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Damn the Torpedoes (album)

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Damn the Torpedoes
Damn the Torpedoes
LP & CD by Tom Petty
Released November, 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 36 min 35 s
Record label MCA
Producers Jimmy Iovine, Tom Petty
Professional reviews
RollingStone review 5/5 link (http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/cd/review.asp?aid=71242)
ARTISTdirect review 5/5 link (http://www.artistdirect.com/store/artist/album/0,,145897,00.html)
Tom Petty Chronology
You're Gonna Get It!
(1978)
Damn the Torpedoes
(1979)
Hard Promises
1981

Damn the Torpedoes is an album by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). The title is a reference to a famous quote by Admiral David Farragut. The album was recorded at Sound City in Van Nuys and Cherokee Studios in Hollywood.

This album, the band's third, was their first for MCA Records. Their old label, Shelter Records, had been sold to MCA; Petty struggled to legally detach himself from MCA, but in the end was forced to settle. Damn the Torpedoes ended up being the band's breakthrough hit, and includes many of their best reviewed songs and favorite concert standards today, including "Here Comes My Girl" and "A Shadow of Doubt (A Complex Kid)".

Damn the Torpedoes was a #2 hit on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

It is number 313 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Track listing

  1. "Refugee" (Campbell/Petty) - 3:22
  2. "Here Comes My Girl" (Campbell/Petty) - 4:26
  3. "Even the Losers" (Petty) - 4:00
  4. "Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)" (Petty) - 4:25
  5. "Century City" (Petty) - 3:45
  6. "Don't Do Me Like That" (Petty) - 2:44
  7. "You Tell Me" (Petty) - 4:34
  8. "What Are You Doin' in My Life?" (Petty) - 3:26
  9. "Louisiana Rain" (Petty) - 5:53

Personnel

  • Tom Petty - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Guitar (12 String)
  • Mike Campbell - Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Guitar (12 String), Slide Guitar
  • Benmont Tench - Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Ron Blair - Bass (Electric)
  • Stan Lynch - Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Greg Calbi - Mastering
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn - Bass
  • Joe Gastwirt - Remastering
  • Lynn Goldsmith - Photography
  • Shelly Yakus - Engineer
  • John Mathias - Assistant Engineer
  • Thom Panunzio - Assistant Engineer
  • Gray Russell - Assistant Engineer
  • Skip Saylor - Assistant Engineer
  • Tori Swenson - Assistant Engineer
  • Tommy Steele - Art Direction
  • Aaron Rapoport - Photography
  • Glen Christiansen - Photography (front cover)
  • Dennis Callaghan - Photography

Lyrics

Damn The Torpedoes Lyrics (http://home0.inet.tele.dk/smurf/petty/lyrics/tp3/lyrics1.html)

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