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

41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Awesome. Just get the whole thing.

Ken Macy

This album is fantastic. An artist at the top of his game and knocks it out of the park on every song. "Refugee" punches you in the gut while "Here Comes My Gril" takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that ends on a high. Closing with a soulful "Louisiana Rain" this album is a must buy for any music fan of rock and roll. Get it, listen and love it. You won't regret it.

Brings back memories

KLWooster

Great album for sure. Worth every penny spent!

Intense Rock

Mike V. Spencer

This album haunted me for most of 1980. It came out in 1979, but I was slow to catch on to it. But when I bought the album on the strength of “Refugee,” I realized ever song was not only good, but intense. “Even the Losers,” Shadow of a Doubt,” and "Century City” were better hard rocking songs than anything else playing on the radio at the time, and there was some good music out there. The lyrics were catchy, the guitars incredible, the keyboards perfect, and the drums gave the songs even more energy. I would say there are about 5 albums (in my lifetime) in which every song was really good or great, and this is one of them.

About Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Beginning in 1976, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were one of America's finest rock & roll bands ever, combining the ringing guitars of the Byrds with the gritty rhythmic drive of the Rolling Stones. Petty's tales of American losers and dreamers were simple and direct, but emotionally charged. The Heartbreakers were a lean, tight band that could handle hard rock & roll and melodic pop equally well. The group gained critical attention and solid sales with their first album, but 1979's Damn the Torpedos was their commercial breakthrough, selling over two million copies; it couldn't have come at a better time, since Petty filed for bankruptcy before its release.

During the '80s, Petty sold consistently well, as he expanded his sound with the release of each album. In 1989, he released his first solo album, Full Moon Fever, which became his biggest hit yet. That momentum carried over into the next Heartbreakers release, 1991's Into the Great Wide Open, which went platinum. As they were preparing their next album, the group released a greatest-hits album in 1993 that contained the hit single "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Greatest Hits was the last album the group released on MCA Records. In 1994, Petty began a new contract with Warner Bros, releasing Wildflowers toward the end of that year; Wildflowers became another multi-platinum success for him. In 1995, MCA Records released a five-disc box set called Playback.

In the summer of 1996, Petty & the Heartbreakers released Songs and Music from She's the One. The Rick Rubin production Echo followed three years later. The year 2002 saw the release of The Last DJ, a scathing attack on the corporate greed inherent in the music business. It was followed in 2006 by a Petty solo album, Highway Companion. Another Heartbreakers album, Mojo, appeared on Reprise Records in 2010. Returning to their rehearsal space, The Clubhouse, in 2011, Petty & the Heartbreakers spent time demo'ing and recording what would become their 13th studio album. The harder, rockier Hypnotic Eye was released in July 2014, and became the first number one album in their career. On October 2, 2017, Petty was found at his home in cardiac arrest, and he died at a hospital in Santa Monica later that day. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
Gainesville, FL
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1975

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