The Petty Archives

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Damn the Torpedoes - Deluxe Edition | Geffen | A
Review by Larry Katz
The Boston Herald - Monday, November 8, 2010

Let's be clear: the grade is for the music, not the costly new presentation. According to consensus, 1979's "Damn the Torpedoes" rates as Petty's best album. No argument; it still sounds damn good. But the new remastering for this Deluxe Edition doesn't make it sound any better than before. The attraction is a second disc with nine tracks, including two previously unreleased songs from the "Torpedoes" sessions, and three previously unreleased live recordings. But Petty afficionados - who, really, are the only ones who need these rarities - will pay to get them. TheĀ  double-CD set lists for close to $30 and the audiophile double-vinyl version tops $40; the relative bargain is the Blu-Ray version, which adds two videos to the haul. Download: "Casa Dega," the largely overlooked B-side to "Don't Do Me Like That."