Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Released March 1985
Genre Rock
Price 9.99 USD
Length 39:54
Number of discs 1
Label MCA Records


The Billboard Review
Originally reviewed for week ending 3/30/85

While both Randy Newman and the Band have articulated Southern archetypes with greater passion and eloquence on "Good Ol' Boys" and "The Band" respectively, Tom Petty makes a convincing and moving stab at doing the same on this nine-song package. Displaying a wide range of styles heightened by the large production team (which includes work from Robbie Robertson and Eurhythmics' Dave Stewart in addition to Petty, Mike Campbell and Jimmy Iovine), Petty moves easily from quirky character sketches ("Spike") to tributes to the Stax sound ("Make It Better") to sweeping narrative ballads and chicken-pickin' Dixie-tinged funk. A certain amount of stylistic and sonic continuity seems to have been sacrificed through an excess of chefs in the kitchen, but the choice of producers is inspired in at least one case; Robertson's masterful work on "The Best Of Everything," with ex-Band members Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, provides the perfect coda.

Released: March 26, 1985

Certified Gold: May 24, 1985
Certified Platinum: September 20, 1985

Chart Info

Album spent 32 weeks on the Billboard 200. Hit #7 - May, 11 1985. #38 Top Pop Albums 1985.

Producer(s): Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Campbell, David Stewart, Robbie Robertson

Additional Information:

Album was released in U.S. on vinyl and cassette.
May, 1981 Album was released in the U.K.
1985 Album was released in U.S. on CD on MCA Records label.
1990 Album was released on 24 kt Gold Plated CD (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab).


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