Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers ‎– Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Shelter Records ‎– SRL 52006
Vinyl, LP, Album, Santa Maria Pressing

Companies, etc.



Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria pressing denoted by "S1" & "S2" etches in runouts (may be very faint).
First pressing on yellow label with orange print.

℗ 1976 Shelter Recording Co., Inc. © 1976 Shelter Recording Co., Inc.
Shelter Recording Co. Inc., Distributed By ABC Records, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif. 90027, New York, N.Y. 10019

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etch / MASTERED stamped [Var 1]): SRL-52006 A1 F MASTERED BY CAPITOL l KP S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etch / MASTERED stamped [Var 1]): SRL 52006 B2 F MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etch / MASTERED stamped [Var 2]): SRL-52006 AF MASTERED BY CAPITOL A3 KP S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etch / MASTERED stamped [Var 2]): SRL-52006 B1 MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP 8 S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): SRL 52006-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): SRL 52006-B
  • Rights Society: BMI


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October 5, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
In 1976 a friend of mine's parents owned a radio station. They were changing their format from rock to country. One day when I stopped in he gave me a stack of "rock" albums that had come in and were of no use to them. He's been trying to buy this back from me for many, many years. Anyway I thought you might like to see the promo version along with the insert.


October 3, 2017

This album was just what the world needed in 1976, though I must confess, I’m waiting for the day when I never hear any of these songs on the radio, or as part of a movie soundtrack again ... so that I can begin enjoying the album again. Rock had taken a strange turn during the year this country celebrated its two hundredth birthday. And while everyone else was looking backwards, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were showing us what was just around the corner, with an incredibly short, but brilliant piece of no nonsense, straight ahead rock and roll.

This is one of those fine pieces of music where all of the songs come from the heart, and are played with a naive exuberance. Now please, give me a moment here ... I remember flipping through albums at a local record shop, when I hit upon this puppy. Just looking at the cover gave no indication of what was hidden inside. There’s Tom, who is one of the nicest guys in the world, with this ‘knock you block off’ smirk on his face [indicating Punk], but he’s wearing a black leather jacket under which is a bandoleer of bullets [indicating Metal], with an explosion behind him [indicating?, I don’t know what]. What grabbed my attention was the logo, the Flying V Guitar piercing a heart ... this was some really serious artwork, artwork that had been given some serious thought and consideration. Of course, had I not been a huge poster collector this aspect may have gone unnoticed ... but since I am, it stuck with me. After flipping through another fifty albums something called me back, I pulled this one out, paid for it, and have been in love with it ever since.

Tom has gone onto become a living legend, having played with everyone, and those he hasn’t are still standing in line hoping to play with him. Tom’s sound has developed, changed, stretched out, and encompassed so much more than is to be found here ... but you know, I’ve come to love that ‘smirk.’ That smirk belays a secret, and I’ve been listening in awe, as that secret has been revealed over the last thirty years.

Review by Jenell Kesler


September 1, 2017
A few listings of this first Petty record mention an insert, but none of the photos (for any version, whether Shelter, ABC, MCA, etc.) show one. Was there an insert on this? Or are they mistaken, or was it maybe a press kit/promo thing?