20 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their third album, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers established themselves as one of the most important groups in ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. The songwriting was Petty at his finest and the band received a key production from Jimmy Iovine, who kept the band’s toughness while readying them for FM radio. “Refugee” is the stone classic, a song so perfect that it nearly throws the entire album off balance. Except the follow-ups are the jangle-jungle of “Here Comes My Girl,” the down-but-not-out anthem, “Even the Losers,” and the pithy, dance-between-the-raindrops quickstep of “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Album cuts such as “Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)” and “Louisiana Rain” add bench depth. Guitarist Mike Campbell and organist Benmont Tench proved to be top-flight rockers who would make any band formidable, but with Petty’s sneer leading the way, the Heartbreakers were set for the future.  The Deluxe Version includes live versions of “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Don’t Do Me Like That,” an early stripped-down version of “Refugee,” and two studio cuts, “Nowhere” and “Surrender,” recorded during the album’s sessions. Essential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their third album, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers established themselves as one of the most important groups in ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. The songwriting was Petty at his finest and the band received a key production from Jimmy Iovine, who kept the band’s toughness while readying them for FM radio. “Refugee” is the stone classic, a song so perfect that it nearly throws the entire album off balance. Except the follow-ups are the jangle-jungle of “Here Comes My Girl,” the down-but-not-out anthem, “Even the Losers,” and the pithy, dance-between-the-raindrops quickstep of “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Album cuts such as “Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)” and “Louisiana Rain” add bench depth. Guitarist Mike Campbell and organist Benmont Tench proved to be top-flight rockers who would make any band formidable, but with Petty’s sneer leading the way, the Heartbreakers were set for the future.  The Deluxe Version includes live versions of “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Don’t Do Me Like That,” an early stripped-down version of “Refugee,” and two studio cuts, “Nowhere” and “Surrender,” recorded during the album’s sessions. Essential.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

r-smith ,

Great music, bad packaging

First a review of the product: If you are like most fans, you have purchased this album at least twice, maybe three times, and already own the songs (LP, tape, CD). The main interest for most of us will be the songs we have not heard before, which one has to pay $14.99 to get. Because Tom Petty, in my opinion, is one of the best musicians in rock history, I purchase all of his music instead of downloading it or copying it for free. I would gladly pay the $4 to get the songs I don't already have, but I am going to take a pass on this one.

Now a review of the music: This album is perfect rock music. Power chords, catchy melodies, extremely talented musicians, and excellent writing all lead to an incredible listen. Eight of the nine songs could have been released as singles and been hits. Petty has never made a bad album (and he wouldn't) and he is more about the songs than the music, so it makes it difficult to assert this is his best album, but it has great music.

Bottom line: incredible music, bad packaging. Buy this album if you don't already own it, but find the bonus songs elsewhere.

Robo Spike ,

RIP Mr. Tom Petty

🎸Listened to this album back in my high school days while cruising the town. RIP Tom Petty you will be missed🎸

Kookieduck ,

Worth it.

Did you notice you get a LOT of extras? Great value! Thanks Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers! Y'all cut the price way back when on this album and caught a lot of flack for it. I bought then too. Thanks for putting your fans first. You won't regret buying this album.

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