Masterpiece Reviews: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Damn The Torpedoes”

The album that gave us "Don't Do Me Like That", "Refugee", and "Here Comes My Girl"

Welcome to the latest edition of Masterpiece Reviews. Once again, we’ve thrown on our favorite velvet robe, turned up the fire, and are here to regale you with stories of the greatest and most classic albums of all time. It’s a fresh, new perspective on why these albums are filed under “M” for masterpiece.

This week, we’re pulling out Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ 1979 third studio album, Damn The Torpedoes. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios, the juggernaut album pushed the Gainesville rockers out of the swamp and into the next level both commercially and critically.

For seven weeks, Damn the Torpedoes sat at No. 2 on the Billboard chart, only failing to hit No. 1 because of the massive success of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. When all was said and done, the blockbuster album wound up going triple platinum, fueled by hits like “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Refugee”, and “Here Comes My Girl”.

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