Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976, by Shelter Records. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California.Wikipedia
Not particularly exciting. Definitely listenable, but pretty forgettable rock that doesn't feel like it pushes the boundaries of what I'm now used to.
I once met Tom Petty (without The Heartbreakers) in a greasey spoon just off Camden highstreet. He was tucking into a full English and unbeknown to him got a bit of egg was stuck on his face for about 35 mins. I smugly waited until I had finished my mug of coffee, stood up and announced to everyone in earshot that Tom Petty was an egg-faced sausage-lover and ran out. I watched from the window as he wiped the egg from his embarrassed red face and as he did I banged on the window and let out a fart so thunderous that the single glazed window shuddered. He looked on in horror. What a fuckin' loser Tom Petty was that day.
For a debut, it's not bad but there sure is a whole lot of Springsteen-esque garbage in here. Not enough to tank the album but enough to take the score down significantly. I'm really glad Petty and his boys figured out their own thing and got better from here. "Breakdown" and "American Girl" are both great tracks, though.
Pretty good, little blah through the middle. Like Breakdown.
Sometimes a debut sounds like a debut. Full of promise with flashes of genius. Whilst there are quite a few tracks on here that are forgettable run of the mill rock n roll songs, the great tracks (Breakdown, Strangered in the Night, and American girl elevate this to well above average album. 4/5
Cet album V pour Vendetta ne m'a fait ni chaud ni froid. Je trouve neammoins très sympa l'annonce d'une nouvelle saison de la Ferme Célébrité en fin d'album.
Qui aurait cru que Mickaël Vendetta avait sorti des albums de rock avec les Heartbreakers ? Certainement pas moi. Et pourtant j'ai beaucoup apprécié, tout au long de l'album, les nombreux moments où David Charvet lui demande d'arrêter de l'importuner ainsi que ceux au cours desquels Francky Vincent tente de le canaliser sous l'œil attentif de Greg le Millionnaire.
Surprisingly average. The known songs are absolute classics but the remainder of the album is just filler. Would never put on to listen to full album. 3/5
One of the most unhateable figures of classic rock and I love him. The only good thing to come out of Gainesville FL
Steady from beginning to end, definitely loved the back half of the album with Mystery man and Luna being favorites.
Nearly perfect, and breakdown and American girl are huge. American girl is one of the best songs of all time. But the rest of the album hasn’t lasted in perpetuity in the same way.
Tom finding his own voice. Great heartland album, closer to Springsteen than what Tom was to later become. Great rock album.
It’s one of those LPs that just seems pure and uncomplicated. Really loved this record. (8/10) Favourite Tracks: Breakdown, Hometown Blues, American Girl
Saw the Heartbreakers at Leeds University - touring this album. Fan ever since.
OK so under no pretences, this is a very straightforward rock and roll album. Petty and his band aren't aiming to re-invent the wheel here, but try and escape the positive energy, the enjoyment and enthusiasm that seems to spill over from these songs. One of the records greatest strengths is its pacing- none of it outstays its welcome. The songs are incredibly lean, straight to the point and the whole thing is over in 30 minutes. Finishing with "American Girl" is a masterstroke, because it immediately redeems the record's most forgettable tracks ("Mystery Man", "Luna") which come directly before it. It meant that when the album ended, all it left in its wake was me still tapping along, humming that irresistible refrain, salivating over playing it again. Of course that's the highlight, but I also found a lot to love in the forward propulsion of "Rockin' Around (With You)", those harmonies in "Hometown Blues", and the chugging guitars and chorus melody in "Anything That's Rock n Roll." An immensely enjoyable, tight album.
Hahaha he looks like such a dickhead. If it was a snooker player, it'd be Paul Hunter (RIP).
I'm a fan of Tom Petty's brand of no-frills heartland rockers, but there aren't too many bangers on here, except for the grand daddy of all Petty bangers at the end. And maybe Breakdown.
It's fine, but it's not Damn the Torpedoes.
