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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything That's Tom Petty's More Than Fine (By Me)!!!,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)This album is an absolute joy.
It's a great American rock album with beautifully constructed songs and a passionate vocal from Tom.
It runs in at a little over 1/2 an hour so it is slightly short by today's standards but the music therein is wonderful.
Before I mention the songs individually , I should say that there isn't the searing guitar overload of a live performance, in that the solos are short and not as stand-out in the mix.
Live, there was more emphasis on soloing but the songs are rock 'n' roll works of art and this is an album that you can't tire of.
Luna, a beautiful ballad, is my favourite song of the album and I would say that it is a unique song , part blues, part lullaby , with a beautiful organ melody that you'll never forget.
Uber-hit American Girl is a joy and the guitar solo at the end is a piece of magic, that wouldn't be out-of-place on a Be-Bop Deluxe track.
The Wild One Forever and Mystery Man are beautiful , gentle songs with melodies to die for.
Throw in Fooled Again, Breakdown and Strangered in the Night et.al. and you have one of the best albums ever made.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing debut album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Listen to "American Girl" or "The Wild One, Forever" and try to convince yourself this album came out at the start of the punk era. There's something other-worldly about Petty's keening voice, and Mike Campbell's frenetic guitar is right to the fore of what is a pretty stripped-down production, making the whole thing at least SOUND like a punk album at times. The chiming guitar riffs at the start of "American Girl" should be as recognizable as Jimi Hendrix's grunge lead-in to "Purple Haze", and tracks like "Breakdown" or "Anything that's Rock n Roll" are as good as anything Springsteen, Mellencamp, Seger or any other singer-songwriter type ever wrote. Petty got better and better over the next few years, and "Southern Accents" was probably his last truly great album. Here he's young, in your face, sneering, swaggering and making with some great songs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)This is the awe inspiring debut album from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and showed just how much raw talent they had, which thankfully they've been able to maintain to the present day. This album is relatively short but is perfectly formed. Songs like 'Breakdown' and 'American Girl' were destined to be instant classics and 'Fooled Again (I don't like it)' is one of my all time Petty favourites, the angst and sneering emotion in that song are just brilliant. This is an excellent place to start with Tom Petty and a superb album overall. One of those required albums for nearly all CD collections. WELL worth a buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have album.,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Really fabulous debut album, on which there is not a duff track anywhere in sight. None of the available TP compilations can do it justice, because every track is a killer. The one criticism which can be levelled at this album, especially in the cd era, is the extremely short running time. This one clocks in at about only thirty minutes. But what a glorious thirty-minute slice of late seventies American rock. Indispensable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit dissapointed with some of the tracks,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Some of the new tracks I have not heard before didn't knock me out. Hopefully they will grow on me. Good to hear the old favourites tho.
4.0 out of 5 stars my kind of music,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)another band from my younger days and happy to be able to get this music on cd now to replace vinyl
5.0 out of 5 stars tom petty & the heartbreakers,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MP3 Download)a brilliant album , just needed it in mp3 format , as my original vynal is now in storage , if you have never heard of them give it a go , for young and older generation as i am that can remember the original well worth a listen .
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Fantastic album, loved it as a student in 1976, love it more now!! Makes me sing & dance every time - brilliant tracks all written by Tom. Grace Jones recorded "Breakdown" many years later but it never captured the feeling!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition,
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Terrific album. I'm someone who grew up hearing Tom Petty a fair bit without owning the music. I'm now going back into the catalogue. Love American Girl, great song to finish on. This man is the epitome of unassuming cool.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest half-hour,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Audio CD)Stripped back to the bones, this is still Petty's best effort to date. Nearly thirty years on and it still sounds as fresh as the day I bought it on vinyl.
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