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...
'Long After Dark' is an often overlooked album by Tom Petty and yet it has some particularly good tracks on it. The steady keyboard beat of 'You Got Lucky' drives the song along and it has some of the best Petty lyrics of this era. 'Straight Into Darkness' is one of my Petty favourites and sits perfectly in the middle of this album. This album doesn't have the blatant rock n roll fun of his first album, the fire and power of 'Damn The Torpedoes' or the exuberance of 'Full Moon fever', yet it has a solid sound and feel to it that makes it stand out in it's own right. Not my first Petty choice or recommendation, but a great album never the less.
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After reading a few scathing reviews, I decided to find out for myself what Long After Dark was all about. I was very surprised listening to this. Yeah, Granted, Petty's songwriting isn't the strongest here but just about every track is great sounding and very well produced, mostly thanks i think, to the band being a bit older and Jimmy Iovine at the desk. Standout tracks are: You Got Lucky, Deliver Me and Straight Into Darkness. Suck it and see people. Arrived quickly and with no problems. Cheers seller.
Recent Tom Petty has been disappointing frankly, as so much of his output in recent years. This takes you right back to what made him brilliant in the first place - not a Dylan flunkie, but a great tight band with seriously good material and some sharp lyrics. Some iconic stuff here - You Got Lucky, Change of Heart, The Same Old You - but dive into Staight Into Darkness 'There was a moment when I really loved her, then one day the feeling just died - we went straight into darkness, straight into night....'
I bought this after watching a tv special about petty just for completism really and boy what a little gem it is . Very good remaster with real heavy arrangements from the band .This to me stands alongside any of Pettys albums old or new and is a good end to the first period of his career pre Jeff lynne and George Harrison making him into an ELO Beatle bodge up.Which was ok but this is much better.Dont hesitate download now and enjoy .
Another great album from Tom Petty, really am enjoying listening to it. Not my favourite, but still a great album. You don't see a great selection of his albums in the shops, so thanks to Amazon I'm gradually topping up my CD rack.
All Petty's albums are good - some, like 'Damn the Torpedoes' and 'Wildflowers' among others, exceptionally so. This one is often overlooked, and in all fairness there is nothing particularly ground-breaking here, nor are there any real classics. However, musically and lyrically it is a good, solid, consistent album and one I listen to often. Petty, Campbell, Tench etc, do what they do, and as always with this band, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (which are in themselves never less than good!). Personal favourite tracks are 'Change of Heart', 'Finding Out' and 'The Same Old You', but I like the others too. Definitely deserves a place in any Petty collection!