Walls (Circus)” peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Climb That Hill” also peaked at #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while “Change The Locks” peaked at #20.

This album was not mentioned on the four-hour Petty documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream, though Tom could be seen doing a studio session of the song “Angel Dream (No. 4)”.

Nominally a soundtrack to Ed Burns’ film She’s the One, Tom Petty’s Songs and Music from “She’s the One” plays like an entity of its own, standing up quite well without the movie itself. She’s the One is one of Petty’s most relaxed efforts — several of the songs feel like they were written and performed quickly, almost as if they were throwaways, but that ramshackle feeling actually works in the album’s favor. With its loose ends, repeated songs, covers, brief instrumental bridges, and direct production, She’s the One is a ragged listen, but it’s a comfortable, engaging, and surprisingly eclectic one. Petty goes for a number of different moods, from the circular harmonies of “Walls (Circus)” (which features guest vocals from Lindsey Buckingham) and the hard-rocking “Zero from Outer Space” to the melancholy ruminations of “Grew Up Fast.” Along the way, he tosses in two excellent covers of contemporary songwriters — Lucinda Williams’ slyly sneering “Change the Locks” and Beck’s stark, sad “Asshole” — which are performed with affection and vigor. In fact, that vigor is what makes She’s the One so charming — Petty sounds like he’s having a good time throughout the album. It’s not a major statement in his catalog, but it’s all the more entertaining because of its simple, direct approach. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Walls (Circus) 4:25
2 Grew Up Fast 5:10
3 Zero From Outer Space 3:08
4 Climb That Hill 3:58
5 Change The Locks 4:56
6 Angel Dream (No. 4) 2:28
7 Hope You Never 3:03
8 Asshole 3:11
9 Supernatural Radio 5:23
10 California 2:39
11 Hope On Board 1:19
12 Walls (No. 3) 3:03
13 Angel Dream (No. 2) 2:28
14 Hung Up And Overdue 5:49
15 Airport 0:58

Personnel:
Tom Petty – vocals, guitars, harmonica, piano, harpsichord, tympani
Mike Campbell – guitars, piano, Marxophone
Howie Epstein – bass, background vocals
Benmont Tench – organ, piano
Curt Bisquera – drums except on “Hung Up and Overdue”, “Hope You Never”, and “California”
Scott Thurston (uncredited) – guitar, harmonica, backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion[citation needed]Lindsey Buckingham – background vocals on “Walls (Circus)”, “Climb That Hill” and “Asshole”
With:
Ringo Starr – drums on “Hung Up and Overdue”
Steve Ferrone – drums on “Hope You Never” and “California”
Carl Wilson – gut string guitar, harmony vocals
Chris Trujillo – percussion
Lili Haydn – violin
Michael Severens – cello
Gerri Sutyak – cello

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Jul 25

Tom Petty – Wildflowers (1994/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:36 minutes |  1,38 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download |  Source:PonoMusic |  Front cover
© Warner Bros. Records | Recorded: 1992–94 in Los Angeles, CA at Sound City and Ocean Way Recording

Wildflowers is the second solo album by American musician Tom Petty, released on the first of November, 1994. The album was the first released by Petty after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records (where he had recorded as part of the Traveling Wilburys) and the first of three albums produced by Rick Rubin.
Three singles were released from the album between 1994 and 1995, the most successful of which, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Album Rock Tracks chart for one week.

The album features all members of the Heartbreakers with the exception of drummer Stan Lynch. Steve Ferrone plays drums on Wildflowers and would join the band officially the following year. However, the album was not credited to the Heartbreakers because, in Petty’s words, “Rick (Rubin) and I both wanted more freedom than to be strapped into five guys.”[8] Freedom notwithstanding, Petty chose to use most of his regular band as session players, demonstrating his comfort with that format. Rolling Stone placed Wildflowers at number twelve on their list of the best albums of the nineties. Guitar World placed the album at number 49 in their “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list.

