Spin - 1/94, p.76
Highly Recommended - "...Petty's always had a real ear for the cultural charms of new-Americana--its freeway overpasses, tattoos, and taco shops--which he brilliantly mythologized..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/19/93, p.92
"...give Tom Petty his due...he's finally released a GREATEST HITS album that is just what it says it is..." - Rating: A-
Q - 12/93, p.1434 Stars
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitars, keyboards); Benmobt Tench (vocals, keyboards); Howie Epstein (vocals, bass); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums); Mike Campbell (guitar, keyboards, bass).
Producers include: Rick Rubin, Jimmy Iovine, David A. Stewart, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne.
Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (Oceanview, Los Angeles, California).
Tom Petty has a way with a rock song, and this greatest hits package contains many of his best, including "American Girl," "The Waiting," and "Don't Come Around Here No More."
CD contains 1 bonus track.
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Benmont Tench (keyboards, background vocals); Stan Lynch (drums, background vocals); Howie Epstein (background vocals).
Photographer: Dennis Callahan.
In the 1970s and '80s, amid the rise of New Wave and synth pop, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers almost single-handedly brought old-school power-pop and garage-rock musical values into the mainstream. The roots-conscious Floridians are often regarded as "heartland rockers," and tunes like the jangling, Byrds-like "American Girl" certainly make a case for that appellation. At the same time, "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "You Got Lucky" eagerly expand that stylistic template with haunting atmospherics and neo-psychedelic touches.
GREATEST HITS offers a handy, hook-laden, single-disc summary of this great American band. It traverses the Heartbreakers' journey from raw, lean '70s enfants terribles to elder rock-&-roll statesmen. Conveniently, it also includes the two best Heartbreakers tunes never to grace one of their studio albums--"Mary Jane's Last Dance" and the Petty/Stevie Nicks duet, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."