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Salinas 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Sherwood Hall, Salinas, CA; July 23, 1979. Fairly to very good soundboard.

Tom Petty passed away from mixed drug toxicity on October 2, 2017. He was 66.

Thanks to mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

mjk5510 noted:

Known Faults:
- When The Time Comes: start cut
- Breakdown: splice

Taking place three months before the LP release that would launch Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers into the top tier of popularity, this show has circulated for years from a flat, murky sounding soundboard. IMHO this version, out of my own archives, is a nice upgrade over the multiple circulating versions. The most common version(s) of this show suffer from a major lack of detail, sounding flat, murky with an extremely narrow stereo spectrum.

It has of course been pitch adjusted and does not suffer from the same murkiness and lack of detail, the top end is in place but, that does create a very slight touch of hiss which I have chosen to not knock down so to not affect other frequencies. Every positive creates a negative when mastering, if you change A then B is affected. The bottom has good punch to it and anchors the whole show nicely. It’s not a perfect soundboard but I believe you will find a very enjoyable listening experience.

The show itself is rather loose with Petty commenting they are all drunk, if indeed that is the case, I wouldn’t say it is noticeable. At least not in the mid-’70s drunk Clapton way but the show is loose which in my book makes this an outstanding performance. I hope you enjoy this new upgraded glimpse into a classic Petty era.

Early 1980’s tape transfer > Nakamichi DR-01 (azimuth adjusted) > Peak Pro 6 (pitch adjusted) > iZotope RX/ozone 5 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.39 > FLAC

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Track 01. When The Time Comes 3:08
Track 02. Anything That’s Rock n Roll 3:49
Track 03. Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It) 5:57
Track 04. I Need To Know 3:01
Track 05. The Wild One, Forever 3:40
Track 06. Listen To Her Heart 3:38
Track 07. Here Comes My Girl 5:47
Track 08. American Girl 4:36
Track 09. Cry To Me 4:25
Track 10. Even The Losers 3:42
Track 11. Breakdown 3:09
Track 12. Strangered In The Night 4:26
Track 13. Too Much Ain’t Enough 4:46
Track 14. Shout 10:36
Track 15. Dog On The Run 11:20
Track 16. I Fought The Law 2:38
Track 17. Anyway You Want It 4:05
83 mins

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  1. 24 Responses to “TOM PETTY - SALINAS 1979”

  2. Bill will cream his jeans.

    Thank you, BigO. More great stuff.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 22, 2018

  3. Bill will cream his jeans.

    Thank you, BigO. More great stuff. I

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 22, 2018

  4. merry christmas tom wherever you are these days

    By johnny christmas on Dec 22, 2018

  5. Many thanks for this . A decided upgrade to earlier boots . They also did two other shows one on the 24th and the 25th in Sacramento which is the best sounding of the three. Band is tight throughout and obviously having a great time . Superstardom was only a few months away when Damn the Torpedoes took the music world by storm . Album stayed at billboard number two for several weeks only to be denied by Pink Floyd’s The Wall of the number one spot . The rest is history. The legend was born and lasted almost four decades . Tom is sorely missed by so many of us . His music being a soundtrack to our youth through middle age and beyond. Thanks Tom , for the memories and helping many of us get through the drudgeries of life with your amazing songs and incomparable band . Mike , Ron , Howie , Stan , Benmont and the rest . There will never be a band like this again R. I P , Gone way too soon and it was preventable. Sad .

    By Bill on Dec 22, 2018

  6. Rumor has it Tom had a lil un

    By U L E on Dec 22, 2018

  7. Rumor also has it all the others had Lil uns too

    By U L E on Dec 22, 2018

  8. A band of lil uns

    By U L E on Dec 22, 2018

  9. Rumor has it U L E has a little un ( BRAIN )

    By CJ on Dec 22, 2018

  10. Note —- Dog on the run was a blistering rocker / Jam that the band performed in the late 70s . Don’t think they ever did it again after Sacramento two nights later . When torpedoes came out a few months later they had more material to perform on stage .dont think that they ever recorded it in the studio . This is not to be confused wit Dogs on the run ( another masterpiece) from the southern accents album .

    By Bill on Dec 22, 2018

  11. Dog on the run is mesmerizing “ almost hypnotic “ the highlight of this show . A show of many highlights.

    By Ron on Dec 22, 2018

  12. I wish they had continued performing it over the years ‘ but they dropped it soon after this show .

    By Ron on Dec 22, 2018

  13. U L E Don’t you get tired of being an idiot? How old are you?

    By Me on Dec 23, 2018

  14. Growing up, my old man had a used book and record shop so I was exposed to all sorts of music as background

    ambiance as a kid in the 70s. Because of that, by the time I was really able to choose my own life’s soundtrack The

    Beatles, Stones, Animals, Chuck Berry,Faces, and the other ’softer fathers’ were played out.

