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"...Finding Out..." – Long After Dark by TOM PETTY and THE HEARTBREAKERS (2001 Universal/MCA 'HDCD' Remaster),
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Originally released in November 1982 on Vinyl and Cassette – Tom Petty's fifth studio album "Long After Dark" seemed to slip through the cracks. While it managed a top-ten placing Stateside - no one cared enough to notice in good old Blighty. You just don't see British vinyl originals of it that much - and the initial 1980's CD reissue (a non-remaster) disappeared off the shelves only a few years after it was released.
Which brings us to this fantastic sounding 2001 'HDCD' Remaster – a properly decent audio overhaul - but yet again - overlooked in his canon of consistently good releases. "Long After Dark" is a brilliant rock album with all the trademark Petty hooks and catchy choruses - tune after tune hitting you with their economy and brilliance. Deliver me indeed. Here are the details...
UK released March 2001 – "Long After Dark" by TOM PETTY and THE HEARTBREAKERS on MCA 112 446-2 (Barcode 008811244620) is a straightforward CD transfer of the album (36:24 minutes).
1. A One-Story Town
2. You Got Lucky
3. Deliver Me
4. Change Of Heart
5. Finding Out
6. We Stand A Chance [Side 2]
7. Straight Into Darkness
8. The Same Old You
9. Between Two Worlds
10. A Wasted Life
The album "Long After Dark" was released November 1982 in the USA on MCA/Backstreet Records BSR-5360 and in the UK on MCA Records MCL 1818. It peaked at No. 9 on the US LP charts and No. 45 in the UK.
The booklet is ok – reproducing the lyrics of the original vinyl album’s inner sleeve. The back inlay picture is different to the 80's issue but that’s about it. However – that’s offset by the gobsmacking audio...
Remastered by Joe Gastwirt at Ocean View Digital from the original analogue master tapes - the sound on this High Density Compact Digital’ reissue is just stupendous - clear, rockin' and ready to kick your stereo in the proverbials. Gastwirt has done a truly fantastic remaster job.
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty - "A One Story Town" opens proceedings with a tale of faraway feelings and nowhere city wrapped up in a driving set of riffs. The huge synth riff in "You Got Lucky" is so clear that it almost feels intrusive. But then we get one of those fabulous Petty rockers - "Deliver Me" - where he begs his girl to "...take this heart...and deliver me..." Another rocker follows - the faster "Finding Out" - a shockingly good headbanger that builds and builds (cracking harmony vocals). Side One ends on the clever voice-box guitar riff of "We Stand A Chance". Other winners include the deceptive "A Wasted Life" - a shuffler that gets its hooks into and stays there. Both "Change Of Heart" and "Straight Into Darkness" are the band firing on all sixes - brilliant Petty rockers with huge sound. No time for pretty as it ends another monster riff - the angry "The Same Old You".
I've always thought "Long After Dark" to be an absolute blinder of an album and not nearly as dated as so much Eighties cack is. And it's cheap too (use the Barcode provided above to get the right issue). You go Thomas...