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Damn the Torpedoes

Tom Petty, Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000002PCP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Century City
6. Don't Do Me Like That
7. You Tell Me
8. What Are You Doin' In My Life
9. Louisiana Rain

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To refer to Damn the Torpedoes as Tom Petty's breakthrough album is to seriously understate the case. His first two albums had already sold pretty decently and endeared him to America's rock press, but it took the success of Damn the Torpedoes to really establish Petty as one of the top names in mainstream rock. Though "Don't Do Me Like That" was the record's lone top 10 smash, nearly every song on it sounds like a hit; thanks to their timeless mix of Byrdsy jangle and Stonesy rock, "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl," and "Even the Losers" still get plenty of classic-rock radio play, while "Shadow of a Doubt (Complex Kid)," "Century City," and "Louisiana Rain" are all minor classics in their own right. --Dan Epstein

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album recieves an astounding BD makeover! November 19, 2010
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
I'll be short, since this is a 31 year old album many people know. This review will comment the BD release, and its importance for future music releases on BD.

This is the complete album with nine bonus tracks, 18 tracks in total. All songs have been remastered and have recieved the same treatment. This is a very unique product among all the products following today's trend of over compressed and bad sounding CD's and downloads. This BD have incredible dynamics, and is a joy to listen to. (If only more artists cared about how their art sounded...)

BD can be the new SACD, and lets hope so. There have been sold more BD players in the last three years than all the SACD players sold since its start about ten years ago. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers with their producer/engineer Ryan Ulyate are pioneers in paving the way for music on BD, they have already created music history, and I hope this turns out to be a musical revolution!

To sum up, if you like Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers just a little bit, buy this! You will love it and play it often! And it will certainly get you excited for more high resolution music in both stereo and surround!

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers & Ryan Ulyate, if you or someone in your staff should read this, I tell you: Please keep this up! Your work is on this BD and the Mojo BD is so important for the whole damaged music industry! If I could thank you in person, I wouldn't have a vocabulary strong enough to express my joy. But know that there are many of us out here that will gladly pay to enjoy your music the way you intended in the studio!

Audio options on all 18 tracks and two music videos:
5.1 96kHz/24bit DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1 96kHz/24bit PCM
2.0 96kHz/24bit PCM

