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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70's. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc 'The Live Anthology,' which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it was when they gave all their home movies, outtakes and live footage to director Peter Bogdanovich to create the Grammy-winning four-hour career documentary 'Runnin Down A Dream.' There have been side projects and experiments since the band last went into the studio to cut a new Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers album.
With 'MOJO,' they have taken their recent freedom and experimentation to heart. They have gone off the reservation and all signs indicate they aren't coming back.
The first thing that hits you about 'MOJO' is that the spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is the sound of a band playing together in a room not a studio - facing each other, all singing and playing at the same time. The music is alive, with no overdubs or studio trickery. What you hear is what they created on the spot at that time.
Tom Petty says, 'With this album, I want to show other people what I hear with the band. 'MOJO' is where the band lives when it's playing for itself.'
As for the songs, 'MOJO' showcases a wide variety of American music from rock 'n' roll to country and both electric and acoustic blues. And then there are the images in Petty's lyrics which slip in on the melodies and set up a home in your head: The barefoot girl in the high grass chewing on a stick of sugar cane, the run-in with the law that begins when a carload of buddies decide to party with the motel maids, and the hilariously audacious idea of opening an album with an electric blues rocker about Thomas Jefferson's love affair with Sally Hemings. Petty would probably chuck a rock at anyone who called him a poet, but he sure is a southern writer of humor and sensitivity.
'MOJO' has juice and guts but it also has some sweet balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike anything that the Heartbreakers have done before. It's the kind of album nobody's supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in time.
Through the years, Tom Petty & company have released a consistent brand of muscular and clever rock 'n roll. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Diamond Dave
Performed live in the studio these songs will draw you into the stony landscape that they inhabit. This is not your typical Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers record. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael M. Dickman
Incredible album here, another masterpiece. I do agree with another reviewer that likes the new age, hard-edged, kick-ass, hippie stoner, in your face Petty slightly more than the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by White Chicken
My favourite Tom Petty album and this is a quality vinyl pressing on 2 LPs. I do love the combination plastic/paper inner sleeves which shows they actually want the product to be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BlakDog
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|I would buy this...||
It's a matter of CHOICE. with releases of vinyl, CD, and Blu Ray, we can all get what we want. If $$$ is an issue, I've seen the CD as cheap as $ 8.00 @ Barns And Noble.com. We need to ENCOURAGE more of these high definition audio releases. Some of us care about the QUALITY of sound.
May 17, 2010 by Mike Z. | See all 23 posts
Here's a little more info on the three different formats:
1) High Quality: 320K mp3. Smaller file size, plays on all mp3 players. Made from the master CD files (16 bit 44.1K).
2) Higher Quality: Apple Lossless. Medium file size. Only plays in iTunes and iPods. Made from the master CD... Read More
May 27, 2010 by Judy | See all 72 posts
|Mike Campbell's new $250,000 guitar played on Mojo||
There is a great array of classic guitars on this album, played by various musicians including Petty's 1964 Gibson Hummingbird, a 1964 Rickenbacker 625 12 string and a 1964 Gibson ES 335 Sunburst!
Great musicians play great instruments!
Jun 18, 2010 by rash67 | See all 3 posts
|Petty May Re-Release MOJO As A Blu Ray In The Future ?||
Yeah it would be hard to rival Wildflowers but from the few that I've heard so far off of Mojo, it may come close! It's not like the things he's released in between have been slouches either... he's definitely consistent when it comes to high quality albums. TP has that certain Beatles... Read More
Jun 3, 2010 by J. Rohde | See all 8 posts
|I Should Have Known It track||
You know, that song is good, but I think John Bonham just rolled over in his grave. Can't get much more blatant than that!
Jun 28, 2010 by A. Moseley | See all 3 posts
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