Long After Dark

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Long After Dark
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1982 (1982-11-02)
StudioRecord Plant, Wally Heider's and Crystal, Hollywood, CA; Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA
GenreHeartland rock
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Hard Promises
Long After Dark
Southern Accents
Singles from Long After Dark
  1. "You Got Lucky / Between Two Worlds"
    Released: October 22, 1982
  2. "Change of Heart /"
    Released: February 1983
  3. "Straight into Darkness / A Wasted Life"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Blender1/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]
The Essential Rock Discography5/10[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[8]

Long After Dark is the fifth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released November 2, 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the MTV hit "You Got Lucky", the album was also the band's first to feature Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein's vocals are prevalent throughout the album and from that point on, became an integral part of the Heartbreakers' sound.

Two other singles from the album were released, "Change of Heart" and "Straight into Darkness". The first of these joined "You Got Lucky" in the Billboard top 40. In July 2018, "Keep a Little Soul", an outtake from Long After Dark, was released as the first single to promote Petty's box set An American Treasure. "Keeping Me Alive", another outtake from the sessions for the album,[9] was a Petty favorite, and was eventually released on his and the Heartbreakers' 1995 box set Playback, as well as on An American Treasure.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

Side one
1."A One Story Town" 3:06
2."You Got Lucky"Petty, Mike Campbell3:37
3."Deliver Me" 3:28
4."Change of Heart" 3:18
5."Finding Out"Petty, Campbell3:36
Side two
6."We Stand a Chance" 3:38
7."Straight into Darkness" 3:49
8."The Same Old You"Petty, Campbell3:31
9."Between Two Worlds"Petty, Campbell5:12
10."A Wasted Life" 4:35
Total length:37:44


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Additional musicians

  • Ron Blair – bass guitar on "Between Two Worlds"
  • Phil Jones – percussion


  • Jimmy Iovine – production
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Tom Petty – production
  • Don Smith – engineer
  • Tommy Steele – design
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer[10]



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