Hard Promises

Hard Promises

by Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersTom Petty & 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811240028
catalogNumber: 112400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Stevie Nicks   Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Tom Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mike Campbell   Guitar,Harmonica,Accordion,Autoharp,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Ron Blair   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Sharon Celani   Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Phil Jones   Percussion
Stan Lynch   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Alan Weidel   Piano
Phil & Debi Jones   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Producer
Benmont Tench   Collage
Joel Bernstein   Collage,Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Henry Diltz   Collage
Lynn Goldsmith   Collage
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction,Cover Design
Christine Cano   Repackaging
Dennis Callahan   Collage

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