Not really my cup of tea
Not terrible, I just don’t think I’m ever gonna be a Tom Petty fan. 4/10
On 'Fooled Again', Petty sounds like he's doing an impression of Keith Richards doing an impression of Mick Jagger. The rest of the album is similarly ersatz, or nostalgic, depending on how amenable you are to watered down r'n'r.
I ruddy love Tom Petty, he's wonderful. This is a fantastic album with some of his best.
Perfect in its simplicity
R.I.P. Great album
I'm now listening to the debut album of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from the year 1976. All I can think is how much I miss Tom Petty and everything about him. I'm not sure I can ever get tired of listening to Tom Petty. The songs sound fresh and it's a joy to hear these legendary hit songs within the context of the album as a whole. Listening to his voice, it's unique and I'm wondering how in the world it should work. I don't know what I'm trying to say. Sometimes you can look at something on paper and wonder how it could possibly work in real life. If I was building a rock star out of clay, I feel like I would end up with something very far away from Tom Petty. It doesn't make any sense the more I think about it. But it's all here to start in the first album. I'm enjoying this immensely. As we all know Tom became a legend, and one of the greatest rock musicians ever, he looms large even though he has passed. It's very simple and awesome. I'm very fucking excited to hear American Girl in it's original context at the end of the album.
Feel good tunes!!!
LOVE THIS ALBUM!! And the reminder to listen to more tom petty :-)
I. Love. Tom. Petty.
TP and the Hb will never not be great.
A fantastic album can’t believe I’ve never heard it before.
Love Tom petty and the heartbreakers! love american girl! and breakdown!
I was surprised by how much I liked this. Only knew a few of his songs before but I keep replaying this album.
what an album, a stone cold classic
I've got plenty of Tom Patty's songs in a playllist, but ive never ever listen to whole album
Ah. A classic. And I know it's basic to say American Girl is my favorite track, but it is. My only gripe is that the album is so short. Easily could have listened to Tom Petty for another half hour.
I enjoyed every single song on the album, but none of them are giving me strong emotions just yet. I don't think this will ever reach 5 territory, but it is so solid I can't give it anything below a 4.
Outstanding first album!
Sensational 70’s guitar rock. 5 stars
this is SO GOOD...please break my heart tom petty
The frickin' best
good solid album, history to the ears
This is an American classic from a man who is an American classic. What a debut album for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers… What can I say. This is one of the great rock records of the 70s. Fantastic!
I never think of Tom Petty. I don't dislike him but I never feel the need to listen to a whole album. Seems I've been depriving myself. I knew the singles Breakdown and American Girl (the latter of which I love...except when I'm driving alone at night and it comes on the radio and I start to sing along and then I realize I've seen someone sing along to this song driving alone at night and I don't want to put the lotion in the basket and so I turn it off real quick) but I didn't know any of the others. From the first drum beat, I loved this great mix of songs. And at a scant 30 minutes, this album goes down super easy and is never boring.
I generally like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but I didn’t know that I would love this album. So good, track after track!!
When I was growing up I thought of Tom Petty as an old guy that got played on the classic rock stations with sleepy tunes like "Free Fallin" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance." But I'll be damned if these aren't bangers. My mind has been slowly changing about him over the years, and this album solidifies my fandom - I feel like I finally "get it." My favorite is probably "American Girl," that song is addicting.
a really great album. it has what a call a southern USA rock sound
I already know 5 and it's a damn shame this is his only entry on this list
Always love Tom! This is perhaps one of his best albums!
Good stuff. Petty is a legend.
Very good classic rock
Love love love it. All I need to say.
Brilliant, hard to believe it was their first album - it sounds so focused and complete. Breakdown and American Girl are stand outs, but it is all great!
It does not get much better than this! A 5 star album any day of the week. I saw Tom and the Heartbreakers supporting Nils Lofgren when this album came out. Nils was great, but impossible to follow Tom!
Got better toward the end. This is a very raw Tom petty. I liked it.
RIP to legend. Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this
Tom Petty’s debut album! It’s a little all over the place, some songs aren’t my favorite, but some songs just hit me like a ton of bricks. I fuckin’ miss you Tom. Super short, never overstays its welcome.
