Find The Hard Promises tour schedule, concert details, reviews and photos. It isn’t that he’s discovered he’s less able than in the past — just that other people don’t always fall into line. By Donna B. on 11/18/19. Sometimes, it’s in the bittersweet edge of his old, swaggering half-sneer. The album tends to be bright, thin, edgy, pinched and gritty -- … 5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Promises? Hard Promises isn’t an answer. 10 tracks (39:37). Sign up for our newsletter. It stars Sissy Spacek and William Petersen. The luminous certainties that shaped Damn the Torpedoes (and have studded Petty’s work like gems since “Anything that’s rock & roll is right”) have given way to blind approaches, maxims for improvement and the hollowness that sets in when all the certainties come up no. It exemplifies the change in Petty’s stance from the cocky pinnacle of self-sufficiency he reached on Damn the Torpedoes to the doubts and dilemmas of the current LP. Hard Promises was the last full album to feature bassist Ron Blair until Mojo, although he would make guest appearances on Long After Dark and Southern Accents and after rejoining the band in 2002, played on select tracks on The Last DJ. But, like much of Hard Promises, “Insider” is rescued and transfigured by Petty’s newly soulful singing. The Heartbreakers also recorded the hit "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" for Nicks' album Bella Donna around the time Hard Promises was recorded. Fitness goals: the hard promises of New Year’s resolutions. The album's title comes from a line in the chorus of "Insider". [12] Petty voiced his objections to the price hike in the press and the issue became a popular cause among music fans. This one is a huge step up from most of what we played. Tom Petty's love affair with the more pop-oriented output of the Byrds and Dylan at their mid-'60s prime continued to find an increasingly wide audience in the '80s--and damned if some people didn't persist in calling it "new wave." Non-delivery of the album or naming it Eight Ninety-Eight were considered, but eventually MCA decided against the price increase.[13]. Promises was a Canadian-based pop group which was founded 1978 in Thousand Oaks, California.The members were siblings Leslie Maria Knauer (born August 20, 1957, Vancouver, vocals, bongos), Jed Knauer (born July 17, 1955, Toronto, guitar, piano) and Benny Knauer (born October 21, 1958, Vancouver, keyboards and vocals). Rated #178 in the best albums of 1981, and #9267 of all-time album.. David Mansfield on His Years With Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby, Johnny Cash, and Sting, Journey Frontman Arnel Pineda on the Band’s New Record, Dreams of a Steve Perry Reunion. 8:54. [14], During the recording of the album, John Lennon was scheduled to be in the same studio at the same time. The Heartbreakers also recorded the hit "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" for Nicks' album Bella Donna around the time Hard Promises was recorded. It’d fare better with no drums at all. In 2000 it was voted number 968 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. The … View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1981 Vinyl release of Hard Promises on Discogs. There’s a peculiar challenge that faces rock & rollers who aren’t at the music’s cutting edge: the problem of how to mature. It remains an ageless American rock & roll song and signals the rest of the album making the most of Jimmy Iovine’s production, just like Damn the Torpedoes had. 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