Hard Promises (1981)
|Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers|
|Released in 1981, Hard Promises features Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at their finest, with the songs "The Waiting," "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)," and "Nightwatchman."|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano); Mike Campbell (guitar, autoharp, accordion, harmonium, bass); Benmont Tench (organ, piano, vocals); Ron Blair (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, vocals).|
|Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion); Sharon Ceylani (background vocals).|
|Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.|
|All songs written by Tom Petty except "A Woman In Love" and "You Can Still Change Your Mind" (Tom Petty/Mike Campbell).|
|Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano, bass); Benmont Tench (vocals, piano, organ); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums); Mike Campbell (guitar, auto-harp, accordion, harmonium, bass); Ron Blair (bass).|
|Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion).|
|Recorded at Sound City and Cherokee, Van Nuys, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.|
|Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (OceanView Digital Mastering, Los Angeles, California).|
|This is where Petty's Dylan influence begins to rear its head. He made his name as an all-American, Byrds-inspired rock & roller, but on HARD PROMISES Petty began to explore a more reflective style, leaning on the softer side of his folk-rock roots. This is no NEBRASKA-there are plenty of spirited rockers and classy pop tunes-but Petty does sound like he's been spending some time with BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME. There are sharply observed character studies of hard-luck and no-luck guys ("Something Big," "Nightwatchman"), urgent power-pop declarations of romantic desperation ("A Thing About You") and even some light-hearted socio-cultural observations ("King's Road"). HARD PROMISES is Petty's first step towards the eclecticism that would mark his later work, and it's easily his most underrated album.|
Producer: Tom Petty; Jimmy Iovine
Engineer: Shelly Yakus
|Donald "Duck" Dunn|
Associated Artists and Works
|Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny|
|Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)|
|Release Date : 03/20/2001|
|Original Release Date : 1981|
|Catalog ID : 1124002|
|Label : MCA (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : AAD|
|UPC : 00008811240028|
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...A sourer world-view had crept in, and 'King's Road' finds him confused by the fashion sense of the Brits and being sold drugs by a 'Pakistani man'..."
- Ranked #6 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
BioTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Not many artists can match Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' long record of commercial success along with a simultaneous period of creative growth and critical acclaim.
In April 1996, Petty received UCLA's George & Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement. Previous recipients of the university's award include Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. Petty was the first artist of the rock era to earn this distinction. "I may not own any George and Ira Gershwin records," said Petty at the ceremony, "but I'm honored to be here and I want to thank my fans for showing up at my concerts from time to time."
In 1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received their own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, an honor that acknowledges both their musical achievements and their humanitarian involvement with such organizations as Greenpeace, the National Veteran's Foundation, USA Harvest, Rock & Wrap It Up, and AmFAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research).
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers--hailing from Gainesville, Florida before officially forming in Los Angeles--kicked the musical doldrums of the mid-'70s in the face with their 1976 self-titled debut album. It featured a stripped-down-but-accomplished brand of rock that blended jumpy rhythm & blues rhythms, ringing guitars and keyboards, over which Petty grabbed listeners by their throats with his disarmingly blunt lyrics and extremely direct vocal style. Still, it took America a full year to catch up to the album.
1978's follow up, You're Gonna Get It!, proved the debut album's intensity was no fluke. Marking the band's first gold album, it featured the singles "Listen to Her Heart" and "I Need to Know." Success followed success (including Tom's debut solo album and his appearances as a member of The Traveling Wilbury's, as well as more hits with The Heartbreakers).