I won’t back dow!
Really enjoyed this.
I’m out of town and didn’t have a chance to listen to this, but am just going to assume it’s at least 4 stars because of the Silence of the Lambs connection.
i mean its TP, what's not to like. some filler in an already short album though
I'm too used to American Girl being the start of an album that it feels really weird to have it be the end of the this album.
Leuk rock 'n roll-album, af en toe wat te traag naar mijn smaak
Great Album....brings back memories of high school days
8 out of 10 very chill would listen again minus 2 points cuz hes white
A great collection of tight pop rock.
Had only casually listened to Petty before...whatever was top 40 playlist stuff. Really liked the Wildflowers album that came up... Will listen again
This is a pretty great listen with a lot of variety for the genre. There’s some great songs on here and while I don’t love all of them this is still a great album!
The songs that are quicker in beat are killer. Some of the slower songs just sound like a whiny skinny white guy.
Good pop rock.
Pretty enjoyable album, fun tunes even though it probably won't change my life
I liked this album . I already have four or five Tom Petty albums but never heard his first until today. 4 🌟
I miss Tom Petty !
Classic. American Girl.
Great runtime, easy listening, just good basic rock and
Really enjoyable album
Not sure I ever listened to this cover to cover with decent headphones. Obviously, a lot of great material here but I'm loving the sounds and production too.
Grunnurinn að amerísku rokki. Skemmtilegt stöff!
Went down a Tom Petty rabbit hole with this one.
liked this album . I already have four or five Tom Petty albums but never heard his first until today. 4 🌟
Good and simple debut!
Tom Petty is one of the greatest. I think some of the later heartbreakers stuff beats this album but it still rocks.
I already knew I loved this album, but I found a few new solid hits. Mystery Man was a surprise for me.
Muy buen disco
Solid album. Had only heard the singles.
I love Tom Petty, but honestly this album isn't one that I know that well aside from Breakdown and American Girl. Enjoyed this a lot, this album sounds a little more energetic and rambunctious than much of the material that would come out later, but is unmistakably Tom Petty. It's a fun listen!
I was looking forward to listening this one, but it turned out to be quite a mixed bag. Some of the songs are really quite good, while others are pretty miserable, such as the opening track. Special mention goes to American Girl which is the sole reason I was looking forward to listening to this album. That one alone is an amazing classic of a song and lifts this album from a 3 to a 4.
Solid album. Not my favourite Petty album but surely has a lot of great songs that showed he really hit the ground running Fave tracks: “American Girl” “Breakdown” “Fooled Around (I Don’t Like It)”
I've always liked Tom Petty and this is a good album. It's not my favorite of his, though, but it's very good.
Wasn't super familiar with this album, but it's Tom Petty. It's great.
Am I the only one who misses short albums? I mean...ok, 30 minutes is a bit *too* short but there was something about a shorter overall statement that of course made you want more. Probably anything around 45 minutes is ideal - I know the CD age allowed and then encouraged longer-playing albums so things started changing in the late 80s. Anyways back to this one - I wasn't a big Tom Petty fan growing up probably a little because of his voice and also because of my prog/arena-rock preferences but he's really grown on me over the years. This is my first pass through his debut album, although I was definitely familiar with Breakdown and American Girl - two staples of rock radio over the decades (although American Girl never got played back in the day - I like to think that "Silence of the Lambs" gave that song new life ~15 years after its release). Nothing incredibly unique or special in this collection but at the same time it's direct rock that just sounds great and clean and yet with minimal production tricks. Excellent guitar-based melodic short rock tunes (nothing even hitting the 4 minute mark). "The Wild One, Forever" and "Fooled Again" were songs I'd not heard before that stood out for me. A strong debut album - would recommend. 7/10 4 stars.
his this was a really fun one i loved american girl 🥸 it was nice and short but rocky
Not bad. Nothing too exciting on here though.
A lot of goodies on here.
