Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Don’t Bring Me Down (Live ’78)


Putting on a Tom Petty record at wall shaking volume is one of life’s finest, simple pleasures. Tom Petty’s entire career is a wax wonder, and one thing that has been evident since his incredibly sad passing is that he was also a great uniter — seemingly, everybody was moved by his music.

The man was the embodiment of rock ’n’ roll; he was a second generation fan who soaked up Elvis but then pledged his allegiance to the British invasion. No mere copycat, when he stepped up to cover a song from one of his heroes, the love and passion for the music deep within him was 100% palpable.

Fortunately, a mobile truck had the tapes running in Boston, July 1978, and caught this performance of the Animals classic “Don’t Bring Me Down“. Written by the American team Gerry Goffin/Carole King, this performance takes the British interpretation and and brings it back to the USA as Tom and his untouchably tight Heartbreakers claim it as their own. However, this was initially only released in the UK as the flip side of “Here Comes My Girl”, in both 7” and 12” format. The wide groove, 45 RPM 12” single is a devastating piece of vinyl. Stan Lynch’s bass drum sounds as though it’s gonna break a window, Mike Campbell’s fuzz and tremolo guitar is in your face, Ron Blair’s bass thunders away, Belmont Tench’s organ channels the 60’, and Tom’s vocal is felt with pure velocity. words / d see

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers :: Don’t Bring Me Down (live ’78)

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5 thoughts on “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Don’t Bring Me Down (Live ’78)

  1. Couldn’t get into Tom Petty , enjoyed some of his music but the highlights for my taste were few. Enjoying this share.



  2. This was the KMET 94.7 TP who I felt was like a friend of mine, covering an Animal’s tune just as I was getting to know it. At that time you’d hear some cool old song on the radio but finding a copy down at Licorice Pizza or wherever was by no means automatic. So bands like TP & the Heartbreakers were like a bridge to the past while being new and even edgy at the same time. So thanks Tom.

  3. “Don’t Bring Me Down” also sneaked out on a very limited release in New Zealand on the backside of “Don’t do Me Like that” (MCA 41138) before being replaced wirh “Casa Dega”

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