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    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1976 Debut Album Promo Poster. A promo poster from Shelter Records (in conjunction with ABC Records) for the debut LP from Tom Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers.

    Formed out of the break-up from Mudcrutch, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench hooked up with Ron Blair and Stan Lynch to become a new band. Even though Petty had top billing, this was a band that worked well together for decades. Releasing their self-titled debut album on Mudcrutch's label, Shelter, the album found more success originally in England and not in the US.

    The album and singles "American Girl" and "Breakdown" were - strangely, in retrospect - promoted as from an emerging new wave/punk band. Even though their sound was more in debt to the Byrds, pushing a new young band in the era of punk made sense at the time.

    Poster replicates the album cover, featuring a half-smiling Petty below the band's original logo. So much audio gold would come from this band for many years to go. This was the beginning point.

    Measures 22" x 35" and grades to Very Good condition. Has some surface scuffing above "Petty" and on the red-heart logo. Color-breakthrough creasing in the upper left corner, in both the blue and the black; a creased lower left corner, with also some light white scuffing in that area; and general light surface creasing to this poster's glossy surface from handling over the years. Verso has 10 instances of tape residue and tape lifts, from when it was once posted.

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    May, 2021
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
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