Really solid album. Short songs
,,rocking around witch you" catchy, i even started half dancing, positive vibe ,,breakdown" good vibe starting with nice guitar sounds that kept playing, i undersyand why its the second most listened track in this album ,,hometown blues" good vibe, catchy and positive like the first one there ,,the wild one, forever" difereny vibe this time, calmer music line but its getting more energetic at some points ,,anything thats rock`n`roll" good rock`n`roll vibe, energetic ,,strangered in the night" started with good guitar i liked it ,,fooled again (i don`t like)" simple, easy to remember text. nice vocal that raise at some times ,,mystery man" difereny. calmer I more mistery (?) vibe. good beat. kinda steady and chill ,,luna" starts with nice drumps, also good beat ,,american girl" catchy, instruments give a vibe, good vocal and backing vocals (at some moments) OMG i really liked this album and literally every song in it (definitely better than the previous one). i have a problem in choosing the best one. songs has a good vibe 70`s. nice rock`n`roll without unecessery screaming that hurt my ears. i liked the music line and the guitar solos(i didn`t focused on the lyrics bc it wasn`t at spotify, so u know). the most known from it it`s ,,american girl" that`s not my favourite i kinda liked more other tracks, ,,breakdown", ,,anything that`s rock`n`roll" or ,,mystery man". i really recomend this album and i will definitely listen to it again but still i didn`t found that song WAAY better than other that would literally HIT me. maybe not that strong 8/10 i think i`ll give it four stars
Não conhecia. me aprece uma semente que de um lado frutifica no hard rock 80 e outra no pop 90.
Love it. The album has some of my favorites from Petty.
American Girl is a 10 out of 5. The album as a whole for me wanting to hear more of his his. Tom Petty is a legend!
Short sweet & classic. Good album, RIP Tom Petty!
Classic timeless rock.
3.5/5 Listened to a bunch of songs, never a complete album until now. Not disappointed. Good guitar riffs and easy to listen to. Favourite songs: - Rockin’ around (with you) - American girl
Good album but Tom Petty had a formula and used it.
The album is good and it solid. I had heard several of the songs previously.
I wasn't sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, but I'm going with 4 just because of how great "American Girl" is...and also so I don't anger my mother, who loves Tom Petty more than anyone I know. Anyway, this album was alright. Not bad at all, and "American Girl" is incredible, but mostly just kind of okay.
Just really fun good ole rock n roll. What's not to like. Not his best but still great.
I was never sure how much I liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This definitely brought it up a few notches. Hearing their début album was very informative AND enjoyable in this endeavor.
Great voice, tunes and all round fab album!
Hi-Breakdown, Fooled Again (I Don't Like It) What a great album, Tom Petty just never gets old. Breakdown is just a smooth funky, jazzy song that you can't help to sway to. Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)...Well, I like it a lot!
When I listen to the rock and roll music on this record I say “classic”
Short, concise, sweet and precise: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers makes their mark upon the music world with this all killer, no filler collection of songs that uses its strengths to the best of their ability. Thirty minutes was all they needed to get their point across and they didn't waste any second of it. Delightful stuff, wonderful.
this was an enjoyable listen! very southern rock and roll. i enjoy listening to artists' first album, because sometimes they had their sound down pat and other times it's interesting to see how they evolved. tom petty and the heartbreakers were pretty solid in their sound, for that matter! i don't think i was imagining it, but i got a small sense of punk in this album. very small, but makes sense for 1976.
Note this is a completely bias review ;) One of my favorite bands. One of the things I love about them is that you always know one of their songs when you hear it. All the music they released after you can tell was rooted in this record. And who can go wrong with Breakdown? Albeit not my favorite album by them, I give 4 stars for the impact and legacy factor.
I liked it
You could play me just about any Tom Petty song and ask me to guess what year it came out - and I might be off by as much as 15 years in either direction. This dude basically stayed true to his "vibe" and rode it for 4+ decades. These songs would have been hits whether they were released in the 60s or the early 2000's. They're timeless (most of them). Still, you could hear TP and the HB figuring it out a little bit in this debut album (which isn't a bad thing). It's more eclectic than I remember some of his other albums being. Great stuff.