Under the guidance of producer Rick Rubin, Tom Petty turns in a stripped-down, subtle record with Wildflowers. Coming after two albums of Jeff Lynne-directed bombast, the very sound of the record is refreshing; Petty sounds relaxed and confident. Most of the songs are small gems, but a few are a little too laid-back, almost reaching the point of carelessness. Nevertheless, the finest songs here (“Wildflowers,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “It’s Good to Be King,” and several others) match the quality of his best material, making Wildflowers one of Petty’s most distinctive and best albums. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Wildflowers 3:09
2 You Don’t Know How It Feels 4:47
3 Time To Move On 3:14
4 You Wreck Me 3:22
5 It’s Good To Be King 5:08
6 Only A Broken Heart 4:28
7 Honey Bee 4:57
8 Don’t Fade On Me 3:30
9 Hard On Me 3:46
10 Cabin Down Below 2:50
11 To Find A Friend 3:22
12 A Higher Place 3:54
13 House In The Woods 5:30
14 Crawling Back To You 5:03
15 Wake Up Time 5:17

Personnel:
Tom Petty – 12 and 6-string acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, piano, organ, vocals
Mike Campbell – 6 and 12-string guitars (bass, slide, electric, acoustic), harpsichord, coral sitar
Benmont Tench – harmonium, pianos, organ, mellotron, zenon
Howie Epstein – supporting vocals, bass
Steve Ferrone – drums except on “To Find a Friend”
Michael Kamen – orchestration, conductor
Ringo Starr – drums on “To Find a Friend”
Lenny Castro – percussion
Phil Jones – percussion
John Pierce – bass
Jim Horn – saxophone on “House in the Woods”
Brandon Fields – saxophone on “House in the Woods”
Greg Herbig – saxophone on “House in the Woods”
Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone on “House in the Woods”
Marty Rifkin – pedal steel guitar on “House in the Woods”
Carl Wilson – background vocals on “Honey Bee”

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Into the Great Wide Open (1991/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 44:01 minutes | 975 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1990–91 at Rumbo Recorders, Studio C, Canoga Park, California and M.C. Studios

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

The Heartbreakers’ eighth studio album was also produced by Jeff Lynne with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, CA. There were three singles released from this album: “Learning To Fly”, “Into The Great Wide Open”, and “King’’s Highway”.

Into the Great Wide Open is the eighth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first released in July 1991 (see 1991 in music). The album was the band’s last with MCA Records. The album was the second Petty produced with Jeff Lynne after the success of 1989’s Full Moon Fever.
The first single, “Learning to Fly”, became his joint longest-running number one 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 number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, albeit only for two weeks.
The music video for the title song starred Johnny Depp, who had moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to seek rock stardom, along with Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc.

Since Full Moon Fever was an unqualified commercial and critical success, perhaps it made sense that Tom Petty chose to follow its shiny formula when he reunited with the Heartbreakers for its follow-up, Into the Great Wide Open. Nevertheless, the familiarity of Into the Great Wide Open is something of a disappointment. the Heartbreakers’ sound has remained similar throughout their career, but they had never quite repeated themselves until here. Technically, it isn’t a repeat, since they weren’t credited on Full Moon, but Wide Open sounds exactly like Full Moon, thanks to Jeff Lynne’s overly stylized production. Again, it sounds like a cross between latter-day ELO and roots rock (much like the Traveling Wilburys, in that sense), but the production has become a touch too careful and precise, bordering on the sterile at times. And, unfortunately, the quality of the songwriting doesn’t match Full Moon or Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough). That’s not to say that it rivals the uninspired Long After Dark, since Petty was a better craftsman in 1991 than he was in 1983. There are a number of minor gems — “Learning to Fly,” “Kings Highway,” “Into the Great Wide Open” — but there are no knockouts, either; it’s like Full Moon Fever if there were only “Apartment Song”s and no “Free Fallin’”s. In other words, enough for a pleasant listen, but not enough to resonate like his best work. (And considering this, perhaps it wasn’t surprising that Petty chose to change producers and styles on his next effort, the solo Wildflowers.) —Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Learning To Fly 04:01
2 Kings Highway 03:07
3 Into The Great Wide Open 03:42
4 Two Gunslingers 03:09
5 The Dark Of The Sun 03:23
6 All Or Nothin’ 04:05
7 All The Wrong Reasons 03:45
8 Too Good To Be True 04:01
9 Out In The Cold 03:40
10 You And I Will Meet Again 03:43
11 Makin’ Some Noise 03:27
12 Built To Last 03:58

Personnel:
Tom Petty – vocals, 6- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, percussion, bass guitar, producer
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar, bass guitar, Dobro, keyboards, slide guitar
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, accordion
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion
Jeff Lynne – guitars, bass, vocals, piano, synthesizer, percussion, sound effects
Roger McGuinn – backing vocal on “All The Wrong Reasons”
Richard Tandy – synthesizer on “Two Gunslingers”

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 24

Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (1989/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 39:55 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1988–89 at M.C. Studios, Rumbo Studios, Sunset Sound, Devonshire Studios, Conway Studios and Sound City Studios

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

This was the first Tom Petty ‘solo’ album although most of the Heartbreakers played on the record. Jeff Lynne produced along with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and recording was done at M.C. Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Full Moon Fever featured five singles: “I Won’€™t Back Down”, “Runnin’€™ Down A Dream”, “Free Fallin’”, “A Face In The Crowd”, and “Yer So Bad”.

