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Hard Promises

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

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Damn the Torpedoes wasn't simply a culmination of Tom Petty's art; it happened to be a huge success, enabling him to call the shots on its successor, Hard Promises. Infamously, he used his first album as a star to challenge the record industry's practice of charging more for A-list artists, demanding that Hard Promises should be listed for less than most records by an artist of his stature, but if that was the only thing notable about the album, it would have disappeared like Long After Dark. Instead, it offered a reaffirmation that Damn the Torpedoes wasn't a fluke. There's not much new on the surface, since it continues the sound of its predecessor, but it's filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound. The opener, "The Waiting," became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)," "Nightwatchman," "Kings Road," "Insider," and "The Criminal Kind," album tracks that would become fan favorites. If Hard Promises doesn't have the sweep of Damn the Torpedoes, that's because its predecessor was blessed with good timing and an unusually strong set of songs. Hard Promises isn't quite so epochal, yet it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Waiting
00:03:58

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

2
A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)
00:04:21

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

3
Nightwatchman (Album Version)
00:04:00

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

4
Something Big
00:04:43

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

5
Kings Road (Album Version)
00:03:23

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

6
Letting You Go (Album Version)
00:03:23

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

7
A Thing About You (Album Version)
00:03:31

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

8
Insider (Album Version)
00:04:22

Stevie Nicks, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

9
The Criminal Kind (Album Version)
00:03:58

Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

10
You Can Still Change Your Mind (Album Version)
00:04:16

Stevie Nicks, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Gilderman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Yakus, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, MainArtist - Tori Swenson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1981 Geffen Records

Album Description

Damn the Torpedoes wasn't simply a culmination of Tom Petty's art; it happened to be a huge success, enabling him to call the shots on its successor, Hard Promises. Infamously, he used his first album as a star to challenge the record industry's practice of charging more for A-list artists, demanding that Hard Promises should be listed for less than most records by an artist of his stature, but if that was the only thing notable about the album, it would have disappeared like Long After Dark. Instead, it offered a reaffirmation that Damn the Torpedoes wasn't a fluke. There's not much new on the surface, since it continues the sound of its predecessor, but it's filled with great songwriting, something that's as difficult to achieve as a distinctive sound. The opener, "The Waiting," became the best-known song on the record, but there's no discounting "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)," "Nightwatchman," "Kings Road," "Insider," and "The Criminal Kind," album tracks that would become fan favorites. If Hard Promises doesn't have the sweep of Damn the Torpedoes, that's because its predecessor was blessed with good timing and an unusually strong set of songs. Hard Promises isn't quite so epochal, yet it has a tremendous set of songs and a unified sound that makes it one of Petty's finest records.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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