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Format: CD
Sku: 60467379
UPC: 008811240028
UPC 14: 00008811240028
Release Date: 3/20/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Waiting, The ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2. Woman In Love, A (It's Not Me) ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. Nightwatchman ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4. Something Big ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
5. Kings Road ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6. Letting You Go ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
7. Thing About You, A ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
8. Insider ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
9. Criminal Kind, The ~ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
10. You Still Can Change Your Mind ~ 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
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion); Sharon Ceylani (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote All songs written by Tom Petty except "A Woman In Love" and "You Can Still Change Your Mind" (Tom Petty/Mike Campbell).
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion).
Muze PNote
Muze PNote Recorded at Sound City and Cherokee, Van Nuys, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (OceanView Digital Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Nicks
Muze Guest Artist Donald "Duck" Dunn

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Fm
Muze Music Compilations Bella Donna
Muze Music Compilations Timespace-Best Of Stevie Nicks
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Bocephus Box Set (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 3
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Elizabethtown, Vol. 2
Muze Music Compilations Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks
Muze Music Compilations Crystal Visions: Very Best Of Stevie Nicks (CD/DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations American III: Solitary Man

Associated Artists and Works

Unchained ~ Cash, Johnny
Heartbreakers (Tom Petty) (The)
On, Pickin'
Pickin' On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/20/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1981
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1124002
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00008811240028

Professional Reviews

Q (8/01, p.154)
- 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'..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.8)
- Ranked #6 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"

Bio

Tom 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).

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