Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Live At Paradise, Boston (1978)


Recorded live in Boston in July 1978

This is one of those now readily-available radio broadcasts that have flooded the market, particularly the download one, in recent years. This one dates from 1978 and has a relatively youthful Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers playing thirteen songs superbly, full of vigour and enthusiasm. Although they hung onto the coat-tails of punk and new wave, particularly in the UK, they were much better than that. They certainly show that here.

The main point about this album, as well as The Heartbreakers' excellent performance, is the absolutely superb sound, especially considering it dates from 1978. It is worlds apart in quality from "Southern Accents: Live In The Sunshine State" from fifteen years later in 1993. The sound is crystal clear, the bass warm and thumping, the guitars and vocal distinct. Furthermore the crowd noise is kept at a low volume.

The material is largely taken from the band's first two albums, plus some interesting covers at the end - "I Fought The Law", "Shout", "Route 66" and "I'm A King Bee". I would highly recommended this download. Superb stuff.


1. Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll
2. Fooled Again
3. I Need To Know
4. Don't Bring Me Down
5. You're Gonna Get It
6. Breakdown
7. American Girl
8. Strangered In The Night
9. Too Much Ain't Enough
10. Shout
11. I Fought The Law
12. Route 66
13. I'm A King Bee


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