Long After Dark

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Long After Dark
Studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released November 2, 1982 (1982-11-02)
Recorded 1981–82 at Record Plant, Wally Heider's and Crystal, Hollywood, CA; Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA
Genre Heartland rock
Length 37:44
Label Backstreet
Producer Jimmy Iovine, Tom Petty
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Hard Promises
Long After Dark
Southern Accents
Singles from Long After Dark
  1. "You Got Lucky"
    Released: October 22, 1982
  2. "Change of Heart"
    Released: February 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Long After Dark is the fifth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the major MTV hit "You Got Lucky", the album was also the first to feature the late Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein's vocals are evident throughout the album, most notably on "Change of Heart". From this point on Epstein's vocals became an integral part of the Heartbreakers' sound. In addition, it was the first Heartbreakers album to feature a real synthesizer on record.

There was a song recorded for this album called "Keeping Me Alive", which Petty himself is very fond of but the producer, Jimmy Iovine, disliked. Petty has expressed that he feels the album would have turned out better if the song had been included on the album.[4] "Keeping Me Alive" was eventually released on Petty's 1995 box set compilation Playback.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "A One Story Town" – 3:06
  2. "You Got Lucky" (Petty, Mike Campbell) – 3:37
  3. "Deliver Me" – 3:28
  4. "Change of Heart" – 3:18
  5. "Finding Out" (Petty, Campbell) – 3:36

Side two[edit]

  1. "We Stand a Chance" – 3:38
  2. "Straight into Darkness" – 3:49
  3. "The Same Old You" (Petty, Campbell) – 3:31
  4. "Between Two Worlds" (Petty, Campbell) – 5:12
  5. "A Wasted Life" – 4:35


  • Tom Petty – lead vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, lead guitar on "We Stand a Chance", Prophet 5 synthesizer
  • Mike Campbell – lead guitar, 12-string guitar, organ on "We Stand a Chance"
  • Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Jones – percussion
  • Ron Blair – bass guitar on "Between Two Worlds"


  • Long After Dark peaked #9 on Pop Albums in 1983.
  • "Between Two Worlds" peaked #35 on Mainstream Rock in 1982.
  • "One Story Town" peaked #15 on Mainstream Rock in 1982.
  • "We Stand A Chance" peaked #37 on Mainstream Rock in 1982.
  • "You Got Lucky" peaked #1 on Mainstream Rock in 1982.
  • "Change of Heart" peaked #10 on Mainstream Rock in 1983.
  • "Change of Heart" peaked #21 on Pop Singles in 1983.
  • "You Got Lucky" peaked #20 on Pop Singles in 1983.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Zollo, Paul. Conversations With Tom Petty (2005): 81–83.