Tom Petty Playback (6-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 6
- Released: November 14, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: MCA
Description by OLDIES.com:
6-disc, 92-track Tom Petty collection featuring 27 previously unreleased tracks, 15 hard-to-find b-sides and an 84-page, full-color book!
Spin - 2/96, pp.85-868 - Very Good - "...Petty's pure rock is always there as an option, shining up your backyard when you're sick and tired of trends and experiments....It's the voice of a rock pack-rat into everything from Elvis to Nirvana..."
Q - 1/96, p.1484 Stars - Excellent - "...One of the most intuitively coherent of American heartland rock'n'roll groups....The Heartbreakers' back catalogue has strength, depth and longevity..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Tied for #7 on the Reissues list of Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.American Girl
- 3.Hometown Blues
- 4.Anything That's Rock & Roll
- 5.I Need to Know
- 6.Listen to Her Heart
- 7.When the Time Comes
- 8.Too Much Ain't Enough
- 9.No Second Thoughts
- 10.Baby's a Rock & Roller
- 12.Here Comes My Girl
- 13.Even the Losers
- 14.Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)
- 15.Don't Do Me Like That
- 16.The Waiting
- 17.Woman in Love, A (It's Not Me)
- 18.Something Big
- 19.A Thing About You
- 21.You Can Still Change Your Mind
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.You Got Lucky
- 2.Change of Heart
- 3.Straight into Darkness
- 4.The Same Old You
- 6.Don't Come Around Here No More
- 7.Southern Accents
- 8.Make It Better (Forget About Me)
- 9.The Best of Everything
- 10.So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star
- 11.Don't Bring Me Down
- 12.Jammin' Me
- 13.It'll All Work Out
- 14.Mike's Life / Mike's World
- 15.Think About Me
- 16.A Self-Made Man
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.Free Fallin'
- 2.I Won't Back Down
- 3.Love Is a Long Road
- 4.Runnin' Down a Dream
- 5.Yer So Bad
- 6.Alright for Now
- 7.Learning to Fly
- 8.Into the Great Wide Open
- 9.All or Nothin'
- 10.Out in the Cold
- 11.Built to Last
- 12.Mary Jane's Last Dance
- 13.Christmas All over Again
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Casa Dega
- 2.Heartbreakers Beach Party
- 4.Cracking Up
- 5.Psychotic Reaction
- 6.I'm Tired Joey Boy
- 7.Lonely Weekends
- 8.Gator on the Lawn
- 9.Make That Connection
- 10.Down the Line
- 11.Peace in L.A. - (Peace Mix)
- 12.It's Rainin' Again
- 13.Somethin' Else
- 14.I Don't Know What to Say to You
- 15.King's Highway
Tracks on Disc 5:
- 1.On the Street
- 2.Depot Street
- 3.Cry to Me
- 4.Don't Do Me Like That - (Mudcrutch Version)
- 5.I Can't Fight It
- 6.Since You Said You Loved Me
- 7.Louisiana Rain
- 8.Keeping Me Alive
- 9.Turning Point
- 10.Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - (demo)
- 11.Apartment Song, The - (demo)
- 12.Big Boss Man
- 13.The Image of Me
- 14.Moon Pie
- 15.Damage You've Done, The - (country version)
Tracks on Disc 6:
- 1.Got My Mind Made Up - (original version)
- 2.Ways to Be Wicked
- 3.Can't Get Her Out
- 4.Waiting for Tonight
- 6.Baby Let's Play House
- 7.Wooden Heart
- 8.God's Gift to Man
- 9.You Get Me High
- 10.Come on Down to My House
- 11.You Come Through
- 12.Up in Mississippi Tonight
PLAYBACK is a career retrospective spanning Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' stay at MCA Records. It includes a collection of Petty's best-known material, as well as tracks recorded by his first band, Mudcrutch, solo demos, 27 previously unreleased songs, B-sides and live cuts.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar); Mike Campbell (guitar); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Howie Epstein (bass); Stan Lynch (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, bass, drums); Stevie Nicks (vocals); Jimmy Iovine (spoken vocals); George Harrison (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (guitar, synthesizer, bass); Tom Leadon, David A. Stewart (guitar); Scott Thurston (slide guitar); Charlie Sousa, Marty Jourard (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Al Kooper (piano); Ron Blair, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Emory Gordy (bass); Randall Marsh, Jim Gordon (drums); Phil Jones, Chris Trujillo, George Drakoulias (percussion); The Bangles, Marilyn Martin (background vocals).
Producers include: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Rick Rubin, Jeff Lynne, Jimmy Iovine.
Engineers include: Shelly Yakus, Don Smith, Richard Dodd.
Recorded between 1976 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Bill Flanagan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica, electric piano, bass guitar, cymbals, background vocals); Dave Stewart (vocals, guitar, sitar, synthesizer); Lenny Kravitz (vocals, bass guitar, drums); Stan Lynch (vocals, drums, percussion, waterphone, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, bass guitar, timpani, bells, background vocals); Scott Thurston (guitar, 6-string bass); Jeff Jourard, Tom Leadon (guitar); Ron Blair (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); George Harrison (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jimmy Ripp, Robbie Blunt, Kevin Dukes (acoustic guitar); Tim Pierce (electric guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Daniel Rothmuller (cello); Charlie Sousa (saxophone, bass guitar); Mike Turre, Harold Todd, Molly Duncan, Phil Kenzie (saxophone); Dave Plews, Lee Thornburg, Michael Hunter (trumpet); Jim Coile, William Bergman, Dick Braun, Kurt McGettrick, John Berry, Jr. (horns); Benmont Tench (piano, electric piano, harmonium, organ, synthesizer, hand claps, background vocals); Al Kooper (piano, organ); Alan Weidel (piano); Mitchell Froom (harpsichord); Garth Hudson (organ); Gary Chang, Scott Humphrey (synthesizer); Howie Epstein (bass guitar, background vocals); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Emory Gordy (bass guitar); Jim Keltner (drums, maracas, tambourine, percussion); Randall Marsh (drums, hand claps); Steve Ferrone (drums); Noah Shark (maracas); Bobbye Hall (tambourine); Chris Trujillo, George Drakoulias, Brad Dutz (percussion); Clydene Jackson, Sharon Celani, Debbi Peterson, Julia Waters, Marilyn Martin, Maxine Willard Waters, Michael Steele, Phil Seymour, Richard Dodd, Stevie Nicks, Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Don Smith ; Noah Shark; George Drakoulias; Max Reese ; Jim Scott ; Mark Linett; Mike Shipley; Richard Dodd; Roger Linn; Shelly Yakus; Bill Bottrell.
Liner Note Author: Bill Flanagan.
Recording information: Cherokee Studios, Hollywoo; Leon Russell's Home, Encino, CA; Shelter Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA.
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Annie Leibovitz; Robert Matheu; Martyn Atkins; Robert Sebree; Joel Bernstein.
Arranger: Jerry Hey.
PLAYBACK spans 20 years of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' career, from 1973 to 1993. Disc one, titled "The Big Jangle," features Petty's popular early songs, such as "Breakdown," "Refugee" and "The Waiting," and is as close to rock & roll perfection as you're likely to come.
Packed with more than 90 songs PLAYBACK is the definitive Petty document. In addition to his many hits, PLAYBACK features a few oddball cuts. There's a hilarious live version of The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction," sung by drummer Stan Lynch, as well as a demo version of Petty's hit "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," sans Fleetwood Mac vocalist, Stevie Nicks. Another bonus to Petty fans is the inclusion of excellent historical liner notes penned by lauded music critic Bill Flanagan.
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