The debut solo album from Tom Petty is a pure, chilled-out rock record that’s soaked in summer rays, tapping into the power of rhythm guitar and journeying through Petty’s influences from the 50’s and 60’s.
The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup (or coincidental music militia one could say) consisting of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and George Harrison; and Vol. 1 is their serendipitous debut album recorded in only 10 days, full of solid and exuberant tunes with mass appeal.
Soon after touring as the backing band for Bob Dylan in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their seventh LP, an album designed to sound ‘live’, which they delivered to some degree, with lighter musical tones and heavier subject matter.
Southern Accents aimed at being a concept album about the band’s origins (they’re from Gainseville, Florida), but the project was too ambitious to stay in Dixieland.
Long After Dark may live in the shadows of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ last two blockbuster albums, but it stands on its own as a piece of moving heartland rock.