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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark Album

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark Album

Performer: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Title: Long After Dark
Released: 1982
Cat#: BSR-5360, BSR 5360
Label: Backstreet Records
Country: US
Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
Category: Rock / Pop
Size MP3: 1356 mb
Size FLAC: 1509 mb


1The Same Old You3:29
2You Got Lucky
Programmed By [Synthesizer Program] – Craig Harris
3A One Story Town3:05
4We Stand A Chance
Organ – Mike CampbellProgrammed By [Vocoder Program] – Craig Harris
5Change Of Heart3:19
6Finding Out3:35
7A Wasted Life
Engineer [Remix] – Thom Panunzio
8Deliver Me3:27
9Between Two Worlds
Bass – Ron Blair
10Straight Into Darkness3:48


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
BSR-5360Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Long After Dark ‎(LP, Album, Club)Backstreet Records, MCA RecordsBSR-5360US1982
BSR-5360Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Long After Dark ‎(LP, Album)Backstreet RecordsBSR-5360Canada1982
MCF 3155, BSR 5360Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Long After Dark ‎(LP, Album)MCA Records, Backstreet RecordsMCF 3155, BSR 5360UK1982
UICY-77967Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Long After Dark ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM)Geffen RecordsUICY-77967Japan2016
MCA 4171Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Long After Dark ‎(LP, Album)Backstreet RecordsMCA 4171Italy1982


  • Artwork [Logo]Tommy Steele
  • Bass Guitar, VocalsHowie Epstein
  • Coordinator [Studio And Day-To-Day Coordination]Bugs Wiedel
  • DesignArt Hotel, Tommy Steele
  • Drums, VocalsStan Lynch
  • EngineerShelly Yakus
  • Engineer [Assistant]Alan Wiedel, Bill Freesh, Brad Gilderman, Charlie Brewer, David Bianco, Eddie Delena, Greg Edward, Hill Swimmer, Kevin Eddy, Michael Carnevale, Nick Basich, Norman Perbil
  • Engineer [Remix]Don Smith, Shelly Yakus
  • GuitarMike Campbell
  • Keyboards [Keyboard Instruments], VocalsBenmont Tench
  • Lacquer Cut BySM
  • ManagementElliot Roberts, Tony Dimitriades
  • Mastered ByStephen Marcussen
  • PercussionPhil Jones
  • Photography By [Back Photo]Aaron Rapoport
  • Photography By [Front Photo]Andrew Sackheim
  • ProducerJimmy Iovine, Tom Petty
  • Vocals, GuitarTom Petty
  • Written-ByMike Campbell (tracks: A2, A5, B3, B4), Tom Petty


• Pinckneyville pressing.
• Glossy cardboard inner sleeve is a bold teal with band and album name in same font and design as outer sleeve, reverse side has lyrics and credits printed in white on black, with teal and red titles. See images.
•"SLM △" in the runout etching indicates that the lacquer disc was processed at, and the metal parts used to manufacture the record were made at Sheffield Lab Matrix; however, the "PRECISION" etching and sleeve credits show actual mastering at Precision. The D.L. in runouts stands for "direct lathe" for cuts with the Neumann DMM lathe.
• Some copies might have a 'MCA 1571' gold stamper on front cover as on image.
• LP was later reissued under catalog number MCA 1571 and some early reissues were housed in original covers with the new number stamped in gold on the front covers. See: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark.
• A version also exists with the same catalog number, similar runouts, and pressed at Pinckneyville, but alternately labeled as a "limited edition premium pressing": Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark

Recorded at:
Record Plant, Hollywood, CA
Wally Heider's, Hollywood, CA
Crystal, Hollywood, CA and
Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA

Mixed at:
Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA

Management: for Lookout Management


  • Barcode (Text): 0 76732-5360-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 076732536018
  • Matrix / Runout (On label side A): MCA 3177
  • Matrix / Runout (On label side B): MCA 3178
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A (etched), variant 1): MCA-3177 PL 3 △ 2869 PRECISION LACQUER D.L. + ◇-P-◇1 SLM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B (etched), variant 1): MCA-3178 PL 6 PRECISION D.L. + SLM △ 2869 - X
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A (etched), variant 2): MCA-3177 PL 1 △ 2869 PRECISION SM· + SLM ◇-P-◇I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B (etched), variant 2): MCA-3178 PL 3 △ 2869-X PRECISION D.L. ◇-P-◇I
  • Rights Society: ASCAP


