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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (album) by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)
Overall rank: 2,230th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 173 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1976 (40th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (452nd)
Award Best albums of all time (2,230th)

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers is ranked 2nd best out of 25 albums by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is Damn The Torpedoes which is ranked number 690 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,690.

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Rating:  
80/100
Just a great classic rock record with a great mix of new and old. I'm fascinated to learn that critics didn't really know where to place Tom Petty when he first hit the scene. Their debut is a consistently solid and confident one. There were plenty of hits yet to come.

Key Tracks: Fooled Again, American Girl, Wild One Forever and Hometown Blues
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85/100
American Girl, Breakdown and the underrated Fooled Again are great tracks, the others are all good. One of the great debut albums.
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Rating:  
80/100
This entire LP is good and consistent without a single bad track, very deserving of a strong 7/10. But then the final song plays, "American Girl" is enough to give this album an solid 8/10. It is, in my opinion, the perfect song. Listen to this album, you won't regret it.
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Rating:  
80/100
One of the truly great track one side one debut album tracks ever
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85/100
Il primo disco omonimo di Tom Petty con gli Heartbreakers ( da sempre molto più che un gruppo spalla… ) è sempre stato il mio preferito della sua discografia, pur essendo un disco imperfetto o forse proprio per quello. Un disco di mezz'ora dove non toglieresti né aggiungeresti niente, come si faceva una volta. Spiccano la ballata "Luna" e due pezzi da novanta come "Breakdown" e "American girl".
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75/100
Given that it's a debut album, the classics are stunning. But there's a reason you don't know the rest of the album.
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Rating:  
95/100
From Tilly
THE OTHER ANGRY YOUNG MAN

So many bangers. Could slum it with the punks, drink with the rednecks, smoke with the hippies, and get deep in conversation with the folkies, often all at once. A natural pop songwriter in the truest sense, his ability to knock out a seemingly effortless three-minute wonder was almost unrivaled, and didn't desert him for a good two decades, from the mid-'70s to the mid-'90s (and possibly later, though I'm unfamiliar with his more recent stuff). I'm a relatively late convert, and I definitely get the sense that his music spoke more openly to Americans than it did Europeans, but it's no less devastating. - The Immortal Skinny

Some friends of mine and me stayed up all through the night
Rockin' pretty steady till the sky went light
And didn't go to bed
Didn't go to work
I picked up the telephone
Told the boss he was a jerk (Anything’s That Rock n' Roll)

The rock critics called them the three angry young men - Costello, Jackson, and… and…. you know… that other guy. But, to me their were only two that mattered - Elvis Costello and Tom Petty. Petty & his Heartbreakers were the American answer to England Pub Rock. Taking the torch from The legendary Flamin’ Groovies and bringing fun, fresh fireworks back to rock in the good ol’ USA.

But Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers weren't just some retro revivalists. They took rock BOTH forward & backward at the same time. Often in the very same song. Taking rock back to its primal, ass kicking basics, but adding a freshness and punch that just wasn’t there before. More snotty. More keyboards.. And way more vocal tics & idiosyncrasies. The hallmarks of New Wave are all over this album, and it could easily be proffered up as the FIRST New Wave classic. Hell, on some songs, such as Luna, they really weren’t that far from what Ric Ocasek would achieve with The Cars debut (easily one of the greatest New Wave albums of all time).

Tom Petty nowadays has the rep of being a retro artist, but his early records were clearly pointing mostly in one direction - the future.

Grade: A. Interestingly, if Petty had only made this debut, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers would probably have been considered a a New Wave pioneer - packaged on one of those Rhino CD collections of 70s New Wave nuggets. It just so happened that Petty had other ideas.

A-side: My only gripe with this album is that it’s pretty obvious that American Girl was tacked on at the end as “the single..” It just doesn’t flow from the preceding track, Luna. Talk about minor quibbles. In other words, this album is fantastic. Especially considering American Girl is one of the best Rock n’ Roll singles of the 70s.
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Rating:  
75/100
Tom Petty's debut album is full of enjoyable unpretentious rock'n'roll. Featuring some good songs; breakdown, and, anything that's rock'n'roll, are fine, but without doubt the best track is the superb, American girl, still Petty's best song in my opinion. Petty would go on to make better albums(Damn the torpedoes, being his best), but this is one of his most enjoyable. A good start to a great career.
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Rating:  
70/100
So earnest, so honest. It's a little raw, but the talent is there.
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85/100
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Solid debut album from an enduring band. American Girl and Breakdown are all time classics. The rest is solid too.
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