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Tom Petty (Official Thread)

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  1. eberg15101

    eberg15101 Senior Member

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    Tom Petty Official Website

    Tom Petty & Heartbreakers albums

    1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    1978 You're Gonna Get It!
    1979 Damn the Torpedoes
    1981 Hard Promises
    1982 Long After Dark
    1985 Southern Accents
    1987 Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
    1991 Into the Great Wide Open
    1996 Songs and Music from "She's the One"
    1999 Echo
    2002 The Last DJ
    2010 Mojo


    Tom Petty Solo albums

    1989 Full Moon Fever
    1994 Wildflowers
    2006 Highway Companion


    I found this wonderful band in the seventh grade. As cliche as it is, Free Falling was the first song that sparked my interest. It was a guilty pleasure for the time, and I was kicking my own butt for liking it because I was very deep into my school's punk scene... After hearing Free Falling, I bought Full Moon Fever, little did I realize that Petty had much more to offer than just this brilliant album. By eighth grade my mind began to open a bit more, and same with the rest of my circle of friends, one of them actually made me a copy of their Wildflowers CD... I still had no idea what I would be getting myself into two years later.... the rest of eighth grade passed, I was still just playing FMF and WF thinking that was the extent of the Tom Petty catalog... ninth grade came around, I downloaded the greatest hits and American Girl hit me... because of some of my activities that year my memory is not so clear as to some of the events, and was certainly not clear at the time, I completely forgot about how much I liked just the greatest hits album.... Well, the summer of ninth going into tenth grade rolled around, I heard Listen To Her Heart, I'd never, ever, ever felt a song give me that feeling before....I hope you all know this intense mental eargasm.....:heheh:.... I had started the beginning to my still forming record collection.... I bought Damn The Torpedoes........ MY F***ING GOD!!!!... this was the beginning of what would become a brilliant musical journey....:lmao:


    Dramatic enough for you, basically it took me a while, but I now own Tom Petty's discography digitally, 3 albums on vinyl, and 3 on CD... and I will have all of the albums hard copies as soon as I get to the record store:heheh:

    Now, you're done reading about me, and we're on to the important part, the beginning of Tom Petty's musical career!

    He was born in 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, and grew up there, listening to a lot of classic 50s and 60s country and early rock n roll, and like any musician of the time, was greatly influenced by Elvis and a bit later on, The Beatles, as his intrest in music grew he began to have another soon to be big name, Don Felder teach him guitar.... as He grew a bit older and his interest in music grew more, his first band came to form, The Epics... they played their highschool's prom, playing three or four songs over and over again... A bit of time later they decided to get a new name... this name... was brilliantly awful... the name was Mudcrutch.
    Mudcrutch was formed in 1970. The original members were Tom Petty (bass and vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar and vocals), Randall Marsh (drums), very soon after forming mudcrutch, Mike Cambell was asked to join. A bit after that Leadon left the band in 1972 and was replaced by bassist/guitarist/vocalist Danny Roberts. Petty took over lead vocals after Leadon left in 1972. They began playing Dub's Steer Room as the house band for a while. Keyboardist Benmont Tench also joined the band soon after their first show at dub's. Tom Petty knew from grade school. Benmont joined the band the night after seeing them. Their first major achievement was the festival they had three times. They featured themselves playing obviously and ten to fifteen other bands.


    Mudcrutch set out on a quest to California in late 1972 to hopefully get signed. In 1974, Mudcrutch signed with Shelter Records and re-located to Los Angeles, California. The band released one single, "Depot Street," in 1975, which failed to chart. After Danny Roberts left the group, Tom invited Charlie Souza to take over on bass guitar and the band continued recording in Leon Russell's Tulsa Studio, and later at Leon's Encino California home.
    Mudcrutch dissolved in 1975, but that brings us to the wonderful creation of Tom Petty and The Hearbreakers

    The heartbreakers consisted of Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair, and Stan Lynch. Throughout the rest of their long, tireless career they toured constantly, recorded to perfection, and were(and still are) a great all around band... they define rock n roll to me--what it should be about, how to play it, and the pure passion of the music.
    In 1976 their debut album was released, self titled, is a rock n roll masterpiece... it was not received well in the USA, but in England it made top 40, My favorites from the album are
    Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll and American Girl


