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  • Audio CD (4 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00005ABKC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Damn the Torpedoes wasn't simply a culmination of Tom Petty's art; it happened to be a huge success, enabling him to call the shots on its successor, Hard Promises. Infamously, he used his first album as a star to challenge the record industry's practice of charging more for A-list artists, demanding that Hard Promises should be listed for less than most records by an artist of his stature, but if that was the only thing notable about the album, it would have disappeared like Long After Dark. Instead, it offered a reaffirmation that Damn the Torpedoes wasn't a fluke. There's not much new on the surface, since it continues the sound of its predecessor, but it's filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound. The opener, "The Waiting," became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)," "Nightwatchman," "Kings Road," "Insider," and "The Criminal Kind," album tracks that would become fan favorites. If Hard Promises doesn't have the sweep of Damn the Torpedoes, that's because its predecessor was blessed with good timing and an unusually strong set of songs. Hard Promises isn't quite so epochal, yet it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records.

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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2008
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'Hard Promises' is one of Pettys most underrated albums. It is often overlooked in favour of his earlier work or his mega successful later output, but this album has it's own sound and some great tracks. 'Waiting' is one of the most well known from this album and it really is an amazing track, but tracks like 'Woman in Love (it's not me)' are just as powerful and the lyrics of this particular track are just awesome. The Stevie Nicks duet 'Insider' is a brilliant listen and sits perfectly in the middle of this album. This isn't always the first album I go to when I want a hit of Petty, but at the right time and place it is just superb to put on and soak up. Worth a listen, not essential Petty, but definitely one to add to your collection as you're finding those last gems.

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The track 'Insider' with Stevie Nicks alone makes this album worth buying.
Quite defiant in tone TP's lyrics cover people on the edge of life, love and loneliness but without getting maudlin about it. A good slam the door on the world and crank up the volume album with a satisfying beat.
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I bought this for my hubby as a he already had this on LP and he was playing it one night and said he wouldn't mind getting it on CD. He was delighted when he recieved it. I would definately recommend to anyone.
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A great early album from Tom Petty, THE WAITING is superb, nice to hear Stevie Nicks joining in. Well worth a listen, a MUST for any T. P. fan.
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A great album, with music that is melodic and often moody in a rock sense. Petty is great again on this definitive collection of his songs!
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Replacing old vinyl. Still stands up well. A good Rock album by one of the best rock bands ever. Brilliant
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Perfection. I brought this album on vinyl back in the 80's when it 1st came out. Needless to say my lp is worn out so the cd is a perfect format to replace it on.
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