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listen  3. Free Girl Now 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Won't Last Long 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. I Don't Wanna Fight 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. This One's For Me 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. No More 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000IFWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just a few bars into song 1, "Room at the Top," and you know you're in the capable hands of a master songwriter. A mellow chorus wafts by, whispered in Petty's patented Byrdsian drawl, and the song seems to tick-tock to a stop. But storming over the top is a riff from guitarist Mike Campbell. Another chorus and you know there's a bridge creeping up. Petty, in a gesture that's both droll and dynamic, mutters "Hit it" to announce it. The proceedings slow again, then Campbell's gears start grinding again, and there's a grand crescendo that is, if you'll pardon the pun, heartbreakingly wicked. Then Petty murmurs a deep, resonate "No-oh" in a broken, brilliantly understated way that's rock & roll perfect! If you understand the alchemist genius that transmutes such humble metal into gold, you're ready to curl up with 14 songs of near-similar standing. Petty and the Heartbreakers have succeeded in making an album that's stunning in its simplicity yet as carefully ornate and wondrous as a stained-glass window. Indeed, renaissance might be an appropriate tag for the reborn Petty, except that he's never really gone away. Like that "Room at the Top" bridge, he's always been lurking around the corner, waiting to surprise you when the time is right. --Tom Lanham

Customer Reviews

True fans should buy this album.
Alex Boguniewicz
Truth is, there are many good to great songs on this album.
I thought this was one of Tom Petty's best albums.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As a long time (20 years) Petty fan who owns every album including his box set, I can't understand how Echo can be considered inferior to any of his other works. Yes, the sound is still the same - you've heard these tunes before - but isn't that what we love about Tom and the Heartbreakers in the first place. Echo is long overdue with a few classics that are among his best. The album flow follows the same patterns of the past, but once you play it through, you'll repeat the disc over and over until sooner or later you won't be able to get the damn songs out of your head. Not being able to put another disc in the player sums it up best. If that's not a sign of a 5-Star disc, I don't know what is. Lastly, just caught Tom and the Heartbreakers in NYC at Irving Plaza. Best show I've ever seen and they still forgot to play almost everyone of their greatest tunes including some from Echo!!! Bottom line: It's as good as it gets.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laker Fan 67 on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've recently come back to this cd after not listening to it for awhile...my loss because this is one of the most consistent and mature rock albums Tom Petty ever made. There are 3 gems on this that pu this over the top for me : Room At The Top, Swinging and Ome More Day, One More Night. A great effort by the most consistent, tightest rock band around.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sal Nudo VINE VOICE on August 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Room at the Top" quickly sets a plaintive tone on "Echoes." It's a simple, sincere song where Tom Petty sounds at peace with himself and reflective. While these emotions don't last the entire way through, it's a special start to a great album.

Petty hails from Florida and now lives in California, but "Echoes" has a Midwestern feel, an aura that is real and down to earth. A common theme throughout this CD is Petty's usual tale of being down on his luck and bouncing back with gusto, which, truth be told, never gets old to listen to. Petty and his Heartbreakers don't exactly start "Echoes" off with a sonic boom. Save for the familiar jangle of "Free Girl Now," the songs begin sparse and laid back, not at all a bad thing. However, if you're looking for standard Petty rock and roll, give "Echoes" some time; there's some killer material here, starting with "Swingin'" on down. "Swingin'" is a harmonica-laden tune with that aforementioned never-say-die attitude, reminiscent of Petty's "Won't Back Down" days. The song comes off as a bar-stomping ode to all the fighters of the world, complete with a memorable name-check of famous past musicians who never gave up, despite their hardships in life.

Some of these songs contain Petty's brand of old-fashioned sounds and themes, like "Accused of Love" and the title track. Others rock out splendidly -- "Won't Last Long" being a prime example. "I'm down but it won't last long!" Petty cries faithfully on the song, sounding both retro and new at the same time. "I Don't Wanna Fight" is a spark plug of a tune, surprisingly sung by Mike Campbell, a virtual clone of Petty's voice. It turns out to be one of the CD's best tracks.

As "Echoes" moves along, you begin to appreciate the no frills attitude of the Heartbreakers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barry on May 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are some people who, quite sadly and unfortunatley, think aging rock stars don't have it anymore. That they should call it a day because they don't deliver the goods anymore. I can't think of anyone who fits that description, but the same can be said for the new hot acts who, let's face it, don't really deliver. Tom Petty is one of a number of rockers who are not only still out there giving us their absolute best, but he is a master craftsman and songwriter who still delivers strong, potent music as if it were still his late 70's to late 80's heyday. "Echo" is an astonishingly tight and rocking rock and roll album that proves that Petty's talent and musicianship is still as sharp as it's ever been. I will go so far to say that this CD is his best effort since "Full Moon Fever". The majority of the album, give or take 5 songs or so, is pretty much upbeat and rocking. The first track, "Room At The Top", has that classic Petty sound, but it's a track I don't really listen too. "I'm A Free Girl Now" is one those good 'ol Petty rock stompers that has that signature sound and edge to it that makes it, undeniably, a Petty tune. "Lonesome Sundown" is a pretty ballad-y type tune that starts off with a western-y type of piano intro that sounds like you were walking through the desert with your horse. Nice tune. "Swingin'" is another track that has that slow melody to it, with that Petty drawl. I don't think there is another modern rock artist out there who can pop out very simple, quick, instantly catchy rock tunes than Petty. This disc is filled with a few of them that grab you by the ear and don't let go until it's over. "Accused Of Love" is one such track.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on June 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Some complain that 'Echo' is a much duller affair than earlier efforts, the production is "bland," they say. However, that is what makes 'Echo' not only a great rock 'n roll record, but an opportunity to breathe in the midst of the constant onslaught of pop chart formula records full of cluttered, synthesized production and pretty girls and boys offering their oh so salacious voices for exorbitant sums of money from teenage wallets. 'Echo' is a dagger in the hearts of the "rock is dead" mantra. Yes, this album is raw, and thank God! There is plenty of pop production to be found these days, and if Petty threw his hat into that ring, oh, what a sad statement it would have been! Instead, we get a collection of aggressive yet tantalizingly delicate rock n' roll that is bound to shock listeners with its almost nostalgic remembrance of a time and place where rock was born: thirty years ago in Woodstock, Abbey Roads Studio, in Jimmy Page's guitar, in Jimi Hendrix's electric ode to our national anthem, in Bob Dylan's guttural, rhapsodic croon. Those are the places from which 'Echo' gathered its foundation, and the proof is most definitely in the pudding. Any youngster who is curious about the origins of modern day rock is advised to purchase this album, and any disenfranchised baby boomers wondering where the music went are obligated to do so.
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