Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (1976)
I can’t remember when I first heard this album – I was already a convert, sold on Damn The Torpedoes and that live album, Pack Up The Plantation. And then everything on from there. So I arrived back at this debut some time after, around the time I noticed that it’s really easy to find all the early Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers records in New Zealand. Second-hand. Not quite as easy as it is with, say, Joan Armatrating records or that bog-standard Neil Diamond compilation that is in every single store. Ever. But – damn close all the same. So I picked up all the Tom Petty records – and it’s nice to have them all. Because he didn’t really put a foot wrong across the 1970s/1980s and on into the 1990s…but those early records particularly, there’s the sound of the band evolving. I remember being disappointed at first by this – because that live version of Breakdown from many years later is so fuckin’ killer; so I was a bit underwhelmed at the original. I’m sadder still by the fact that one of my friends refuses to hear Tom Petty in a positive light; reckons she can’t. Says she just hears him and hates him – for everything around the music as I understand it, and perhaps for some of the music. That makes me sad. I think Tom Petty is fuckin’ aces. All the way.
Sample Track: Rockin’ Around (With You)
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