The Petty Archives

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Cashbox -- May 13, 1978

Since the release of their self-titled debut ABC/Shelter album 1-1/2 years ago, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been regarded as one of the best new American rock 'n' roll bands by many prominent music critics. After performing over 200 dates throughout the United States and Europe in 1977, the group broke through on a popular level: "Breakdown" became a Top 40 hit in the U.S., while "American Girl" and "Anything That's Rock and Roll" enjoyed similar success in Great Britain.

As their momentum continues to swell, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have readied their second album, "You're Gonna Get It." The LP, produced by Denny Cordell, Tom Petty and Noah Shark, is an exercise in classic rock 'n' roll, unpolluted by excess. The tone is urgent, yet accessible and universally appealing.

Originally from Florida, Petty is now based in Los Angeles, as are the other Heartbreakers. Petty, who sings lead, plays guitar, and writes, considers himself a member -- rather than a leader -- of the group. Other band members are Mike Campbell, lead guitar and vocals; Benmont Tench, keyboards; Stan Lynch, drums; and Ron Blair, bass. Campbell co-wrote two songs with Petty on "You're Gonna Get It."