- Released: March 18, 2009
- Label: Universal Japan
Q - 8/01, p.1543 stars out of 5
- "...A sourer world-view had crept in, and 'King's Road' finds him confused by the fashion sense of the Brits and being sold drugs by a 'Pakistani man'..."
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.8Ranked #6
in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
- 1.The Waiting
- 2.A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)
- 4.Something Big
- 5.Kings Road
- 6.Letting You Go
- 7.A Thing About You
- 9.The Criminal Kind
- 10.You Can Still Change Your Mind
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, piano); Mike Campbell (guitar, autoharp, accordion, harmonium, bass); Benmont Tench (organ, piano, vocals); Ron Blair (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, vocals).
Additional personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals); A. Bugs Weidel (piano); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Phil Jones (percussion); Sharon Ceylani (background vocals).
Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California; Goodnight, Los Angeles, California.
All songs written by Tom Petty except "A Woman In Love" and "You Can Still Change Your Mind" (Tom Petty/Mike Campbell).
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, electric piano); Benmont Tench (vocals, piano, organ); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums); Mike Campbell (electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, autoharp, accordion, harmonium, bass guitar); Ron Blair (bass guitar); Phil Jones (percussion).
Recording information: Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA; Goodnight, LA; Sound City, Van Nuys.
Photographers: Henry Diltz; Joel Bernstein.
This is where Petty's Dylan influence begins to rear its head. He made his name as an all-American, Byrds-inspired rock & roller, but on HARD PROMISES Petty began to explore a more reflective style, leaning on the softer side of his folk-rock roots. This is no NEBRASKA-there are plenty of spirited rockers and classy pop tunes-but Petty does sound like he's been spending some time with BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME. There are sharply observed character studies of hard-luck and no-luck guys ("Something Big," "Nightwatchman"), urgent power-pop declarations of romantic desperation ("A Thing About You") and even some light-hearted socio-cultural observations ("King's Road"). HARD PROMISES is Petty's first step towards the eclecticism that would mark his later work, and it's easily his most underrated album.