Great album. Haven't listened to this one all the way through in a while and forgot how different they sounded here - definitely more Springsteen than their later albums. Some classic tracks too.
I'm not a countryfan, but this is chill !
30th May 2022 Listened throughout the day while working from home. Jen went to Seb’s so stayed in and watched Top Gun. Such a great album and voice. One of the best.
One of my and my mother's greatest regrets are not seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers before Tom Petty died. Most of these songs are pretty alright with a few highlights. It's not my favorite album from them, but it is some of my favorite 70s rock tunes of all time. Highlights: 2, 3, and 10.
-Fun upbeat groove in "Rockin' Around (With You)" -I like the emotion in the the word "breakdown" and some of the slick guitar riffs in "Breakdown" -The little breakdown/bridge in "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)" was quite cool, I wish it had continued for longer than like 3 seconds -All pretty nice tracks
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Mainiohko rokkilevy! Brucemaiset tekstit. Menee mulla kyllä jatkoon. 4/5
Funciona muito bem para sentir a força da simplicidade do rock americano clássico.
His debut may not be too special, but it is a very solid kind of basic from Tom Petty. Favorites: "Rockin' Around (With You)", "Breakdown", "American Girl"
This album is undefeated. I love this album, I love Talking Heads, this is one of my top 15 albums of all time.
First album out and they have American Girl. Also, Breakdown. I give this one a 4 because the album cuts didn’t yet have the power of the deep cuts of later albums. A great start for a great band.
Good American rock that doesn't outstay it's welcome. However a lot of songs seem to fade out just as they get going. Break out, Luna, American Girl are obvious highlights, but it's all good. Damn the Torpedoes is another terrific album. Then theirs Traveling Wilburys and Full Moon Fever be and and and. What a great artist. Gone too soon. 3.5 out of 5
7/10. Ever since I first looked at the 1001 albums list, I've wondered why *this* was the Tom Petty album that they decided to include on the list. I hadn't listened to it, but I hadn't really heard much about it either. Well, eventually I got an edition of the book, and took a look at the entry for this album. It's just some critic talking about how Britain was really the country that discovered Tom Petty, because he got popular there earlier. So, now I know that the reason this album was included in lieu of Full Moon Fever or any of the much better Tom Petty albums out there is because this is the one that got popular in Britain. Though of course if it hadn't, we probably wouldn't have gotten a Tom Petty album at all because the book needed space for more fucking Blur albums.
Classic rock. It’s good
Solid debut album
Like the first season of a favorite tv show. The greatness is all there but not quite in its perfected form. A fun listen. I saw Tom Petty in concert once, with Pearl Jam. We were there to see Pearl Jam and assumed everyone else was too. I was a Tom Petty fan (who isn't?) but thought of him as an old timer. I could not have been more wrong. When Tom Petty stepped onto that stage I was instantly aware that this man is a ROCK STAR. He owned the arena that night and everyone in it. Definitely in the top 3 shows I've ever seen, and I've seen some greats.
Solid album with some interesting songs that are outside of what I normally think of when I think about Tom Petty. One sounded like it would be from the Talking Heads or B-52s.
Didn’t realize I also like early Tom Petty, especially Breakdown, Mystery Man, American Girl.
Youngest of the Willburys.
Pretty great sounding album for 50 years ago
Normally I try to listen to an album fresh before I review it, but I know this one by the back of my hand and I’m traveling so I’ll make an exception. Petty is probably my favorite artist of all time, and I’ll accept no slander on his behalf. You can tell that he’s working out the edges on his sound, as this takes a lot from Dylan, Springsteen and everything in between, but he and co come up with a few all-timers here. Even the songs about rock music, which I normally dismiss from other artists, sound genuine and exciting here. A- for me
Very enjoyable album. I've always liked Tom Petty though. 4/5
This is pretty solid. Not my favorite Petty album; I think I like his second and third albums better, but still pretty good.
