Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 39:36 minutes | 865 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Geffen Records
Recorded: 1983–85 at Gone Gator One; Sound City; Village Recorder; Sunset Sound, LA and Church Studio, London
Exclusively on HDtracks, images of the master tapes are included with every download, along with a note from the remaster producer, Ryan Ulyate.
This album is the Heartbreakers’€™ sixth and featured multiple producers on various tracks including Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Jimmy Iovine, Dave Stewart, and Robbie Robertson. It was recorded at Gone Gator One Studios, Sound City, Village Recorder, Sunset Sound, and Church Studio, London. Southern Accents made it to number 7 on the US Billboard 200 after its release in 1985. Singles from this album include “Make It Better (Forget About Me)”, “Rebels” and “Don’€™t Come Around Here No More”, which peaked at number 13 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.
Produced by Dave Stewart, Southern Accents is an ambitious album, attempting to incorporate touches of psychedelia, soul, and country into a loose concept about the modern South. Occasionally, the songs work; “Rebels” and “Spike” are fine rockers, and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Make It Better (Forget About Me)” expand The Heartbreakers’ sound nicely. But too often, the record is weighed down by its own ambitions. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 Rebels 05:19
2 It Ain’t Nothin’ To Me 05:10
3 Don’t Come Around Here No More 05:04
4 Southern Accents 04:44
5 Make It Better (Forget About Me) 04:22
6 Spike 03:32
7 Dogs On The Run 03:39
8 Mary’s New Car 03:44
9 The Best Of Everything 04:02
Tom Petty – vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, percussion, producer, bass guitar
Mike Campbell – guitar, bass guitar, Dobro, keyboards, vocals, producer, slide guitar
Benmont Tench – piano, keyboards, piano (electric), vocals, vibraphone
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, vocals, harmony vocals
Producer’s Note: Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering :: 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. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*
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