    You're Gonna Get It was released in May 1978
    It was the Heartbreakers first gold record
    My favorites are Too Much Ain't Enough and Listen to Her heart


    The third album, arguably their best album, Damn The Torpedoes went platinum, This was their break through album into the charts and what sent them flying to fame. Absolutely incredible... my favorites of this one are Even The Losers and Don't Do Me Like That


    DTT also sparked a legal battle, which is one of the many things I completely respect Tom for outside of the tunes...
    *Yeah, the company MCA was sold to MGM I think and Tom's music was being completely sold to a new company and he didn't want this at all. But he had already signed the contract. So Tom had no copyright to his music. He took his case to court and he even became bankrupt, which wasn't good. He won the case, and the company gave him his own label, called Backstreet.

    During this whole time, he was still working his third album, Damn the Torpedoes. He even has a few songs about his whole experience such as "Century City", which was the name of the place where he had to go everyday to solve this case.**copied from an outside source*
    Aside from Tom and company winning a case that changed the industry forever, he got some catchy as hell t shirts and tour names out of the deal... especially for the time.... shirts that read "Why MCA?"---a play on the awful disco song YMCA that was popular around the same time:tongue:

    In 1981 after the release of Hard Promises, Tom had another legal battle over record prices... and unlike many other artists.. Petty felt they were too high, he won this, and prices did not raise again for a good amount of time.... Yet another reason to respect the man:grinthumb
    My favorites from Hard Promises are his beautiful collaboration with Stevie Nicks, Insider, Letting You Go, and The Waiting(I had to pick three from this album, its too great)


    Long After Dark was released in 1982, Ron Blair became fed up with the music business as a whole, I think he really just liked jammin' in a basement more than playing stadiums, either was he is and was a brilliant player, and he was replaced by another great bassist who Petty stole from Del Shannon's band...Howie Epstein RIP, he passed away in 2003 for complications from drug use, he was on medicine for flu symptoms, and I don't think that mixed with Heroine very well....:(
    this is not my favorite album from them, but it has two great rockers I love--Change Of Heart and Same Old You


    The heartbreakers did a hell of a lot of touring between 1982 and 1985 until Southern Accents was released... Southern Accents once again is not any where near my favorite from the group, but I think it is what sort of sparked what Tom would be doing for his solo career without the Heartbreakers a few years down the line..... anyways, the sessions for this record were tense and mostly drug fueled, Petty punched a wall and shattered his hand, in an interview Petty said "I think we were all acting a bit moody at the time" with a laugh, in the clip(recorded in 1985) of The Waiting I posted for that album you can hear Petty talk a bit about his hand.... Southern accents began as a vision of Tom's to sort of get back to his roots... They all seemed to have different visions for the direction of the album though... In the end I think all of them were happy with what came out, even though it was not what any of their visions had began as.... the song Southern Accents was later covered by Johnny Cash. My favorites from the album are Rebels and Mary's New Car
     
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  2. eberg15101

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    In 1987 The hearthreakers released their 7th studio album, Let Me (Up I've Had Enough)
    Tom Petty has said he thinks this is his worst musical effort, and he is not happy with it at all, even 20 years later he still hasn't made peace with his creation:heheh:
    I like it, but I also feel it isn't up to the same standards that I hold for Petty's singing or writing....I don't think some of the musicianship was as good as it could have been either, Benmont sounds really pretentious and uptight on this one IMO, that brings a few of the songs down...
    but all in all, a listenable album, My favorites from this one are All Mixed Up and Ain't Love Strange, the song Jammin' Me co written by Bob Dylan did very well on the charts and is considered one of the best Petty tracks by many, it really isn't my favorite though....
    Of course, once again no youtube
    All Mixed Up
    Ain't Love Strange


    The Heartbreakers did not record another album together until 1991, Tom realeased his first solo album, and the first album I ever heard(the one that sparked my interest) Full Moon Fever....
    A brilliant album, totally refreshing, I think this was a much needed break for the heartbreakers, and a much needed energy boost and inspiration....of course there were at least two heartbreakers playing on almost every track...
    This entire album is absolutely amazing, but my favorites are A Mind With A Heart Of It's Own, Yer So Bad, Free Fallin', and I won't Back down(also covered by Johnny Cash)--Another move outside of music I respect Petty for is his stopping George Bush from using his song so it would not be misunderstood as Petty's political views... off topic, but Springsteen also did something similar, even though Born In The USA was mocking the country....
    back on topic....