    Having turned 15 ‘80 I was sucked in by and re-explored the harder originals with the likes of Pink Floyd, The Who,

    Alice Cooper, and the first heavier wave of hard rock from both sides of the Atlantic like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath,

    Mountain, Bad Company, and heading into early punk and glam metal along with everything else that never got airplay.

    Rock radio pretty much sucked in New York City so after I cut out of school and treated my female conquests to

    movies and gifts in exchange for make-out sessions and handjobs, I spent most of my first real earned money at Bleeker

    Bob’s and other influential record shops in the Greenwich Village and also just hanging out in Washington Square,

    Tompkins, Union Square, and other Lower East Side parks and hangouts. Back then you could actually run into the

    likes of The Ramones, Plasmatics, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and the Blondie crew, Talking Heads, B-52s and if you

    weren’t a jackass they’d talk and sign autographs for you.

    It wasn’t until Petty’s death however, that I realized I could sing along with so many of his huge hits that I knew had

    arrived in the late ’70s and that I missed out on hearing so much of his music at the relevant times in our lives and also

    not seeing him perform live because I let him slip into the nether. Considering the style of his songs and lyrics that dealt

    with the struggles of the ‘common man’ including life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, now in my 50s I find myself

    listening to his music as a new discovery rather than a nostalgic loss of ride and I feel like I can’t find the right genre to

    file him in.

    It’s been a fun trip that but it also brings deep content for both the record labels and related media industries, and big

    radio for repeatedly playing to death the same top 10 songs that became hits from only the first 6 albums released

    between 1976-1987 while overlooking and ignoring the rest of this talented singer, songwriter, and musicians songs from

    the other 13 albums he released over his 40 year career.

    It would be great to see a front page or in depth report that the FBI, DOJ, and local law enforcement had found,

    arrested, and successfully tried and sentenced jail time to the individuals responsible for supplying the illegal drugs that

    took this brightly shining light away from us.

    THANKS Big-O!!

    By Sumdh Umfuqh on Dec 23, 2018

  15. Sorry for that horrible read. I did a type, copy, paste, from Windows notepad and it took the smaller window size as paragraph breaks instead of fitting to the format here.

    By Sumdh Umfuqh on Dec 23, 2018

  16. Actually Toms peak commercial years ran thru around 94/ 95 . Full Moon Fever 89 was his best selling album and produced several hit singles as did Into the Great Wide Open in 91 . My personal favorite Wildflowers 94 was in my opinion Toms best album where his songwriting was at its peak .

    By Bill on Dec 23, 2018

  17. Around the late nineties radio and mainstream media changed and started focusing on garbage such as hip hop / Britney Spears / Beiber / Miley types meaning the hits started drying up for artists like Tom / Springsteen/ McCartney and their ilk . You can’t have hits if media won’t play your new songs . Toms quality of work never diminished even though mainstream media treated him and his peers like oldies acts . His last album Hypnotic Eye was one of his best even though it had no hit singles.

    By Bill on Dec 23, 2018

  18. It does seem like a conspiracy. Petty’s older stuff gets played all the time ‘ but nothing after 95 or so .

    By Ron on Dec 23, 2018

  19. He never stopped putting out great music. They just quit playing it . Same with Springsteen. They did way more than Refugee American Girl ‘ Hungry Heart and Dancing in the Dark

    By Ron on Dec 23, 2018

  20. Tom Petty was hung like a mouse . A pencil dik . Extremely disappointing. The rumors are true . The others are small as well .luv his music though.

    By Pam Des Barris on Dec 24, 2018

  21. thanks mjk5510, and Big0 for hosting it!

    By ScarRad on Dec 25, 2018

  22. American Girl not suicide, not florida. Listen to lyrics. He talks of freeway sounding like waves on a beach in Encino. I once had a girlfriend in 1973 whose parents owned a home in Encino. They were from France. We would swim in their pool. Those were the nicest, very expensive homes in the whose San Fernando Valley at the time. They sold for $40,000 at the time. Average homes were $14,000 then. Just before the big boom in sales. Tom was staying in Encino at an apartment at the time he wrote the song. What he heard and wrote the song about was the Ventura Freeway, and the sound of the cars traveling on it.

    By ScarRad on Dec 25, 2018

  23. Tom wrote about the American Girls song in his book. He was inspired by the cars sounding like waves on the beach. So America was not the only band to sing about Ventura Highway.

    By ScarRad on Dec 25, 2018

  24. Tom Petty died of Fentanyl, along with Prince, Mac Miller, Lil Peep, Wilco member Jay Bennett, and 2 mos. ago, The only Grandson of Clark Gable, Clark Gable III at 30, host of the show “Cheaters”. It is 50 times more powerful than heroin, and killed more people in 2016 than ANY OTHER DRUG - over 18,000.

    By ScarRad on Apr 13, 2019

  25. Bill this may interest you… Tom’s last interveiw Echo in the Canyon | Official Trailer

    By skinned knees on May 24, 2019

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