Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California. Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States.
Playback is a box set compilation by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1995. It contains popular album tracks, B-sides, previously unreleased outtakes, and early songs by Petty's previous band Mudcrutch. A companion VHS home video, later released on DVD, was also released, featuring the band's most popular music videos to date. Disc one: The Big Jangle. Disc two: Spoiled & Mistreated. Disc three: Good Booty.
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A track from the first Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers album, "American Girl" was never a hit, but it became one of their most popular songs. Part of its lasting appeal is its intrigue, as it is the subject of an urban myth that reads as follows: The University of Florida is located in Petty's hometown of Gainesville, Florida. A dorm at the school, Beatty Towers, provided the backdrop to a popular urban legend at UF as well as the story behind this song. Mike Campbell has been The Heartbreakers' guitarist since they formed the band. Here's what he told us about this song: "We used to have people come up to us and tell us they thought it was about suicide because of the one line about 'if she had to die,' but what they didn't get was, the whole line is 'if she had to die trying.
Now, the albums that launched Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' evergreen career are finding new life at Warner Bros. digitally remastered to sound better than ever and updated packaging. The follow-up, YOU'RE GONNA GET IT!, contained two more hits, "I Need To Know," and "Listen To Her Heart. Excellent debut album from a man who has become one of rock's elder statesmen. Featuring two of his classic songs ("Breakdown" and "American Girl") and some great album tracks ("Anything That's Rock N Roll is FIne", "Strangered in the NIght", "Hometown Blues" and "The Wild One, Forever"), it packs a good amount of rock in just a half'-hour. Very essential and highly recommended.
This Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. Tracks: Mystery Man, American Girl, Anything That’s Rock ’n’ Roll, Rockin’ Around (With You), Strangered in the Night, Breakdown, Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It), The Wild One, Forever, Luna, Hometown Blues. Length (mins): 00:30:53. Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll, Heartland rock.
At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' debut was released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk. Petty & the Heartbreakers feel underground on this album, at least to the extent that power pop was underground in 1976; with Dwight Twilley providing backing vocals for "Strangered in the Night," the similarities between the two bands (adherence to pop hooks and melodies, love of guitars) become apparent. Petty wound up eclipsing Twilley because he rocked harder, something that's evident throughout this record
In retrospect, the week Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' eponymous album hit shelves was a rather prestigious one. Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" topped the singles chart and Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder was the top album. But unfortunately what that meant for a Byrds-inspired bit of all- American rock was a lukewarm reception. A whirlwind tour followed, which provided the damage control Petty and his group needed, but widespread success was still three years away. After the "Mystery Man" air Petty cultivated on the Heartbreakers' debut album, his sophomore effort You're Gonna Get It! was a bit more straightforward. As Rolling Stone put it at the time, "On You're Gonna Get It!, Petty has shed some-but not all-of his cloaks. But the magazine also admitted the album maintained the close-to-the-vest romanticism of his debut.