Mudcrutch Mudcrutch 180g 2LP
TAS Rated 3.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the November 2008 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Mudcrutch was formed in 1970 after Tom Petty's first band, The Sundowners changed its name to The Epics; which then became Mudcrutch. Mudcrutch's lineup consisted of Petty (bass and vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar and vocals), Randall Marsh (drums) and Mike Campbell (guitar). Leadon left the band in 1972 and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist Danny Roberts. Keyboardist Benmont Tench also joined the band. Much like The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Mudcrutch served as the house band at Dub's Diner in its hometown of Gainesville, Florida.
In 1974, Mudcrutch signed with Shelter Records and re-located to Los Angeles, California. The band released one single, "Depot Street," in 1975, which failed to chart. The band broke up later that year. Petty, Campbell, and Tench went on to form the Heartbreakers in 1976 with fellow Gainesville natives Stan Lynch and Ron Blair.
2008 The Return! In August 2007, the original members of Mudcrutch reunited and recorded an album for release in 2008. The Self-Titled Mudcrutch contains 14 old and new tracks. "We would play and then we would just talk about the old days," says Tom Leadon, who left the band in 1972.
Tom Petty's side project Mudcrutch is now available in a special audiophile CD/180g LP package. Mudcrutch engineer Ryan Ulyate says he and the musicians felt they had to compromise on the mass-market CD (released on April 29, 2008). That's because, in general, most popular music CDs are mixed to sound louder for use in cars and for conversion into MP3s. "That makes it really unsatisfying to listen to," Ulyate says. "We have this loudness war that has destroyed the way CDs sound, and we're trying to find a way to get off this spiral."
The original studio recording "has life and dynamics," Ulyate says, "but we are the only people getting to hear that now." He says the audiophile CD is "hands-down better" than the current CD for listening at home!
The included bonus Audiophile CD is made from the same uncompressed stereo masters as the vinyl pressing. It reproduces the music's full dynamic range, so the quiet parts are quieter and the loud parts are louder - just as they were performed. To achieve full dynamic range it's necessary to master with less overall level, so the Audiophile CD may not sound as "loud" as the standard CD or download. To compensate for this, put it on a high quality system and turn it up!
"The superb-sounding LP set comes with a "full-dynamic range" disc. Each boasts terrific depth, outstanding presence, and vivid immediacy, though the vinyl is slightly airier, fuller, and cozier. Demonstration quality all 'round." - Bob Gendron, The Absolute Sound, November 2008
Tom Petty, bass
Tom Leadon, guitar
Randall Marsh, drums
Mike Campbell, guitar
• 180g High Performance Vinyl 2LP
• Bonus "Full Dynamic Range" Uncompressed Audiophile CD
1. Shady Grove
2. Scare Easy
3. Orphan of the Storm
4. Six Days on the Road
5. Crystal River
6. Oh Maria
7. This is a Good Street
8. The Wrong Thing to Do
9. Queen of the Go-Go Girls
10. June Apple
11. Lover of the Bayou
12. Topanga Cowgirl
13. Bootleg Flyer
14. House of Stone