Full Moon Fever is the first solo album by Tom Petty, though it features contributions from members of his backing band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, along with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison of the Traveling Wilburys. The record shows Petty exploring his musical roots with nods to his influences. The songwriting is mainly collaborations between Petty and Lynne, who was also a producer on the album. The album became a commercial and critical success peaking at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and being certified 5× platinum in the United States and 6× platinum in Canada.

Although Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) found the Heartbreakers regaining their strength as a band and discovering a newfound ease at songcraft, it just didn’t sell that well. Perhaps that factor, along with road fatigue, led Tom Petty to record his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. Nevertheless, the distinction between “solo” and “Heartbreakers” is a fuzzy one because Full Moon Fever is essentially in the same style as the Heartbreakers albums; Mike Campbell co-wrote two songs and co-produced the record, and he, along with Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein, all play on the album. However, the album sounds different from any Heartbreakers record due to the presence of former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne. Petty co-wrote the lion’s share of the album with Lynne, who also is the record’s main producer. In his hands, Petty’s roots rock becomes clean and glossy, layered with shimmering vocal harmonies, keyboards, and acoustic guitars. It’s a friendly, radio-ready sound, and if it has dated somewhat over the years, the craft is still admirable and appealing. But the real reason Full Moon Fever became Petty’s biggest hit is that it boasted a selection of songs that rivaled Damn the Torpedoes. Full Moon Fever didn’t have a weak track; even if a few weren’t quite as strong as others, the album was filled with highlights: “I Won’t Back Down,” the wistful “A Face in the Crowd,” the rockabilly throwaways “Yer So Bad” and “A Mind with a Heart of Its Own,” the Byrds cover “Feel a Whole Lot Better,” the charging “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” and “Free Fallin’,” a coming-of-age ballad that could be Petty’s best song. Full Moon Fever might have been meant as an off-the-cuff detour, but it turned into a minor masterpiece. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Free Fallin’ 04:16
2 I Won’t Back Down 02:57
3 Love Is A Long Road 04:07
4 A Face In The Crowd 03:59
5 Runnin’ Down A Dream 04:53
6 Feel A Whole Lot Better 02:49
7 Yer So Bad 03:06
8 Depending On You 02:48
9 The Apartment Song 02:33
10 Alright For Now 02:01
11 A Mind With A Heart Of It’s Own 03:29
12 Zombie Zoo 02:57

Personnel:
Tom Petty – guitars, vocals, keyboards, noise, handclapping, tambourine, backing vocals
Mike Campbell – bass, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, slide guitar
George Harrison – guitar, backing vocals
Jeff Lynne – bass, guitar, handclapping, keyboards, backing vocals
Benmont Tench – piano
Del Shannon – noise, sound effects
Roy Orbison, Howie Epstein, Trembling Blenders – backing vocals
Phil Jones – drums, percussion
Jim Keltner – drums, maracas, marimba, tambourine
Kelsey Campbell – screams, sound effects, voices

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:40:52 minutes | 911 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1986–87 at Sound City and M.C. Studios, LA

Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (styled on the cover as “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)” with quotation marks) is the seventh studio album by the American band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1987. This album features more songwriting collaborations between Petty and Mike Campbell than any other Petty album. It is also notable for being the only previous studio album not represented on Petty’s 1993 Greatest Hits album, even though the single “Jammin’ Me” (co-written with fellow Traveling Wilbury Bob Dylan) was #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks for four weeks. “Jammin’ Me” was later included in the album Anthology: Through the Years, which the RIAA has declared gold. In addition, Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) was made to sound like a live recording, using a technique they borrowed from Dylan.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers spent much of 1986 on the road as Bob Dylan’s backing band. Dylan’s presence proved to be a huge influence on the Heartbreakers, turning them away from the well-intentioned but slick pretensions of Southern Accents and toward a loose, charmingly ramshackle roots rock that harked back to their roots yet exhibited the professional eclecticism they developed during the mid-’80s. All of this was on full display on Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough), their simplest and best album since Hard Promises. Not to say that Let Me Up is a perfect album — far from it, actually. Filled with loose ends, song fragments, and unvarnished productions, it’s a defiantly messy album, and it’s all the better for it, especially arriving on the heels of the well-groomed Accents. Apart from the (slightly dated) rant “Jammin’ Me’” (co-written by Dylan, but you can’t tell), there aren’t any standouts on the record, but there’s no filler either — it’s just simply a good collection of ballads (“Runaway Trains”), country-rockers (“The Damage You’ve Done”), pop/rock (“All Mixed Up,” “Think About Me”), and hard rockers (“Let Me Up [I’ve Had Enough]”). While that might not be enough to qualify Let Me Up as one of Petty & the Heartbreakers’ masterpieces, it is enough to qualify it as the most underrated record in their catalog. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Jammin’ Me 4:08
2 Runaway Trains 5:12
3 The Damage You’ve Done 3:52
4 It’ll All Work Out 3:12
5 My Life / Your World 4:38
6 Think About Me 3:42
7 All Mixed Up 3:42
8 A Self-Made Man 3:04
9 Ain’t Love Strange 2:40
10 How Many More Days 3:16
11 Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) 3:30

Personnel:
Tom Petty – lead and background vocals, 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, Dobro, keyboards, dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, slide guitar, percussion
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, harmony vocals
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, vibraphone, synthesizer
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents (1985/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 39:36 minutes | 865 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1983–85 at Gone Gator One; Sound City; Village Recorder; Sunset Sound, LA and Church Studio, London

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

This album is the Heartbreakers’€™ sixth and featured multiple producers on various tracks including Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Jimmy Iovine, Dave Stewart, and Robbie Robertson. It was recorded at Gone Gator One Studios, Sound City, Village Recorder, Sunset Sound, and Church Studio, London. Southern Accents made it to number 7 on the US Billboard 200 after its release in 1985. Singles from this album include “Make It Better (Forget About Me)”, “Rebels” and “Don’€™t Come Around Here No More”, which peaked at number 13 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.

Produced by Dave Stewart, Southern Accents is an ambitious album, attempting to incorporate touches of psychedelia, soul, and country into a loose concept about the modern South. Occasionally, the songs work; “Rebels” and “Spike” are fine rockers, and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Make It Better (Forget About Me)” expand The Heartbreakers’ sound nicely. But too often, the record is weighed down by its own ambitions. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 Rebels 05:19
2 It Ain’t Nothin’ To Me 05:10
3 Don’t Come Around Here No More 05:04
4 Southern Accents 04:44
5 Make It Better (Forget About Me) 04:22
6 Spike 03:32
7 Dogs On The Run 03:39
8 Mary’s New Car 03:44
9 The Best Of Everything 04:02

Personnel:
Tom Petty – vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, percussion, producer, bass guitar
Mike Campbell – guitar, bass guitar, Dobro, keyboards, vocals, producer, slide guitar
Benmont Tench – piano, keyboards, piano (electric), vocals, vibraphone
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, vocals, harmony vocals

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Pack Up The Plantation: Live! (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:12:06 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records

Recorded live at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California, August 7, 1985 except, “Don’t Bring Me Down” – Paradise Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, July 16, 1978; “Stories We Could Tell” – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, March 7, 1980, engineered by Charles Kaplan in the Mobile Manor Unit; “Needles and Pins” & “Insider” – The Forum, Los Angeles, California, June 1981; “Shout” – The Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, March 19, 1983; “Rockin’ Around (With You)” – Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, California, June 1983

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

Until The Live Anthology was released in 2009, this was the only live album the Heartbreakers ever released. Primarily recorded at a show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on August 7, 1985, the album also includes the following tracks recorded at other concerts. Pack Up The Plantation: Live! includes single “Needles and Pins” featuring Stevie Nicks.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released a live video as a companion piece to their 1985 concert album Pack Up the Plantation: Live!. Taken from one show at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater, the video is in some ways superior to the record, since its single source provides a continuity missing on the LP, but the real distinction are the songs that aren’t featured on the record. “Little Bit o’ Soul,” “Make It Better (Forget About Me),” “Route 66,” “You Got Lucky,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “I Need to Know,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” and “Spike” are all on the video, not on the CD, which makes it necessary for collectors, especially since all the performances are quite good. Nevertheless, Pack Up the Plantation suffers from the same problem as its vinyl companion — it isn’t quite the stunning performance that the Heartbreakers are capable of delivering — but it’s still thoroughly entertaining. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 So You Want To Be A Rock & 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

