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"Although the stripped-down, immediate production of She's the One was reminiscent of, 's forays into -inspired pop turned out to be a passing thing, since , his first full-fledged record with since 1991's Into the Great Wide Open, is an extension of , at least in terms of sound and feel. The weird thing is, sounds like a sinewy band recording, but its sentiment makes it feel like a solo record. To be blunt, much of feels like a by-product of 's divorce from his wife of over 20 years; even the intoxicating hard rock of 'Free Girl Now' has a layer of sorrow and regret. That weary melancholy is the bond that keeps together, bridging the gap between the ballads and the rockers, providing an emotional touchstone that makes the record more than just another record. Then again, the music on manages to sound like every other album, yet it stays fresh. , , and (along with some help from ) keep the spirit of alive by keeping the production uncluttered, direct, and muscular -- which just reveals what a strong, versatile band are. And while there are no surprises, once again delivers an album that works as a whole while having several clear highlights -- which is a pretty neat trick, actually. At times, the disc feels a little long, but all the pieces work individually and illustrate that is the rare rocker who knows how to mature gracefully. Although the album is spiked with sadness and regret, nothing on the album feels forced or self-conscious, either lyrically or musically -- and he is one of the few rockers of his generation that can make such a claim." — AllMusic
The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.
If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.
The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. (Brian Gardner did Highway Companion.) I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the highest quality masters and transfer them with minimal EQ and little or no dynamic range compression. We went with whatever tape sounded the best –mostly the original first-generation masters but in a few cases, second-generation “EQ copies”*.
To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.
With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you'll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did!
—Ryan Ulyate, April 2014
* Everything in the catalog was generated from the original first-generation masters except: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, You’re Gonna Get It, Pack Up The Plantation (reels 1-3) and Southern Accents. These were mastered in Hi-Res from second-generation “EQ copies”. These source tapes include any EQ, level and dynamic processing added (with the approval of the album’s producers) during the original mastering sessions.