Tom Petty Greatest Hits
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- Released: November 9, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: MCA
Spin - 1/94, p.76Highly 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 - Excellent
- 1.American Girl, An
- 3.Listen to Her Heart
- 4.I Need to Know
- 6.Don't Do Me Like That
- 7.Even the Losers
- 8.Here Comes My Girl
- 9.The Waiting
- 10.You Got Lucky
- 11.Don't Come Around Here No More
- 12.I Won't Back Down
- 13.Runnin' Down a Dream
- 14.Free Fallin'
- 15.Learning to Fly
- 16.Into the Great Wide Open
- 17.Mary Jane's Last Dance - (previously unreleased)
- 18.Something in the Air - (remix, previously unreleased)
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).
Personnel: Tom Petty (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Mike Campbell (guitar, keyboards); Benmont Tench (keyboards, background vocals); Stan Lynch (drums, background vocals); Howie Epstein, Phil Seymour (background vocals).
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."
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