    (thought I'd mix it up a little with I won't back down)

    The Traveling Wilburrys !
    An insane supergroup with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ray Orbison, and Jeff Lynne.... Really, how can that be bad?.. there is one of every one's heroes in that band and each had equal pull/influence...
    *Copied from Wikipedia*
    *In 1988, Petty became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The band's first song, "Handle With Care," was intended as a B-side of one of Harrison's singles, but was judged too good for that purpose and the group decided to record a full album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. A second Wilburys album, incongruously titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and recorded without the recently deceased Orbison, followed in 1990. The album was named Vol. 3 as a response to a series of bootlegged studio sessions being sold as Travelling Wilburys Vol. 2. In recent years, Petty has begun to incorporate Travelling Wilburys songs into his live shows, consistently playing "Handle With Care" in shows from 2003-2006, and for his 2008 tour making "End of the Line" a staple of the setlist.

    In 1989, Petty, released Full Moon Fever, which featured hits "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". It was nominally his first solo album, although several Heartbreakers and other well-known musicians participated: Mike Campbell co-produced the album with Petty and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, and backing musicians included Campbell, Lynne, and fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison and George Harrison (Ringo Starr appears on drums in the video for "I Won't Back Down," but they were actually performed by Phil Jones). Since all the original Traveling Wilburys except Bob Dylan participated on the album, it is sometimes considered the unofficial second Wilbury record.

    Petty & the Heartbreakers reformed in 1991 and released Into the Great Wide Open, which was co-produced by Lynne and included the hit singles "Learning To Fly" and "Into The Great Wide Open", the latter featuring Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc in the video.

    Before leaving MCA Records, Tom and the Heartbreakers got together to record, live in the studio, two new songs for a "Greatest Hits" package. "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air". This was Stan Lynch's last recorded performance with The Heartbreakers. Tom commented "He left right after the session without really saying goodbye." The package went on to sell over ten million copies, therefore receiving diamond certification by the RIAA.*
    My favorites from the Wilburrys are Inside Out, Devil's Been Busy, and If You Belonged To Me

    If You Belonged To Me
    Devil's Been Busy


    As mentioned before, the Heartbreakers reformed to release Into The Great Wide Open in 1991.... I can not even begin to express the amazingness of this album... incredible all the way through, all the way back through, and all the way through again.... Listening to this album was another "MY F***ING GOD!!!!" moment.... The entire album all the way through is insanely perfect, the videos are awesome and the songs are even better.... I don't know how else I can say it, its just great... so great that I can't pick favorites, you get whatever I can find on youtube:heheh:

    stevie nicks on the vocals subtly too^




    Greatest Hits was released in 1993, Stan Lynch left the band after recording two new songs for the greatest hits album, Mary jane's Last Dance and a cover of "Something In The Air"

    In 1994 with Steve Ferrone replacing Lynch on drums Tom Petty released a second solo album, Wildflowers... This album did feature all of the Heartbreakers, but Petty said he didn't want to be limited to a band, he wanted the freedom to create whatever vision he had in his mind
    I like Wildflowers a lot if I'm in the right mood to listen to it, it has some slower, sort of melancholy tracks, and it doesn't have the same type of raw rock n roll energy most Hearbreakers records have, it is a different energy, and I like it, and I feel it makes Petty even better because it shows his writing can evolve and bring a different vibe wihtout being any worse.... My favorite tracks from this one are You Don't Know How It Feels, A Higher Place, and Wildflowers

    A Higher Place

    1996 the Heartbreakers released the sound track to the movie She's The One, a few of these songs were supposed to be on Wildflowers, but were obviously put to good use:grinthumb
    Ringo Starr and Lindsey Buckingham also played on the album... my favorites from She's The One are Angel Dream and Hung Up and Overdue


    In 1999 Echo was released by Tom and The Heartbreakers, this is the first album to feature a song entirely written and (lead vocals)sung by Mike Campbell. This album is really solid all the way through, there aren't a lot of spikes in greatness or anything, it's just a good album from start to finish, again this album took The Heartbreakers in a bit of a new direction again, some of the influences even include a more modern rock sound, even a bit grungy at times, then back to the softer songs similar to those on Wildflowers... My favorites from this one are Billy The Kid, Accused Of Love, and Mike Campbell's song I don't Want To Fight

    I like the album version a bit better than this one

    Accused Of Love



    The Hearbreakers toured, but did not record in the studio again until 2002, from 1999 -2002 they played at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following year, they played with Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner at the Concert for George in honor of Petty's friend and former bandmate George Harrison.

