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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Make It Better (Forget About Me) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 11th, 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

R.I.P. Tom Petty
October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017

“Make It Better (Forget About Me)” is a song written by Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics. It was released in June 1985 as the third single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1985 album Southern Accents. Musically it is an uptempo number that pays tribute to the Memphis Soul style, with heavy emphasis on horns and funk-inspired rhythm guitar. The music video continues in the Alice in Wonderland motif of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and riffs on the ‘model annoyed by flying insect with the face of the singer superimposed’ as in the then-recent “You Might Think” video by The Cars.

“Make It Better (Forget About Me)” peaked at #54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on July 6, 1985 spending eight weeks on the survey.

SIDE A:
Make It Better (Forget About Me) (Dance Mix) 7:11
Engineer – E.T. Thorngren*
Remix – Shelly Yakus
Remix, Recorded By – Don Smith

SIDE B:
Make It Better (Forget About Me) (Instrumental Mix) 4:16
Engineer – E.T. Thorngren*
Remix, Recorded By – Don Smith

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Make It Better (Forget About Me) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #54
1985 Make It Better (Forget About Me) U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #12

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records ‎– MCA-23559
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Rock
Style:Pop/Rock

CREDITS:
Producer – David Stewart*, Jimmy Iovine, Tom Petty

NOTES:
From the Album “Southern Accents”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

VINYL RESTORATION BY:
-DjPaulT
burningtheground.net

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Sovtek 12AX7LPS Vacuum Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2, ocenaudio
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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22 Responses to “Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Make It Better (Forget About Me) (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    How many times can you possibly thrill me, dear Paul!?! My goodness, I can’t believe Tom Petty actually had a dance remix 12-inch! What a wonderful surprise this is for all of us. I just loved Tom Petty and was extremely saddened by his sudden passing. Thanks Paul for always giving tributes to the one’s we’ve lost. You are so mindful and everything when it comes to things such as this.

    Thrilled, once again!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. I think this might be the only dance mix he released someone can correct me if I am wrong.He really was a treasure to music and the world.

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    Jeff Reply:

    I love this Paul!! Thanks a million for introducing this to me. It reminded me of something Peter Wolfe might have done. These rock mixes mean so much as they are raucous and rowdy and a lot of fun!! Love the instrumental too!

    Jeff

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  2. Daniel Says:

    Thanks a lot Paul for this beautiful tribute to Mr. Tom Petty. I didn’t know about this remix. It sounds great. I generally love 12″ remixes of 80’s rock songs. Tom Petty had some great songs which I loved. And as this song says, it’s the opposite, we won’t forget about him. RIP Tom Petty.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Daniel 🙂

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  3. Stefano Says:

    What a wonderful post Paul. A rare Tom Petty dance remix. Lovely surprise, though it’s so sad he passed away this young.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano. Good to see you iy’s been a while 🙂

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  4. partytimeboy Says:

    Have no idea that there’s a dance mis of this song.
    Thank DjPaulT for it

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome partytimeboy 🙂

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  5. Steveasian Says:

    Wow…. like everyone else, I didn’t know about this dance mix from Tom Petty. It’s nice for you to post his song, a dance mix on your website. You never fail to amazed your fans. Thanks Paul

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Steveasian 🙂

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    George Price Reply:

    You mean,I was the only one who knew of this release? Really??

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  6. George Price Says:

    Paul,
    You are correct about this being the only Dance Mix released by Tom Petty And The HEartbreakers. Last Monday (or is it two Mondays? My mind is still off what with the double punch of what went down in Las Vegas and,almost at the exact same time,what went down with Tom Petty) was a total mindjob…..I was struggling to keep from bawling….and I don’t mind if people read this…Since 1980,with the one two “punch” of discovering both singles from “Damn The Torpedoes” on a local juke box,I’d been a fan of Tom’s. I,unfortunately,never got to see them live,except for their rare but exciting TV appearances and videos shot in concert. Anyway….Thanks for posting this. I’ve been trying to find a copy for decades!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome George Price. I wish I could have posted it under happier times 🙂

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    George Price Reply:

    True. But there’s never a bad time to post any Tom Petty.

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  7. Retro Hound Says:

    I was hoping you would post this terrific dance mix in tribute to Tom Petty and, as always, you came through. Thank you DjPaulT and all the best to you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Retro Hound 🙂

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  8. Grant Says:

    Thank you for this!

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  9. Davos Via 45 Says:

    I only knew Tom thru his late 80s and early 90s hit singles and videos.
    Nice of you to pay tribute to this great artist, but this song isn’t at the level of his best
    like, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Free Fallin’, Learning To Fly, Into The Great Wide Open, which also were accompanied by cool videos.

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    George Price Reply:

    Well,this WAS the album during which Tom fought a wall….and the wall won. (Didn’t mean to parody “I Fought The Law” there)
    But,in all seriousness,the best material was often left for the B Sides of the 45’s (Trailer,anyone?),but I liked this one at the time more than “Don’t Come Around Here No More”,as the mentioned song just didn’t seem to have Tom’s best lyric. But,it’s also an essential part of Tom’s catalog – proving Tom was one of the few whose worst efforts could outshine others’ best efforts by a mile. What’s ironic is,my favorite song on Southern Accents was never seemingly a 45 anywhere – A or B Side: the album closing “The Best Of Everything”.

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  10. Modernaire Says:

    Beautiful comments here guys. Yeah, total shock here as well. I feel, being a Los Angeles native that… a bit of the Valley died with Tom Petty. I know he was a transplant from Gainesville Florida, but he loved this city. It feels… lonely, a strange kind of feeling knowing Tom is not with us.

    A night after Tom’s untimely passing, in the middle of the night, all his great songs rushed in my head in full detail, all the hooks, the key parts, it was strange reaction of mine. That’s when I knew his music did mean a lot to me.

    Then a couple of days later, a real kind of heartbreak set in, I hadn’t realized just how much his music was part of my life. Tom seemed to always BE THERE with a great song, wanting or gaining your attention, and then I’d go about putting attention to other artist(s) and feel awful about not putting just a little more effort into him. I can go on and on marking periods of my life where Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers music was like a touchstone or warm friend, from childhood to adulthood. Now, going to the WB Records tribute outside their offices with my lady is a closing marker. This song was one of them and a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

    I was in high school, we had cable and this song and it’s video was on MTV, along with other greats of that time, Make It Better (Forget About Me) was on semi-constant play and as a teen it was so much fun to watch! And then, I moved on. I loved the song and in recent looking back on YouTube I see the video and I had NOT seen it since 1985 and all kinds of emotions rushed in, and I SMILED and LAUGHED and loved the video all over again!

    Anyway, thank you Paul for uploading this treat, we appreciate it.

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  11. john Says:

    RIP Tom Petty. Your music will live forever

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