9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Certain albums define their era and Tom Petty's third record, Damn the Torpedoes, released at the end of 1979, captures that timeless quality mainstream American rock delivered with deceptive ease at the turn of the decades. Like his contemporaries — Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Bob Seger — Petty employed a neo-classic brand of rock 'n' roll, a grand and dense guitar-organ-bass-drum approach that recalled The Byrds/ Stones/Dylan template of his youth. Producer Jimmy Iovine kept things sharp, bright, and modern, devoid of gimmicks and highlighting a tight, live feel that delivers pure sonic voodoo. The aching, chiming twelve-string guitars that coalesce at the chorus of "Here Comes My Girl," the crashing guitar-organ drama that pumps "Refugee" and "Even The Losers" and the staccato urgency of "Don't Do Me Like That" sound as fresh today as the day of their release. Torpedoes cemented Petty's status as a writer and singer of consequence and has provided him with tunes that became immediate permanent live staples.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Certain albums define their era and Tom Petty's third record, Damn the Torpedoes, released at the end of 1979, captures that timeless quality mainstream American rock delivered with deceptive ease at the turn of the decades. Like his contemporaries — Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Bob Seger — Petty employed a neo-classic brand of rock 'n' roll, a grand and dense guitar-organ-bass-drum approach that recalled The Byrds/ Stones/Dylan template of his youth. Producer Jimmy Iovine kept things sharp, bright, and modern, devoid of gimmicks and highlighting a tight, live feel that delivers pure sonic voodoo. The aching, chiming twelve-string guitars that coalesce at the chorus of "Here Comes My Girl," the crashing guitar-organ drama that pumps "Refugee" and "Even The Losers" and the staccato urgency of "Don't Do Me Like That" sound as fresh today as the day of their release. Torpedoes cemented Petty's status as a writer and singer of consequence and has provided him with tunes that became immediate permanent live staples.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings
DaBoss264 ,

Buy this, but...

11/10 would recommend. But if you're buying the whole album, consider an anthology instead.

BillLenz ,

Vintage Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Thinking about Tom Petty tonight, the awful news and the 8-tracks of this great album I wore out back in the day. Thanks Tom. RIP

Douglas in Denver ,

An excellent album full of classics

Sure, everyone knows the hits from this record, but to listen to the whole album as it was laid out is the real treat!

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