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Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

Tom PettyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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Some time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Petty Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B0011V7P0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
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1. American Girl
2. Breakdown
3. Listen To Her Heart
4. I Need To Know
5. Refugee
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
18. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around -with Stevie Nicks

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2008 reissue of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits, originally released in 1993, has gone on to be the best selling collection in the band's four decades and counting career. Over seven times platinum, this collection now has been remastered, updated, and improved with the inclusion of the classic duet with Stevie Nicks, 'Stop Draggin My Heart Around,' in place of their cover of Thunderclap Newman's 'Something In The Air.'

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: You MAY already own this! May 20, 2008
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Do not be fooled by this newest "Greatest Hits" collection released for Tom Petty as it is the same as the package released in 1993 with one minor and one major exception. Additionally, the proclamation that this contains 'EXTRA TRACKS' is completely misleading.

The minor exception is that they have simply changed the cover and the major exception is that they REPLACED the last track on the first Greatest Hits ("Something in the Air") with the Petty/Nicks collaboration "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Hence, there are no EXTRA tracks, but simply a substitute of one for another! "Something in the Air" was an exclusive track and cannot be found on any other Tom Petty collection. Adding "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" as the last track also interrupts the chronological order of the first 17 songs, as it was released in 1981 and follows his 1993 track "Mary Jane's Last Dance." As of this writing, the first Petty hits collection is still in print and about two bucks cheaper. However, I cannot imagine the record companies keeping both available.

As far as the songs go, both of these collections include Petty's biggest hits up to 1993 such as "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That," "The Waiting," and "I Won't Back Down" and it is second only to the two disc anthology titled "Anthology: Through the Years" which I would recommend over this one if you prefer a more comprehensive overview of Petty's work as that collection includes his hits up to the year 2000 and has everything that is on here at a very good price.

If you already own the first "Tom Petty's Greatest Hits" you can always just download "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" if you need that song. As far as a one disc collection goes I cannot imagine one being more thorough than this one. Minus one star, however, for the redundancy and misleading information regarding 'extra tracks.'
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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The first greatest hits collection by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covering from 1977 to 1993 does omit some material, such as "Jammin' Me" from 1987's Let Me Up, but on the whole, serves to demonstrate their impact on the late 1970's through early 90's music scene. Key[]=original studio album.
Petty's first single, "American Girl" defined the sound he brought to American music. The title character was "raised on promises/she couldn't help thinking that there/was a little more to life." It also regained popularity as the song Buffalo Bill's victim was jamming to in Silence Of The Lambs. [Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers]
The downbeat "Breakdown" from the same album, is a statement of connection from a man to a woman.
"Listen To Her Heart" throws verbal punches at the wrong kind of man with designs for a girl, and that opening guitar is wonderful, especially as the drums kick in. Petty really socks it to me: "She's gonna listen to her heart/It's gonna tell her what to do/She might need a lot of loving/But she don't need you." [You're Gonna Get It]
The "is she free or isn't she free?" dilemma is explored in the rockingly engaging but poignant "I Need To Know": "I need to know(I need to know)/Because I don't know how long/I can hold on/And if your makin' me wait/If you're leadin' me on/I need to know(I need to know)." [You're Gonna Get It]
Tom Petty's signature tune, taken from Damn The Torpedoes, is hands-down my favourite. The narrator comforts a girl who's had a rough, tumble-down life and surmises "Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have/Kicked you around some/Tell me why you wanna lay there/Revel in your abandon" And the message in the chorus: "You see, you don't have to live like a Refugee.
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits pulls together 18 great tracks from one of rock's most legendary yet still underrated groups, covering Petty's career from 1976 up through 1993. Of course, Petty has released several classic albums since this GH CD was released, but this album provides fans unfamiliar with the consistency and strength of Petty's early years the chance to see that something good did indeed emerge from the musical doldrums of the 1970s. Petty's whiffs and raw, throaty vocals were a proverbial breath of fresh air during the days of disco. At the time, the music was characterized as new wave, if you can imagine that, but the heart of Petty's music has always been in America's heartland; while he has successfully incorporated a number of musical stylings over the years, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers remain the embodiment of classic rock 'n' roll.
The band's 1976 self-titled debut album barely made a ripple in America until the band found success in the UK - then, America took notice of the first single Breakdown and the rock classic American Girl. You're Gonna Get It was released in 1978 and supplies the tracks Listen To Her Heart and I Need to Know. Much greater success was waiting in 1979 when Damn the Torpedoes saw the light of day, and this GH collection features four unforgettable tracks from that breakthrough album: Refugee, Don't Do Me Like That, Even the Losers, and Here Comes My Girl. It's hard to believe Refugee maxed out at number 15 in the US charts, as the song was all over the airwaves at the time. These four songs reflect the growth and maturation of Petty & the Heartbreakers as they truly began to establish a rock 'n' roll legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any rock and roll collection!
Gainesville Fla's favorite son, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are true rockers. They were largely influenced by the Byrds, but have over the years rocked even harder and have... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Robert G. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 2 days ago by Dan Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some good ones on here.
Published 5 days ago by Albert A. Thurman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 8 days ago by B. Lombardi
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great collection!
Published 8 days ago by Cecelia Lucente
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Petty fan and his band makes great music. The cd itself came in...
What needs to be said? I'm a Petty fan and his band makes great music. The cd itself came in great shape and was delivered very quickly.
Published 10 days ago by Al Zee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A steal at $5
Published 10 days ago by janeen
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good thing we took a tip from the English
What's to say, it's Tom Petty. It's a good thing we took a tip from the English, and made him as big here as he was inititially over there.
Published 13 days ago by guitarguy
5.0 out of 5 stars My son has autism and a seizure disorder and listening to music gives...
I bought this CD for my son who loves to listen to this CD over and over again. My son has autism and a seizure disorder and listening to music gives him great joy. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kathy Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always awesome tunes.
Published 20 days ago by Ashley
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Is there a need for this release?
The place to start would be to look at who owns the publishing rights to "Something in the Air". If that is different from most of Petty's current catalog in print, there's your answer. If not, then someone decided they didn't like something about the song and didn't want it out there... Read More
Jul 31, 2012 by Michael C |  See all 2 posts
Why re-release this? Why replace an exclusive track?
Agreed. There is no need for this release. The record company is doing it for one reason and it's called GREED. Since TP is no longer on MCA, I'm sure he has no say in the release. Why pay $13 for Greatest Hits when you can buy Anthology: Through the Years for $14 on AMAZON or $9.72 at WALMART... Read More
May 4, 2008 by James H. Morgan |  See all 4 posts
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