The Petty Archives

Note: I cut out most of the stuff about the other band, but the full article is in the PDF.

  • 1978-06-10_Winnipeg-Free-Press

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Pop Pourri: Cheap Trick and Tom Petty - big waves on a quiet sea
By Andy Mellen
Winnipeg Free Press - Saturday, June 10, 1978

Although most of rock's big names have been relatively quiet this year, there's been no shortage of quality rock and roll records. Anyone who thinks that 1978 has been a bad year for rock simply hasn't been listening to recent releases by a wide array of up and coming bands.

Two of North America's most promising rock and roll groups, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, have brand new albums which are guaranteed to add to their already considerable reputations.

There's not much doubt in my mind that the time has come for Tom Petty to take a place among rock's premiere performers. It's been two years since his highly-acclaimed debut album was released to great reviews (it made many writers' top album lists for 1976) but generally sluggish public response.

I must admit it took me a long time to really get into the record. No such problems exist with You're Gonna Get It, Petty and the Heartbreakers' long overdue follow-up. I was wild about it the first time I played it, and several dozen subsequent listenings have served to increase my enjoyment of all 10 of the album's original songs.

You're Gonna Get It is much more rock and roll oriented than the first album. From the opening chords of When The Time Comes right through the final ringing notes of Baby's A Rock'n Roller, Petty and Company set a relentless pace.

Great songs abound on You're Gonna Get It. The slide-filled Too Much Ain't Enough and I Need To Know are impassioned uptempo numbers which rock with the sort of authority that many groups strive for but fail to acheive. A number of others feature less raw power but still come across with equal intensity. If you like rock and roll, get into You're Gonna Get It ... You're gonna love it.