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"Sincewas an unqualified commercial and critical success, perhaps it made sense that chose to follow its shiny formula when he reunited with for its follow-up, . Nevertheless, the familiarity of is something of a disappointment. ' sound has remained similar throughout their career, but they had never quite repeated themselves until here. Technically, it isn't a repeat, since they weren't credited on , but sounds exactly like , thanks to 's overly stylized production. Again, it sounds like a cross between latter-day and roots rock (much like , in that sense), but the production has become a touch too careful and precise, bordering on the sterile at times. And, unfortunately, the quality of the songwriting doesn't match or . That's not to say that it rivals the uninspired , since was a better craftsman in 1991 than he was in 1983. There are a number of minor gems -- 'Learning to Fly,' 'Kings Highway,' 'Into the Great Wide Open' -- but there are no knockouts, either; it's like if there were only 'Apartment Songs' and no 'Free Fallin's.' In other words, enough for a pleasant listen, but not enough to resonate like his best work. (And considering this, perhaps it wasn't surprising that chose to change producers and styles on his next effort, the solo .)" — 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. Learning To Fly|
|2. Kings Highway|
|3. Into The Great Wide Open|
|4. Two Gunslingers|
|5. The Dark Of The Sun|
|6. All Or Nothin'|
|7. All The Wrong Reasons|
|8. Too Good To Be True|
|9. Out In The Cold|
|10. You And I Will Meet Again|
|11. Makin' Some Noise|
|12. Built To Last|