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The Penguin Discography: You Got Lucky

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You Got Lucky
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Tom Petty, Mike/Michael Campbell

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Date Performance 1982-00-00
Running Time 3:37
Performers Tom Petty (Lead Vocal), Tom Petty (Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (Lead Guitar), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Synthesizer), Howie Epstein (Bass Guitar), Howie Epstein (Background Vocal), Stan Lynch (Drums), Phil Jones (Percussion), Tom Petty (Produced By), Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), Shelly Yakus (Engineered By), Shelly Yakus (Mixed By), Don Smith (Mixed By)
CommentsRecorded at: Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, CA, Crystal, Hollywood, CA and Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA. Mixed at: Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA (Backstreet Records/MCA Records) "'You Got Lucky' was one of Michael's, done to a loop," Benmont remembers. "It was the first time we had used a real synthesizer on a record. We had to get a guy in to show us how to turn it on and get any kind of noise out of it at all. They made me play it. Michael played a cheap Yamaha on the demo, a really cheap, six-inch long synthesizer, battery-powered, that sounded great so we spent forever trying to recreate that sound." "I wanted an Ennio Morricone guitar thing, a spaghetti western guitar sound," Petty says, "and Mike came up with a great thing for that. It's not one of my favorties. I think the guitar playing and the drumming is much better than the song. Stan and Mike played great. It's a really good pop record and it was a hit but we rarely play it anymore. "Actually the most illuminating thing about my writing to me lately was that tribute album {You Got Lucky, a Tribute to Tom Petty by twelve alternative bands on Backyard Records} The way Edsel did 'You Got Lucky' was so strange and good and I never would have hit on that approach in a million years. They were not afraid to completely abandon the structure and there was a tone, an attitude, in the way they sang it that made it a menacing, frightening thing. And much more powerful, I thought, than the way we did it. If I were to play it again, I'd do it like that, because it sounded more real." The promotional music video was directed by Jim Lenahan.
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Playback (1995)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Playback (1995)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
A Bunch Of Videos And Some Other Stuff (0000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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Running Time 4:20
Performers Tom Petty (6 String Electric Guitars), Tom Petty (6 String Acoustic Guitars), Tom Petty (12-String Electric Guitars), Tom Petty (12-String Acoustic Guitars), Tom Petty (Vocals), Mike/Michael Campbell (Lead Guitar), Mike/Michael Campbell (12-String Guitars), Mike/Michael Campbell (Lap Steel Guitars), Mike/Michael Campbell (Slide Guitars), Howie Epstein (Bass), Howie Epstein (Mandolin), Howie Epstein (Harmony Vocals), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Keyboards), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Vocals), Stan Lynch (Drums), Stan Lynch (Vocals), Jimmy Z(avala)/Z(anala) (Saxes), Jimmy Z(avala)/Z(anala) (Harmonica), Lee Thornburg/Thornberg/Thomberg (Trumpets), Lee Thornburg/Thornberg/Thomberg (Flugel Horn), Nick Lane (Trombones), Nick Lane (Euphonium), Pat Peterson (Backing Vocals), Pat Peterson (Percussion), Caroll Sue Hill (Backing Vocals), Caroll Sue Hill (Percussion), Doug Field (Recorded By), Mike Carver (Recorded By)
CommentsRecorded at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California. Engineered in the Westwood One Mobile truck, either August 6th or 7th, 1985. With Soul Lips Horns & The Rebeletts. Not included on the CD issue of the album.
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Pack Up The Plantation: Live (0000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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