A brilliant album from a legend. Fav track has to be American Girl.
The album slaps. American Girl is my favorite track on it. Alright, now to listen to the album. His music probably has my favorite vibes of any artist ever. A genuine pleasure to listen to every time.
Classic album. So many great tracks, my fav is Strangered In the Night
obviously classic but didn't super grab me. but enjoyable
Had some great songs.
Pretty solid pop/rock album, good songwriting.
Good album. Very easy listen. Not my fav Tom petty but really good
donne un certain entrain
I love Tom Petty so much. That said don’t think this is his best work. Still really awesome.
Extremely carried by american girl hut overall decent
Not quite as great as some of what came after, but what a great start. He already knew how to construct a dynamic song and how to write simple but effective lyrics. Not a bad song really but I especially liked the final three of a Mystery Man, Luna and the all time classic American Girl.
Great debut, doesn’t get the attention his other albums do, looking at you damn the torpedoes. Bar band meet Dylanesque troubadour
Tom Petty!! classic debut
A pleasure to listen to from the opening bounce of “Rockin’ Around (With You)” to the classic “American Girl.” The album has an old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll spirit but there’s some new wave and country rock here too. Tom Petty also sings in variety of styles. Maybe he was still figuring out his style. He’s definitely having fun.
Me before I listen to Tom Petty: "Urgh, not Tom Petty, that's a bit cringe isn't it?" Me after I listen to Tom Petty: "Why am I always so mean about Tom Petty, that's cracking!" Sorry Tom.
Never really listened to much Tom Petty before, always thought he was a bit too 'real rock' for me. Until he died when I explored a bit more and enjoyed. Haven't listened to much since, but really enjoyed this record. Best song, Breakdown
Amazing. Did not miss. I still think American girl is the best.
4/5 Also sehr weird. Tom Petty halt. Aber ich habe mich dran gewöhnt.
A classic. Breakdown is my fav TP song
Pretty solid album. Breakdown is probably my favorite- such a cool song. American Girl really is a great song and recording too I love how it sounds so full with the multiple guitars and the bgvs. I also liked the first song and Luna . 4? 5?
Two massive hits and a whole lot of what feels like incomplete demos. A pretty good debut. Best track: American Girl
Cool album, some nice songs to listen but not something that can be considered masterpiece
Signs of greatness to come and American Girl is awesome!
Still not a huge fan, but “Breakdown” and “American Girl” are classic...
Dad rock of the finest order. Pairs nicely with Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen.
I like tom petty. Though some of his songs seem to blend together. This album was pretty good overall. o overarching theme.
American Girl is a great song but the rest of the album didn't knock my socks off on the first listen through.
American Girl was great - the rest was average rock - imagine it would be good if you were doing a road trip across USA
Not my fave petty
Honestly, I've never gotten the hype and Tom Petty's voice annoys me. I did like this album better than I thought I would, Rockin Around With You and Breakdown particularly, but towards the end his shouty voice was grating on my nerves again.
Overall it's not one of my favorite albums, but it has some great songs. American Girl is a total classic. Petty got better as his career went on. I'm not sure this album totally belongs on this list, but it's pretty good.
The album was fine, but goddamn there's not a lot of Tom Petty that I vibe with.
I like Tom Petty. He makes real music
Fine. Strong first track, but sorta petered out.
It's fine! But Breakdown is perfection.
After listening to almost half a century's of music since this album was released, 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' doesn't offer anything unique or particularly interesting.
A little country twang in a couple songs there. Didn't know ol' Tommy had that in him, but I should have. Was really nice to listen to this record.
Tom Petty's voice has always been hit or miss for me. Of course, the classics on this album are Breakdown and America Girl, which I love. Some songs that caught my attention immediately on this album are "Fooled Again" (kind of reminds me of the Eagles) and "Anything That's Rock and Roll."
Clearly a couple of strong tracks on the album, but a lot of other "meh" tracks. Nothing too rough, but also nothing that begs for additional listens. Certainly better Tom Petty albums to listen to.