Tom Petty - Highway Companion (2006/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Tom Petty - Highway Companion (2006/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Tom Petty - Highway Companion (2006/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:43 minutes | 940 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Images of the master tapes (PDF)

Highway Companion, Tom Petty's third solo album, was recorded at Bungalow Palace and Shoreline Recorders in Los Angeles, CA. Jeff Lynne produced the album with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell. Both "Saving Grace" and "Big Weekend" were released to radio as singles. The record peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and hit number one on the US Rock Albums chart in 2006. HD Remastered in 2015.

Tom Petty's concept for his third solo album is laid bare in its very title: it's called Highway Companion, which is a tip-off that this record was made with the road in mind. As it kicks off with the chugging Jimmy Reed-via-ZZ Top riff on "Saving Grace," the album does indeed seem to be ideal music for road trips, but Petty changes gears pretty quickly, down-shifting to the bittersweet acoustic "Square One." Although the album ramps back up with the '60s-styled pop of "Flirting with Time" and the swampy, Dylan-esque "Down South," the quick move to the ruminative is a good indication that for as good as Highway Companion can sound on the road, Petty looks inward on this album just as frequently as he looks outward. Perhaps this is the best indication that this is indeed a solo affair, not a rock & roll record with the Heartbreakers. Petty of course doesn't go it completely alone here: his longtime guitarist Mike Campbell is here as is producer/co-writer Jeff Lynne, who helmed Petty's 1989 solo debut, Full Moon Fever, and the Heartbreakers' 1991 Into the Great Wide Open and now returns to the fold 15 years later. Lynne's previous Petty productions were so bright, big, and shiny, they would have been suitable for an ELO album, and given that track record, it would be easy to assume that he would follow the same template for Highway Companion, but that's not the case at all. Highway Companion has as much in common with the rustic, handmade overtones of 1994's Wildflowers as it does with the pop sheen of Full Moon Fever – it is precise and polished, yet it's on a small scale, lacking the layers of overdubs that distinguish Lynne's production, and the end result is quite appealing, since it's at once modest but not insular. But Highway Companion also feels a little off, as if Petty is striving to make a fun rock & pop record – a soundtrack for the summer, or at least a good drive – but his heart is in making a melancholy introspective album, where he's grappling with getting older. This gives the album a sad undercurrent even at its lightest moments, which makes it ideal for driving alone late at night. Since it arrives after the bombastic The Last DJ, it's refreshing to hear Petty underplay his themes here, and it also helps that Lynne helps toughen up his songcraft. All this makes Highway Companion at the very least another typically reliable collection from Petty, but at its core, it's moodier than most of his records. It has a lot in common with Petty's divorce album, Echo, but it's coming from a different place – one that's content, yet still unsettled. That may mean that this album isn't quite as fun as it initially seems on the surface, but that bittersweet undercurrent does indeed make Highway Companion a good partner for long nights on the road.

Tracklist:

01 - Saving Grace
02 - Square One
03 - Flirting With Time
04 - Down South
05 - Jack
06 - Turn This Car Around
07 - Big Weekend
08 - Night Driver
09 - Damaged By Love
10 - This Old Town
11 - Ankle Deep
12 - The Golden Rose

Tom Petty Hi-Res Remastering Note:
The Hi-Res (24bit 96K) remastering of the Tom Petty catalog reveals a level of detail that was only previously heard by a select group of musicians, producers and engineers in the studio. It’s as close to the sound of original stereo master as you can get. We’re very happy with the way it came out, and believe it’s an important way to preserve the legacy of this great body of work.

If hearing the highest possible sound quality is important to you, then this is where you’ll get it.

The remastering was done in the fall of 2014 by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. I supervised it and Tom approved it. Great care was taken to find the original first-generation masters and transfer them with minimal eq and little or no dynamic range compression. In cases where the first-generation masters were unusable, we used the best sounding second-generation masters.*

To allow for full dynamic range, and to let the music “breathe” the Hi-Res versions have about 6-8db less digital level than a typical “loud” peak-limited CD or mp3. To enjoy these albums to their fullest extent, play them back though a good system and turn up the volume.

With this increased level of detail and sonic impact, we hope you'll enjoy rediscovering these great albums as much as we did!
Analyzed: Tom Petty / Highway Companion (Remastered 2015)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -2.32 dB -16.05 dB 3:47 01-Saving Grace
DR12 -4.98 dB -20.32 dB 3:26 02-Square One
DR12 -1.55 dB -15.49 dB 3:13 03-Flirting With Time
DR12 -2.89 dB -16.39 dB 3:26 04-Down South
DR13 -1.37 dB -17.03 dB 2:27 05-Jack
DR12 -1.57 dB -16.47 dB 3:58 06-Turn This Car Around
DR12 -1.15 dB -15.30 dB 3:15 07-Big Weekend
DR13 -2.74 dB -17.49 dB 4:27 08-Night Driver
DR12 -4.03 dB -17.32 dB 3:22 09-Damaged By Love
DR12 -2.42 dB -17.13 dB 4:15 10-This Old Town
DR13 -3.46 dB -17.03 dB 3:22 11-Ankle Deep
DR11 -2.98 dB -17.19 dB 4:44 12-The Golden Rose
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2811 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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