michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS

In album review on 11/24/2010 at 3:18 pm

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS

Damn the Torpedoes: Deluxe Edition

(Backstreet/Geffen/UMe)

Petty’s best album celebrates its 31st anniversary with an expanded version that adds an extra disc filled with nine songs from the era. The live cuts and alternate takes don’t offer much, but the studio outtakes and B-sides aren’t bad (particularly the slow-burning “Casa Dega”). But it’s the original 1979 album that holds up after all these years. Surprisingly, very little of it sounds like filler. You know “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That,” but “Shadow Of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)” and “Louisiana Rain” are two of Petty’s best songs, showing off his versatility with splashes of  pop and twang.

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