Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Hard Promises

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Before embarking on a 20-year Heartbreaker hiatus, finesse song player Ronald Edward Blair waxed, what is to my ears, some of the finest bass performances on any Petty platter. Though Duck Dunn was called in to cut "A Woman In Love" - a groove which was certainly within Ron's range - this is Blair's baby. Dig his legato phrasing on "The Criminal Kind," the heavy pocket on "King's Road," the smooth undertaking of "A Thing About You," and the subtle glissandos and sustained upper register movement beneath "The Waiting" and "The Night Watchman." 

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