Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (album)

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released November 9, 1976 (1976-11-09)
Recorded 1974–76
Studio Shelter Studio, Hollywood, CA
Genre Rock[1]
Length 30:35
Label Shelter
Producer Denny Cordell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
You're Gonna Get It!
(1978)You're Gonna Get It!1978
Singles from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  1. "Breakdown"
    Released: 1976
  2. "American Girl"
    Released: February 1977
  3. "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: April 1977 (UK Only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
The Essential Rock Discography 6/10[4]
MusicHound 3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single "Breakdown" cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and "American Girl" became an FM radio staple that can still be heard today.[7]

The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio, Hollywood, California.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Rockin' Around (With You)" (Petty, Mike Campbell) 2:29
2. "Breakdown" 2:43
3. "Hometown Blues" 2:14
4. "The Wild One, Forever" 3:03
5. "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" (Petty, Campbell) 2:24
6. "Strangered in the Night" 3:34
7. "Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)" 3:50
8. "Mystery Man" 3:03
9. "Luna" 3:58
10. "American Girl" 3:34


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Additional musicians


  1. ^ Gilmore, Mikal. "Tom Petty's rock fervor" Rolling Stone June 30, 1977: 33 "We ain't no punk band, we ain't folk rock, jazz rock, or any of that bullshit. Just rock, and we don't put no other name on it than that. We'd be stupid if we did."
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2005.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 816. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 870. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Tom Petty > Album Guide". The Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Rock Tracks (2002): 331

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