Petty and Mudcrutch traveled cross-country to California in
1974 with drummer Randall Marsh, Guitarist Mike Campbell,
Keyboard player Benmont Tench and guitarist Danny Roberts,
seeking fame and fortune, and they immediately signed a contract
with the up-and-coming L.A. based Shelter Records.
As the first single on Shelter, "Depot Street" was
released, the band lived in Leon Russell's recording studio
for months recording an album of the early catalog of Tom
Petty songs. Then,
in early '75 after Danny left, they brought in bass player
Charlie Souza. However, being confined to the studio took
its toll, and band members went their seperate ways."