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LeRoi's Rockin' Reviews
By LeRoi
The Penny Pitch -- December 1981

★★★★ | Del Shannon | Drop Down and Get Me | Elektra 568 | List $8.98 | Produced by Tom Petty
I was afraid this was going to turn out to be another Tom Petty album, but they pulled this one off very slick. With Petty and the Heartbreakers backing Del comes out fighting and never quits. He does a cover of the old Stones tune "Out of Time" that could easily be a hit single. The great thing about this record is the subtle approach taken by Petty. If you listen real hard you can find slight hints of Petty's style of guitar and rhythm, but not once does it overpower you. Del's vocals are still in top shape and the songs are pretty strong also. It's a good solid effort well worth owning.