Are You Gonna Get It?
R. Mix | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 05/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Often the orphan or forgotten child in the Tom Petty discography, 'You're Gonna Get It' nevertheless (or because of it, perhaps) remains a favorite of mine. I spent much of the Summer of 1978 playing 'Get It' back-to-back with mid-Sixties Stones' albums, particularly 'Out Of Our Heads' and 'December's Children'.
There was a symmetry between those albums that fascinated me. The snarl, the abandon, the unremitting full-speed-ahead demeanor. Just as much of those early Stones' records were undoubtably written on the road, so seems 'Get It'. It's tough and edgy: "When The Time Comes", "I Need To Know", "Too Much Ain't Enough", "No Second Thoughts", "Hurt", "Restless" and of course, "You're Gonna Get It". These aren't Celine Dion songs, are they?
Sure, 'Get It' lacks the stylistic variety of the debut, but it rocks with a toughness and a ferocity only hinted at on 'Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers'. And yet the trademark tunefulness remains intact throughout. To wit, it was on "Magnolia" that Heartbreaker's keyboardist Benmont Tench perfected his use of the resonant, well-placed piano chords that would punctuate future Tom Petty hits.
And it was here that the Heartbreakers had their first brush with commercial success, both with the single "Listen To Her Heart" and the album as a whole. But who would've predicted the massive success their next release ('Damn The Torpedos') would bring?
While this album was much-better produced than the debut, it still benefits from Joe Gastwirt's remastering. The sound is wonderful: tough, full and ringing. And again, Bill Flanagan's liner notes are spot-on.
But like the debut, 'You're Gonna Get It' is barely thirty minutes long. That being the case, I would've loved some illuminating demos, or perhaps an especially hot live track or two added to the remastered edition.
But the main thing is that the first two Petty albums have been restored, and join the first three MCA albums in their full sonic glory.
While I would be hesitant to recommend 'Get It' as a starting point to people new to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to fans looking for a dollop of rocking, full-bore Heartbreakers.
Rave on, Tom Petty, rave on."
The Orange Duke | Cupertino, Ca United States | 10/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Considering how much he's slowed down of late, it's probably not surprising that some people forget that Tom Petty started out as a rocker. Indeed, he put out so many excellent albums for so long that it seemed he would never stumble. This album is a case in point. Often disregarded or ignored, it is in fact excellent, filled with little noticed gems. Here Petty is in his element, and what an element it is, mixing the country styling of The Byrds, the folk mastery of Brewer and Shipley with the rock sensibility of Creedence. He defines a new era in `classic rock'. Rightly placed alongside mainstream rock giants like Mellancamp and Springsteen, Petty is like them but definitely has own style, his own version of Southern charm. Check out the propulsive `Need To Know' and the driving `When The Time Comes'. Equally good are `No Second Thoughts', the title track and `Restless' all of which are quite smooth. Petty also evidence a lyrical subtly that marked him for greatness, even at this early stage, check out `Listen To Her Heart' which expresses supreme trust and confidence in a lover, not exactly a typical stance for a rock song. The great thing about Petty is his music never ages, it sounds just as fresh and exciting today as it did when the album came out, if anything, it has improved with age."