Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Long After Dark (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 37:45 minutes | 824 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1981–82 at Record Plant, Wally Heider’s and Crystal, Hollywood, CA; Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA
Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.
The Heartbreakers’ fifth album was also the first to feature Howie Epstein on bass. This album was produced by Tom Petty and Jimmy Iovine and was recorded at four different studios: Record Plant in Hollywood, CA, Wally Heider’s in Hollywood, CA, Crystal in Hollywood, CA and Rumbo Studios in Canoga Park, CA. “You Got Lucky” and “Change of Heart” were released as singles.
Long After Dark is the fifth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the major MTV hit “You Got Lucky”, the album was also the first to feature the late Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein’s vocals are evident throughout the album, most notably on “Change of Heart”. From this point on Epstein’s vocals became an integral part of the Heartbreakers’ sound. In addition, it was the first Heartbreakers album to feature a real synthesizer on record.
There was a song recorded for this album called “Keeping Me Alive”, which Petty himself is very fond of but the producer, Jimmy Iovine, disliked. Petty has expressed that he feels the album would have turned out better if the song had been included on the album. “Keeping Me Alive” was eventually released on Petty’s 1995 box set compilation Playback.
Riding high on the back-to-back Top Five, platinum hits Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises, Tom Petty quickly returned to the studio to record the Heartbreakers’ fifth album, Long After Dark. Truth be told, there was about as long a gap between Dark and Promises as there was between Promises and Torpedoes, but there was a difference this time around — Petty & the Heartbreakers sounded tired. Even if there are a few new wave flourishes here and there, the band hasn’t really changed its style at all — it’s still Stonesy, Byrdsian heartland rock. As their first four albums illustrated, that isn’t a problem in itself, since they’ve found numerous variations within their signature sound, providing they have the right songs. Unfortunately, Petty had a dry spell on Long After Dark. With its swirling, minor key guitars, “You Got Lucky” is a classic and “Change of Heart” comes close to matching those peaks, but the remaining songs rarely rise above agreeable filler. Since the Heartbreakers are a very good band, it means the record sounds pretty good as it’s playing, but apart from those few highlights, nothing much is memorable once the album has finished. And coming on the heels of two excellent records, that’s quite a disappointment. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 A One Story Town 03:06
2 You Got Lucky 03:36
3 Deliver Me 03:28
4 Change Of Heart 03:18
5 Finding Out 03:36
6 We Stand A Chance 03:38
7 Straight Into Darkness 03:48
8 The Same Old You 03:30
9 Between Two Worlds 05:11
10 A Wasted Life 04:34
Tom Petty – lead vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, lead guitar on “We Stand a Chance”, Prophet 5 synthesizer
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar, organ on “We Stand a Chance”
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, synthesizer, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Jones – percussion
Ron Blair – bass guitar on “Between Two Worlds”
Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you’ll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did! —Ryan Ulyate, April 2014