Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Southern Accents”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 So, everyone who knows me knows I love Tom Petty, everything about his music is amazing to me. This album in particular, I had bought solely because of the song “Don’t Come Around Here No More” – which is a fantastic track, shortly after listening to this album a few times I grew to love it. So here we go.

 The album opens with the amazingly performed “Rebels” – and Tom gets right into it on this track, and everything about it from the first notes right up to that phenomenal chorus. I absolutely love this song, and everything about this album, Tom Petty is fantastic. After that comes “It Ain’t Nothin’ to Me” which is a bit more of a funky track, but still good all the same. I enjoy it. We go on with the amazing “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and well, it brings back a lot of memories, both good and bad, mainly the first time I heard this song and saw the really, really strange music video. After that we end the A-Side with the slower, softer title track, “Southern Accents” and Tom continues to deliver amazing songs on this beautiful album, it’s absolutely fantastic. Such a great way to end the A-Side.

 The B-Side opens with the great sounding “Make it Better (Forget About Me)” which comes off with a really pop sound, but I love it! Tom Petty is a fantastic singer and a great songwriter. I’m enjoying this pop sound Tom has going on this track. Then comes “Spike” which I think may be about a dog, or maybe a biker, since it does mention motorcycles. It’s a good song, I’m liking it, though I’m not sure if it’s about dogs, bikers or furries now. We go on with the song “Dogs on the Run” which at least now I know this song is about dogs. It’s a good song, I’m definitely liking this album quite a bit. After that comes “Mary’s New Car” and it’s a good track, a bit slow and not very interesting like the rest of the album, but it’s decent.

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Rebels
A2 – It Ain’t Nothin’ to Me
A3 – Don’t Come Around Here No More
A4 – Southern Accents

B1 – Make It Better (Forget About Me)
B2 – Spike
B3 – Dogs on the Run
B4 – Mary’s New Car
B5 – The Best of Everything

Standout Track:

MCA Records

Catalog Number:

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Producers – Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine, Mike Cambell, David A. Stewart & Robbie Robertson
Engineers – Don Smith & Shelley Yakus
Management – Tony Dimitriades & Elliot Roberts
Cover Painting by Winslow Homer, 1865
Art Direction & Design – Tommy Steele
Back & Inner Photo – Dennis Keeley
Background Photographed by Steve Breitborde
Vocals, Piano, Tambourine, Acoustic Guitar, OBX Keyboasrd & 12 String Guitar – Tom Petty
Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Dobro, Piano, Slide Guitar & Keyboards – Mike Campbell
Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vibes & Piano – Benmont Tench
Drums, Percussion & Vocals – Stan Lynch
Vocals, Bass & Harmony Vocal – Howie Epstein
Heart Attack Horns – John Berry Jr., Dick Braun, Jim Coile, William Bergman & Kurt McGettrick
Saxophone – Molly Duncan
Trumpet – Dave Plews & Dick Braun
Tambourine – Bobbye Hall & Phil Jones
Guitar, Bass, Sitar & Vocals – David A. Stewart
Tenor Sax – Jim Coile & William Bergman
Baritone Sax – Gregory Smith
Intro Bass – Dean Garcia
Cello – Daniel Rothmuller
Backing Vocals – Stephanie Spruill, Sharon Celani. Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Clydene Jackson & Marilyn Martin
String Arrangements – Jack Nitzche
Saxes – Marty Jourard
Bass – Ron Blair
Harmony Vocals – Richard Manuel
Percussion – John Keltner
Keyboards – Garth Hudson

Other Albums I Own by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers:
“Damn the Torpedoes”
“Don’t Come Around Here No More / Trailer”
“Hard Promises”
Hypnotic Eye
“Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)”
Long After Dark
“Refugee / It’s Rainin’ Again”
“Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers”
“You’re Gonna Get It!


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