  • Manufactured By – MCA Distributing Corporation
  • Distributed By – MCA Distributing Corporation
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Backstreet Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Backstreet Records, Inc.
  • Published By – Gone Gator Music
  • Published By – Wild Gator Music
  • Mastered At – Precision Lacquer
  • Lacquer Cut At – Sheffield Lab Matrix – △2869
  • Pressed By – MCA Pressing Plant, Pinckneyville
  • Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
  • Recorded At – Wally Heider Recording Studio, Los Angeles
  • Recorded At – Crystal Sound
  • Recorded At – Rumbo Recorders
  • Mixed At – Rumbo Recorders



Great album, sound is crisp and full. Not one of my favorite Heartbreakers albums, but still great. I didn’t the 180g copy and this sounds just as good
On this their fifth album, it still feels as if Tom and The Heartbreakers are struggling to not only stay afloat, but to define themselves, where with their delivery of comfort food rock n’ roll, they’ve still not found that worldwide embrace.I wasn’t the only one to feel this way back in 1982, with Rolling Stone saying, ”No single thing about Long after Dark is startlingly great.” Still, if I were pressed, I’d have to say that this is their most defining album, an album that could easily be compared to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. With that in mind, again Tom filters out a few bits and pieces of a very private personality, yet in the end, perhaps listeners know less about Petty than they did before listening to this release, where Tom uses the power of his guitar to both shield himself and to lose himself within those driven notes.The standout classics here are “You Got Lucky” and “Straight Into Darkness,” both rockers, yet delivered as uptempo ballads of sorts, easily transferred to an acoustic guitar, where the meaning, like Springsteen’s “State Trooper” or his dark acoustic version of “Born In The USA” with both taking on an air of haunting mystery. Of course everyone knows the backstory of the Heartbreakers moving to breezy sunny California, yet still, this many years into Petty’s career, and I’m more sure than ever that there’s something lurking in his closet, something that he’s attempting to outrun, though the more effort he puts into placing distance between him and that demon, the more present it appears.Yes, by this time the band had certainly strung together a series of relentless hits, and that’s the point, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were chalking up hit after hit, yet they had still not created that single defining album around which they and fans could coalesce and move forward. Still, Long After Dark sent The Heartbreakers back into the Top 10 again, where Petty sounds sincere while playing the music he wants to, with if nothing else, a consistent quality. But, and there’s always a ‘but’, even while firing on all cylinders and touting his roots rock dialectic, with basic minor blues patterns along with lyrical verses suited for guitar riffs and bends, his persistent use of the synthesizer nearly removes the living soul for many of his numbers, locking them into a very specific loathsome time and place, where even as I quickly outgrew the Cars, Petty and his merry band come off sounding very much the same.Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have always managed to teeter over the edge and then be saved from obscurity at the last instant. When I heard their first album I was rocked back, seemingly assured that this group who rose up in the era of New Wave, would step out and be a major force of reckoning, perhaps even saving rock’s mortal soul, though here and in the entire career of The Heartbreakers, they have never managed to deliver that single defining album that I could hold up to the world and say ”See, this is the next step in rock’s evolution.” So again, I have to suggest that this was nothing more than a singles band and that they will never be any more than that. And that concept isn’t a bad thing, as I’ve got nearly thirty top flight songs riding with comfort in my back pocket, songs that will delight and challenge me for the rest of my life … and still, after all these years, I long for Petty’s own The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle album.Review by Jenell Kesler
There is a South African version of this LP released in 1982 not listed here. Backstreet Records ML 4647. Great sounding pressing. Completely different track order to that shown above. Printed inner sleeve shows the above track order though.
Straight Into Darkness is Tom Petty's best song ever just saying.
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