Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
(1976; originally Shelter/ABC, now Rhino/ Warner Bros.)
The cool “Rockin’ Around (with You)” kicks off this casually auspicious debut, then “Breakdown” conveys both urgency and edge. Wrapping it up, “American Girl” is the Byrds song that Roger McGuinn forgot to write (but will later cover). Charmingly underproduced by today’s standards; you wouldn’t want it any other way.
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