    In 2002 they recorded my least favorite album, but generally liked by many others:D, The Last DJ...
    The Last DJ is possibly Petty's most anger fueled album, and it certainly shows on the lyrics.... some of them are more blunt than his usual crafty way of writing which I don't like, but I'll pick a few tracks anyways:heheh:
    My favorite is defintely Have Love WIll Travel, it has a bit of a country feel to it which gives it a very nice vibe... also Can't Stop The Sun
    Have Love Will Travel-Live On Leno


    The next album released in 2006 is excellent, he over redeemed himself for TLDJ, In July 2006 Highway Companion was released. It is a solo album from Petty, produced again by Jeff Lynne, himself, and Mike Campbell. I really like this album, it brought back all of the more positive energy I felt from his other solo records, and some of the Heartbreakers' energy as well, but once again showed Petty's writing can even evolve more, this album was a bit simplistic as some times, but seemed inspired and is a solid album front to back. My favorites from this one are Down South, Jack, and Big Weekend. The rest of the songs are certainly not far behind, but these three are so great.
    Thirty years later and still rocking, in Gainesville, where they started none the less.

    Jack
    Big Weekend
     
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    The heartbreakers toured very successfully from 2006 through 2008
    In 2006 they did a sort of Homecoming show for their 30th anniversary in Gainesville, Florida where they started.

    In 2008 Tom Petty and the rest of the guys from Mudcrutch got back together to record an album. This is honestly one of the best, most solid albums I've ever heard.
    Mudcrutch featured -
    Tom Petty - lead vocals, bass guitar
    Mike Campbell - lead guitar
    Tom Leadon - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
    Benmont Tench - keyboards, vocals
    Randall Marsh - drums
    They did a very small tour of California.
    I honestly can not pick a favorite song, I'll just post up what ever I find on youtube. I just can not express how much I love this album, it was the first album that every hit me this way when I got it when it came out. I've loved other albums before, and some left me with my jaw dropped, but this one was a massive slap in the face in the best way possible.......



    hmm.. not too much on youtube.. just check out the album, you won't regret it:D

    This brings us to the upcoming 2010 Album and tour. The Heartbreakers reunite, except for Stan Lynch, Steve Ferrone is still on drums. The album will be called Mojo, and Petty said it will be recorded live in the studio without overdubs(for the most part). It is going to be a bit more jam based and said the Allman Bros were an influence for this album. This is supposed to be released this coming spring. They go on tour of the US this summer, and I am seeing them July 24. I can't tell you how unbelievably f**king excited I am for this album and tour. The only track released so far is Good Enough. I like it, it is a bit more bluesy, once again showing Petty and the band's ability to evolve....


    Obviously the Heartbreakers are my favorite band... Number one by far, I told my story of finding them and all that crap, and they are one of the longest lasting bands, especially with the same line up aside from one member, I respect Petty and all the guys in and outside of the music world, Petty and Campbell have to be the longest lasting duo in music. almost 40 years of Petty's music and they are still going strong... Definitely one of the greatest American bands of all time.... time for all of you to chime in:grinthumb:cheers:
     
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    Wow! I think you covered Petty's whole career. Nothing more need be said except...Nice job!:grinthumb
     
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    thanks!
    I tried, I missed Live at the Plantation, but besides that I think I got everything... :heheh:
     
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    Good job Eberg!

    One thing I know for a fact is that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are still enormously popular out there in rock land!

    :pimp:
     
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    Great new track I would kill to see them live he is a legend, Wildflowers is a great album.
     
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    Eberg:

    Wow! I can't believe how much info you packed into your first three posts.

    :grinthumb
     
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    Runnin' Down A Dream, Wikipedia, and too much free time on my hands to read/watch over and over again:heheh:
     
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    Holy shit! :omg::bow:

    I mean I like Tom Petty to but what could I add to this? Seriously, what's left? :heheh: Amazing job man! :grinthumb

    Actually, Mary Janes Last Dance is a cool, fun track and vid!

    Mary Janes Last Dance
     

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