The Classic Midnight Album – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tonight (November 28) on the famous midnight classic album on Radio Nova, we’re playing the self-titled debut album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The album is presented in its entirety on vinyl without commercials or interruptions, courtesy of The Record Hub.

Formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was originally composed of singer and guitarist Tom Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, bassist Ron Blair, drummer Stan Lynch and keyboardist Benmont Tench.

Petty had signed to Shelter Records with his former band Mudcrutch. Breaking up this group even before recording an album, Petty kept her guitarist Campbell and enlisted the remaining trio to form a brand new group, also recruited by Shelter, who had great faith in Petty.

The Heartbreakers emerged with a unique sound, falling somewhere between the then established Southern Rock style and the emerging Heartland Rock movement. The brevity of the songs, many of them under three minutes, reflects the growing influence of punk at the time, as does Petty’s sullen vocal style on several tracks.

There is an eccentricity in the first album,Petty said in a biography. “It is unlike anything else from the time.

Shortly after their formation, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recorded their self-titled debut album. Petty claimed her goal for the recording was to capture the sound of “the kind of rock that came out of AM radio when every song was a new Creedence Clearwater Revival or a new Rolling Stones, and all you wanted was to turn it up.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers offers 10 tracks, arriving at a steady pace of 30 minutes. On the A side, Rockin ‘Around (with you); Breakdown; Hometown Blues; The savage, forever; and all that is rock ‘n roll. On the B side are strangers in the night; Dupe again (I don’t like him); Mysterious man; Luna; and American girl.

The album was released on November 9, 1976. With little support from radio stations and a poorly judged tour opening for KISS, the record struggled to find an audience in the United States.

Like so many artists, Petty and the Heartbreakers had to travel to foreign shores to gain acceptance. It was while touring the UK with Nils Lofgren that the band began to create a scene, with Anything That’s Rock ‘n Roll ranking number 36 in the UK when released as a single. The UK quickly embraced The Heartbreakers, which appeared on Top of the Pops and on the covers of NME, Melody Maker and Sounds.

It would take a year for the United States to catch up with Petty. In the summer of 1977, American Girl broke the UK Top 40, and although she was not on the charts in the United States, rock radio stations began to broadcast the song. Over the years it has become a staple of rock radio and is widely regarded as Petty’s flagship song. In 1978, Breakdown became an American Top 40 hit thanks to its appearance on the soundtrack of the cult film FM.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is now generally seen as a teaser of things to come for Petty and her band as they establish their distinctive sound. Ending with one of the greatest rock anthems ever recorded, it deserves classic album status, which is why we’re playing it in full at midnight tonight on Radio Nova.

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