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

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Long After Dark (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 37:45 minutes | 824 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1981–82 at Record Plant, Wally Heider’s and Crystal, Hollywood, CA; Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

The Heartbreakers’ fifth album was also the first to feature Howie Epstein on bass. This album was produced by Tom Petty and Jimmy Iovine and was recorded at four different studios: Record Plant in Hollywood, CA, Wally Heider’s in Hollywood, CA, Crystal in Hollywood, CA and Rumbo Studios in Canoga Park, CA. “You Got Lucky” and “Change of Heart” were released as singles.

Long After Dark is the fifth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the major MTV hit “You Got Lucky”, the album was also the first to feature the late Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein’s vocals are evident throughout the album, most notably on “Change of Heart”. From this point on Epstein’s vocals became an integral part of the Heartbreakers’ sound. In addition, it was the first Heartbreakers album to feature a real synthesizer on record.
There was a song recorded for this album called “Keeping Me Alive”, which Petty himself is very fond of but the producer, Jimmy Iovine, disliked. Petty has expressed that he feels the album would have turned out better if the song had been included on the album. “Keeping Me Alive” was eventually released on Petty’s 1995 box set compilation Playback.

Riding high on the back-to-back Top Five, platinum hits Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises, Tom Petty quickly returned to the studio to record the Heartbreakers’ fifth album, Long After Dark. Truth be told, there was about as long a gap between Dark and Promises as there was between Promises and Torpedoes, but there was a difference this time around — Petty & the Heartbreakers sounded tired. Even if there are a few new wave flourishes here and there, the band hasn’t really changed its style at all — it’s still Stonesy, Byrdsian heartland rock. As their first four albums illustrated, that isn’t a problem in itself, since they’ve found numerous variations within their signature sound, providing they have the right songs. Unfortunately, Petty had a dry spell on Long After Dark. With its swirling, minor key guitars, “You Got Lucky” is a classic and “Change of Heart” comes close to matching those peaks, but the remaining songs rarely rise above agreeable filler. Since the Heartbreakers are a very good band, it means the record sounds pretty good as it’s playing, but apart from those few highlights, nothing much is memorable once the album has finished. And coming on the heels of two excellent records, that’s quite a disappointment. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 A One Story Town 03:06
2 You Got Lucky 03:36
3 Deliver Me 03:28
4 Change Of Heart 03:18
5 Finding Out 03:36
6 We Stand A Chance 03:38
7 Straight Into Darkness 03:48
8 The Same Old You 03:30
9 Between Two Worlds 05:11
10 A Wasted Life 04:34

Personnel:
Tom Petty – lead vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, lead guitar on “We Stand a Chance”, Prophet 5 synthesizer
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar, organ on “We Stand a Chance”
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, synthesizer, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Jones – percussion
Ron Blair – bass guitar on “Between Two Worlds”

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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Jul 24

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard Promises (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 861 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1980–81 at Sound City, Van Nuys, Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA and Goodnight, LA

Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.

Hard Promises is the fourth album by the Heartbreakers was produced by Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty and was recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys, CA and Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, CA. Both “The Waiting” and “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)” were released as singles.

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. —Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 The Waiting 03:58
2 A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) 04:22
3 Nightwatchman 04:01
4 Something Big 04:44
5 Kings Road 03:24
6 Letting You Go 03:23
7 A Thing About You 03:31
8 Insider 04:23
9 The Criminal Kind 03:59
10 You Can Still Change Your Mind 04:17

Personnel:
Tom Petty – lead vocals, 12 & 6 string electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, electric piano
Mike Campbell – 12 & 6 string guitar, electric guitars, auto-harp, accordion, harmonium, bass guitar
Benmont Tench – organ, piano, backing vocals
Ron Blair – bass guitar
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Additional:
Phil Jones – percussion
Stevie Nicks – backing vocals
Donald “Duck” Dunn – bass guitar
Sharon Celani – backing vocals
Alan “Bugs” Weidel – piano

Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014

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