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Althoughfound regaining their strength as a band and discovering a newfound ease at songcraft, it just didn't sell that well. Perhaps that factor, along with road fatigue, led to record his first solo album, . Nevertheless, the distinction between "solo" and " " is a fuzzy one because is essentially in the same style as the albums; co-wrote two songs and co-produced the record, and he, along with and , all play on the album. However, the album sounds different from any record due to the presence of former leader . co-wrote the lion's share of the album with , who also is the record's main producer. In his hands, 's roots rock becomes clean and glossy, layered with shimmering vocal harmonies, keyboards, and acoustic guitars. It's a friendly, radio-ready sound, and if it has dated somewhat over the years, the craft is still admirable and appealing. But the real reason became 's biggest hit is that it boasted a selection of songs that rivaled . didn't have a weak track; even if a few weren't quite as strong as others, the album was filled with highlights: 'I Won't Back Down,' the wistful 'A Face in the Crowd,' the rockabilly throwaways 'Yer So Bad' and 'A Mind with a Heart of Its Own,' cover 'Feel a Whole Lot Better,' the charging 'Runnin' Down a Dream,' and 'Free Fallin',' a coming-of-age ballad that could be 's best song. might have been meant as an off-the-cuff detour, but it turned into a minor masterpiece." — 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.
|1. Free Fallin'|
|2. I Won't Back Down|
|3. Love Is A Long Road|
|4. A Face In The Crowd|
|5. Runnin' Down A Dream|
|6. Feel A Whole Lot Better|
|7. Yer So Bad|
|8. Depending On You|
|9. The Apartment Song|
|10. Alright For Now|
|11. A Mind With A Heart Of It's Own|
|12. Zombie Zoo|