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Hard Promises CD by Tom Petty 1Disc
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Album: Hard Promises CD by Tom Petty 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Waiting More Info... 3:58
2)    A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) More Info... 4:22
3)    Nightwatchman More Info... 4:00
4)    Something Big More Info... 4:44
5)    Kings Road More Info... 3:26
6)    Letting You Go More Info... 3:25
7)    A Thing About You More Info... 3:32
8)    Insider More Info... 4:23
9)    The Criminal Kind More Info... 4:00
10)    You Can Still Change Your Mind More Info... 4:16
 

Album: Hard Promises CD by Tom Petty 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Waiting More Info... 3:58
2)    A Woman In Love (It's Not Me) More Info... 4:22
3)    Nightwatchman More Info... 4:00
4)    Something Big More Info... 4:44
5)    Kings Road More Info... 3:26
6)    Letting You Go More Info... 3:25
7)    A Thing About You More Info... 3:32
8)    Insider More Info... 4:23
9)    The Criminal Kind More Info... 4:00
10)    You Can Still Change Your Mind More Info... 4:16
 
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  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano); Mike Campbell (guitar, autoharp, accordion, harmonium, bass); Benmont Tench (organ, piano, vocals); Ron Blair (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion); Sharon Ceylani (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.
  • All songs written by Tom Petty except "A Woman In Love" and "You Can Still Change Your Mind" (Tom Petty/Mike Campbell).
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano, bass); Benmont Tench (vocals, piano, organ); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums); Mike Campbell (guitar, auto-harp, accordion, harmonium, bass); Ron Blair (bass).
  • Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion).
  • Recorded at Sound City and Cherokee, Van Nuys, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.
  • Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (OceanView Digital Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
  • This is where Petty's Dylan influence begins to rear its head. He made his name as an all-American, Byrds-inspired rock & roller, but on HARD PROMISES Petty began to explore a more reflective style, leaning on the softer side of his folk-rock roots. This is no NEBRASKA-there are plenty of spirited rockers and classy pop tunes-but Petty does sound like he's been spending some time with BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME. There are sharply observed character studies of hard-luck and no-luck guys ("Something Big," "Nightwatchman"), urgent power-pop declarations of romantic desperation ("A Thing About You") and even some light-hearted socio-cultural observations ("King's Road"). HARD PROMISES is Petty's first step towards the eclecticism that would mark his later work, and it's easily his most underrated album.
Professional Reviews
Q (8/01, p.154) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A sourer world-view had crept in, and 'King's Road' finds him confused by the fashion sense of the Brits and being sold drugs by a 'Pakistani man'..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.8) - Ranked #6 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
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