1978/12/30 San Francisco, CA PRO DVD source #2

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Live Winterland Ballroom 12-30-78 DVD
December 30, 1978
Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Excellent quality Pro-shot broadcast recording of Tom Petty, recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom, in San Francisco, CA on December 30th, 1978. DVD has a total running time of 87 minutes, and quality is about 8/10 Black & White Footage. Track listing is as follows:

01 Surrender
02 Anything that’s rock ‘n roll
03 Fooled again(I don’t like it)
04 Casa dega
05 I need to know
06 Take a bow phil
07 Refugee
08 Dark end of the street
09 Listen to her heart
10 You’re gonna get it
11 Mystery man
12 American girl
13 Breakdown
14 Strangered in the night
15 Too much aint enough
16 Shout
17 I fought the law
18 Any way you want it
19 Even the losers

Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings : BVOP
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=15
Duration : 8 min 56 s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 2 137 kb/s
Maximum bit rate : 9 008 kb/s
Width : 704 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits

Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Commercial name : Dolby Digital
Muxing mode : DVD-Video
Duration : 8 min 56 s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192 kb/s
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel layout : L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 12.3 MiB (8%)

Liner Notes
Tom Petty – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Ron Blair – bass; Mike Campbell – guitar, vocals; Stan Lynch – drums; Benmont Tench – keyboards, vocals

After a warm introduction from Bill Graham, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took to the Winterland stage the night before the revered venue would be closed forever with a capstone set by the Grateful Dead on New Year’s Eve. Petty was a perfect installment to drive home the final days of Winterland and was very well-received by an audience of young San Franciscans, keeping his vibe upbeat but also tapping into some of the despondency that makes him so accessible as a musician to fans worldwide. Early in their career, Petty and the Heartbreakers only had two albums under their belts at the time of this show, the self-titled debut in ’76 and the 1978 follow-up You’re Gonna Get It!

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kick things off with “Surrender” before launching into “Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” and proceed to play an hour and a half of early hits, carving out their signature sound of rollicking heartland rock to the Winterland audience. “Casadega” is a pretty, lesser-known ode about a town in Florida, and then Petty gets into the rest of his set with many of the favorites that have made him a household name: “I Need to Know,” “Refugee,” “Listen To Her Heart,” “American Girl,” and “Breakdown,” all renditions of classic songs that don’t, at this early stage of their career, bear the stamp of time that today weathers many Petty compositions. Petty chats with the audience, telling a funny story about a card game the night before introducing “another new song, Refugee.”

Tom Petty grew up in Gainesville, Florida and embraces an all-American sensibility in his songwriting, which recalls that of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Bruce Springsteen. Much of his compositions have a raucous vibe but are rooted in strong characters and stories of the downtrodden heroes of our culture. At 17, Petty left school to join Mudcrutch, who then relocated to LA just before breaking up. Petty remained active with some other musical ensembles before honing his songwriting skills with the Heartbreakers, and in 1976 the band released their self-titled debut, which was first a hit in England before American audiences caught on. A few years later, they released their breakthrough album, Damn the Torpedoes which spent seven weeks at number two on the US charts. And the rest, as they say, is history, and today Petty is one of rock’s most respected, enduring, and best loved performers.


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