Damn the Torpedoes
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Damn The Torpedoes (Deluxe Version)
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Though easily as consistent as their first two releases, it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' third release, Damn the Torpedoes, that catapulted Petty and company into the first rank of American rock acts. It's not hard to understand why. With a slate of driving songs destined to become FM staples ("Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl," "Even the Losers," "Don't Do Me Like That"), it's an album that plays much like half a greatest-hits collection. Fusing a rootsy sensibility heavy with Dylan and Byrds affectations with his own pop instincts (honed by early stints with Mudcrutch and Dwight Twilley) and coupling them with one of rock's most consistently underrated powerhouses, the Heartbreakers, Petty's throwback traditionalism oddly found him riding the crest of the new wave in the late '70s. All tracks on this new edition have been sonically upgraded via state-of-the-art digital remastering. --Jerry McCulley
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Now someone has made a very wise decision to release it on Blu Ray audio and the results are brilliant.If you like surround they have mixed it so unlike some of the previous SACD and DVD Audio mixes of other artists it is quite subtle.You will hear more detail but it doesn't take any real adjustment in how it sounds compared to the stereo mix.What does hit you is the depth and dynamic range of the sound.Just listen to Stan Lynch's snare drum coming out of the center speaker.It sounds like he's in the room.All you need is a half decent sound system.The stereo mix is also superb.Same dynamics.
Well done Tom Petty and record label for seeing that some of us like to hear music the way it was recorded.With Blu Ray being a success in the video world and the abundance of home theatre/surround systems (although many of the home theatre in a box systems don't cut it as far as decent audio goes)lets hope this format continues.I'm not an audiophile.I can listen to MP3 no problem but for sitting down and immersing yourself in a wonderful sound this is the way to go.Damn the Torpedoes as it is really meant to sound.