Region: All

Note: The DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 48/24 logo on the back shouldn't have been there, the audio is in fact as listed above.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Petty November 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Once upon a time, long before middle age and Traveling Wilburys and Full Moon Fever, decades before the annoying David Spade caricature, a youthful Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked with breathtaking passion and talent. They came fully into their prime with this recording, bursting into the public eye in November of 1979 with a performance of "Refugee" on Saturday Night Live. Blown away, I was at the record store the next day to buy this amazing album.
This is the finest recording made by the band, and the obvious choice for anyone who wants to buy their first Tom Petty CD. Some may prefer a greatest-hits package, but these songs were meant to be heard together, to flow as an album. Some may prefer the older mellower acoustic-guitar-strumming Petty, and that Petty has continued to make excellent music. But to buy Full Moon Fever first would be a bit like buying Springsteen doing The Rising instead of Born to Run, or Dylan doing Love and Theft instead of Blonde on Blonde. There are graceful comebacks, and then there is youthful creativity with passion and sometimes genius - Damn the Torpedoes is the latter.
This album contains everything you need to know about the band at its best. The stripped-down sound (more polished than garage rock, but just as vital), Petty's voice going from whines to raspy growls to scathing Dylanesque bitterness, evocative lyrics that take the listener through every possible emotion in 3 minutes, that 12-string Rickenbacker on the cover photo with the singer as skinny as I was back then, Mike Campbell's Chuck Berry-esque guitar solos, a driving rhythm section. Tom Petty would never come back to rock like this again. He's done music that's arguably as good, but rarely as consistent, and never with such blazing energy and gutsiness.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn !!! This album is great!!! November 11, 2010
Format:Blu-ray Audio
Having been a huge fan of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for all of their career and owning pretty much everything they've done, this is the seminal album. I've heard this album in every format and re-issue. If you are a big fan, and own a Blu-Ray player/Audio System capable of playing the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 96kHz/24bit, Buy It!!! I applaud Tom & Company for caring enough to give us such a great album, handled with care, and served up in the highest quality consumers can currently play. This is hearing what the masters sounded like and probably better after mastering with today's technology. After the mp3 generation,there are is still people that want to savor their music like fine wine. Cheers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, now please could you give us Wildflowers next, just asking. Thank you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty's best in DTS-HD Master Audio! November 10, 2010
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
I'll get right to the point. The sound of this classic album in DTS-HD Master Audio is superb! It's like hearing the album for the first time. 2 channel PCM sound is very good too. Disc has three listening modes. PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1, and DTS-HD Master 5.1. Lots of bonus material too. Thank you Tom Petty! Wonder why other artists are not following Tom Petty's lead in Blu Ray Audio?
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Those who thought that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were punk or new wave when they started releasing albums in the late 1970s were missing the point. At a time when heavy metal and guitar rock was dominating the airwaves, this was a group that harkened back to the sounds of the British Invasion and embodied the spirit of the great American garage band. Petty wrote the songs that remind you of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and the Heartbreakers provided the backing. The group recorded a couple of early albums with Shelter records and started off as bigger hits in England than in the U.S. and then Shelter got gobbled up by MCA, which did not sit well with Petty. There were the first of many legal tangles between the two and "Damn the Torpedoes" was the result of a settlement. Released on an MCA subsidiary, Backstreet, the title was clearly a shot across the bow of MCA and their fight would be continued.
Despite the legal wrangler and creative disputes, this 1979 album would be the definitive release for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, combining some old songs from his early days in L.A. playing with Mudcrutch with some new songs. It was certainly the group's breakthrough effort, both a critical and commercial success. The album made it to #2 on the Billboard charts on the basis of a trio of strong songs. The opening track, the Top 20 "Refugee," written by Petty and Mike Campell," shows the deft touch of producer Jimmy Iovine, who put Benmont Tench's organ playing up front with the vocals. The song contrasts nicely with another Petty-Campbell hit, the melancholy but melodic "Here Comes My Girl." Add to this the album's one Top 10 hit, "Don't Do Me Like That," another song of love and deception, with another great organ solo from Tench.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old Tom Petty music
Published 11 days ago by David Tunison
5.0 out of 5 stars Good disc
YES the start of Blu-Ray 5.1 surround sound the best format possible
Published 1 month ago by HoosierND
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Simply the best!!! Words can't describe how fabulous this is!!!
Published 1 month ago by T. Negro
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty Rules
Stunning audio
Published 1 month ago by Prema1
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedo's in Blu Ray
I love Tom Petty & the Heartbreaker's. I have all of them on Blu Ray. This disc is one of their older disc's, however the DTS HD Master Audio sound on this disc is unbelievably... Read more
Published 3 months ago by HOOK
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this album years ago so already knew I would love it. This is the...
I had this album years ago so already knew I would love it. This is the Tom Petty I love so much.
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Woodfin
2.0 out of 5 stars Takes too long to load and listen
This review isn't on the music. We all know this album from decades ago. The music is awesome, but we're buying this for hi-rez audio and surround sound! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Audioguy_net
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty
I had this music on the old cassette tape in the days before CD's. It is probably the best album ever done by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Great service and delivery as always.
Published 3 months ago by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding audio quality
I've never owned this or any Tom Petty on CD. In the early 80's I had the casette that I kept in my car. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deep Thought
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Every cd should sound this good. Blu ray audio is the bomb. The extras are cool to have. I wish Tom would put out Wildflowers on blu ray audio. Hint hint.
Published 4 months ago by R. P. Perkins
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