Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (styled on the cover with quotation marks) is the seventh studio album by the American band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1987. It features the most songwriting collaborations between Petty and lead guitarist Mike Campbell out of any Petty album.

Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 21, 1987
Recorded1986–87
StudioSound City and M.C. Studios, LA
Genre
Length41:08
LabelMCA
Producer
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
(1985)
Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
(1987)
Full Moon Fever
(1989)
Singles from Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
  1. "Jammin' Me"
    Released: April 18, 1987
  2. "Runaway Trains"
    Released: 1987
  3. "All Mixed Up"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Think About Me"
    Released: 1987

The Heartbreakers' approach when starting to work on the album in 1986 was to make it sound like a live recording. This technique was in marked contrast to the heavy studio production on the band's previous album, Southern Accents, and was influenced by touring as Bob Dylan's backing band.

Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) is also notable for being the only previous studio album not represented on Petty's 1993 Greatest Hits album, even though the single "Jammin' Me" (co-written with fellow Traveling Wilbury Bob Dylan) was No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks for four weeks, and No. 18 on the Hot 100. "Jammin' Me" was later included on the compilation album Anthology: Through the Years.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Blender     [2]
Chicago Tribune    [3]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
The Essential Rock Discography5/10[6]
MusicHound3.5/5[7]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [9]

The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic described the album as "their simplest album since Hard Promises." However, he also stated that Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) was "filled with loose ends, song fragments, and unvarnished productions, it's a defiantly messy album, and it's all the better for it."[10]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Tom Petty, except where noted..

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jammin' Me"Petty, Bob Dylan, Mike Campbell4:09
2."Runaway Trains"Petty, Campbell5:13
3."The Damage You've Done" 3:53
4."It'll All Work Out" 3:11
5."My Life/Your World"Petty, Campbell4:40
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Think About Me" 3:45
7."All Mixed Up"Petty, Campbell3:42
8."A Self-Made Man" 3:02
9."Ain't Love Strange" 2:40
10."How Many More Days" 3:18
11."Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)"Petty, Campbell3:31

ChartsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 63
US Billboard 200 20
UK Album Charts (OCC) 59[12]

CertificationsEdit

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Gold[13]

PersonnelEdit

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  • Tom Petty – lead and backing vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string, bass)
  • Mike Campbell – lead guitars (12-string, electric, acoustic, bass, resonator, slide), koto, keyboards, dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, percussion
  • Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, vibraphone, synthesizer
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Stan Lynch – drums, percussion

Production

  • Annalisa – photography
  • Bruce Barris – assistant engineer
  • Nick Basich – assistant engineer
  • Mike Campbell - production, engineer
  • Paul Chinn - photography
  • Mark Desisto – assistant engineer
  • Mick Haggerty – design, art
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Tom Petty - production
  • Don Smith – engineer
  • Mike Shipley – mixing
  • Andy Udoff – assistant engineer
  • Alan Weidel – assistant engineer
  • Shelly Yakus – overdub engineer

CertificationsEdit

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Gold[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ "Tom Petty: Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)". Blender. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (September 1, 1991). "Through The Years With Tom Petty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: tom petty and the heartbreakers".
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 2005. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 816. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  7. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 870. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)".
  9. ^ "Tom Petty: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 232/233. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "let me up (i've had enough) | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2019-03-21.