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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
For every music fan
By Taylor Ann
Awesome documentary about one of the greatest albums of all time. Different band members talk about each song. The episode that aired (the main part of this DVD) is only about 40 minutes long and talks about half of the album. There's bonus clips that can be watched all at once that talk about the rest of the songs. A lot of the clips are pretty funny and you get to see Tom playing the acoustic guitar and singing parts of a couple songs. Definitely enjoyed this.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
Series Gets Better and Better
By Michael Costa
First of all, this series is really hitting its stride--they're nailing everything a fan would want to know about each album, and the DVD extras are a must. They're often as good or better than the actual show. Check out "Never Mind the Bollocks" for the best example of that.
"Damn the Torpedoes" has always been one of my favorite albums (I've owned it in every medium possible since it was released in 1979) and everyone here, even Jimmy Iovine, is present to to break down one of the best sounding, finest written rock albums of all time.
Only Stan Lynch, who left the band in the 90's, has archival interview footage, instead of being specifically shot for this show. No problem though, because I can watch Mike Campbell play his Rickenbacker part for "Here Comes My Girl" about a thousand times (check out the DVD extra about that guitar--which is also on the cover--and its connection to George Harrison), or Benmont Tench play his part from "Don't Do Me Like That" another thousand times.
Eagle Vision is really on a roll with what they're deeming to be considered a "Classic Album" for the series. They're all records that come from an era when creativity trumped the ease of technology in the studio.
In fact, many of the sounds you can duplicate on Pro Tools and other recording software programs come from the fertile minds of this era in rock--these people are legends, and they need to have their stories told before they pass away, much like Ken Burns's approach to his documentaries.
I have only one complaint about "...Torpedoes" though--I really wanted to know why Tom Petty yells, "Shelly! Hey! Here Comes My Girl..." during that song. I know Shelly is Shelly Yackus, the engineer on the record... but what's the story behind that?
Update 10/13/10: Thanks for all the solutions to the lyrical dilemma described above. I'll go with "above it/shove it" unless Tom logs on here and says differently!
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Petty Torpedoes Classic Album DVD
By Michael P. Tucker
Great look inside the process of making a record that stands the test of time. Shows how songwriting, arranging, performance, recording and mixing come together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. As a guitar player, its lots of fun to see Petty and Campbell play some of their most distinctive licks from "Refugee" and "Here Comes My Girl". The bonus material with Ben Tench also illustrates the importance of his keyboard contributions. On this album, the Heartbreaker guitar players play guitars like pianos, and the keyboardist plays like a guitarist.