Archive | Oct 14, 2017

Certain Songs #1014: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “Between Two Worlds”

Album: Long After Dark
Year: 1982

Despite — or maybe because of — the fact that they’d become one of the biggest bands on the planet, there was no rest for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the early 1980s. So after the Hard Promises tour they went back into the studio to record their fifth album in 6 years, Long After Dark.

But for at least one Heartbreaker, bassist Ron Blair, the pace was too much, and he left the band, to be replaced by Howie Epstein, who had just come off of a successful run on Welcome Back, Kotter.

But before he left, he got to play bass on one last great TP song, maybe my favorite Tom Petty deep cut: the aching, piano-driven mid-tempo stomp “Between Two Worlds.”